What are the 2013 Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits?

With just a week to go before the New Year, I thought I’d put together a quick post on IRA contribution limits for 2013. As a reminder, contribution limits have been indexed to inflation since 2008, and can increase in $500 increments (as necessary). As you can see from the table below, nothing had changed […]


Details on the ING Direct/Capital One 360 Transition

Not quite six weeks ago I talked about the looming transition of ING Direct into Capital One 360. At that time, details were scarce. They did, however, promise that additional information would be forthcoming in December. Well, earlier this week I received that info. Here’s a rundown of what I learned… For starters, your account […]


TurboTax Military Edition

This is kinda cool… Intuit has released a “Military Edition” of TurboTax that’s free (through Feb 14, 2013) for junior enlisted personnel (E-1 to E-5) and discounted for those at higher ranks (E-6 to E-10 and officers). Junior enlisted personnel will get a free federal and state return. For those at higher ranks, it will […]


Negotiate Your Salary at the Outset

I’ve always felt that one of the biggest things you can do to improve your lot in life is to negotiate a better salary before accepting a job. Think about it… Not only will you earn more out of the gate, but your subsequent raises will also be based on this amount. That means that […]


British Airways Bonus Offer

In the past year or two, I’ve written about a nice promo from the British Airways Visa Signature Card from Chase. Well, it seems that promo is back (again). Here’s how it works: Start by applying for the card. Once approved, you’ll receive 50k bonus Avios after you use the card to spend $2k in […]


Picking Up Money (Followup)

So… Shortly after I posted about the guy whose girlfriend shamed him into leaving a dollar on the ground, Lifehacker picked up the story and ran a poll asking their readers the following: What’s the least amount of money you pick up off the ground? As of right now, there are a little over 9k […]


Overbooked Flights and (Reverse) Auctioning Your Airline Seat

Airlines have long asked for volunteers to give up their seats when a flight is overbooked. But when checking in for a flight recently, I was greeted with a new twist… This was for a flight on Delta and, as I was going through the online check-in process, I was greeted with a screen soliciting […]


Found Money: What Would You Do with a Huge Sum?

As a followup to my recent post about picking up money off the ground… A bus driver in Austria was cleaning out his bus at the end of his shift when he discovered a shopping bag containing 390, 000 Euros (ca. $510k). Yowza! And guess what? He turned it in. With the help of a […]


Chase Ends Bonus Reward Auto-Enrollment Experiment

Last winter Chase began experimenting with auto-enrollment for their rotating reward categories. This was only offered to select “valued Chase Freedom cardmember” so you may not have been able to participate, but… Fear not. Now I can’t participate either. Why? Because they’ve discontinued the auto-enrollment option. According to a letter that we just received: Your […]


Picking Up Money Off the Ground

Last night, after dropping off my son at piano lessons, I stopped by Target to pick up a few things. While walking through the parking lot on my way into the store, I witnessed something rather interesting… A college-aged guy coming out of the store pointed at the ground and said something to his girlfriend. […]