This week in Fintech

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This week in Fintech
Every day we bring you fresh insights about Fintech from an elite group of Authors who are just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors on the frontlines of the global Fintech & Crypto revolution. Once a week Daily Fintech’s Editor summarises these posts so that busy people can get a peek at what […] The post This week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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5 Things to Know About the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card

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5 Things to Know About the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card
Small-business owners who want a new credit card and who are continually flying out of Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati or other strongholds of Delta Air Lines might shortlist the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card. Learn More It offers airport lounge access, progress toward elite status and other perks. The card is scheduled to get better —... Gregory Karp is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: gkarp@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @spendingsmart. The article 5 Things to Know About the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Ready to Leave Your Bank? How to Make the Switch in 5 Easy Steps

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Ready to Leave Your Bank? How to Make the Switch in 5 Easy Steps
Love them or hate them, there’s no escaping the fact that you need a bank to keep your money safe. But if your current bank isn’t cutting it, you may be wondering how to switch banks and if switching to a new one is more trouble than it’s worth. If you’re looking to change banks but aren’t sure where to start, this step-by-step guide will set you in the right direction. What to Consider Before Switching Banks Before you do anything with your current bank account, you’ll need to choose a new bank. Here are some things to consider. Bank or Credit Union? The first decision you’ll need to make: credit union vs. bank.  The main difference between the two is how they are run. Banks are designed to make a profit by investing their money and growing their business. Credit unions are owned by members, who receive dividends on annual profits. Each have their pros and cons. Online or Traditional? Many credit unions are local organizations, so you’re likely to have an ATM close by you.  Banks can be trickier. Local banks and larger national banks may have physical branches in your area so you can stop by and speak with someone in person with any questions or issues. But if you choose a bank without a physical branch near you or an online bank that doesn’t have brick-and-mortar locations, you’ll need to ask your questions online or over the phone. That can be stressful if customer service isn’t up to scratch. You could also end up paying ATM fees if your bank doesn’t have a location near you, but many online banks will reimburse these fees. Perks and Benefits When you choose a bank, consider how much interest your money will earn, as well as any perks or benefits offered. You might be eligible for a cash bonus just for joining.  But you’ll also need to weigh the perks against the fees, including overdraft charges. Also be aware of any minimum balance requirements. Read Reviews You might find a bank or credit union that looks perfect for you, but what do current customers think? Look for reviews online and ask your friends or family members to share their experiences. You might be put off by bad reviews and continue your search, or you might find good reviews of your chosen bank that put your mind at ease. How to Switch Banks in 5 Steps Ready to say goodbye to your bank? Here’s how to switch banks in five easy steps. 1. Open Your New Account Once you’ve decided on a bank or credit union, you can start the process of opening a bank account. Whether you do this online or in person, it’s important to be prepared with the right documents, including a photo ID. You’ll want to open your new account at least a few weeks before you want to make the official switch. This will ensure that your bills will be paid and you won’t be hit with late or overdraft fees. 2. Redirect Automatic Payments You probably have a lot of your bills set up to autopay from your bank account. It’s vital that you switch these automatic payments to your new account as soon as possible to avoid missing payments. Make a list of all the automatic payments you have. This might include, but isn’t limited to, the following: Mortgage or rent Car payment Student loan payments Credit card payments or other loans Utilities, including gas, electric and water TV provider, including cable, satellite and streaming services Car insurance Internet  Cell phone bill Gym or other club memberships Charitable donations Check previous bank statements to make sure you have all automatic payments listed. Once you have your list, start switching over your autopay information. It’s a good idea to ask for an email receipt for confirmation. Pro Tip Go back through 12 full months of bank statements to make sure you don’t miss automatic payments that you only make quarterly or annually.  3. Contact Your Employer Many employers, especially larger ones, pay via direct debit. Contact your employer ASAP to let them know your new account details to avoid a paycheck delay. Your employer may require you to fill out a form with the new information or provide a voided check. Make sure you ask exactly what they need from you to ensure the switch goes smoothly. If you have more than one employer or receive other direct deposits, such as child support payments, make sure you update that information as well. 4. Transfer Your Money Once you’re sure your automatic bill payments and direct deposits are up to date, move any remaining money from your old checking and savings accounts to your new ones.  Depending on your bank, you may be able to transfer the money to your new account free of charge. If you’re faced with a fee for the privilege of moving your money, you can request a check from your old bank that you can deposit into your new account. 5. Close Your Old Account Once your new account is set up and established, it’s time to close your old account. Wait a month or two to make sure all direct deposits and automatic payments are set up properly with your new bank before closing your old one. The last thing you want is to have your water cut off for non-payment when you thought you’d switched that bill over. Make sure you’ve paid off any outstanding balances on your old accounts before moving funds. Failing to do so could make it harder to open bank accounts in the future. No matter why you’re switching banks, it’s important that you feel confident in your decision. Follow these steps to ensure an easy transition between your old and new banks. Catherine Hiles is a writer, mother, runner and avid reader. She enjoys cooking (and eating), good beer and spending time with her husband and two young children. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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IOSCO Consults on Regulating Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms

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IOSCO Consults on Regulating Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms
On May 28, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a consultation paper on regulating crypto-asset trading platforms (CTPs). The consultation paper describes issues and risks identified by IOSCO in relation to CTPs. The consultation paper describes key considerations and provides related toolkits that are intended to assist regulatory authorities who may be evaluating CTPs within the context of their regulatory frameworks. The key considerations relate to matters including: Access and on-boarding; Safekeeping of participant assets, including custody arrangements; Identification and management of conflicts of interest; Transparency of operations; Market integrity, including the rules governing trading on the CTP, and how those rules are monitored and enforced; Price discovery mechanisms; and Technology, including resiliency and cyber-security. In preparing the consultation paper, IOSCO conducted a survey of the regulatory approaches to CTPs that are currently applied or are being considered in member jurisdictions. The consultation paper includes a summary of the findings of the survey. Comments can be made on the consultation until July 29. The consultation paper is available here. [...]
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How to Save on Prescriptions With the Kroger Rx Savings Club

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How to Save on Prescriptions With the Kroger Rx Savings Club
The following reader tip is from Rachel: Our family has some insurance, but not on prescriptions. I shop a lot at Kroger and recently realized that we could save a BUNCH on our prescriptions if we joined the Kroger Rx Savings Club. The club costs $32 per year for individuals and $72 per year for a family. This annual fee paid for itself when we filled my husband’s $100 prescription for only $28.50 at Kroger! Their website allows you to enter your medication information and to figure out what the cost would be as part of the Kroger Rx Savings club. NOTE: A family plan is good for up to 6 members (including pets!) and could potentially be a great option for those without traditional insurance. What is your best advice for saving money on medical expenses? Related Posts: 5 Simple Ways to Save on Medical Bills Cutting Down on Healthcare Costs 8 Ways to Save on Medical Necessities What Not to Do When You Get a Large Medical Bill [...]
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Beckham Hotel Collection Sheets

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Beckham Hotel Collection Sheets
If you have been looking for a great deal on sheets, grab this deal! You can get the Beckham Hotel Collection Sheets for only $31.75. You will be saving 68% on this purchase because it is usually $99.99. Be sure that you grab this deal soon because the prices can change at any time! The post Beckham Hotel Collection Sheets appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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Gamification via a Fintech ecosystem wins a UN Global Climate Action Award

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Gamification via a Fintech ecosystem wins a UN Global Climate Action Award
A 3yr old Corporate Social Responsibility – CSR – initiative that took a life of its own, has resulted in a 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award for Alipay AntForest App. A great example of gamification and network effects on an ecosystem like Alibaba. At launch, it was one of the many charity projects that […] The post Gamification via a Fintech ecosystem wins a UN Global Climate Action Award appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Battleship Game Retro Series 1967 Edition only $8.09!

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Battleship Game Retro Series 1967 Edition only $8.09!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. This is a great price on this Battleship Game Retro Series 1967 Edition! Amazon has this Battleship Game Retro Series 1967 Edition for just $8.09 right now! This would make such a fun gift idea. Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get guaranteed FREE two-day shipping (and possibly one-day or same-day shipping!). And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon. Looking for more Black Friday Deals? You can go here for all of the best online Black Friday Deals as we live blog them all week long! Also, be sure to sign up for our Hot Deals newsletter andjoin our Deal Seekers Facebook groupso that you don’t miss out on any of the hottest, time-sensitive deals as soon as they go live throughout the rest of the holiday season! [...]
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How to Save Money on Healthcare Needs For Your Family

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How to Save Money on Healthcare Needs For Your Family
If you ask many Americans, one thing that they need to save money on it is healthcare.  With the rising costs of both insurance and medical bills, it certainly can keep you up at night. You need healthcare coverage.  That is especially true if you have children.  They are good at getting sick and injured, ... Read More about How to Save Money on Healthcare Needs For Your Family The post How to Save Money on Healthcare Needs For Your Family appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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CFTC Chair Proposes Relief for Phase 5 Initial Margin Implementation

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CFTC Chair Proposes Relief for Phase 5 Initial Margin Implementation
On April 29, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Chris Giancarlo sent a letter to Randy Quarles, the Vice Chair for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in which he proposed that the US regulators responsible for the administering the margin rules for uncleared swaps should collaborate in providing some relief to non-dealer swap market participants who may become subject to initial margin requirements in 2020. The specific relief would be the issuance of the same guidance issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in March (for more information, see the March 8, 2019 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest), which stated that in-scope parties do not have to put in place compliant documentation and custodial relationships if there is no expectation that the exposure associated with their swaps will actually exceed the regulatory threshold for posting initial margin ($50 million for the United States). The need for this relief is a result of the phase-in level for initial margin requirements dropping to zero in 2020. That change is likely to bring many financial end-user swap parties (“Phase 5 Parties”) into scope for initial margin because they trade with swap dealers and have material swaps exposure of $8 billion or more. The proposed guidance would simplify life for any Phase 5 Party that has a relatively low risk swap portfolio and save such parties from having to negotiate new initial margin and custody documents. The guidance would have no effect on Phase 5 Parties that do expect to have more than $50 million in aggregate swap exposure for initial margin purposes. A Phase 5 Party that benefits from such relief would have to monitor its exposures carefully, however, and be ready to satisfy all applicable requirements if it ever exceeds the posting threshold. Since the Federal Reserve is only one of the five banking regulators responsible for the margin rules applicable to swap dealers that are subject to prudential regulation (i.e., bank swap dealers), this proposal can only come to fruition if it is also agreed to by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Farm Credit Administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The letter is available here. [...]
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Lufthansa En Route to Dynamic Award Pricing

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Lufthansa En Route to Dynamic Award Pricing
The way you spend travel rewards on airlines will be changing soon. Lufthansa, one of Europe’s largest air carriers, announced earlier this spring that it is looking into shifting its Miles & More rewards program to a dynamic pricing method. This means that the value of your rewards miles can change depending on a variety of... Curtis Sprung is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Lufthansa En Route to Dynamic Award Pricing originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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You Could Save Money by Ditching These 9 Disposables and Buying Reusables

