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Welcome Marketplace Money Listeners!

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Welcome, welcome, all of the great listeners of Marketplace Money! A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of chatting with Tess Vigeland of Marketplace Money, Lynnae of, and Steve of Brip Blap. After some production to make me sound smarter and more eloquent, it made the show for this weekend (and on quite an auspicious day no less) much to my wife’s delight!

About Me & BFP

In the interview, we all talked about why we started writing about personal finance and you can read more about me and this site in general in the About page.

One of the fun topics I write about is a series I call the Devil’s Advocate series. In this fun series I argue against conventional wisdom in the hopes that it will help illuminate why conventional wisdom is even conventional. I’ve tackled subjects like how you shouldn’t invest in the stock market or why you shouldn’t get married (my wife loved that one) and even why you shouldn’t do 0% balance transfer arbitrage offers. And, if you’re curious to read about our home buying journey, I’ve chronicled the whole homebuying process for the internets reading pleasure!

And that happens to be one of the topics we discussed on the show, whether borrowing money from credit cards and doing 0% balance transfers is worth it. I like to look at all the clever ideas and tricks people employ to get a little more out of their dollars (also the motivation behind starting the Festival of Frugality) and one of those techniques was balance transfer arbitrage. Considering the turmoil in the credit markets, no fee 0% offers are now nearly extinct and I’ve moved onto looking at just finding the best savings account to put my money in while the markets calm down (and I’ve picked up gardening!).

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And if you ever want to reach me, you can email me at the address in the upper right or use this handy contact form. Thanks!

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