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Newspaper subscription deals- LA times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

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Believe it not, newspaper deals were available at such a great rate few years ago, you will get a heart attack if you are market for print edition subscription for newspapers or magazine. Some magazine deals can be still found. Try to find a website that has affiliation with Bizrate.com. Once you make a purchase, the BizRate will pop up and ask you to fill up a quick survey. Do that. Once you fill up the survey, it will offer great magazine subscription deals like Time magazine for a full year for $2!! You can get many magazines like Sports Illustrated, Travel, Bloomberg, Money, Businessweek etc just for $2 per year. The catch is they auto renew so if you don’t want them to renew, you call and cancel. Or while signing up, use some Visa/Amex gift card so they can’t automatically bill on it later.

Newspaper subscription deals for LA times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post can be found at:

http://deals.profitfromprices.com/Best_newspaper_subscription_offers_deals.htm

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Xoom.com has best current conversion rates and fast service to transfer money to India.

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(Source: http://jayesh.profitfromprices.com/India_Money_transfer_services.htm)

Xoom.com: Like PayPal, you can fund your transfer with any Credit or Debit card, or from a bank account transfer. For Credit card funded payments, they will charge a higher fee but it is still very low compared to PayPal.com. Plus, your credit card issuer may charge such transaction as money advance and you may end up paying some fees to it. So use a debit card or a bank account to lower your transaction fees. However, at the time of transfer, enter the coupon code COMEBACK2014 and your transfer will be free.

The benefits: Your counterpart in India will get money within hours!! Plus their USD-INR rates are very good. Nice website. I loved their service when I tried it yesterday. You can access them and look at current promotions by clicking here.

Also, for a limited time, Xoom.com offers $50 Amazon gift card when you transfer $150 or more.

Stock Brokerage accounts

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Best stock trading account offers or new stock account promotions- Around 100$ incentive

How much you are worth to a stock broker company? Usually 100$ plus free trades.

Most people go directly to websites of TDAmeritrade, E-trade, Fidelity, Scottrade or Choicetrade and open their account online. Instead of going directly, go to Google or Yahoo and search for current promotions. I am not going to say which is the best online broker. I will leave it to you. I have accounts withTDAmeritrade (use this link and you can get up to $600 additional bonus!), FidelityETrade and Choicetrade (and now with Zecco too. Zecco sucks though. Click here for “Zecco IRA” account review.). For most of the accounts, I am paid 100$ or so. I do most of the trading with TDAmeritrade and ETrade but if you are looking for minimum research and use no tools as such, I would advise to minimize commissions and recommend to explore ChoiceTrade.

Anyway, this page is not to recommend any brokerage firm as such. We do not know who is the best online broker. You do your search. There are many websites that compare brokers. Just make sure the broker you select is SIPC member. SIPC is like FDIC for banks. SIPC insures your account up to million dollars so if I always make sure the broker is member of SIPC (most of the online brokers are insured with SIPC though.

Some notes based on experience:
Zecco :It is a shame on the industry.
1) It is frustrating to deal with their customer service and their trading policies (As always, there is no free lunch in financial markets LOL).
2) They charge $30 annually for an IRA account.
3) To close out an IRA account you need to pay at least $80. $50 for Account Transfer- which is compulasy. They just do not issue you a check for depositing into another IRA account. Plus they will charge $30 in account closing fees.
4)
 If you have a cash brokerage account instead of margin, you can NOT sell one stock and buy another same day! You have to wait 3 days before you can buy stock or use the fund of your sell trade!!!

(If you like to follow stock market, here is a blog that lists Best Stock Market related news/articles on the web)

 

If you like a specific broker, search for offers from that specific broker. It is best to Google for new account offers. Try searching for ‘TDAmeritrade new account offers’, ‘etrade promotions’ or ‘scottrade deals’. A 10 minutes spent on Google can find you some great offers. So why open an account for free when you can get money for opening the same account?

Current TDAmeritrade Stock Trading new account offers

Etrade Account opening bonus offers

Scotttrade new account bonus

Are you ready to get your $100-$200? Search Google from right here:

Google

Pentax K-01 16MP APS-C CMOS Compact System Camera Kit with DA 40mm Lens

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Want to buy a camera that takes great photos indoor and in low lights for around $330? Consider Pentax K-01 on Amazon.com.
If you can stand with two drawbacks- lack of optical viewfinder and the orthodox style of Pentax k-01, this is probably one of the best dslr cameras for 2012.
* The image quality is excellent.
* With included 40mm lens, you can take impressive portraits and low light photos. If you like to take photos of people, this lens works out very well. (At the current price of $330 for Pentax K-01, the lens itself is worth $200!!! If you don’t want the lens, you can probably sell it and make the camera cost you around $150!!!)
Pentax-k-01
* If you like to take landscapes, the HDR mode does wonders. Easy to use and brings in details in shadows and highlight does not get clipped either.
* With same K mount, in body Image Stabilization, and now Focus Peaking, using my Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 lens is easy and it helps get accurate focusing. K-01 body and Super Takumar lens (with combined cost of less than $400) help me take portrait photos that can compare very well with full frame $2000 plus DSLRs.
* This camera is compact and its odd look lets you take candid photos of people. Bulky SLRs many times make people too serious while being photographed but with box type camera, your subjects are less likely to take you seriously but when you show them the photos, they will be amazed.

