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How to Earn Starbucks Gift Cards (and More) Just By Searching the Web

2014 December 29
by Matthew

matthewMy wife has recently developed a habit of heading to Starbucks periodically – and she always seems to have a gift card. I was curious to where all of these gift cards were coming from – so I asked her, and she told me it was because she switched to Bing as a search engine.

“So you’re telling me that you get gift cards sent to you just by using Bing instead of Google?” I inquired.

“Bing-o!” she snapped back.  read more…

What to Do When a Complaint Falls on Deaf Ears

2014 December 22

when complaints land on deaf earsOver this past Thanksgiving, a relative of mine was telling me about a problem he was having with a newer water heater he had installed. It hadn’t been working correctly since it was put in.

He wasn’t able to resolve the issue with the contractor he’d hired to install the water heater or the company who manufactured it, so he wrote a letter to the state’s Attorney General.  read more…

Giving Ooma as a Gift or Christmas Present

2014 December 19
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year TTG readers!

I love this time of year, because we get to put up the Christmas tree and focus on others and not ourselves. For many people it can be very stressful when you don’t know what gift to get a friend or family member.

Here’s an option you should consider: if some of your gift recipients are paying more than $20 per month in home phone bills, it’s not too late to give them an Ooma Telo. Since we switched our family over to Ooma, we’ve saved over $1000, and monthly savings continue to add up. But before you jump headfirst here are a few things to consider before gifting an Ooma: read more…

Personal Capital – An All-in-One Financial Platform

2014 December 17
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by Kevin

Personal Capital is one of the growing number of investment platforms available. But it may be even better described as an account aggregator since it also connects virtually all of your financial accounts, including your bank accounts, investment accounts, credit cards and even your mortgage.

On top of that, they also provide investment advice to help you manage and grow your investments. It’s professional investment management, but without the high fees typically associated with that service.  read more…

Thrifty Things You Can Do to Feel Better

2014 December 15
by Aaron

As I found out, sometimes feeling better doesn’t take a whole lot of effort or money. For me, just changing my diet was one of the best things I’ve done and helped improve my health tremendously.

I’ve been thinking about other – sometimes overlooked – little things we can do to make our lives healthier and better. Here’s a few that I’ve come across that I hope benefit you. Please let me know if there are other thrifty things you employ that don’t cost anything (or very little) but improve your way of life.  read more…

Tips for Investing in Silver

2014 December 12
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by Charlie

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay. All opinions expressed are our own.

charlie_imageIf you haven’t been living in a cave the last few years, then you may have noticed all the advertisements about investing in silver. Companies that are willing to buy or sell silver, because the demand has been there based on the economics of both our country and the world. People have a genuine concern for where to put their money and they don’t know where to start.

As I started my collection in 2007, I looked online a lot and read a lot of books on tips and tricks to start my collection. In doing so I learned through trial and error on what tips worked and what tricks didn’t. Here are my top tips on how to get started investing in silver. Read the rest of the article on ebay

Try These Tips to Save an Extra 10% or More on Purchases

2014 December 10
by Aaron

open-boxIf you’ve ever seen an episode of Pawn Stars, you can learn a lot about how the owner of the pawn shop (Rick Harrison) negotiates with folks who are wanting to sell him stuff.

One of his most used tactic is to find something wrong with the item. This could be anywhere from “it will sit in my store a long time” to “there’s a lot of scratches on this and it will cost me some money to restore it“.  read more…

When Does It Makes Sense to Stop Paying Off Debt?

2014 December 8

charlie_imageThroughout the last five years our family has aggressively sought to pay off all our debt. Currently all we have left is our home mortgage, and we have hope that the finish line is soon approaching.

However, we have to take a pause (or slow down) on our road to financial freedom. You see we have some expenses that are coming up that require us to save up a large chunk of cash. Here are things we need to save up for in the coming year or two, and avoid any loans.  read more…

Understanding Net Worth Will Help You Plan for the Future

2014 December 7
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by Guest

Calculating your net worth can be a bit of a daunting task, but figuring how much you really have in terms of debt and assets can be really useful when planning for your financial future.  In order to prepare for the worst and plan for the best, you need to lay all your cards out on the table, be brutally honest with yourself, and find out (take a deep breath now) how much you’re really worth.  read more…

How You Can Start a Coin Collection

2014 December 5
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by Charlie

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay. All opinions expressed are our own.

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About seven years ago I started collecting rare coins after reading Robert Kiyosaki’s recommendation to buy silver. Without knowing where to start at, I decided to buy coins that I saw my dad collect while he was growing up.

During my youth, my dad always had this old black vinyl box with red satin lining that he kept all his old coins, wedding rings, and other valuable trinkets (it always had a distinct musty smell in it too). Every so often I’d sift through his coins, not really knowing what I was looking, but admiring the heavy silver coins he collected. Primarily, he collected Morgan Dollars (1878-1921) and a few of the Peace Silver Dollars (1921-1935).  Read more at ebay