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You Could Save Money by Ditching These 9 Disposables and Buying Reusables
Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We provide you with accurate, reliable information. Learn more about how we make money and select our advertising partners. Saving the planet doesn’t always come cheap. Many of the disposable products we use and love are easy to buy at lower prices than their reusable counterparts. But the convenience of disposable products often comes at a steep cost to the environment. Plastic bags and straws pollute the ocean and end up being ingested by sea animals. Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills. Reusable products often cost more up front, but you may be surprised to find out how soon they end up paying for themselves since you can use them again and again instead of buying more of the disposable versions. 9 Reusable Products That Will Save You Money Over Time We took nine household products, searched for both reusable and disposable versions on Amazon and compared the costs. Here’s how they stacked up. Editor’s note: The prices in this post are valid as of Sept. 23, 2019. Diapers Diaper prices can vary widely. For example, cheap (read: leaky) store-brand diapers cost just a few cents each, while Pampers can set you back $40 a week. The same is true of cloth diapers.  For this comparison, take a cloth diaper costing $4.50 and 16 disposable diapers at 28 cents each, and the cloth diaper has paid for itself after 16 diaper changes. Multiply that over two years of a child’s life before potty training, and there are major savings to be had by reusing cloth diapers — many of which have different settings that adjust to your baby’s growth. Dryer Balls If you’ve never heard of dryer balls, they’re little wool balls about the size of a tennis ball that you throw in your dryer with your wet laundry in place of fabric-softening dryer sheets. Because the wool can absorb some moisture from your clothes, manufacturers claim they cut down on energy use and drying time. They can also save you some pennies. A set of six reusable wool dryer balls costs $7.97, while a box of 240 disposable dryer sheets costs — wait for it — a buck more. This one’s a no-brainer. Feminine Products Listen up, gal pals. We’re here to tell you that you are not — we repeat, NOT — doomed to pay an exorbitant monthly fee for tampons and liners and pads (not to mention Midol) simply for the privilege of being female. With a box of 40 tampons costing $6.47 and 38 pads ringing in at $6.97 times every month of your adult life, it’s … a lot. So consider this: One pair of Thinx period underwear is $23, and a Diva cup is $24.48. K-Cups Did you even know there was a reusable alternative to those little pods of delectable, life-giving coffee? There totally is!  While a box of 40 Starbucks K-Cups will set you back $28.36 (OUCH), a set of four reusable pods that you just refill with your favorite ground coffee runs $9.95.  Paper Towels One cloth kitchen towel at $1.33 is only slightly more than the cost of one roll of paper towels at a cost of $1.10 per roll. Enough said. FROM THE SAVE MONEY FORUM Teaching Your Kids to Save: I am a Bit Confused (HELP) 10/10/19 @ 8:24 AM Traveling All 50 States On a Budget 10/9/19 @ 4:40 PM Acorns 8/14/19 @ 2:00 PM Saving money on pet meds 9/11/19 @ 11:41 AM See more in Save Money or ask a money question Razors Razors are synonymous with disposable. A box of 100 of the plastic ones: $17.90. A single chrome reusable safety razor (that will make you feel like Don Draper): $12.66. You do have to replace the blade on the reusable one. Don’t worry, they’re cheap. A box of 100 is about $7. Straws A stainless steel straw costing $.75, or $5.99 for a set of eight, is equal to the cost of about 19 disposable straws at 4 cents each. That means that after 19 uses, the reusable straw has essentially paid for itself — plus you’ve got seven more left over. Sandwich Bags This set of six reusable sandwich bags costs $9.99, while a box of 280 Ziploc bags runs about $8.38. Think about it this way: The first time you replace that box of disposable bags, you’ve nearly bought another whole set of the ones you could be reusing. Water Bottles One reusable water bottle costing $15.76 is equal to the cost of about 72 single-use water bottles at 22 cents each.  Translation: Refill your bottle 72 times and then you’re done paying for water entirely. That’s a considerable up-front cost, but these products — and really all reusable replacements — are all about long-term savings. Not to mention tossing a little less waste in the landfill. Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Senior editor Molly Moorhead contributed to this report. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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How to Access American Airlines Admirals Club Lounges

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How to Access American Airlines Admirals Club Lounges
Lounge access is lovely before your flight or on a layover. You get free snacks and beverages, generally comfortable seating, high-speed Wi-Fi access and outlets to charge your devices. American Airlines is the largest domestic carrier, and it has Admirals Club lounges in airports around the world. Customers can even access lounges in airports American... Rosemarie Clancy is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article How to Access American Airlines Admirals Club Lounges originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Don’t Toss Your Receipts. These 8 Apps Will Pay You for Them

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Don’t Toss Your Receipts. These 8 Apps Will Pay You for Them
Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We provide you with accurate, reliable information. Learn more about how we make money and select our advertising partners. We’ve got news: Your grocery receipts are a lot more valuable in your hand than in the trash.  Now, I’ll be honest… I’ve crumpled more receipts than I could ever count. I used to save them all, but the inside of my wallet started looking like something George Constanza would be proud of.  Once it got out of hand (like having years-old receipts…), I resorted to tossing them. Here’s why that was a mistake: Cash-back apps make it extremely easy to earn rewards for making purchases you were already going to make — and all you need is a receipt. 8 Apps That Will Pay You for Your Grocery Receipts  To give you an idea of how cash-back apps can make your life easier and your wallet a bit fuller, we tested a ton of them and narrowed it down to the best, top-rated apps that will pay you for your grocery receipts. Ready?  1. Fetch: Get Rewards for Any Purchase Fetch Rewards is an app for iOS and Android that will reward you for scanning your grocery receipt from any store. All you have to do is shop, snap and go.  Every time you scan a receipt that includes one of more than 250 participating brands, you’ll earn points — without worrying about matching specific product offers. No scanning barcodes; no searching for offers; no grocery store limitations.  Once you collect enough points, cash out for a gift card to retailers including Amazon, Airbnb, Best Buy and more. For example, 10,000 points will get you a $10 Sephora gift card. Or 3,000 points will get you a $3 Panera Bread card. If you’re feeling generous, the app also lets you use your points to make a donation to a charity of your choice.  Oh, and keep in mind you must scan your receipt within 14 days!   Pro Tip Enter the code PENNY to earn a $2 (2,000 points) sign-up bonus! 2. Ibotta: Earn Cash Back for Snapping a Photo (Plus a $20 Bonus!) Ibotta is traditionally known as a cash-back app for groceries — and you can still earn a heap of cash on your next haul — but you can also earn cash back on just about anything you purchase.  Whether you’re catching a Lyft, ordering something on Amazon or buying off-brand items at your favorite grocery store, you can earn cash back on a number of purchases in the store and online. Occasionally, you’ll find freebie offers in the mix, too. All you have to do is take a photo of your receipt or shop through the app.  Bonus: You’ll pocket a $20 sign-up bonus after redeeming your first 10 offers within 14 days. Pro Tip To avoid overspending, make your list first, then see if the app has available offers for what you need. Hit $20, then cash out via PayPal or Venmo, or opt for a gift card to a popular retailer like Amazon, Best Buy, Target or Walmart. 3. Paribus: Find Your Hidden Money  You know those confirmation emails that inundate your inbox after you’ve done some online shopping? Yeah, you might want to stop deleting those. Here’s why: Paribus gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, this tool will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop. Pro Tip If your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated. Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide. 4. Drop: Get a $5 Head Start Toward Your Rewards for Shopping The best kind of savings are the kind where you don’t have to switch up your routine. Or even better, when you get rewarded for doing things you were probably going to do on your own… for free. That’s just one thing that makes Drop so appealing.  All you have to do is link your credit and debit cards (no coupon clipping or hoarding receipts!), and shop through the app. When you make a Drop-qualified purchase, you’ll automatically earn points, even if you only hailed an Uber or ordered a pizza. The app also has a “Try Something New” section that showcases new offers for you to try, and you get paid just for testing them out. To qualify, you must be a new customer to the featured offers, and you have to sign-up through the app. Each offer rewards you in points (1,000 points = $1), which you can redeem for gift cards to your favorite retailers, like Amazon, Sephora, Hotels.com and more.  Pro Tip Get started with 5,000 free Drop points by signing up with code TPH through Dec. 31.  5. Receipt Hog: Turn Any Receipt Into Cash  Just take a picture and earn a reward — yup, that’s it.  Receipt Hog accepts receipts for nearly any in-store purchase from groceries, clothes, electronics and even gas. You can earn a variety of rewards: Coins (cash rewards), spins (earn bonus coins or other prizes) and sweepstakes (monthly cash prizes). Once your rewards balance is at least 1,000 coins, or $5, you can redeem your coins for cash or Amazon gift cards. U.S. participants can also redeem their coins for magazine subscriptions. 6. SavingStar: Double Your Rewards at Your Favorite Store You have a go-to. You know the aisles, when the bakery will have fresh bread and when your favorite deals will be available, because it’s your store.  The next time you go shopping, take the SavingStar app with you. It’s basically a perfect match for grocery store loyalists because, depending on where you shop with your store loyalty card, you can connect it to earn automatic rebates. If you frequent BJ’s, Family Dollar, Safeway or Walmart (to name a few), all you have to do is scan your store card to link and activate your rebates. Then you’re done! Saving Star takes care of the rest. Otherwise, just scan receipts to claim your rebates. Once you collect $20, transfer the money to your bank account, or cash out via PayPal. You can also choose to donate your earnings to charity. 7. Checkout 51: Let Your Receipt Get You Cash Back and Weekly Savings  Is your shopping style less about loyalty and more about wherever you can get the best deal? Same. In that case, Checkout 51 is a great cash-back option.  Redeem the app’s cash-back deals for specific products from any retailer (unless the offer specifies otherwise). If you prefer to shop online, Checkout 51 makes it easy to earn there, too. Just claim your offers by snapping a photo of your packing slip. No need to shop through a portal. Checkout 51 updates its offers each Thursday, giving you a week to get your shopping done. Oh, and the app tends to focus on name-brand items, so don’t forget to compare prices. Generic or store brands might be more affordable even without a rebate. Once you have earned at least $20, you can transfer your Checkout 51 rewards to cash in your bank account. 8. BerryCart: Score Cash Back for the Extra You Spent on Clean Eats If organic food is mostly what fills your grocery cart, BerryCart is perfect for you — it’s an app that specializes in finding you the best deals on gluten-free, organic and non-GMO food.  BerryCart works at more than 100,000 stores nationwide, including health-focused stores like Whole Foods, and also at everyday stores like Walmart and Target. As long as you have an itemized receipt that states which products you purchased, BerryCart will accept it. Keep in mind there may be a limited selection of offers, but depending on your shopping habits, the app can still be useful because it features products other apps don’t. Your cash back will be deposited into your account within 24 hours and can be redeemed for gift cards or PayPal cash with a minimum rewards balance of $5. Maximize Your Rewards With These Tips Cash-back apps are pretty simple, for the most part, but there are still some clever ways to make the most of your rewards. Here are a few tips to help you get started: S [...]
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Meet the Nerdlings, NerdWallet’s Interns

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Meet the Nerdlings, NerdWallet’s Interns
This post was written by Kirsten Armstrong, on the People Ops team at NerdWallet. Every summer, NerdWallet welcomes “Nerdlings,” interns from around the country who join us for hands-on experience and career preparation. During their internships, our Nerdlings become integral members of the NerdWallet community, bringing new ideas and fresh perspectives to our work. In turn, we’re...The article Meet the Nerdlings, NerdWallet’s Interns originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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17 Things You’re Keeping for No Reason — and Should Toss

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17 Things You’re Keeping for No Reason — and Should Toss
My circa-1987 all-gray kitchen is finally undergoing a much-needed renovation. But before the demolition could start, my husband and I had to take every single thing out of our cupboards and drawers. It was kind of like an archeological dig, as we discovered mysterious gadgets, orphaned appliance cords and even a 1990 receipt for a coffeemaker purchased by our home’s previous owners. [...]
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Car and Driver Magazine Subscription Discount

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Car and Driver Magazine Subscription Discount
Know a car enthusiast?  Get a subscription to Car and Driver Magazine at a super low price! CAR AND DRIVER SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT Now through 6/25/19 (11:59 pm EST), you can save 89% on your Car and Driver Magazine subscription!  Enter the coupon code PENNYPINCH at checkout and drop the price to just $4.95 an issue ... Read More about Car and Driver Magazine Subscription Discount The post Car and Driver Magazine Subscription Discount appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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8 Ways to Pay for College Without Student Loans or Your Parents’ Help

