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Republic Wireless Review – Now Offering the Moto X2 for $249

I first reviewed Republic Wireless two years ago when my parents were looking to exit their AT&T family plan. I then wrote about the service again after they updated the firmware and released 2 new phones. To recap: Republic Wireless is an innovative company that I first found while doing research on high quality, low cost cell phone providers. The founders

You Can Still Get 5% Interest from Your Savings Account

I was recently reading through a few online forums and stumbled across a thread discussing available high-yield savings accounts. There were several users claiming to have found a true 5% savings account with FDIC insurance. With interest rates so low, I was a bit skeptical. However, I decided to go ahead and try it out. I

Betterment Review – Now Offering Personalized Retirement Advice

I really enjoy reading and writing about investment strategies. But that’s not the norm, and most folks don’t like tweaking their investment portfolio. It takes time and effort that could be spent elsewhere. Those individuals who do prefer a hands-on approach to investing often end up trading frequently and chasing performance. That was how I began investing. I’d read a

Free Cash and Free Travel: Will you Play the Travel Hacking Game?

Almost every time I post a travel related article on this site (like our Aruba report), we have readers who want to learn how they can take great vacations for next to nothing. I’ve written a short primer on the basics of travel hacking, which boils down to signing up for numerous credit cards to receive the

Vacationing in Aruba: Mixed Impressions

Vanessa and I have been traveling quite a bit, which is always fun but also tiresome. We just got back from a trip that involved Washington DC and Aruba. Aruba wasn’t quite as expected, so I wanted to share our experience and offer a few tips for others who might be thinking about vacationing there. I’ll

How Much Money Do You Need to Save for Retirement?

I commonly receive reader questions related to retirement planning. Sure, everyone knows that they need to be saving for retirement. But most people don’t know how much they need to save, or how to invest their savings, or how to effectively spend the assets that they previously worked hard to accumulate. This is an important topic

Market Timing is Almost Always a Losing Game

Buy low, and sell high. Rinse and repeat. Just like stock picking, it’s so easy a caveman could do it. Market timing seems rather simple at surface level. Just figure out how to determine when stocks or bonds or any asset is priced improperly, and then figure out when exactly things will correct to “proper” price levels. With

Discover It Card Review – Fantastic New Promotion for Double Cash Back

Discover just announced that the original Discover It Card is now included in the double cash back promotion. All cash back earned in the first 12 months of card ownership is doubled. That means 2% cash back on everyday purchases, 10% cash back on rotating categories, and up to 40% additional cash back through the Discover

Do You Think About Financial Freedom?

Do you have any long term financial goals that motivate you? Anything that gets you out of bed each morning and into your corporate cubicle? I’ve found that when I ask this question in real life, I’m often met with one of two answers. A blank stare “I’m saving for retirement” A blank stare is

How to Start a Successful Blog and Make Money

Vanessa and I started this blog more than 2 years ago. Since that time, we have learned a lot about the process of writing, growing an audience, and internet marketing. This post will attempt to convey some of the lessons learned and hopefully will help someone else get started in the process. This post will be a