How to Estimate Your Portfolio Performance

Posted by Don on August 11, 2016

When it comes to your investments, do you know what your return is? Many people rely on the annual return of the mutual fund itself, assuming this is their return as well. But this is not the case. Your individual return varies based on when you bought the investment as well as if you have […]

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Skip These Expenses to Cut Your Spending

Posted by Don on August 9, 2016

When you look at your budget, how many of your expenses are reoccurring? Most of them tend to be. You always go shopping for groceries, and you always have that car payment. How great would it be to skip out on some of these expenses from time to time? Obviously there are some expenses you […]

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US Bank 20,000+ Rio Olympic Point Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on August 5, 2016

I held off on US Bank applications during our last $4,500 Credit Card Application Spree because I knew the Olympics were coming up. Just like clockwork the US Bank Flexperks sign up is back with an additional bonus based on the medal count. The standard sign up bonus is 20,000 points. Four years ago, I […]

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Save Money with Roadside Assistance from a Credit Card

Posted by Madison on August 4, 2016

A couple weeks ago one of our cars broke down. My husband called me at home and asked if we had roadside assistance. He implied that one of the zillion credit cards we have should have it as a benefit. He was right, but it’s in that long section of credit card benefits I usually […]

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A Quick Guide to Successful Investing

Posted by Don on August 2, 2016

Do you want to be a successful investor? Do you want to know how to earn a decent return and grow your money? We all want this but many of us have a hard time investing successfully. How do we do this? Is there a secret that we are missing? The truth is that investing […]

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Starwood 2,500 Point Bonus to Add Authorized User

Posted by Madison on July 29, 2016

Starwood is offering a free 2,500 points when you add an authorized user to your American Express account. Put this one in the easy column since it took about 30 seconds. I’m a fan of easy Starwood points since we redeemed them for free hotels on our Disney trip and for free hotels on holiday […]

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Best of My Dollar Plan: July

Posted by Madison on July 28, 2016

This month our most popular finance tips were exploring ways to make extra money, saving money on groceries, understanding how to choose an executor for your will and why it matters and getting a sign up bonus on a Schwab checking and brokerage account. If you missed the most popular finance tips this month, here’s […]

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Is Dividend Investing Overrated?

Posted by Don on July 26, 2016

More and more I hear about the benefits to investing in dividend paying stocks. The idea is to invest in solid companies that pay a decent dividend. The more shares of the company you own, the more dividend income you will earn. For some, the goal is to have dividend income replace their work income […]

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Schwab Checking and Brokerage $100 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on July 22, 2016

We have held our main checking account at Schwab Bank for years. Why? Because they offer free ATM withdrawals. And interest (although the rate is really low right now). There is now a $100 sign up bonus making the switch worth it. To open a checking account and earn the bonus you’ll need a brokerage […]

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5 Ways to Save Money On Groceries

Posted by Don on July 21, 2016

If you shop for groceries you know that prices never seem to stop going up. I feel like every few months I need to re-evaluate our grocery budget as the monthly total continues to climb. I’ve been doing some research on how to save more money on groceries and have come up with 5 solutions […]

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