This website is always going to be free for you, and my goal has been to have it break even for me (it’s easier for me to get permission to do this from my agency if I am just bringing in enough money to cover expenses). But lately expenses from the upgraded hosting (so the site doesn’t crash from the flood of traffic when I send out an update) and the service for the giant email list (which costs over $100/month) have been outpacing income from the ads on the site and the donations I’ve received. I discovered while I was doing my taxes that I actually lost a little money doing this last year.
The options are to put more ads on the site (maybe some of those fancy pop-up interstitials) or to move the email list to a cheap dodgy provider. Or if just 1/10th of regular readers kicked in a dollar each, that would pay all the expenses of the website for a year.
If it makes it easier to wrap your head around the idea of a donation-supported website, perhaps think of it as a pay-what-it’s-worth-to-you subscription.
If you click on the Donate button below, you will be taken to the secure PayPal website where you can donate any amount at all.
The existence of this page should not in any way make you feel obligated to make a donation. I don’t ask anything of readers except that they share the site with their colleagues so we can continue to expand the community of feds and service members helping each other. Other free ways you can help include linking to this site from your own webpage or blog; spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter or in other investing forums; and actively participating on our Message Board.