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2007 August 1 » Philoxenos

Philoxenos

Guest blogger - online savings account

1st August 2007

Guest blogger - online savings account

Handsome thought that I should share with you one of the great things that we discovered since moving to the United States. Hat tip to Trent over at The Simple Dollar for putting us on to it.

Instead of writing it myself, I asked Handsome to write it for me :) For other great writing from my husband, visit his blog, Daily Breadcrumbs . And leave him a comment - he’s always a little bit jealous when I have, say, two comments and he has none :)

A shift to a new country involves a lot of changes. One the big things
is getting used to different financial systems. For instance, the New
Zealand tax system is sooo much simpler than the US system. You should
have seen my face the first time I saw the annual return form - I had
this look like a deer in the headlights. Of course, the great thing is
there are plenty of great financial resources on the internet (some
pretty shady ones too) and both of us are really good at
researching.

One of the things we've been researching is what savings account options
we have. For various reasons we ended up deciding to go with ING Direct
(currently offering 4.5% APY). One of the nice little extras was a $25
sign up bonus (with a referral). Obviously do your own research but if
you're looking for a place to park some money than the ING account is
quite attractive. If you want a referral to get the bonus money drop me
a line (we get a little bonus as well).

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1st August 2007

How cheap is that??

This is probably one of many posts about Costco. I *heart* Costco. I always have. I have this thing about buying in bulk. I get all excited - my heart races, I start breathing faster, and I get a little antsy. Something about having my pantry stocked with four gallons of oil and 200 rolls of toilet paper just really gets me going.

One of the very special things about Costco is the polish dogs. You can buy a polish dog (similar to a hot dog, but spicy) and a 20 oz soda for just $1.50 plus tax (I think that’s $1.64 here). When I was in New Zealand, I used to crave polish dogs and they were the one thing that I could replicate. One unfortunate side effect is the smell they leave in your mouth. Not nice.

Anyway, today we went to Costco. They have great prices on media - books, CDs, DVDs. All at great prices, usually. Last week my mom bought the new Harry Potter book for less than she could get it in any bookshop. Today I was browsing very quickly while my mom was in the checkout line and I found the Bob books! I had these on my wishlist at Amazon to purchase some time this year. Precious is just about ready to start learning to read (she’s a smart cookie) and I had read marvelous reviews about these books. Costco had them $2 cheaper than Amazon. Then I found a copy of Leap Frog Letter Factory on DVD, which had been recommended by Kendra at Preschoolers and Peace. I got that one for $3 less than Amazon. I’m very pleased.

We also got a huge box of nappies and another of baby wipes, some juice, some grapes, two jars of peanut butter, and other various things. None of which we’ll need to buy now for a long, long time :)

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