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8 Ways to Pay for College Without Student Loans or Your Parents’ Help
Parents aren’t perfect. Shocking, I know. So even though you may have been planning out your college career, your family’s financial situation may not have kept up with your dreams of campus life. On average, 34% of college costs were paid from parents’ income and savings, according to a national study by Sallie Mae. But families who have a limited income and haven’t been saving may not be able to help cover a higher education price tag. Including tuition and applicable fees, the cost per credit hour at a four-year institution is $301.23, according to a Penny Hoarder analysis of National Center for Education statistics. If an average bachelor’s degree requires 120 credit hours, the total price comes to $36,148 — not including room and board. Whether it’s by necessity or by choice, your parents could end up saying you’re on your own if you want to go to college. But that doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to a mountain of student loan debt or to skipping college altogether. But you do need a plan of attack, which is where we come in. How to Pay for College Without Your Parents’ Help You may not want to hear this right now, but paying for your own college education can actually be good for you (just like brussels sprouts or liver). Taking on the responsibility can teach you budgeting techniques and saving strategies that you might not have learned if your parents were picking up the tab. You can start saving on college by choosing a less-expensive school — here’s our list of the best college bargains by state. Once you’ve narrowed your choices, check out these eight ways to pay for college without money from your parents — or student loans. 1. Scholarships and Grants From Your School Already have a college in mind? Then the first place to start looking for scholarship money is the school’s financial aid office. If you’re still in high school, ask your guidance counselor for their help reaching out to the college. It’s important to know what money is available, so ask the financial aid officials about deadlines for applications, opportunities for need- vs. merit-based funding and options for renewable scholarships and grants. Pro Tip Some schools won’t consider you for any of their scholarships until you’ve submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Transferring from another college? Whether you started at another four-year institution or you’re continuing your education after completing your associate’s degree at a community college (a great way to save money, BTW), transfer scholarships offer a niche option. Here are 25 transfer scholarships we’ve found. 2. Federal Pell Grant Federal Pell Grants are need-based awards that are awarded on an annual basis (meaning you need to reapply every year). Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply — here’s a step-by-step guide for filling out FAFSA. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,195 for the 2019–20 award year (July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020). The amount you get will depend on the four following factors, according to the Federal Student Aid office: Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The cost of attendance at your school and your specific program. Whether you’re a full-time or part-time student. If you plan to attend school for a full academic year or less. Filling out FAFSA requires your tax information, and unless you’re no longer a dependent, that means you’ll need your parents’ most recent tax returns. Providing this information doesn’t leave them on the hook for your college bill, but it could affect your financial aid package. Pro Tip To avoid debt, don’t take more money than you need. Accept free money (scholarships and grants) and earned money (work-study) in your financial aid package first, then student loans only as needed. If your parents won’t provide these details, there are a few options that you can explore. One option is to claim yourself as an independent, but that’s typically only allowed if you are over 24 years old, are married, have kids, are a veteran or can claim special circumstances. 3. Grants From Your State States use your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for state financial aid, so you get a two-for-one with that application (actually, it’s more like a three-for-one, since your school will probably use it, too). But some states require additional documentation, and their deadlines are not always the same as the federal ones. Note that most state grants are only applicable for in-state schools, but there are some state grants and scholarships you can use for out-of-state tuition. Check out your state’s FAFSA requirements for rules and deadlines. 4. Work-Study Program Federal aid doesn’t stop with scholarships and grants. If you’re able to work on campus part time while attending classes, you can apply for federal work-study (FWS), which is essentially federal aid you receive for working. Pro Tip IRS Publication 970 outlines 10 tax benefits that students can claim to reduce the income tax they owe. Read more about it on irs.gov. Work-study jobs typically allow you to earn extra money without having to leave campus — that’s helpful if you’re without a car or if making the hike from campus to a job would be cost prohibitive. But don’t expect a work-study program to cover all your costs. Under the FWS program, students typically work no more than 20 hours a week during a semester. And you won’t be allowed to exceed the allotted hours from your financial aid award, so don’t bank on overtime to cover extra costs. Learn more about on-campus job opportunities here. 5. Other Scholarships After you’ve talked to your college’s financial aid office and filled out your FAFSA, it’s time to get a little creative in your scholarship search. Start with your intended career. Corporations and professional associations often offer grants and scholarships for students pursuing degrees in related fields. As a bonus, researching and contacting these organizations early in your college career will help you make connections that can come in handy when you’re applying for jobs when you graduate. Pro Tip Some scholarship deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so start applying during the summer between your junior and senior years. Also check out nationwide databases like Career One Stop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, and The Penny Hoarder, which has its own compilations of awesome scholarships — and weird scholarships. 6. Part-Time Job On-campus work isn’t the only way to make extra cash — and off-campus jobs don’t require you to qualify for federal work-study.   Among the other benefits of an off-campus job is the potential to earn more money than at a FWS job since you can work more hours and keep the job year-round. Additionally, you can potentially turn a part-time gig into a job upon graduation. Here are six tips to help you move from part-time to full-time employee. And if you don’t want to leave campus but still want to earn part-time or full-time money, check out our handy work-from-home portal for legit ways to make money from your dorm. 7. Paid Internship Internships provide on-the-job experience, which can help bolster your resume as your college career draws to a close. Not only does a paid internship offer the same potential experience as an unpaid version, it could actually improve your chances of finding a post-graduation job. Among the 2019 graduates who had an internship, 66.4% of paid interns received a job offer, while just 43.7% of unpaid interns were offered a job, according to the survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. You can start your internship search at your own college, whether it’s contacting the career services department, attending on-campus career fairs, reaching out to your alumni network or asking professors within your o [...]
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Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures, Space Robot Set

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Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures, Space Robot Set
Have a little one that loves Thomas & Friends Adventures? This would be a great deal to grab now and use as a gift idea during the holidays! You can order the Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures, Space Robot Set for only $10.67. You will be saving 57% on this purchase because it is usually ... Read More about Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures, Space Robot Set The post Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Adventures, Space Robot Set appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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What is the future of insurance?

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What is the future of insurance?
image Have we seen the future of insurance? No, unless you have conquered the whole space-time continuum thing, or yours is a parallax view of the insurance industry to come.  Is there good discussion and collaboration addressing what that future might be? Yes, if this week’s buffet of InsurTech news pieces is any indication, and […] The post What is the future of insurance? appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs Regarding Inline XBRL

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On August 20, the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission released several new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to interactive data/eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), with a focus on items relating to Inline XBRL format requirements. Inline XBRL requires registrants to embed their XBRL directly into the main filing as opposed to providing a separate accompanying XBRL file. As a reminder, the requirement to provide Inline XBRL is currently being phased-in for registrants on the following schedule: Filer Status Compliance Date Large accelerated filers reporting using US GAAP Beginning with fiscal periods ending on or after June 15, 2019 Accelerated filers reporting using US GAAP Beginning with fiscal periods ending on or after June 15, 2020 All other filers Beginning with fiscal periods ending on or after June 15, 2021 A US domestic form filer is not, however, required to comply with the Inline XBRL requirements for any form other than Form 10-Q until the filing of its first Form 10-Q after the applicable phase-in date. Additionally, once subject to the Inline XBRL requirements, a registrant also will be required to include Cover Page XBRL tagging, pursuant to Rule 406 of Regulation S-T, for any filings on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, 20-F and 40-F. C&DI 101.01 Beginning with new C&DI 101.01, the staff clarified how Inline XBRL should appear in the exhibit index of filings. Interactive Data Files, including Inline XBRL, should appear as exhibit 101 and Cover Page XBRL should appear as exhibit 104. When Inline XBRL is used, the word “Inline” should appear within the title description for the exhibit. Cover Page XBRL files, which are required to be filed as exhibit 104, should be included with other XBRL files as exhibit 101, with exhibit 104 cross referencing to the exhibit 101 file. C&DI 101.02 The staff confirmed that registrants that voluntarily submit Inline XBRL prior to the applicable compliance date are not required to comply with the Cover Page XBRL tagging requirements. Cover Page tagging is only applicable to registrants “required” to submit Inline XBRL. C&DI 101.03 Inline XBRL and the related Cover Page XBRL requires tagging the cover pages of Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, 20-F and 40-F. Now, following the applicable phase-in period, all Form 8-K filings will require Cover Page XBRL tagging, even if the filing does not include financial statements for which XBRL data is required. C&DI 101.04 The requirement noted above to list Cover Page XBRL as exhibit 104 also applies in the case of Form 8-Ks. However, the staff will not object if registrants exclude an exhibit index from a Form 8-K filing if the exhibit index would be included solely to identify Cover Page XBRL. C&DI 101.05 The staff notes that Cover Page XBRL tagging will require a registrant to tag its company name using Inline XBRL. A company’s name, as it appears on the cover page of a filing, may differ from its name as it appears in the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) filing system, and for the most part, such differences will not prevent the filing from being accepted and disseminated. The staff notes that in rare cases such variations may result in a notice of suspension for the filing (in which case the registrant should contact EDGAR Filer Technical Support). Filers should use this as an opportunity to review the way their company name appears in the EDGAR filing system and ensure it matches the company name as it appears on the cover page of SEC filings. Others — Timing Registrants that voluntarily submit Inline XBRL prior to the applicable compliance date may cease such voluntary Inline XBRL submissions until the applicable compliance date. [C&DI 101.06]. US domestic form filers are required to comply with Inline XBRL beginning with their first Form 10-Q after the applicable compliance date, not necessarily the first filing after the compliance date. Where a Form 8-K is filed earlier on the same day as such first Form 10-Q filing, Inline XBRL will not be required for the Form 8-K. [C&DI 101.07]. Others — Foreign Private Issuers Foreign private issuers that prepare financial statements in accordance with US GAAP are required to comply with the Inline XBRL requirements based on filer status (large accelerated filer, accelerated filer, etc.) as set forth in the compliance phase-in schedule above. Foreign private issuers that prepare financial statements in accordance with IFRS will be required to comply with Inline XBRL for fiscal periods ending on or after June 15, 2021. [C&DI 101.08]. Filers using Form 20-F and Form 40-F, which have no quarterly filing obligations, will be required to comply with Inline XBRL beginning with the first filing on a form for which Inline XBRL is required after the applicable compliance date. [C&DI 101.09]. The complete text of the new C&DIs is available here. [...]
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5 Things You Should NOT Buy at Dollar Tree

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5 Things You Should NOT Buy at Dollar Tree
Since you all loved my list of what NOT to buy at Aldi, I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of what NOT to buy at Dollar Tree! What You Shouldn’t Buy at Dollar Tree Wondering what you shouldn’t buy at Dollar? Well, I’ve got you covered in this post! Now, before you think I’m here to disparage Dollar Tree, let me be clear: Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places to shop at. And I’m thrilled that I passed that love on to my daughter! I mean, what’s not to love about Dollar Tree? Everything in the store is a dollar or less. If you’re wondering what I think you should buy at Dollar Tree, be sure to check out my HUGE list of the best things to buy at Dollar Tree. I go to the Dollar Tree for Valentine’s Day gifts. We have a family Christmas tradition where we all go to Dollar Tree and buy each other stocking stuffers! I even think it’s a great place to save money on groceries! But just like any other store, there are definitely some things I think you should not purchase at Dollar Tree because they aren’t great deals. I put together a list of my top five things below: (Psst! Did you see my list of 5 Things You Should Not Buy at Aldi?) 1. Cheap Plastic Toys Okay, so if you want to buy the cheap plastic toys, you totally can — especially if they will give your kids a lot of enjoyment. (Hey, if a cheap plastic toy for $1 will buy you 30 minutes of peace and quiet, I’m all for that!) And full disclosure, we have totally have bought the games, puzzles, activity books many times over the years (especially for road trips), but we try to be careful that we’re not buying cheap toys that won’t work and are just going to break in a few minutes. 2. Boxes of Cereal While they do have name brand cereals, they are small boxes and the price per ounce isn’t a great deal — especially compared to what you’d pay for cereal at Aldi. 3. Mac & Cheese I’ve told you that my kids are big fans of the boxed Mac & Cheese at Aldi — and it’s less than $0.50 per box! Also, there are often deals on Annie’s Mac & Cheese where you can get it for $1 per box or less! Looking for a really delicious homemade mac & cheese recipe. I highly recommend this one. 4. Chips/Pretzels If you don’t have a Kroger or Aldi, the prices on tortilla chips and pretzels could be a good deal for you. The packages are smaller than a typical bag of chips or pretzels at the grocery store. Aldi has the larger bags for $1.19 and Kroger often has larger bags on sale for $1. 5. Hand towels and wash cloths I had to include these because of all the things you can buy at Dollar Tree these are one of the few things I think you should never buy. Why? Because they are basically scratchy, non-absorbent rags. I mean, if you want to buy them for rags, be my guest. But I think you’d be better off using leaves off your backyard trees to clean up a mess than these “towels”. 🙂 Okay, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but still, just don’t buy these! Wait until Kohl’s has a deal and a coupon code, and then spend $1-2 per hand towel and wash cloth to buy something that actually works! Do you agree with my list? Is there anything you would add to it? I’d love to hear! Related Links: My 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Dollar Tree 21 Valentine’s Day Deals at Dollar Tree 23 Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Dollar Tree My 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Aldi 5 Things You Should NOT Buy at Aldi [...]
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What has triggered the explosion of payments for order flow? Not Fidelity

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What has triggered the explosion of payments for order flow? Not Fidelity
The Robinhood effect popped up again, as Schwab slashed its stock commissions to zero and forced TD America, E-trade, Interactive Brokers, Ally Invest, and Fidelity to follow suit over the next few days. Schwab called this the zero commission brokerage war, on CNN. This war is just the beginning of a broader trend that will […] The post What has triggered the explosion of payments for order flow? Not Fidelity appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Get Paid to Spread Holiday Cheer as Santa Claus. Here’s How to Find Gigs

