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Is Delta's New SkyMiles Select Worth It?

After years of hopping on any airline that would have me, the last few years have found my travels mostly consolidating to one carrier: Delta. Aside from the few times I've taken advantage of Allegiant's convenient direct routes, my wife and I have happily turned to Delta for our increasingly...

Emergency Funds: Why You Need One and How You Can Build One 3

When we think about money milestones, they’re often exciting events such as buying a car or a home. However, one of the biggest money milestones that everyone should strive for might not be very exciting but it could be vital: having an emergency fund. In fact, one could argue that...

The Latest Brokerage Price War is Good News for Newbie Investors 3

How quickly things can change. In just the past two weeks or so, there's been a sea change in the brokerage business. It started when Charles Schwab announced that it would be dropping its trade commission fee to $0. Almost immediately, TD Ameritrade and E*Trade followed suit, with Fidelity also...

Apparently Not All "IRS" Mail is a Scam

As much I love USPS's Informed Delivery service, it can sometimes cause me anguish. Specifically, there have now been two times when seeing what was headed to my mailbox led to several stressful hours. I should probably explain... A few weeks ago, I saw that I had some piece of...

Bonus Star Bingo is Back at Starbucks 2

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Okay, that's a bit of a stretch — but it is at least a moderately exciting time. That's because Starbucks just rolled out its latest Bonus Star Bingo game, enabling the chain's loyalists to earn free beverages and more. As I've previously...

Book Review: "Ideas, Influence, and Income" by Tanya Hall 3

There are few titles that still hold as much cachet in our society as that of "author." While the label may have lost some of its luster due a flood of subpar self-publications in recent years, there's no question that having a published book can be a big benefit to...