I was going to buy K-05 but I really didn’t need weatherproofness or optical view finder so I went with K-01 and I am very glad I did. Having Canon T3i and Mirrorless micro four third Olympus PEN camera too, I can say that K-01 is a better camera and at this price point of less than $350, it is really a steal. Of course, I am assuming you are fine with its yellow color and boxy style.
Pentax k-01

PENTAX-DA-40mm-F2.8-XS-lens

Passport Photo prices comparison

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(You may also like our another review of “Passport photo services on the Internet“)

How much do passport photos cost at various places? The price depends on the store or website you order with. It can be $10 for 2 passport photos at Walgreens, CVS or RiteAid stores. In membership stores like Costco, you will pay $5 for two photos. If you are at the US post office, you can be expected to pay from $15 to $20. These are the prices for 2×2 inch US Passport photos. If you need to order passport photos for some other country or in some other size, most of the above stores will not be able to help you.

These days, you can get 6 or even 8 passport photos, not only for USA but for any country and in any size, for only $6-8! Take a front pose photo with your digital camera in good light, or with Flash, and upload it on http://www.onlinepassportphoto.com/ or email it to passportphotos at hotmail.com. They will fix your photo for exposure, shadows etc and then convert it into accurate passport or visa photos for your country. You will be able to pick printed photos at your local Walgreens, CVS, Target, RiteAid or Walmart store within few hours!! Digital camera revolution and Internet access in every household has made getting passport photos so easy and convenient.

Passport photo provider Prices
# of Photos
Price per photo
OnlinePassportPhoto.com
$6
6
$1

US Post Office Passport Photos

$15
2
$7.75

Wal-Mart

$8
2
$4
Target    
Most Target stores do not provide Passport Photo service (at least in California)

Costco Photos

$5
2
$2.50

Walgreens

$10
2
$5

Rite-Aid

$10
2
$5
CVS Pharmacy
$8
2
$4
UPS stores Varies 2 $5-$10

Kinko’s (Fedex Office)

$10-$15
2
$5-$7.50
DuaneReade
$10
2
$5
       

*Rates are as of May 10, 2012 based on quick search on the Internet. They are produced here only for comparison purposes. For current rate at a specific provider, please contact them directly.

Best WSJ ‘Wall Street Journal’ subscription deals

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Best WSJ ‘Wall Street Journal’ subscription deals
The ‘Wall Street Journal’ is considered a premier business newspaper. That is very expensive too and they hardly ever undersell their subscriptions. It is very difficult to get good deal for WSJ! Bookmark this page as this page outlines the cheapest ‘Wall Street Journal’ subscription in the USA.

This deal is available to people who have airline miles- frequent Flier account- with an airline. As of the moment, we know this works with United Miles. Go to United Reward Website or talk to the customer service agent on the phone and tell them that you are looking to redeem your miles for Newspaper/magazine subscriptions. Most of the time, they have Wall Street journal subscription available. Or, read below….

As of this writing, you can subscribe to 39 weeks of Wall Street Journal home delivery (which also includes free online access to WSJ Web Site) for 3300 United Airline miles!

Don’t have United Miles?
No worries. You can apply for United Mileage Plus VISA card and get up to 21,000 free miles! Click here for details about this UNITED MILEAGE PLUS VISA card offer.

Like live agents than to click on a link? Call United Mileage agent at 877-273-7138 and tell that you are referred by Mileage account# 03166200660 under “Help a friend earn up to 20,000 miles”.

This will last for almost a lifetime of free Wall Street Journals subscription!*

*subject to continuation of this promotion of course and expiration of miles…

(Do you know the math for Airliner Frequent Fliers miles? Every mile is usually worth 1 Cent! So 3300 miles is worth $33. This is the best value for the miles you have in your frequent flier program.)

How to get this deal? Click here to go the webpage with images:

Click on this link to visit http://www.newspaper-miles.com/

Check the Redeem Miles box and enter your Zip Code and Click Go.

You will see your local newspaper as well as Wall Street Journal offer. Click on the SELECT button next to the offer you like and you are good to go.

Best Deals-“best money saving tips”

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What does 100000foryou.com mean?-

best online deals– “best money tips

Well, this is meant to be my gift of $100000 to you. Surprised? Worried? Doubtful? Don’t worry. This is not a scam. I am not going to ask you to make any payment anywhere on this website. Everything is free. Even the $100,000.

I am born and brought up in India. Then moved to the USA- first to do my MBA and then to settle down (In between, I founded and managed an investment services company in India). I am in the USA for around 10 years in total. I have learned a lot (and am still learning) about how US economy- the most advanced and most competitive- works. That is during my MBA as well as during living with my family in California. If you do not know, I am also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute which I believe is the most ethical organizations of financial professionals around the world. If you are familiar with CFA charter, I am sure I have your 100% trust and confidence. This website is not a scam. Let me repeat.

On 100000foryou.com, I am going to attempt to help an average American family save or make around 100,000 dollars. (Frankly speaking, I do not know if I have things for you that add up to $100000 for you at this time. Today I thought about creating a website to share my money tips with the world and have just registered the domain name 100000foryou.com. However, I am seriously going to share all my knowledge, wisdom, tricks to make you more wealthy and your life a more pleasure. April 07,2008.)

Unlike most MBAs, project managers or authors who believe in planning first, I am a doer. I like to start doing it. Just do it- I like Nike for it. I know my goal: that is to help you with 100000 dollars worth of savings. If I can make it happen, I would pat on my back. If I fail, to whatever extent I could help you, please take it as my gift alongwith my apologies for creating false expections in minds of readers like you. Also, everything on this website is not my brainchild nor are my own ideas. The life is a journey and whatever comes along it, I like to take it for my personal benefit and to share with people like you. With that spirit in focus, I am going to share my tips, knowledge, smartness (if there is any), wisdom on this website. Said that, if you have something that can help me reach to my $100,000 target, please share it with me for the benefits of fellow Americans.You will be given full credit for your ideas.