I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: February 2018 (page 2 of 2)

The credit card superpowers you probably forgot about

Do you know your credit card’s superpowers?

Oh sure, you probably know about fraud protection and cash back or travel rewards.

But did you know your credit card can reimburse you for something that was damaged, stolen or (possibly) just lost? Or that you automatically get an extended warranty beyond most manufacturer warranties just by purchasing something with your card? Continue reading

My CD collection is freakin’ enormous, and I won’t give it up

This is my CD collection. It represents 25 years of memories. Even though it’s all duplicated on the iPod and hard drive on the floor, I have no plans to get rid of it.

This gigantic stack of black cases is my CD collection. It’s about 4 feet tall, weighs more than 30 pounds, numbers more than 2,000 CDs and takes up the better part of a heavy duty shelf in the basement.

Those tiny things on the floor, a 160-gig iPod and a 1TB hard drive, each contain the same 25,000-plus songs as the enormous stack.

If everything is digitized, better organized, significantly smaller and uber portable, why do I keep that ridiculous tower of plastic? Continue reading

Vote for the best personal finance posts of 2017 in the Rockstar Rumble

Many of you may already be familiar with Rockstar Finance, the aggregator site of all that is awesome in personal finance blogs. Every day, Rockstar posts three of the best recent articles from more than 1,000 blogs and shares them with the world.

Right now there’s also a friendly contest going on, the Rockstar Rumble, where they’re also posting eight of the best personal finance pieces from 2017 each day. The posts are pitted against each other March Madness-style, and the post with the most votes in 48 hours moves on to the next round in the bracket.

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