Picking up Nickels

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

DirecTV Premier Package Free Preview this weekend

DirecTV is offering a Free Preview of its Premier Package starting tomorrow, June 18th at 6 AM through Monday, June 22nd at 6 AM.

The Premier Package includes HBO, Starz, Showtime, and Cinemax, so if you are a DirecTV customer like me, fire up your DVR and get the most out of this promotion. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

June 2009 Financial Asset Roundup

Here are my current financial assets as of the market close on June 10th, 2009:

Asset May 2009 Jun 2009 Change
Checking 805 561 -244
Money Market 21,730 25,477 3,747
Savings Bonds 20,321 20,383 62
Treasury Bills 0 0 0
CDs 117,702 119,249 1,547
Brokerage 80,302 82,125 1,823
401k 66,506 70,491 3,985
Roth IRA 27,950 28,796 846
SEP IRA 163,537 167,056 3,519
529 Savings 33,687 34,400 713
Total Assets $532,540 $548,538 $15,998

The upward trend has continued with the S&P 500 index up 3.29% since the last update:

(chart courtesy of msn.com)

Although unemployment initial filings have decreased, unemployment is now up to 9.4% (a 26 year high). The stock market rally has continued over the past month and crude oil has reached $70 per barrel and continues to climb.

The past month hasn't been a big one for money moves. I did lay out some cash for a new washing machine and I sold my The United States Oil Fund ETF (USO) holding to lock in a modest profit due to the current run up in crude oil prices.

At this point, I'm trying to focus on enjoying the modest stock market rally that has occurred over the past few months and hope that the recession will end soon. I'm not sure how that will happen if crude oil prices and 30 year fixed mortgage rates continue to rise (Penfed went from 5% to 5.625% since the last update), but it can't hurt to be optimistic, right?

Monday, June 08, 2009

Free Gillette Fusion Razor at CVS Pharmacy this week

Back just in time for Father's Day is a free in-store deal for a Gillette Fusion Razor.

CVS has the Gillette Fusion razor on sale for $7.99 this week. They are also offering a $4 Extra Bucks bonus with purchase (prints out immediately after purchase), bringing the cost down to $3.99. This price combined with the $4 off any Gillette Fusion Manual or Power Razor coupon from the 6/7 Proctor & Gamble coupon booklet will make this razor free.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Free Coldplay live album

From coldplay.com:

Good morning. The free download of Coldplay's new live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft, is now available here on Coldplay.com. Click here to download your free copy.

Today is also the day of the band's first North American tour date, in West Palm Beach, where the first copies of the LRLRL CD will be given away.

The CD will then be handed out to all fans at every remaining Coldplay live show in 2009 (apart from Festival shows). The free download will also be available from Coldplay.com until the band play their final 2009 show.

We hope you like it.