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Remember that sixth helping of stuffing you devoured? Oh, and countless heaps of grandma’s cherished mac and cheese? Don’t regret eating them. (We don’t.) Instead, think of those extra pounds as preparation for the grandest holiday side gig of them all. Every year, thousands of shopping malls, department stores and corporations throw Christmas-themed events and parties that rely on guest appearances from Ol’ Saint Nick himself.  (Spoiler alert: not the real one. He’s too busy. It’s actually a complex network of Santa Claus impersonators.) If you’ve got what it takes — e.g. a burly chuckle, a mean beard, a background check and liability insurance — you can find a variety of Santa Claus jobs this time of year. How to Find Santa Claus Jobs (Mrs. Claus, Too!) Becoming Santa Claus is a little more complicated than walking into your local shopping mall with an application in hand. Many malls and department stores rely on event companies, talent agencies and freelancers to meet their Kris Kringle needs. Here’s how to join those ranks. Work at an Event or Photography Company When you think of Santa Claus jobs, do you think of a winding single-file line through the atrium of a shopping mall, everyone waiting for a photo with the big guy? These types of events are often coordinated by events and photography businesses.  Some companies contract with shopping malls or department stores as full-service vendors – handling all the staff, decorations and photographs. Others may only provide photography services or Santa-staffing services.  Cherry Hill Programs and Instant Photo Corporation of America (IPCA) are two national companies that partner with regional shopping malls across the nation to hire Santas, Mrs. Clauses and other festive characters (as well as some photographers). Pro Tip Not having any luck with national Santa companies? Narrow your job search to local events and photography companies. If all else fails: Call your local mall to see how they usually hire Santa. Use a Talent or PR Agency Maybe you have experience as Santa under your well-worn leather belt. In addition to looking the part, you sing or act to enliven your impersonation. Simply put, you’re down to do more than sit on a red velvet throne for a few pictures. A talent agency is just what you need. Such agencies find the Santa Claus jobs — the corporate events, the media appearances, the charity drives — and reach out to you if you’re a part of their network and meet certain criteria. Pro Tip Real-bearded Santas are generally higher in demand and can charge better hourly rates. Some agencies may even require the applicant to have a real beard. Three free nationwide Santa networks, Hire Santa, Real Santa and Santa for Hire, are looking for talented actors to play the part. Applications are open for Mrs. Claus as well. Freelance as Santa Whether you find gigs through an events company or talent agency, you can always boost the profile of your Santa enterprise by finding clients on your own. This will require a bit more legwork on your part, but the reward can be well worth it. Some Santas we spoke to earn up to $7,000 a season by running their own show. In our ultimate guide to becoming a professional Santa, The Penny Hoarder spoke to several pros who built their own websites or made listings on talent-freelancing websites like Gig Salad. They shared insider tips on finding the best clothes, enrolling in Santa school (it’s a thing — we checked) and getting into character, even when you’re off the clock. “Before you become a Santa, you really need to understand what it’s going to do to your life,” said Santa Tim, a retired professional Santa from Kansas. “You are going to have to be Santa Claus.” Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in ways to make money that don’t involve stuffy corporate offices. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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How to Get on the Same Money Page As Your Spouse

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How to Get on the Same Money Page As Your Spouse
You and your spouse are tight. You’ve got your catalog of shows you love to chill and watch together. You communicate with words and phrases built over the years of your marriage. And insider jokes? The two of you share these naturally by text throughout the week. But then…there’s money. It seems to be this ... Read More about How to Get on the Same Money Page As Your Spouse The post How to Get on the Same Money Page As Your Spouse appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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This Company is Looking for Clinical Trial Participants (And Will Pay up to $12,000)

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This Company is Looking for Clinical Trial Participants (And Will Pay up to $12,000)
Taking part in a clinical research study is a great way to help find treatments for common illnesses…  …and, we’re not going to lie, it’s also a great way to potentially earn some extra money.  Wait! Before your imagination runs wild, know that clinical trials really aren’t that scary. You just have to find legit opportunities that are worth your time. We suggest starting with a contract research organization called Parexel, which has been around since 1982. It conducts clinical trials in Baltimore, Los Angeles and London — and it’s willing to pay you up to $12,000 per study. Sooo… Tell Me More About These Trials These research organizations spend years testing new medications and devices in hopes of treating common illnesses. After all that research, they move to the next step — these clinical trials — so the Food and Drug Administration will give its stamp of approval. It’s the last stop before something is offered to the public. And that’s where you can help. You don’t necessarily have to have an illness, either; Parexel is looking for healthy participants, as well. The first phases of Parexel studies typically focus on healthy volunteers, and these studies tend to pay more.   Here’s how to get started: Go to Parexel’s website, and scroll through its available studies in Baltimore, Los Angeles and London. Take note of each study’s dates, requirements and compensation. If you find a match, apply for the study online by filling out some basic information. If you don’t find a match? Join Parexel’s mailing list, and it’ll email you when new trials become available. Are There Any Major Requirements? Hop over to Parexel’s list of available studies. It outlines any specific requirements upfront so you won’t waste your time. For example, one study, available at the time of writing this article, simply needed healthy volunteers who don’t smoke. Others will be more specific — like those with arthritis or non-childbearing women. As a general rule of thumb, Parexel is looking for participants who: Are ages 18 to 55. Live anywhere in the U.S. and can travel to Baltimore, Los Angeles and London. Generally have a body mass index (BMI) of 32 or less. (You can calculate your BMI on Parexel’s site.) For healthy volunteers, Parexel is looking for people in overall good health, who are not diagnosed with any major medical conditions and don’t consistently require prescription medications.  Some trials will require you to stay on site for up to 20 nights (those pay more), and others simply require you to stop in for flexible tests and screenings. Generally, you’ll get paid per visit — with Parexel, the average is $300 to $350. So if you’re looking for some extra money and want to help find treatments to common diseases, sign up for a clinical research study. Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Have you signed up for your FREE Harry’s Shaving Bundle yet?!

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Have you signed up for your FREE Harry’s Shaving Bundle yet?!
If you haven’t tried Harry’s yet, you can currently get a FREE shaving bundle! All you’ll pay is shipping! Harry’s is offering a free three-piece Shaving Bundle right now. You just pay $3 for shipping. This is valued at $13! In this free set, you’ll get two weeks’ worth of shaving supplies from Harry’s: a Truman razor with a blade (choose from one of three different different colors), foaming shave gel, and a travel blade cover. I ordered this and was very impressed with what I got for $3 shipped! The razor was seems to be really high quality and I loved the rubberized handle (and it’s fun that you get to choose the color!) I chose the orange handled razor although I’m not really sure why! I think if I were to do it again, I would choose the blue. Oh well! When you sign up for this Shaving Bundle, it signs you up for a subscription to Harry’s razors, however, you can choose to cancel before they send your next shipment. I ordered this and I chose the 5-month option (see above). They said that they will email you before they send your next shipment and you can cancel your subscription then if you don’t want to continue getting shipments. Or, go ahead and cancel it as soon as your first order ships above so you don’t accidentally forget. I went in and cancelled my subscription after my box shipped and it was SUPER easy to do. Hesitant about Harry’s? Check out this recent Harry’s review from a reader: “I’ve been using Harry’s since this past December and I must say that their products and customer service are GREAT! I also took them up on their mystery product and ALWAYS get an item much more valuable than what they charge. I received the BEST customer service email that I have ever received from ANY company that I’ve done business with. I was so pleased that I emailed them back to thank them for such a nice, friendly email and they replied-pronto! AND their blades are really nice! I get auto shipping every 3 months, but these blades start sharp and stay sharp for much longer than those I used to buy in stores. As a disabled ARMY veteran I chose the OD Green color razor, which too, is a wonderful product. The weight of the razor makes shaving so much more enjoyable and effective. I really think that you’ll enjoy these products!” Here’s how to get this deal: Go here and click on the “Get Started” button (right at the top). Follow the steps on your screen and choose how often you’d like to receive future shipments. Go to checkout and you’ll just pay $3! Woohoo! Just $3 out of pocket for the set! Let me know if you’ve ordered from Harry’s before or have a subscription. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, see my Completely Honest Review of Dollar Shave Club. (And you can get a Starter Set from Dollar Shave Club for just $5 shipped here.) [...]
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26 Work-From-Home Jobs That Pay $100,000

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26 Work-From-Home Jobs That Pay $100,000
Working from home is the dream of millions who commute to an office every day. Fortunately, lucrative opportunities abound — especially for those with a lot of education and experience. It's not the usual blah, blah, blah. Click here to sign up for our free newsletter. Recently, FlexJobs — a jobs board that specializes in openings for remote and other flexible positions &#8212. [...]
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Has Softbank’s Vision fund lost sight as it invests in PayTM $1 Bn raise despite mounting losses?

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Has Softbank’s Vision fund lost sight as it invests in PayTM $1 Bn raise despite mounting losses?
They lost $4.6 Billion with the WeWork deal. They have struggled to raise fund-2. They are now focused on profitability rather than growth. Yet, Softbank fund joined by Alibaba’s Ant Financial pooled in $600 Million for PayTM’s recent $1 Billion fund raise. PayTM is valued at $16 Billion at the end of this funding round. […] The post Has Softbank’s Vision fund lost sight as it invests in PayTM $1 Bn raise despite mounting losses? appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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This Habit Saves Me Money and Stress All Week Long

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This Habit Saves Me Money and Stress All Week Long
Figuring out what to cook for dinner every night can add stress to an already long day. But going out to eat or picking something on the way home adds up to a pretty penny. What if there was a way to avoid the hassle of what’s for dinner and save money in the process? Enter meal planning. This one switch — from deciding what to eat on the fly to planning out your meals &#8212. [...]
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So You’re Ready to Open a Bank Account? Here’s Exactly What You Need

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So You’re Ready to Open a Bank Account? Here’s Exactly What You Need
Regardless of where you are in life, you will likely need to open a bank account at some point.  But what do you need to open a bank account, exactly? Whether you’re a total newbie or just haven’t opened one in a long time, the process of opening an account can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be. Prepare yourself before you head to the bank, and the process will go much more smoothly. What Do You Need to Open a Bank Account? Usually, you can open an account online or in person at a local bank branch. If you go in person, make sure you collect all your documents ahead of time to avoid delays. (We’ll discuss what you need to bring later on.) No matter how you open your bank account, you’ll need to fill out an application. This will include personal information like your name, address and Social Security number. If you’re applying online, you’ll need to enter your photo ID number so the bank can verify that you are who you claim to be. How to Determine if You’re Eligible to Open a Bank Account Each bank has different eligibility requirements, so it’s a good idea to do some research before choosing a bank. But all banks have certain eligibility requirements mandated by law. First, you need to be at least 18 years old to open a bank account on your own.  If you’re under 18, you may be able to open a joint account with a parent or legal guardian. You might also check with your bank to see if they offer accounts designed for minors.  Opening a bank account at a young age can help you learn how to properly manage your money, making the transition to adulthood an easier one. Many banks will look at your financial history before allowing you to open an account. So if you have a history of overdrafts or have had accounts closed by the bank before, you may be ineligible. Some banks will work with you even if you have a bad history, so it’s worth doing your research if this applies to you. In some circumstances, banks will only allow you to open an account if you’re a U.S. citizen. What to Bring When You Open a Bank Account Once you’ve chosen a financial institution where you want to open a checking or savings account, you’ll need to make sure you show up with the right documents to ensure a smooth process. Here’s what to bring. Photo ID When opening an account for the first time, you will need to bring some form of photo ID. The most common form is a state-issued driver’s license, but a passport will also work.  If you don’t drive and don’t have a passport, you can get a state ID from your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. To get an ID, you’ll need to provide the DMV with your birth certificate and proof of address. Social Security Card You may need to show your Social Security card to open an account, so it’s a good idea to bring it along just in case.  If you don’t have a Social Security number, you will need an Individual Taxpayer Identification number. You can get one by submitting Form W-7 to the IRS. Proof of Address You will need to bring some sort of proof of your address, such as a utility bill or mortgage statement. You can also provide a lease agreement that lists your address. Deposits Most banks require you to make an initial deposit when you open a new account, so make sure you ask what the minimum deposit is and have that amount of money with you when you go to open the account. FROM THE BANKING FORUM Social security Representative Payee bank account 9/26/19 @ 5:16 PM L How to find a checking account that displays scheduled transaction on account activinty view? 9/4/19 @ 2:05 PM ONLINE BANKS 8/26/19 @ 6:54 PM Best bank to use? 7/12/19 @ 2:52 PM See more in Banking or ask a money question What Happens After You Apply for a Bank Account? Once your application is complete, the bank will review it and check your history with bank accounts, if applicable. If you’re approved for the account, you will receive the account number and routing number so you can begin using it immediately. This is when you will pay your initial deposit.  If you’re opening the account in person, you can use cash, a check or an electronic transfer. If you’re opening the account online, you should be able to use all of the above options, with the exception of cash. After a few days, you’ll receive a checkbook, deposit slips and a debit or ATM card in the mail. The card will include instructions on how to activate it, which you’ll typically do over the phone or online. Make sure you sign the card or it could be considered invalid. Once you have your bank account details, you can set up a direct deposit for your regular monthly income, whether that’s a paycheck, retirement funds or other benefits. Direct deposits make it easy to access your money each month and avoid the extra step of having to cash a check. Next, you can set up online access to your bank account. Make sure you choose a password that you’ll remember but that isn’t too easy to guess. Some banks have different login methods for additional security, so make sure you choose one that won’t be too hard for you to use to access your funds. Opening a bank account, whether for the first or 50th time, can be daunting. But by making sure you have everything you need ahead of time, it can be quick and easy. Catherine Hiles is a writer, mother, runner and avid reader. She enjoys cooking (and eating), good beer and spending time with her husband and two young children. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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FINRA Publishes Notice to Members Encouraging Continued Disclosure of Digital Assets Activities

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On July 18, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published Regulatory Notice 19-24 (Notice), which encourages member firms to continue notifying their Regulatory Coordinators about their digital assets activities. The Notice extends the requested notification period originally set forth in Regulatory Notice 18-20 from July 31, 2019 to July 31, 2020. (For additional information regarding the amendment, please refer to the July 13, 2018 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest.) Member firms are encouraged to promptly notify their Regulatory Coordinators if its associated persons or affiliates currently engage in, or intend to engage in, any activities related to digital assets. Covered activities include, but are not limited to, purchases, sales and executions of digital assets transactions and the acceptance of cryptocurrencies from customers. FINRA is not requesting this information from firms that have already submitted a continuing membership application addressing their digital asset-related activities or have otherwise provided the covered information, unless a change has occurred. The Notice is available here. [...]
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*HOT* Columbia Outerwear Deals!

