Support the TSP Allocation Guide

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), to move the email list to a cheap dodgy provider, or if just 1/10th of regular readers kicked in a dollar it 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, Twitter and in other investing forums; and actively participating on our Message Board.

8 thoughts on “Support the TSP Allocation Guide”

  1. I didn’t discover your website until August last year, but even just in those six months I figure I made about $20,000 more in my TSP by switching to your system from the L Fund. I figure the least I can do is pick up a month of expenses, so $37 is on the way and I will do the same every year for as long as you keep doing this. Thank you for all your work on our behalf.

  2. Let me first say that I love this blog, I am on it several times a week. Secondly, why was my first comment removed? I don’t understand why you are asking for donations when you are likely making money off of this blog. My wife has a small blog that she makes over $100 every 3 months with very little traffic. I would think a blog this big, with the high amount of traffic and the advertising on the sides of the blog is making in excess of $100 every month. If I am wrong, please correct me. Perhaps you paid some small fees at the beginning, but by now this has to be a profitable blog. I look forward to your reply.
    Best wishes!
    Jeff in MN

    1. Hi Jeff

      Sorry it took me a while to approve your comment, those sit in moderation until I get a chance to look at them otherwise the spammers fill the comments section up with garbage. I was running late on the update this month so I had to stop responding to emails and checking comments until I got that out.

      As I mentioned above, there is a donate page only because some readers asked if they could chip in to support the site.

      My goal is just to break even on the webpage, and in fact the lack of profit is one of the reasons my agency finally approved my little project. As a result, I really do have to make sure that any money which comes in gets plowed back into it.

      Last year I lost a few hundred dollars, this year I suspect I will be closer to equilibrium. My largest recurring expense these days is the email service, which is surprisingly expensive as I approach 10,000 subscribers. Most days the income from the ads is in the 0.56 range, so no danger that I am going to get rich from that source.

      Thanks for the question.

    1. I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of the many people who have donated over the past couple of days. And really not because of the money, but because it is just really gratifying to feel that there are a lot of people out there who have made this funny little project of mine part of their worlds.

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