July 22, 2016

Best of Blogs for Week of July 22nd

Every Friday afternoon I share some of the more interesting or notable posts that I have seen in the personal finance blogs and other sources for the past week

MyMoneyBlog has some charts showing US Stock Ownership in Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Retirement Accounts

The Simple Dollar says I Sat Through a High-Pressure Timeshare Sales Pitch (and It Wasn’t the Nightmare I Expected)    Its kind of a cheapskate way to get a free vacation, but you've got to have the will power to resist a high pressure sales pitch.

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Shoebuy and Ebates : 12% cashback, 20% discount, Free Shipping PLUS Possible $5 cashback

One of the special deals I have in Ebates right now is for $5 cash back on Shoebuy with no minimum purchase.     These deals are YMMV so you may or may not see that deal.  

They also have 12% cashback and a coupon for 20% off with free shipping.   Thats about 30% discount combined.  

If you combine them all on a $50 item it comes out to about 40% net discount with free shipping.

Shoebuy prices may not be very competitive normally but you might find some good sale items or bargains.   I see some Pendelton t-shirts on sale for $15 which would be about $9 after discounts.


Standard Ebates blurb: To get cash back from Ebates you need to be signed up with Ebates.  Then simply go to Ebates to get the referral to the store before you do your shopping.  I also get a referral bonus if you use my links to sign up with Ebates.   

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July 15, 2016

Best of Blogs for Week of July 15th

Every Friday afternoon I share some of the more interesting or notable posts that I have seen in the personal finance blogs and other sources for the past week

The Big Picture shares How “Amexit” sent shockwaves through the financial markets
which is more for amusement than anything

MyMoneyBlog discusses Private College Tuition Discount Rates to Sticker Price Still Rising

The Simple Dollar explains Why You Should Negotiate Your Entry-Level Salary
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July 14, 2016

Kindle eBook + Audible Is Cheaper than Audible

I just signed up for a 3 month free trial of Audible because Amazon gave a $10 credit for doing so.  

I noticed something while browsing the books on Audible.    It seems that if you buy a Kindle ebook and then add the Audible audio book the total cost is cheaper than buying the Audible audio book alone.

For example :

Game of Thrones : A Song of Ice and Fire, book 1 is $41.95 for the Audible book.    The Kindle ebook is $6.99.   You can get the Audible book for $12.99 if you buy the Kindle book first.   So the price for Kindle + Audible is $19.98.      Thats over 50% cheaper than just buying the Audible book.

Red Mars is $8.99 for the Kindle book.    You can get the Audible book for $3.99 after you buy the Kindle book.   Thats $12.98 total.    The price for the Audible book alone is $43.95.  

I looked at a few books and this seems to be the case generally.    I did see one book that was very cheap for the Audible at under $4 so that title was cheapest to just buy the Adible, but I expect it was a sale price.

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