I want to give back to you! Here are some free bonuses, free cash, or free money just for opening an account of some kind.

ING Direct – Free $25 instantly if you open an Electric Orange or Orange Savings Account (currently yielding 3%) with at least $250. That’s an instant 10% return just for saving! Start your emergency fund or save up for that new toy!

This is easily my favorite online savings account and I’ve been with them since 2005. Highly recommended with great customer service and competitive rates. You can link the savings account to a checking account from another bank so you don’t even have to switch banks!

Contact me and I’ll send you a referral link. You can only get the bonus if you open through a referral link.


Prosper – Get $25 free to get started after you fund your first loan as a lender (minimum $50). This is the next revolution in finance called micro-finance where multiple people fund one loan with smaller micro-payments of as little as $50. This spreads the risk across many people and lowers the risk for you.

This is the first person-to-person lending marketplace in America with over 670,000 members and over $130 million in loans.

You can bid on eBay-style loan listings and you can view credit ratings, income information, etc. to help you make a good decision. I personally won’t lend to anyone with less than AA credit and I’m averaging a 9% return on my loans.

Email me and I’ll send you a referral link.


Zecco – Free China Shakes the World book ($15 value) PLUS I’ll personally send you $10 to your Paypal account (must have Paypal account to qualify) when you open and fund your account!

Zecco is the first online broker to offer free stock trades (up to 10 per month with minimum $2500 in equity) or only $4.50 per trade (if less than $2500). No minimums to open and it’s my main online stock broker. Highly recommended if you want to get started with stock trading. Fees are what kill returns so if you can lower fees as much as possible, it really helps your potential capital gains!

Email me and I’ll send you a referral link. Email me again when you open and fund your account and I’ll send you $10 to your Paypal account!

Scottrade – Get 3 free online trades as a sign-up bonus just for opening an account. Scottrade only charges $7 per trade, has local branches across the country and has great customer service! I have my Roth IRA with them and I can’t recommend them enough!

Contact me and I’ll send you a referral link. Your 3 free trades will be available once you open your account.

Sharebuilder – Get a $55 cash bonus (if you’re a Costco member, otherwise $25) to invest. All you have to do is open an account (no minimum) and trade.

Sharebuilder offers automatic trades at $4 a trade or $9.95 real-time trades. ING Direct recently bought them out so you can expect the same level of customer service. Although I prefer Zecco over Sharebuilder as a discount stock broker, this is a good option for anyone who doesn’t have much to invest.

Contact me and I’ll send you a referral link. Your cash bonus will be available 4-6 weeks after your first transaction.

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7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

Ephesians 1:7 (NLT)

Happy Memorial Day to everyone! Remember that freedom is not free and the freedom that we enjoy in this country was paid for by the sacrifices and service of the men and women of our armed forces. On this day and every day, remember that people paid the price for our freedom by giving their lives up just like Jesus gave up His life for our spiritual freedom. Never take for granted everything that we really have in this country!

From the Life Application Bible:

To speak of Jesus’ blood was an important first-century way of speaking of Christ’s death. His death points to two wonderful truths – redemption and forgiveness. Redemption was the price paid to gain freedom for a slave (Leviticus 25:47-54). Through his death, Jesus paid the price to release us from slavery to sin. Forgiveness was granted in Old Testament times on the basis of the shedding of animals’ blood (Leviticus 17:11). Now we are forgiven on the basis of the shedding of Jesus’ blood – he died as the perfect and final sacrifice (see also Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 9:22; 1 Peter 1:19).


On February 17, 2009, television will only be broadcast in digital rather than analog signals. What does this mean for you? You will need to buy a converter box only if you currently use an antenna to receive your television signal.

If you currently use cable, satellite, or have a built-in digital TV tuner, you do not need a converter box or need to do anything else. If you still need a converter box, you can apply for two free $40 coupons per household to offset the cost of converter boxes from now until February 17, 2009 or until they run out.

You don’t need to buy a new TV like many people were saying. All you need is a converter box so don’t use this as an excuse to buy something that you might not need.

On a Business Trip

May 18, 2008


Just to let you know, I’m going on a business trip for a week so posting will be light. If I have some free time, I’ll write some posts during the week. I can probably write on the plane or something. I’ll take a picture of the sky 🙂


19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 19:19 (NLT)

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! Make sure to honor your mothers and grandmothers and the special women in your lives! Without yo’ mama, you wouldn’t be here so thank her for giving birth to you and raising you! God Bless!

12 “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working. This gives your ox and your donkey a chance to rest. It also allows your slaves and the foreigners living among you to be refreshed.

Exodus 23:12 (NLT)

I know why God put this verse into the Bible. Having worked overtime last weekend, I am totally wiped out. I had to work twelve days straight without any rest and no weekend and I am just really tired. God put it in there for a reason! Don’t overwork yourself! Get some rest! I know I will.