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*HOT* Columbia Outerwear Deals!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Love Columbia? Score some HOT deals on outerwear right now! For a limited time, you can get some really nice discounts on Columbia outerwear when you use the promo code 65SUM2019 at checkout! And shipping is FREE if you’re a Columbia Rewards Member (it’s free to sign up)! Here are some deals you can score… Get this Women’s Mountain Crest Fleece Full Zip Jacket for only $19.98 shipped after the promo code (regularly $50)! Choose from four colors. Get this Men’s Panther Creek Jacket for only $35.99 shipped after the promo code (regularly $90)! Choose from six colors. Get this Men’s Boulder Ridge Henley Hoodie for only $19.99 shipped after the promo code (regularly $60)! Choose from three colors. Get this Kids’ Mountain Side Lined Windbreaker for just $17.58 shipped after the promo code (regularly $45)! Get this Women’s Warden Lodge Pullover Hoodie for just $27.98 shipped after the promo code (regularly $80)! Hurry – these are selling out quickly. [...]
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Gap Factory: Women’s Puffer Vest only $18.39 shipped (Reg. $50!)

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Gap Factory: Women’s Puffer Vest only $18.39 shipped (Reg. $50!)
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. These Puffer Vests are perfect for fall and wintertime! Gap Factory has these Women’s Puffer Vests only $18.39 when you use the promo code FRIENDS at checkout! You can also use the promo code SHIPPED to score free shipping! This is regularly $49.99 so this is a fantastic deal. Choose from several color options. Psst! You can also still get this Women’s Hooded Puffer Jacket for just $35 shipped! Thanks, Wear It For Less! [...]
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Want a FEMA Job? Speak to Agency Recruiters During Virtual Job Fair Sept. 12

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Want a FEMA Job? Speak to Agency Recruiters During Virtual Job Fair Sept. 12
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has scores of job openings nationwide, and it’s hosting a virtual job fair to fill them. On Sept.12, job seekers can log into the FEMA job fair between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time to chat directly with recruiters. All-day attendance isn’t required.  Before joining the event, applicants must first register on CareerEco’s website to secure their spot. Creating an account takes only a couple of minutes. To stand out, however, candidates should include their resume and a cover letter in their profile before Sept.12 so that FEMA recruiters can easily access that information when the event starts. (The Penny Hoarder has you covered if you need help writing a resume or crafting a cover letter.) More than 130 job openings at FEMA are listed on USAJobs.gov. Positions are available in communications, emergency management, engineering, human resources, information technology, public affairs and more. FEMA is a federal agency that assists the public before, during and after natural disasters and security-related threats. The agency operates in 10 regional areas, covering all states and U.S.-owned territories. New to virtual fairs? You’re not alone. CareerEco’s CEO Gayle Oliver-Plath spoke to us about the best ways to prepare for a virtual job fair. Here are the big takeaways: Do your homework. — Just because the job fair is online doesn’t make it any less crucial that you make a good impression. Come to the fair prepared with tailored questions for the hiring manager. Take care of tech beforehand. — Is your account properly registered? Are your web browser and flash player up to date? Documents organized and ready to go? Don’t forget the motherlode of all tech issues: WiFi. Hardwire your computer with an ethernet cable if worse comes to worse. Be interview-ready. — If all goes well, a hiring manager might ask to interview you on-the-spot. So be dressed to impress. Make sure you are in a well-lit, distraction-free area where you can chat. It’s OK if that’s not the case, too. Explain that you are not in the best environment for an interview, and offer alternative times when you are available. Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in ways to make money that don’t involve stuffy corporate offices. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Whole Life Insurance 101: A Simple Guide to These Complicated Policies

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Whole Life Insurance 101: A Simple Guide to These Complicated Policies
Life insurance is one of those touchy subjects no one likes to talk about, let alone research or recognize its existence. In a world that’s all about living your best life, life insurance just doesn’t fit.  We’re here to tell you that not only is it OK to talk about life insurance, but finding the right type of policy can provide you with peace of mind. One option to consider is whole life insurance. What Is Whole Life Insurance, and How Does Cash Value Work? So what is whole life insurance? Whole life insurance is a type of permanent life insurance that pays out a benefit to the individual(s) you list as the recipients for your policy when you die.  But part of your policy goes toward a cash value component, which is basically a tax-deferred savings account you can take advantage of later in life. You can use the cash value to: Pay your premiums. Take out loans at lower interest rates than you’d get from a bank. Supplement your income, especially in retirement. Create a new investment portfolio. Whole life insurance is a guaranteed payout that you can’t outlive. Your beneficiaries will receive the payout upon your death unless you fail to make payments or cancel your policy (and pay expensive cancellation costs), or if your cause of death is excluded in your policy.  When you die, your heirs receive the listed death benefit — but not the cash value that rose while you were alive and making payments. Any remaining cash value goes to the insurance company, so it’s a benefit to take advantage of while you’re still alive. Term vs. Whole Life Insurance The biggest difference between term and whole life insurance policies is the amount of time that you are covered. Term life insurance provides coverage for specific amounts of time, usually for set periods of anywhere from five to 30 years. But whole life insurance, as discussed above, is going to pay out eventually when you die as long as your premiums are paid.  When you choose term life insurance, you can get more coverage for lower premiums. Why? Because you’ll likely outlive your term, and the insurance company won’t have to pay out a death benefit. It also has no cash value. Most people choose a set term life insurance, knowing they are paying a low premium purely on a policy that’s solely for financial protection in the case of their untimely death. If you look at it from a purely insurance standpoint, it’s like buying car insurance your whole life but never using it because you were never in a car wreck.  Pro Tip Many term life insurance policies allow you to convert your policy to whole life insurance, but you’ll typically pay a costly fee. Try to do your homework first and stick with the policy you pick.  Your premiums for personal whole life insurance are considered a personal expense, so they aren’t tax-deductible. 5 Types of Whole Life Insurance Policies There are five main types of whole life insurance. Here’s a brief overview: Traditional whole life insurance: Your premiums stay the same as long as you keep making them.  Single premium whole life insurance: One large lump payment you make upfront takes care of this policy.  Limited whole life insurance: You pick a set period, such as 20 years, for this whole life insurance option. You’ll still be insured your whole life, but you’ll only make payments during the set period, which means your payments are higher than they would be for traditional whole life insurance. Modified premium whole life insurance: You pay lower premiums upfront, but they get more expensive as you age.  Survivorship life insurance: These policies allow you to insure two people and are popular among spouses. The catch? It pays out only after both policyholders have died. The benefit? It’s less expensive than paying for two separate whole life insurance policies.  FROM THE INSURANCE FORUM Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Wills, etc 1/31/19 @ 10:21 PM Stride Health with Etsy 6/10/19 @ 5:18 PM How much car insurance do I need? 4/18/19 @ 3:28 PM Pet Insurance 4/18/19 @ 3:28 PM See more in Insurance or ask a money question What Happens When a Whole Life Insurance Policy Lapses or Is Surrendered?  A whole life insurance policy lapses when the policyholder stops making monthly premium payments on time. The life insurance contract is labeled as no longer active, and the cash value built up on the policy is surrendered. Death benefits will no longer be paid out for these surrendered policies.  Some companies allow policyholders to restart their policies within a certain grace period and get their lapsed payments paid within this time frame. Read the fine print to make sure you understand the rules of your whole life insurance policy lapse clause. Typically, reinstatements cost more than one month’s premium payment.  Whole Life Insurance Pros and Cons When you’re deciding whether a whole life insurance policy works for you, you have to weigh the pros and cons. The hard part? Decide what works best for you in your current financial situation while also weighing what works best in the long term for your beneficiaries. What’s Good About Whole Life Insurance Whole life insurance is appealing for several reasons, including: It’s guaranteed and permanent. That means your beneficiary will receive a payout upon your death, no matter when you die, as long as you’ve made your payments and your cause of death isn’t excluded from the policy. It’s a good option if you have dependents who will need a source of income after you die. The guaranteed payout makes it an appealing option for people with a disabled child, for example. Your payments are usually fixed throughout the life of the policy. There are options to choose limited whole life insurance policies that have a set term limit or policies that change once you turn 65.  You can take advantage of the cash value while you’re still alive. Just keep in mind that the cash value takes a long time to build up, meaning you’ll likely be much older before you can take advantage of this benefit. What’s Bad About Whole Life Insurance Here are a few drawbacks to consider if you’re thinking about whole life insurance: Higher premiums: You pay more for the guaranteed payout and lifelong coverage than you would for a term life policy. The cash value is lost upon your death. While some people make the case that whole life insurance can be used as a long-term personal finance retirement planning tool, the fact that money is lost when you die doesn’t help this argument. You’ll pay large fees to cancel the policy and withdraw the cash value. You’ll also pay income taxes on any earnings on the policy beyond what you paid for your premiums. How to Choose Between Whole Life Insurance vs. Term Insurance We get it. This is a difficult task no matter what. Life insurance company terms and conditions and the products and services they offer are complicated and difficult to digest. But here’s a quick summary of when to consider whole life insurance vs. term insurance. Consider term insurance if: You want to replace your income during a specific amount of time, e.g., while you’re raising children, paying off your mortgage, etc. Need the lowest pre [...]
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Here’s How a Health Savings Account Can Help You Save on Health Care Costs

