Saving and Investing

A College Savings Change

November 19, 2013

I’ve written a lot (a LOT) about found money and giving it jobs to do. And we’ve really used that technique to its fullest when it comes to college savings. For a number of years now, my blogging/online earnings have been earmarked for my daughter’s college and put into a savings account at Capital One […]

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Investing Fun Money: Coca-Cola, Walmart, McDonald’s and More – 2 Years Later

August 22, 2013

Before we wade into this nerd-fest of a post, I need to tell you that I am in no way a financial expert and that this information should not be construed as investing advice. It’s purely for entertainment purposes. Because what’s more entertaining than dividend investing? Am I right? Background I’ve long loved the idea […]

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3 Big Problems with Your Retirement Savings and What You Can Do About Them

April 25, 2013
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Did you watch “The Retirement Gamble” on Frontline Tuesday night? (If not, and if you’re interested, it’s available to watch online.) This wasn’t one of my favorite Frontline programs, but it did raise some interesting and important points. After watching it, I dug further back into the Frontline episodes and found one from 2006 – […]

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The Retirement Gamble

April 23, 2013

One of the nerdiest things about my nerdy self is that I love documentaries. Love them. And one of the best sources for well-done documentaries is PBS’ Frontline. Tonight’s program is a new one about America’s retirement industry and how the 401(k) and IRA fees we’re being charged may be costing us years of retirement […]

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How to Pay for College and Save for Retirement at the Same Time

February 23, 2013

Midlife is a tricky time of life, financially speaking. If you have kids, it’s expensive. Especially if you choose to pay for all or part of their college educations. It’s also a time when you realize that you don’t have decades and decades to save for retirement. Like an object in a rearview mirror, retirement […]

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Get a $25 Account Bonus When Opening a Capital One 360 Savings Account

February 13, 2013

Update: I am all out of $25 savings account referral bonuses at this time. You can, however, get a $50 bonus by opening a Capital One 360 Checking Account here: checking account with $50 bonus (affiliate link). To get your bonus, open the 360 checking account and make a total of 3 debit card purchases within 45 days of […]

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How to Create Accounts for Individual Savings Goals at ING/Capital One 360

February 6, 2013
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I’ve been a satisfied ING Direct (now Capital One 360) savings customer for at least five years now. One of the things I love best about my accounts is how easy it is to create additional savings accounts, once your first account is established. Why would you want to do that? For me it’s an […]

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The Challenge of Saving in a Time of Record Low Interest Rates

November 14, 2012

The U.S. is living through a time of record low interest rates. That’s great if you’re buying a house, refinancing a mortgage, or paying down credit card balances. If you’re trying to save, however, it’s hampering your efforts. So what are savers to do when low interest rates rule the day? As a family who […]

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Dividend Investing: One Year Later

August 28, 2012
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Last August I wrote a blog post about taking my first baby steps into investing in dividend stocks. I’ve long been fascinated by dividend investing, because you not only get the gain (hopefully) from the increase of the price of stocks over time, but you get the dividend payments as well. At the time I likened […]

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Simple Investing Strategies: Dollar Cost Averaging

October 31, 2011

Even people who aren’t into the stock market know that first rule of investing is “buy low and sell high.” Unfortunately, another common piece of investing advice is “don’t try to time the market.” Well if you don’t try to time the market, how in the world are you supposed to buy low and sell […]

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