My Recommendations

The Online Bank we use and recommend

Use this link to get a $25 bonus when opening a new Capital One 360 account (requires $250 deposit):

Capital One 360 Link

Why I recommend Capital One 360;

  1.  Pays interest with no account minimums on both checking and savings
  2. Has a pretty extensive “fee free” ATM network
  3. Offers mobile deposit of checks on your smartphone
  4. First set of checks is free
  5. Free online bill pay

Credit Cards I like

Chase Marriott Rewards Card

Earn 80,000 points after spending $3000 in the first 3 months.  I recommend using this card to pay for free Marriott hotel rooms on a road trip or at a destination.

Chase Marriott Application Link

Blogs I follow:


A must read for anyone who wants a frugal makeover, in order to retire very early.  Check out the author’s 21 day makeover in the lower left hand corner of the site.  It’s entertaining and educational.
Early Retirement Extreme

The author has also written a book that is inexpensive and is popular in the early retirement community.  You can check out your local library to see if it’s available for free, or you can purchase it here:
Early Retirement Extreme: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Financial Independence

This is a great blog for travel hacking.  I prefer this site to others, as the author teaches you tricks to game the system, and unlike other travel hacking blogs, he doesn’t have cozy relationships with all the credit card companies and will teach you how to game them for maximum value.                                       Frequent Miler

Most entertaining blog, a man with a family of 5, who retired at 33:
Root of Good

One of the best blogs, that exists, for frugal living tips.
Frugal Woods

Joe and his family are on the path to financial independence
Retire by 40

Others:
Go Curry Cracker
Retire Early Lifestyle
Financial Samurai

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