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Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of, once said “What consumerism really is, at its worst, is getting people to buy things that don’t actually improve their lives.”

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How do you think your spending will change in retirement? Will it increase? Will it decrease? Or will it stay the same? When it comes to retirement planning, investors are often advised that they’ll most likely spend considerably less in retirement than they do during their working years. After all, […]

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Some Amazon Shopping Tips

by Michael on Dec 19, 2013

With the holiday shopping season in high gear, I just wanted to share some Amazon shopping tips… The first is that, for those with Amazon Prime, you can get an extra month of Prime added to your account (a so-called “Prime Extension”) if they miss the promised delivery date. Policy […]

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Making the Most of Your AmEx Offers

by Michael on Dec 16, 2013

About two weeks ago, my wife and I signed up to get $25 off $75 at Amazon via our American Express credit cards. That offer has since gone away, but they have a ton more. As a reminder, you can access these offers from insider your AmEx account. Just log […]

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I have a love/hate relationship with CFL light bulbs. I love the low energy consumption, but I hate certain other aspects of them. They’re fragile, they contain mercury, they have to warm up to reach full brightness, and they often die young. In other words, they’re far from being a […]

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AmEx Amazon $25 Credits Posted

by Michael on Dec 5, 2013 · 1 comment

This is just a quick update to say that, as expected, the $25 credits from the recent Amazon/AmEx deal have already been posted to our accounts. The terms of the offer said that the credits would show up within 90 days, but AmEx has always been very good posting their […]

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Beware: Gift Cards are Warranty Killers

by Michael on Dec 2, 2013 · 1 comment

Earlier today, I highlighted a nice $25 off $75 deal from AmEx and Amazon. In that post, I suggested buying a $75 Amazon gift card to lock in the $25 savings before you forget. As a quick followup, I just wanted to point out a potential gotcha with gift cards […]

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This is a pretty sweet deal for those with an AmEx credit card… During the month of December, you can get $25 off $75 at Based on my read of this offer, it looks like you can get the discount for a total of $75 in Amazon purchases anytime […]

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30% Off All Books at Amazon!

by Michael on Nov 29, 2013

Check this out… You can get 30% off any print book sold and shipped by Amazon through Sunday night (Dec 1st) at 11:59PM PST. The short version is that you should enter promo code “BOOKDEAL” at checkout. For complete details, including exclusions and limitations, click this link. Not a bad […]

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