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Here’s How a Health Savings Account Can Help You Save on Health Care Costs
When signing up for health insurance through your job, you may have been given the option of opening an HSA, or health savings account.  An HSA isn’t like a regular savings account. For one thing, there are a bunch of rules around how you can contribute and spend the money. But it can be a very useful and convenient way to set aside money for medical expenses while potentially saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long run. Here, we’ll explain how HSAs work and how they can benefit you. What Is an HSA?  The first thing you should know about an HSA is that you need to have an HDHP in order to qualify for one.  An HDHP stands for a high deductible health plan. With high-deductible plans, you generally pay less in premiums but have to meet a high annual deductible before your plan pays.  A deductible is the money you pay out-of-pocket before your insurance kicks in and starts providing certain benefits. Your premium is the monthly fee you pay to get health coverage. You can’t open a health savings account with just any health plan with a high deductible. According to the IRS, the deductible has to be no less than $1,350 for an individual or $2,700 for a family to qualify as a high deductible health plan in 2019. Those deductibles can go as high as $13,500 for a family. In addition, you can’t be enrolled in Medicare, have other health coverage or be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return in order to be eligible to open an HSA. But if you do meet all those criteria, you’re in. So what’s the big deal about having an HSA anyway? The Benefits of an HSA A health savings account allows you to save money for various medical expenses without being taxed on that money. Any savings you don’t spend in a current year rolls over to the following year, and the money in your HSA stays with you even if you switch insurance plans, change jobs or retire. If you have this benefit through your job, your employer can direct a portion of your paycheck to your health savings account before taxes are taken out. If you make contributions to your HSA with income that’s already been taxed, you can deduct that money when filing your income taxes. “The advantage of contributing through payroll is you save not just federal and state income taxes but you also save on FICA taxes,” said Paul Fronstin, director of the health research and education program at the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Acronym alert: FICA stands for the Federal Insurance Contribution Act. Your FICA taxes are what you pay to fund Medicaid and Social Security. You also aren’t taxed when you spend HSA dollars, provided you’re spending the money on qualified medical expenses. The IRS has an entire list of qualified expenses, which includes things like: Deductibles Copayments Prescriptions Dental care Eye glasses Chiropractic care Breastfeeding supplies  You’ll usually receive a debit card or checks to spend your HSA money, but in some cases, you’ll have to pay out of pocket and get reimbursed later. When you spend money from your HSA, make sure to save receipts, your explanation of benefits forms or other types of documentation.  “You don’t have to send any documentation to your HSA provider,” Fronstin said. “The IRS requires that you have documentation, and if you get audited, you’re going to need that documentation.” Another benefit of having a health savings account is that you don’t have to pay taxes for any earnings from your account. “If you open an HSA, the money goes into a bank, and it earns interest like a bank account,” Fronstin said. “The interest rates are not high, but once you have a certain amount of money in your account… your HSA provider will likely permit you to invest that money in mutual funds.” Besides all those tax benefits, another upside of an HSA is that your employer — and other individuals — are allowed to contribute to your account. Can you say free money? The IRS does cap how much can be contributed to an HSA in a given year, though. In 2019, you can contribute up to $3,500 for individuals or $7,000 for families. If you’re 55 or older, you can contribute an additional $1,000. FROM THE SAVE MONEY FORUM Best ways to save money in shopping 7/23/19 @ 1:09 PM Free Food Giveaways - Do you participate 7/20/19 @ 12:07 PM Traveling 1/26/19 @ 9:01 PM S Summer Is Here: Is Your Electric Bill Affected by Running the AC? 7/17/19 @ 4:08 PM See more in Save Money or ask a money question The Challenges With HSAs One thing to keep in mind when you have an HSA is that you may be charged a fee to maintain your account. Also, if you use the money for something that’s not a qualified expense and you’re younger than 65, you’ll be taxed on it plus you’ll be hit with a 20% penalty.  After you reach age 65, you can use your HSA savings for nonmedical expenses without incurring a penalty, but you’ll still be taxed for it. Other challenges exist — not with having a health savings plan directly, but with having a high deductible health plan. Deciding which health insurance is right for you and your family is a personal decision, Fronstin said, and opting into a high deductible health plan won’t be the right choice for everyone.  Some people aren’t able to pay for health costs out of pocket before meeting their deductible and having insurance benefits kick in — resulting in people forgoing medical care to save money. High deductible health plans have also been criticized as being more for young, healthy people who don’t need much medical care. Standard preventive care, like getting your annual checkup, is generally covered under a high deductible health plan without having to reach your deductible. But patients who have ongoing medical needs could end up spending a lot of money before getting any benefit from their insurance. However, recent changes made by the federal government expanded the list of what’s considered preventive care and now includes 14 treatments, medications or devices for people with ongoing conditions like diabetes and heart disease. “These plans became a little more friendlier for people with chronic conditions,” Fronstin said. Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck only $31.87 (Reg. $70!)

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Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck only $31.87 (Reg. $70!)
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Here’s a great gift idea! This Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck is only $31.87 at Target! Target has this Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck for just $49.99 right now (regularly $69.99)! Plus, there is a 15% off Target Circle offer available. Even better, you can get 25% off one Toy, Kids Book, or Craft Activity Kit mobile coupon when you text TOY to 827438 – limit one. Check out this deal idea: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck – $49.99 (regularly $69.99) Use the 15% off Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Food Truck Circle offer Use your unique 25% off toy coupon Choose free in-store pickup $31.87 after coupons Thanks, Hip2Save! [...]
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NFA Amends Swaps Supervision Requirements and Makes Technical Changes to NFA Rules and Interpretive Notices

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NFA Amends Swaps Supervision Requirements and Makes Technical Changes to NFA Rules and Interpretive Notices
On June 12, the National Futures Association (NFA) amended several of its rules and interpretive notices to incorporate expressly supervision requirements for NFA members’ swaps activities. NFA Compliance Rule 2-9(a), as amended, will apply specifically to futures commission merchant (FCM), introducing brokers (IB), commodity pool operator (CPO) and commodity trading advisor (CTA) members. New NFA Compliance Rule 2-9(d) will require swap dealer (SD) members to diligently supervise the swaps activities of their employees and agents. Finally, as part of the overhaul to the supervision requirements, the NFA adopted a new interpretive notice titled, NFA Compliance Rule 2-9(d): Supervision Requirements for Swap Dealer and Major Swap Participant Members. The amendments and interpretive notice will become effective September 30. A complete copy of the March 8 submission letter detailing the amendments is available here. [...]
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FINRA Issues Warning on Imposter Website Threat

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FINRA Issues Warning on Imposter Website Threat
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a notice warning member firms that there appears to be an increase in imposter websites designed to mimic firms’ actual websites. FINRA suggests that member firms take proactive steps to monitor for imposter websites, including registering URL name variations and using monitoring services to watch for imposter websites. FINRA also suggests that member firms take responsive action in event that an imposter website is discovered, including (among other things) calling local law enforcement, the nearest FBI field office and the relevant state’s Attorney General. FINRA’s notice is available here. [...]
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What You Can Do When Your Prescriptions Cost Too Much Money

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What You Can Do When Your Prescriptions Cost Too Much Money
Save money on your prescriptions This is a sponsored post on behalf of InsideRx.com. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any parties. If you look in your home medicine cabinet, you will probably see at least one prescription.  You, or someone in your family, may need to take these medications due ... Read More about What You Can Do When Your Prescriptions Cost Too Much Money The post What You Can Do When Your Prescriptions Cost Too Much Money appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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Women’s Health Magazine Subscription Discount!

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Women’s Health Magazine Subscription Discount!
Snag a subscription to Women’s Health at the lowest price we’ve seen! WOMEN’S HEALTH SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT Now through 9/26/19, you can save 90% off your subscription of Women’s Health Magazine!  Enter the coupon code PENNYPINCH at checkout and you’ll pay just $4.95 per year! If you currently subscribe, go ahead and extend your subscription at this low ... Read More about Women’s Health Magazine Subscription Discount! The post Women’s Health Magazine Subscription Discount! appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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Should You Consider Medi-Share for Health Insurance? Here’s Our Take

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Should You Consider Medi-Share for Health Insurance? Here’s Our Take
If you’ve heard ads for Medi-Share, you might be intrigued by its promises to cover your health care costs. Curious? We looked into the details to find out how Medi-Share works — and whether it’s a good option for you. Here’s our honest, unbiased review of the program. What is Medi-Share? Medi-Share is a health-care sharing ministry made up of members united by their faith. This program and similar medical-sharing ministries rely on their members to take care of one another through financial contributions, as well as prayer.  The details work much like typical health insurance. Like having a deductible, members choose an amount they’ll contribute as a household before they can submit bills to the community for payment assistance.  A monthly share payment works like a premium, ensuring your eligibility for assistance, should you need it. There’s no guarantee your medical expenses will be covered through Medi-Share, and there are plenty of exemptions to consider before you apply.  But if you’re particularly religious — and healthy — you may want to consider this alternative to traditional health insurance. How Much Does Medi-Share Cost? First, the up-front costs: It costs $50 to apply, and you’ll pay a $120 one-time member fee with your first monthly payment. You’ll pay another one-time fee of $2 to set up your “sharing account.”  As for your monthly payment options, Medi-Share’s system is sort of like choosing a health insurance deductible and monthly premium.  As an example, we calculated costs for a 30-year-old woman seeking membership for herself only. Share amounts change annually, based on the oldest member of the household. If she chose a $1,750 annual household portion — the amount of medical bills you have to pay completely before you’re eligible for sharing — her standard monthly share would be $311.  If she met certain health and fitness requirements, she could qualify for a Healthy Monthly Share, which would lower her cost to $277 per month.   When you need medical care and visit a Medi-Share provider, you pay $35 for doctor visits and hospitalizations, and $200 for emergency room visits.  You submit the rest of your bills to Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS) for payment consideration.  “We do not collect premiums, make promise of payment, or guarantee that your medical bills will be paid,” the Medi-Share website explains. “Sharing of medical bills is completely voluntary.”  Christian Care Ministry, which operates Medi-Share, is a 501(c)3, but your payments aren’t tax-deductible.  Do You Need to Be Religious to Use Medi-Share? Just as Medi-Share embraces the idea of a community of members supporting one another, it also believes in having a membership that embraces Christian lifestyles. The organization may even interview a church leader to verify your involvement before granting you membership. In addition to eschewing tobacco and illegal drug use, applicants “must only engage in sexual relations within a Biblical Christian Marriage.”  And as you might suspect, Medi-Share doesn’t cover abortions or treatment for sexually transmitted infections.  Medi-Share also assumes that if you’re willing to take care of your Christian community by sharing the burden of medical bills, you’ll do your best to take pretty good care of yourself. Some health conditions, like obesity, high cholesterol or diabetes, put applicants in the mandatory Health Partnership Program, which pairs you with a health coach and costs an extra $99 per month.  What If You Have an Ongoing Health Condition? While this might be an appealing option if you’re healthy, anyone who suffers from a chronic health issue is probably better off turning to an ACA health insurance program for coverage.  “The primary purpose of Medi-Share is to help share members’ burdens,” the program explains. “Burdens are those unexpected medical bills you are unable to plan for (ie. broken bones, cancer, etc). Low monthly share amounts enable you to budget for your family’s routine care, which can be planned.”  Prescription drugs can be eligible for cost-sharing, but only for up to six months for the lifetime of the member. Behavioral and mental health care are also ineligible for coverage. This includes psychiatric or psychological care, as well as “counseling or care for learning deficiencies or behavioral problems,” such as ADD or autism. But here’s the big catch: Routine health screenings aren’t eligible for cost-sharing either.  Well-patient care like annual physicals, pap smears and well-child checkups aren’t included. Dental and vision care aren’t eligible, either.  For instance, if your doctor recommends getting a colonoscopy because you’ve reached a certain age, you can’t submit the test for Medi-Share payment. If you have symptoms warranting the same test, the program might grant payment.  FROM THE SAVE MONEY FORUM do it yourself 7/19/19 @ 1:16 AM Summer Is Here: Is Your Electric Bill Affected by Running the AC? 7/17/19 @ 12:08 PM Do You Ever Pick up A Stray Penny? 2/7/19 @ 12:27 PM Do drive-in movie theaters save you money? 7/1/19 @ 3:38 PM See more in Save Money or ask a money question So, Is Medi-Share Legit? Here’s our conclusion: Medi-Share isn’t a scam.  It’s totally legal and there’s a strong membership base to support it and similar programs. But it’s likely not the most affordable health care option for most people. The ideal candidate for Medi-Share is in excellent health and also has a robust savings account to pay out of pocket for routine medical care. One risk: Medi-Share and other cost-sharing programs aren’t subject to regulation like typical ACA programs.  So while a typical health insurance benefits booklet might clearly explain what’s covered and guarantee coverage up to a certain amount or percentage, Medi-Share participants might not be able to figure out ahead of time which medical bills will be paid by the program. While Medi-Share probably isn’t the best financial choice for most people, it does at least serve as an option for anyone who doesn’t have access to a job-sponsored health insurance plan or who finds individual ACA coverage options prohibitively expensive. 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15+ Christmas Gifts for Expecting Mothers Under $30

