As some readers may know, in a former life I worked as an English language teacher in Russia. At that time, it was typical for expats to arrive on a
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but this afternoon a podcast I was listening to finally inspired me to put digital pen to internet paper. The
I wrote about a related topic recently, and some people thought it a little odd or rambling, I’ve no doubt this will have the same effect. But since a big
I recently returned from a long weekend trip to my hometown (made longer by one voluntary bump and one involuntary missed connection), and have been turning over in my head
If you follow the world of financial advice at all, you know that professional financial advisors don’t have much patience for the so-called advisors you find tucked away in the
Last week I wrote about the possibility of using IHG Rewards Club as the primary hotel loyalty program for a reimbursed business traveler. In that post I considered only the
Last week Noah at Money Metagame announced he and his wife were considering what he called a “gap year:” taking time off from the workforce to go on an “epic road
Ebates is doing a Member Appreciation Day offering 12% cashback on 300+ stores. Its not as good as the Ebates Birthday Week in May, but today’s Ebates Member Appreciation Day
Many people are saying, “sure, I love Independently Financed, but I’m upset there’s no way I can express my support in tangible terms, like a monthly contribution.”Other people a..
There is a question which I find fascinating but which everyone else seems to treat as utterly banal: why do people operate mutual funds, hedge funds, real estate investment trus..
Easily the reaction I least expected to Tuesday’s post on credit card auxiliary benefits was the passionate defense that emerged in the comments of IHG Rewards Club.I have always..
Ben Sasse, the junior Republican Senator from Nebraska, has begun his campaign for what we used to call the highest office in the land, and he has begun it with
I’ve been thinking lately about the Bank of America Alaska Airlines credit card, since it has a somewhat higher signup bonus than usual, at 30,000 Mileage Plan miles, a $100
I am a great believer in self-employment, and think many more people should be self-employed than currently are. But I don’t think everybody should be self-employed, for the simp..
Back in January I wrote about the problem of conflicted advice, and the solution:”Your stockbroker, your insurance agent, and your affiliate blogger are all required to disclose ..
I have a fascination with travel hacking ideas that sound great in principle but for one reason or another are unworkable in practice. For example, I earn a lot of
There is a phrase I frequently read and hear from financial independence types that I find extremely confusing, and which is one of many reasons I find the concept of
I saw at Miles to Memories yesterday morning that the Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard had raised its signup bonus from 20,000 to 30,000 Guest Rewards points after
It’s become very fashionable in certain circles to prove your intellectual and critical thinking bona fides by changing your mind about ideas in the face of evidence or arguments..
Episode 60 of the Saverocity Observation Deck was a fun one for me, I had the chance to chat with Ed Pizzarello who writes Pizza in Motion. I hope you’ll
Running a small business is as fun and easy as you’d expect, and more people should do it. I’m an unabashed promoter of self-employment, not because it will make you
I’ve written before about the BankAmericard Travel Rewards card, which I think is probably the best card for unbonused spend, assuming you can put an average of $100,000 into an
One of my favorite euphemisms in the entire galaxy of finance and investing is the “sophisticated investor.” A sophisticated investor, in legal terms, is one determined to be wea..