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Buy a Home Near a Starbucks for Best Housing Appreciation

May 26, 2015 by Kyle No comments   •   Filed Under ,

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Whether it’s the sense of community, the sign of a walk-able neighborhood, or the sign of an up-and-coming part of town, it’s smart to consider how close a home is to a Starbucks location before you consider buying it.

The folks at Zillow.com have crunched the numbers and “between 1997 and 2014, homes within a quarter-mile of a Starbucks increased in value by 96 percent, on average, compared with 65 percent for all U.S. homes.”

Now, before you jump in and say, “That statistic is ridiculous because Starbucks locations are seemingly everywhere,” consider that homes within the same distance of a Dunkin’ Donuts location only appreciated by 80%. BOOM!

While you obviously want to consider other factors when buying a home like crime rate, schools, and proximity to work, it’s smart to also throw in how close the home is to a Starbucks. After all, the brain trust at Starbucks corporate spends a lot of money finding and analyzing up-and-coming neighborhoods so it’s kind of like jumping on their coattails when picking a home that has the potential for the most appreciation.

In case you’re curious (and who isn’t), according to Zillow, here are the 10 metro areas most affected:

  1. Boston, MA, ironically, deep in the heart of Dunkin’ Donuts territory.
  2. Philadelphia, PA
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Chicago, IL, Starbucks’ first market outside the Northwest.
  5. Baltimore, MD.
  6. Portland, OR, where the favorite drink is an eggnog latte.
  7. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Seattle, WA, Starbucks’ (and Zillow’s) hometown.
  10. Riverside, CA

Ask the Reader: Would you start using the “Starbucks Factor” when looking for a home to purchase?

Markets Where Starbucks Boosts Home Values the Most | Zillow.com

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Learn How to Get Netflix for Free by Using a BofA Rewards Card

May 26, 2015 by Kyle No comments   •   Filed Under ,

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There’s no doubt that credit cards can be a real thorn in the side to those with a propensity to spend recklessly. But if you learn to use them correctly, and pay off your bill in full every month, they can actually do some good in the form of rewards and free airline miles.

Douglas Clinton recently discovered a very cool way to take advantage of credit card rewards which ends up basically giving him a free Netflix subscription every month. He made it happen by signing up for the free BankAmericard Better Balance Rewards Card which gives a free $25 reward at the end of every quarter when you pay more than the minimum monthly payment, or pay off your monthly bill in full. He then uses the same card to pay his Netflix bill, and once he gets his $25 reward, it’s basically a wash.

I love clever ways to make credit cards work to your advantage, and this is brilliant! To see all the steps Douglas uses to make this happen, see the link to The Penny Hoarder article below.

How to Get Netflix for Free: This Guy’s Strategy is Brilliant | The Penny Hoarder

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I’ve had many loyal readers email me in recent months asking when I was going to start posting more printable grocery coupons, freebies, and limited time deals to my blog. So, with that said, I’m proud to announce that I am going to start daily postings of some of the better deals and coupons that I find. I’ve been lucky to partner with some really cool companies recently that are going to help me […] Continue Reading…

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In the past, I’ve talked a lot about how to get a price match at major retailers, both in-store and online. In all of my articles, I’ve never talked about how to get a price match at Amazon.com. Mainly because it’s kinda tricky, involves a few extra steps, and unfortunately there is no guarantee that you’ll get the lower price. But it’s always worth a shot and my personal success rate hovers right around 60% […] Continue Reading…

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Walmart recently dropped the news of their “Unlimited 3-Day Shipping Service” which is a direct attempt to compete with the Amazon Prime (Free 30 Day Trial) free 2-day shipping service. Their service will roll out this summer to a select group of test customers and they’ll have access to about a million products that’ll be eligible for 3-day shipping. Below are the details of the program, and whether or not it might be a good option […] Continue Reading…

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On the heels of my popular article about the best days of the week to shop in-store to take advantage of new clearance items, I thought it was time to research the best days to shop at some of your favorite online websites. I looked at things like the day they release online coupons, do their markdowns, and add new items to the clearance section of their website. Use this information as a guide […] Continue Reading…

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Learn to Save Money at Subway (and Get More Chow!)

April 21, 2015 by Kyle 1 comment   •   Filed Under ,

When I was in college I once ate TWO footlongs in one sitting.  No joke. Once in college, I also clogged the dorm toilet. I was able to score two footlongs because our campus newspaper had coupons for buy one footlong, get one FREE. Best coupon ever and the main reason I made it through my early twenties fully nourished.

Unfortunately, those killer Subway coupons are few and far between these days, so we have […] Continue Reading…

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There is no doubting the fact that online travel agencies like Expedia, Travelocity, and Hotels.com are convenient.  You can book all of your travel from one spot, and search through various companies to find a competitive rate. But to find the best deals these days, they’re not where you should be looking. By dealing directly with the airline, hotel, or rental car company you’re going to save significantly more.

Why? Well, these online travel agencies […] Continue Reading…

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Birthday Freebies: The Ultimate and Definitive List

March 4, 2015 by Kyle No comments   •   Filed Under ,

Having 3 kids running roughshod over my feet, crotch, and budget for years, I’m all about looking for ways where they can actually pay off financially. So a few years back I realized that I needed to start cashing in on their birthdays whenever possible. Whether it be a free burger or dessert at their favorite restaurant, or free tickets to the movies during the week of their birthday, the savings quickly starts to […] Continue Reading…

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What to Expect If Your Bank or Credit Union Fails

February 25, 2015 by Kyle No comments   •   Filed Under

I have personal finance on my mind these days, and a list of questions I want answers to. So I figured why not use my blog to start answering some of these finance questions rattling around in my brain. The first one I am going to tackle is what happens when your bank or credit union goes belly up. I always wondered how the heck that worked and how FDIC insurance works. I hope […] Continue Reading…

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