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15+ Christmas Gifts for Expecting Mothers Under $30
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Looking for the best Christmas gifts for expecting mothers this holiday season? We have you covered with this Expecting Mothers Gift Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget! I had so much fun putting together this Expecting Mothers’ Gift Guide! In addition to thinking of things I have found to be helpful and fun to have in pregnancy, I also asked my followers on Instagram Stories to share their best suggestions. Please note: I decided to stick with items that were specifically for moms, not something they would use for their baby. Sometimes I think we can more easily gravitate toward buying baby gifts for moms to be instead of buying her something to pamper her, help her enjoy the pregnancy more, or make her life easier or better. Christmas Gifts for Expecting Mothers 1. Pregnancy and Baby Milestone Tracker — If the mama to be you’re buying for is the type that would want to take weekly photos to document her pregnancy, this would be the perfect backdrop. I’ve seen multiple people use this on Instagram and they usually mark off the weeks with a Sharpie. If you got creative and figured out a reusable way to mark the weeks off, you could also re-use this for baby photos. 2. Pregnancy Journal — A memorable way to capture all the details of your pregnancy so your child can read it one day. (Or, just so you don’t forget!) There are many different journals available, but this one has really good reviews and ratings. 3. Sonogram Keepsake Photoframe — We were gifted a sonogram photo frame and it’s one of my favorite things. This is also a cool way to display your baby’s growth and development! 4. Cute Tee or Sweatshirt — For the newer pregnant mama, here’s a cute non-maternity sweatshirt (I got this recently and love it!) Here are a few maternity tees and sweatshirts I saw that were very reasonably priced: Snowman tee, Floral Mama/Baby, Tacos for Two, and Pregnancy Countdown Tee. 5. Exercise Ball — I cannot sing the praises of exercise balls enough. If you have back pain or hip pain in pregnancy, this will provide incredible relief if you sit on it for at least an hour or two each day (I usually sit on it while working at my computer for part of the day). I also usually use a ball during labor and even used it last birth during delivery! 6. Slippers — This is a great gift for moms to be to wear around the house in the last few months when their feet might be swollen and for those first few days after delivery when you just want to hang out in the comfiest clothes. Also, these might be great to bring with you to the hospital for the delivery. 7. Comfy Pajamas — PJs are often not something that most moms will spend money on because they can seem extravagant when you can just wear a t-shirt and sweatpants. But there’s nothing quite like a new pair of pajamas to make you feel so pampered. I think this Pajama Set looks especially cozy and it has great reviews. 8. Living Proof Dry Shampoo — I love this dry shampoo so much and it is perfect on those days when you just don’t have the energy or time to wash your hair. I actually put it in the roots of my hair before bed every night and then put my hair up in a really high ponytail with a scrunchie. This allows me to only wash my hair once a week and to be able to fix my hair in just a few minutes every day. 9. A Good Water Bottle — Expecting mamas need to drink a lot of liquid! A fun water bottle or cup can make water-drinking a lot more fun and easy to do! 10. Practical Help — One way to bless a pregnant mom is to give her a coupon she can redeem for some kind of practical help — such as bringing over a hot dinner or that you’ll do their laundry one week or clean their house. You could also make some frozen dinners, lunch items, healthy snacks, or breakfast items. Stocking Stuffers for Expecting Mothers 11. Jewelry — There are a lot of really beautiful jewelry pieces for moms to be such as bracelets and necklaces. Or, you could just give her some pretty earrings or a necklace that she’ll love. 12. Foot Soak — A pregnant mama’s feet can get so tired and swollen, especially near the end of pregnancy. Foot soak can be so soothing and also reviving. 13. Hand Repair Kit — My hands have been so much more dry since getting pregnant, so I think something like this Hand Repair Kit from Burt’s Bees would be a great stocking stuffer for expecting moms. 14. Cute Socks — Socks are always a great gift! I thought these were especially fun if the mama is planning a natural birth! 15. Pregnancy Tea (or other non-caffeinated tea that is safe for pregnancy) — There are so many different teas out there that are formulated for pregnancy! (Note: I always recommend that you do your research before drinking and talk to your doctor if you’re not sure. Also, some teas should only be consumed in the third trimester.) Bonus Ideas (Over $30) Have a little extra wiggle room in your Christmas budget and willing to spend a bit more? Try one of these bonus Christmas gifts for expecting mothers: 16. Gift Card to a Maternity Store — My parents gave me a gift card to Motherhood Maternity for my birthday and it was such a great gift! 17. Pedicure or Massage Gift Card — What mama to be wouldn’t love a pedicure or massage? (Note: If you’re giving a gift card for a massage, make sure that the place offers prenatal massages as not all places always do.) 18. Annual Subscription for Grocery Delivery — Someone on Instagram recommended this and I thought it was a brilliant idea! This way, you can order groceries from home and have them delivered! You could also pay for a monthly or quarterly house-cleaning service. 19. Restaurant Gift Cards — So many people on Instagram suggested this one. Find out what the pregnant mom’s favorite restaurants are (bonus points if they offer takeout/delivery!) and buy her some gift cards so she doesn’t have to worry about some meals in upcoming months! 20. Pampering Pregnancy or Postpartum Gift Basket (depending on when the mom to be’s due date is) — Early Pregnancy Gift Basket Ideas: Preggi Pops/Drops, Crackers, Ginger Ale, Lotion, Belly Butter, Restaurant Gift Cards, a Good Book, etc. Late Pregnancy Gift Basket Ideas: Nursing Tea, Snacks for Late Night Feedings, Under Eye Cream, Dry Shampoo, Cute Hair Scrunchies, Dark Chocolate, etc. Looking for more ideas? Check out this list of Best Gifts for New Moms. More Holiday Gift Guides Looking for other budget-friendly holiday gift guides? Don’t miss these: Beauty Gift Guide Tweens Gift Guide LEGO Gift Guide Outdoor Gift Guide Gluten-Free Gift Guide Little Boys Gift Guide Stay tuned as we roll out the rest of our gift guides this week — put together by several different MoneySavingMom.com team members! Psst! Be sure to sign up for our hot deals newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any of the hottest deals each day this holiday season! Can you think of any other great Christmas gifts for expecting mothers? I’d love to hear in the comments! [...]
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36 Things That Will Soon Be Obsolete

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Aaron Amat / Shutterstock.com When’s the last time you popped in a cassette tape? Rented a movie at a video store? Wrote a check for groceries? Maybe you still do some — or all — of these things. But chances are good you’ve replaced many of what used to be common, everyday activities with more technologically updated trends. It can be tough to believe that many of the... [...]
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500 Credit Score: Good or Bad?

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500 Credit Score: Good or Bad?
A 500 credit score is considered bad credit. Your credit score determines whether you qualify for financial products, like credit cards and car loans, and what interest rate you might pay. In 2019, 4% of Americans had a score lower than 500, according to credit scoring company FICO. Here’s how a 500 credit score can affect your... Amrita Jayakumar is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: ajayakumar@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @ajbombay. The article 500 Credit Score: Good or Bad? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Save on Pond’s Anti-Aging Products at Walmart!

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{This post is sponsored by Mirum. Opinions are 100% my own. Read our disclosure policy here.} One of the things I’ve realized as I’m in my later 30’s is that taking care of your skin is SO important — especially when it comes to moisturizing! If you’re looking for a line of affordable skin products, you might be interested to know that Walmart carries a line of Pond’s products created specifically with anti-aging benefits. Their everyday low price makes it much more affordable than other anti-aging product lines. Plus, you can use the $1.50/1 manufacturer’s coupon from yesterday’s 5/12 insert to save even more! Walmart carries three Pond’s anti-aging skin products: Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream — This anti-wrinkle cream is suitable for daily use and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines within two weeks. It’s formulated with collagen and vitamin E to help improve skin appearance. Available in 7 oz and 14.1 oz. Instructions for use: After cleansing, apply to face and neck twice daily. For delicate skin, wait 10-15 minutes after cleansing before applying. Pond’s Clarant B3 Normal to Oily Skin Dark Spot Corrector —  This moisturizer has vitamin B3, and it fights uneven skin tone and diminishes dark spots so that skin looks more radiant within four weeks of use. It is specially formulated for those with normal to oily skin types. Instructions for use: Apply daily to face and neck. For best results, apply during the morning (as a base for make-up) and then again at night. Pond’s Clarant B3 Normal to Dry Skin Dark Spot Corrector —  If you suffer from dry skin, this correcting cream moisturizes your skin to fight uneven skin tone and diminish dark spots so that your skin looks more radiant within four weeks of use. It is specially formulated for those with normal to dry skin types, and it also contains vitamin B3. Instructions for use: Apply daily to face and neck. For best results, apply during the morning (as a base for make-up) and then again at night. All of these products have been dermatologist tested, are hypoallergenic, and won’t clog your pores. You can go here to check out the Pond’s anti-aging product line at Walmart, but be sure to grab your coupon from yesterday’s newspaper to save even more in-stores! [...]
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35 Online Stores That Offer Free Shipping With No Minimum Order

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35 Online Stores That Offer Free Shipping With No Minimum Order
We’ve all been there: You finally find an item you’ve been looking for online, and it’s on sale for $5! You add it to your cart, go to check out — and realize you have to pay $8 for shipping. It’s not such a good deal anymore. Here’s another common scenario: You add everything you need to your cart, and the total comes to $25. The site offers free shipping — but only on orders over $50. Shipping costs often double or even triple the price you pay for small orders — eliminating the savings of shopping online. But if you know where to look, you can get thousands of items shipped for free. 35 Stores With Free Shipping These companies offer free shipping with no minimum purchase. Some of them ship worldwide for free, while others only ship free within the continental U.S. Some also offer free shipping to your local store. 1. Target If you have a Target REDcard, you’re in for a treat! In addition to saving 5% off your order, you qualify for free U.S. shipping. Alaska and Hawaii are included, and Target also ships to APO/FPO addresses. 2. Timberland Known for its boots and outdoors wear, Timberland offers free standard U.S. shipping on every order. 3. The North Face The North Face sells outdoor apparel and equipment for men, women and kids. Standard shipping is free on all orders in the U.S. 4. Nordstrom Nordstrom is known for its high-end products, but it offers free U.S. shipping to soften the blow — including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. If that’s not enough, it also offers free returns! 5. Neiman Marcus Much like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus is top-of-the-line. But there’s no shipping costs added to their premium offerings, and you’ll have your goods in 3 to 5 business days. 6. Kate Spade Everyone’s favorite purse label — which also sells clothing, shoes and jewelry, by the way — offers free shipping and free returns in all 50 states, via USPS. 7. Lily Pulitzer You know this brand for its brightly colored tropical and paisley prints. But did you know Lily Pulitzer offers free economy shipping on all orders in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico? 8. Tiffany & Co. The most storied jewelry store ever offers free shipping and free returns on every precious order. 9. Reformation This sustainable women’s clothing maker uses the tagline “Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We’re #2.” Bonus: It offers free shipping and free returns on all orders. 10. Bonobos This men’s clothing and accessories shop distinguishes itself with free shipping and free returns in the U.S. 11. Cents of Style Cents of Style is an affordable women’s retailer selling clothes, shoes and accessories. Double down on the deals with free shipping all the time. 12. Ray-Ban What’s cooler than a pair of slick shades? Free U.S. shipping from Ray-Ban! Alaska and Hawaii are included, and orders usually arrive within two to three days. If you want to send an item back, you can return it for free. 13. Fossil You probably know Fossil for its watches. But it also has full lines of men’s and women’s clothing, plus bags and jewelry. All of it ships for free in the U.S. and territories, with delivery in 7 to 10 business days. 14. Keds Enjoy free shipping and free returns on all your sneaker orders. 15. Zappos From shoes to handbags, Zappos has a wonderful selection of clothing and accessories, and everything ships free. This includes Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories. The site also offers free returns for one year. Zappos uses USPS Priority Mail to make sure your order gets to your doorstep in four to five days. 16. MAC Cosmetics Makeup, skincare products, kits, makeup tools, fragrances — all MAC products ship for free with standard shipping, which arrives in 2 to 5 business days. 17. Dermstore Dermstore, which sells skincare products, makeup and hair care products, offers free standard shipping on all orders — including to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. 18. Apple If the iPad or Mac you’re eyeing is in stock on Apple’s online store, it most likely ships for free. (Excluded are such items as customized Macs and engraved products.) For iPhones you can even get free next-day shipping. 19. Microsoft Microsoft will give you free standard shipping on all orders to the U.S. and Puerto Rico. 20. Dell If you’re in the market for a new laptop, you can get free U.S. shipping to any of the 48 contiguous states. Your order will arrive within three to five days, and you won’t spend a penny extra. Dell also offers a price match guarantee to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. 21. Samsung Samsung offers free shipping on all order in the contiguous United States, including on big TVs. Mobile devices and accessories default to free expedited shipping. 22. AT&T AT&T offers free express shipping on all orders, which normally costs $14.95. Accessory-only orders get free priority shipping, and AT&T will even pay for the return shipping if you choose to send an item back. 23. Otter Box Otter Box makes mobile phone cases, yes. But they also sell outdoor gear including coolers, dry bags and tumblers. All U.S. orders ship free. 24. Crate & Barrel Longing for a new addition to your kitchen? Crate & Barrel boasts a wide range of products that all ship free. As long as you’re in the contiguous U.S., you can snag this deal. Make sure your cart only contains eligible items, or else you’ll have to fork over the shipping cost. 25. Sweetwater If you’re a musician who regularly buys gear, consider buying from Sweetwater. The highly reputable site offers free U.S. shipping on thousands of items. While APO and FPO addresses qualify, Alaska and Hawaii don’t. Most of the company’s orders ship the same day, so you’ll get your new equipment at lightning speed. 26. Amoeba Music Need another reason to buy that record you’ve been eyeballing? Free U.S. shipping from Amoeba should do the trick. It offers cost-free USPS media mail shipping for all music and movie formats. While orders can take 5 to 21 days to arrive, the wait is worth it. 27. Molton Brown Molton Brown’s wide selection of cruelty-free bath and body products is even cooler because of the free U.S shipping. If you’re in the contiguous states, you’ll receive your order within three to seven days. Bonus: You’ll get a free 1-ounce sample with every order and a complimentary gift box if you’re buying for someone else. 28. AbeBooks AbeBooks has a humongous selection of books at unbelievably low prices, and thousands of them qualify for free shipping. The best part? You can search for books that will ship for free specifically to your corner of the world. The site allows you to search for free shipping to the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, and they even have a worldwide option. FROM THE SAVE MONEY FORUM Acorns 8/14/19 @ 6:00 PM How to save when grocery shopping 8/15/19 @ 2:43 PM Travel Tips, anyone have any to share? 8/13/19 @ 2:27 PM Save Money, Mystery Shop! Free tickets, food, hotels, entertainment and more! 8/13/19 @ 2:27 PM See more in Save Money or ask a money question 8 Retailers That Offer Free Shipping if You Pick Up in Store These retailers don’t offer free shipping directly to your home without a minimu [...]
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Top 7 Global Fintech Trends 2019

