The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: No Labor Edition

Contrary to the predictions of a couple commenters, my wife did not go into labor over the past weekend. The due date is still a bit off, but it’s getting close enough that it could happen at any time.

Questions And Answers With Warren Buffett This is actually a series of videos, but J.D. does a great job of outlining them and extracting some highlights. For most investors, he believes that low-cost index funds are the way to go. (@ get rich slowly)

Why Paying Down Your Mortgage Early Can Be A Smart Investment Early mortgage payments are a very, very stable investment – basically, an investment at whatever rate your mortgage is at. So, if you have a 7% mortgage, an early mortgage payment is effectively going to return 7% annually, period – no volatility here. (@ my money blog)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Forget The Ads – Magazines Try To Sell You Stuff In The Content Many people in media think that including subtle pitches in the content is a good way to make a quick buck, no fuss, no muss. The problem is that once readers figure it out, they no longer trust you and thus they lose interest in reading what you have to say.

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  1. Kenny says:


    Thanks for the Opt Out article link. I heard of the telemarketing one, but not the credit card one. I was getting tired of shredding up the visa application and mailing it back to the Master Card in their pre-paid envelopes!

  2. thefrugalplace says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your blog, daily, for a while now. As a freelance writer I am completely impressed by the sheer volume of good content you write.

    I also wanted to wish your wife well with her delivery.

  3. demetri says:

    So I have done the opt-out thing a while ago but I have two related questions for you that I havent been able to figure out. For both of these a simple call doesnt seem to work like I think it should.

    How do I keep from getting offers for new cards from the companies I already have cards from?

    How do I stop getting those “convience checks” for the cards I already have?

  4. @demetri – I got my credit card company to stop sending me checks simply by asking. Maybe that would also work with the new card offers?

    Trent – I just wanted to say that I hope this week is a better one for your son’s transition!

  5. Kat says:

    Yes, how do you get those checks to stop coming? I have asked and was told they couldn’t stop sending them.

  6. mamacita says:

    Re: labor predictions — well SOMEBODY had to say it, so it wouldn’t happen! You’re welcome ;-)

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