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Top 7 Global Fintech Trends 2019
This is my third year at DailyFintech. Looking back, this year has been the most eventful year of the three, with several significant Fintech trends emerging across the world. Typically, I am not a big fan of the “Top” titled posts. But, I have had to use it, thanks to the events of 2019. A few […] The post Top 7 Global Fintech Trends 2019 appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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How to Fix 6 Common Retirement Mistakes

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How to Fix 6 Common Retirement Mistakes
Retirement is no fun when you’ve got a broken nest egg. Financial missteps can ruin your retirement hopes and dreams. But don’t despair. We have some remedies. Here are some of the most common mistakes that people make as they near retirement or when they retire — and how to fix them: The age at which you begin receiving Social Security retirement benefits is a major factor in... [...]
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Architectural Digest Magazine Discount

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Grab this great deal on Architectural Digest magazine for only $5.95 per year (90% off)! You can order up to 3 years at this price!  You will also receive a digital download of each issue! Add this magazine to your shopping cart and then enter the coupon code pennypinch and you will see the price drop!  This deal ... Read More about Architectural Digest Magazine Discount The post Architectural Digest Magazine Discount appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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These Side Hustle Podcasts Will Make Managing or Growing Your Gig Easier

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These Side Hustle Podcasts Will Make Managing or Growing Your Gig Easier
Podcasts are often an overlooked resource for entertainment, education and advice on niche topics — side gigs among them. They’re often hosted by everyday people in the thick of things. Some gain cult followings and build supportive communities before the topic goes mainstream. For anyone considering extra work, such feedback and support are crucial. The right side hustle podcast can be the perfect source of both. Need a Side Hustle Podcast to Stay Motivated? How About 9? Despite how side gigs are portrayed, there’s a lot more to them than downloading an app and making money in your spare time. Reality is more complicated. Your gig should be a purposeful endeavor that doesn’t merely cover bills.  Ideally, your side gig should have an exit plan that helps you meet a financial or professional goal. For those currently in the thick of things, you may find that hustle culture is taking a toll on your health or relationships. It can be a lot to stay on top of. But the good news is that there are a plethora of podcasts to guide you along your journey, from voices big and small.  1. The Accidental Creative Since 2005, author and podcast host Todd Henry has been cranking out episodes that include interviews and tips to spur creativity and productivity. New episodes of The Accidental Creative come daily or twice weekly, depending on your preference.  Daily episodes are three-minute snippets of advice while the twice-weekly episodes run for about 20 minutes and include full-length interviews and strategies. 2. Before Breakfast Host Laura Vanderkam dishes out daily episodes of Before Breakfast, a podcast that focuses on time-management techniques. As a mother of four, author, public speaker and host of two podcasts, Vanderkam knows a thing or two about managing time. Each episode aptly runs about five minutes, and it can be easily baked into your morning routine — ahem — before breakfast. 3. Freelance Creative Exchange Every two weeks, CreativesAtWork releases a new episode of Freelance Creative Exchange, a no-frills, tip-based podcast for freelancers, especially international freelancers.  Each episode, which runs about 30 to 40 minutes, takes a deep dive into a different freelance strategy. While the podcast is produced by a Singapore-based media agency, the content is universally applicable — covering such topics as scaling from a few clients to full-fledged business, pricing your services appropriately, using social media to further your reach and much more. 4. How I Built This Hosted by Guy Raz and provided by NPR, How I Built This is an award-winning podcast that’s built on a simple premise: interview the most successful business owners and entrepreneurs of the day and dive into exactly how they achieved success. Each episode documents the struggles and hurdles of the early stages of starting a business, and highlights how many now-household brands started out as side gigs. New episodes are published every Monday. Hunker down. They’re about an hour long. 5. The Rideshare Guy Harry Campbell is the voice behind The Rideshare Guy. The aerospace engineer turned rideshare-driver-podcaster-blogger started driving for Uber and Lyft in 2014. He created a blog and a podcast to dive into the differences of each ridesharing app. Campbell features a diversity of sources related to ridesharing and the gig economy as a whole. Some drivers, some researchers and even some CEOs. Episodes run between 30 and 45 minutes and are released every other week or so. FROM THE MAKE MONEY FORUM WORK AT HOME 8/30/19 @ 2:14 PM T Laptops 9/5/19 @ 1:32 PM Work from home Southern_MiMi 9/3/19 @ 9:44 AM HOW TO START YOUR OWN ONLINE TUTORING BUSINESS? 9/4/19 @ 10:05 AM See more in Make Money or ask a money question 6. Sidegig Previously, Sidegig was more talk show than podcast. Three seasons featured discussions and lessons-learned from three hosts, Preston Lee, Ian Paget, Ryan Robinson, who all ran businesses in addition to their 9-to-5s (and hosting the podcast).  All these episodes are still available to listen to, but starting Fall 2019, the show is getting a revamp: New host Brian Hull will offer up side gig ideas, advice and tips from guests. New episodes will be released every Friday. 7. Side Hustle Pro Host Nicaila Okame seeks to tell stories that no one else tells. So, in 2016, she started Side Hustle Pro, a podcast that shares the journeys of black women entrepreneurs who have created and grown their side gigs into lasting businesses. New episodes air every Wednesday and typically feature an interview with a successful guest. In 40-ish-minute segments, Side Hustle Pro covers big-picture advice like handling imposter syndrome as well as the minutiae like pricing your freelance services to attract the right clients. 8. Side Hustle School To best-selling author and podcast host Chris Guillebeau, a side hustle is all about creating a new opportunity that works for you, not some other business or side-gig platform. Every day, and sometimes multiple times per day, Guillebeau releases a new episode of Side Hustle School with that credo in mind.  Each episode features a unique side gig from his guest and offers resources on how to create a similar gig or business. Sometimes the episodes are hosted by the hustlers themselves. In June, The Penny Hoarder sat down to interview Chris Guillebeau ahead of his new book, “100 Side Hustles,” which is largely based on his podcast series. 9. The Side Hustle Show Every week, host Nick Loper shares advice on everything side hustle — moneymaking ideas, gig-launching tips, progress-tracking strategies and more. (Loper also brought some of his ideas to The Penny Hoarder as a freelance writer in years past.) The Side Hustle Show is now 350 episodes strong. Most episodes run for 40 minutes, but you can opt for edited versions of the massive archive to hone in on certain topics or to get minute-long sound bites. So before you download an app, before you commit to something you haven’t yet fleshed out and definitely before you spend any money on overhead costs, gain some perspective by filling all that empty air with the soundwaves of people who have gone before you. Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in ways to make money that don’t involve stuffy corporate offices. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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*HOT* Free $5 Starbucks Gift Card with $25 Gift Card Purchase

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*HOT* Free $5 Starbucks Gift Card with $25 Gift Card Purchase
Love Starbucks? Get a free $5 gift card when you purchase a $25 Starbucks gift card. Today only, you can score a free $5 Starbucks Bonus eGift Card when you purchase ANY Starbucks eGift Card worth $25 or more in the Starbucks mobile app! Just log in to the mobile app and check your inbox to find this offer. If it’s still available, you can click on the “buy now” button to get this deal. This is only available for the first 150,000. Limit of one per account. Psst! You should also check and see if you got the limit access Starbucks deal on Groupon today!! Thanks, Freebie Shark! [...]
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How This Woman Turned Her Social Media Presence Into a Lucrative Side Gig

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How This Woman Turned Her Social Media Presence Into a Lucrative Side Gig
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2017. In fall 2014, I was stuck in a career rut. I was well on my way to becoming a researcher, studying neuroscience and working at a lab, but I could no longer see myself pursuing that path. The limited creative freedom and lack of social interactions in the field pushed me to consider other options.  A few soul-searching conversations later, I realized there was one thing I really care about: storytelling. In fact, writing was always the activity that made me lose a sense of time.  I had also always been interested in fashion — when I was 9, I started sketching and recreating my favorite street-style looks — but it wasn’t something I thought I could turn into a career.  But I was wrong — and I’ve developed those interests into a paying gig as a social media influencer. Here’s what I did, and how I make money from Instagram. How I Became a Successful Social Media Influencer While in school, I took on internships in fashion blogging to get as much experience as possible, and I signed up for writing classes to hone my craft.  I discovered new social media platforms that made it possible to share my love for writing and connect with people. That’s how I came to create mini blog posts, or “captions,” on Instagram. I really love photography, and Instagram became my experimentation ground. Around the same time, in August 2014, my sister and I decided to launch a fashion and lifestyle YouTube channel. We also created an Instagram account to document our personal styles and adventures in New York City.  By the summer of 2016, we were taking our project more seriously and treating it as a part-time job on top of our main focuses as an international business student (my sister) and a full-time freelance social media consultant and writer (me).  We now dedicate our entire weekends and five hours during the week to editing our videos, capturing content at live events, modeling, scheduling our posts on social media, pitching brands and bloggers for potential collaborations, along with other related activities.  Our brand now aims to empower women to live up to their potential and do it all in style. We invest in the production of high-quality images and videos — purchasing editing software, working with photographers, booking studio space, directing shoots — to tell stories that delight our audience. I never imagined this project would allow me to follow my dreams. I went from creating images and writing quirky captions to having real influence on people’s decisions about what to wear, where to shop, what to do and where to go. How to Make Money From Instagram If you thought you couldn’t make money from your social media accounts, think again! Since July 2016, I’ve earned an average of $1,600 per month — just from our Instagram account.all . And yes, that’s after my sister gets her share. How do I do it? The answer is in having different income streams. Here are a few streams I suggest tapping into if you want to be a successful influencer.   View this post on Instagram   In Haiti, people will ask about your family faster than they will about what you do. They’ll welcome you to their home, feed you a good meal and dive into the stuff they care about the most: your relationship with your parents, how well you get along with your siblings, the way you live and who you live with. It was an early lesson in not defining people by what they do. I’ve always found it interesting how, in New York, conversations will start with questions about your job and where you live. I’ve even done it too. But as I’m approaching ten years of living in this city, I find myself going back to the values I learned while growing up in Haiti. Remembering that people are more than what they do and going beyond surface level to meaningfully connect. : @patriziamessineophoto A post shared by by Shelcy & Christy (@nycxclothes) on Oct 18, 2019 at 6:43am PDT 1. Create Sponsored Posts It’s not always about your follower count, but the number of people who engage with your content and look forward to each one of your posts. A lot of brands are moving away from working with major digital influencers to leveraging smaller bloggers’ audiences.  When you start, reaching out to brands is a great way to secure a few collaborations. As you gain traction, brands will discover you and email you about different opportunities.  Every company has its specific rules for sponsorship, so do not use a one-size-fits-all approach when reaching out. Do your research and interact with them on social before initiating contact.  The key is to associate only with brands that fit your aesthetic. That way, your readers perceive every collaboration as authentic and buy into what you’re trying to sell to them. Within six months of launching our platform on YouTube and Instagram, we received our first sponsorship opportunity. A jewelry box subscription company found us through a hashtag and reached out. Its reps offered to send us complimentary pieces every month in exchange for a few Instagram features.  We have since received products from Coach, TOMS Shoes, Pura Vida Bracelets and other clothing and accessories brands.  FTC guidelines require you to identify your sponsored posts. We usually include a branded hashtag in our captions (for example, when we collaborated with Coach, it was #CoachHoliday) in addition to the required ones like #ad or #sponsored.  We typically charge at least $75 per sponsored post, but we don’t get paid for all collaborations. Sponsored posts add up to about $600 of our income every month, which we split evenly.  Some brands send their products as gifts; to date, we’ve received $3,000 in merchandise. Because we receive most of our accessories for free from brands, we’ve been able to cut our shopping budgets in half, saving us a combined $500 a month. 2. Sign Up for YouTube Advertising Monetizing your videos on YouTube can earn you a passive income stream. There’s even a bonus if these ads convert! You are allowed to monetize your videos once Youtube accepts you into its Partner Program.  We’ve only made about $50 from YouTube ads so far, but the more your numbers grow, the higher your income goes.  3. Offer Private Social Media Consultations Don’t underestimate the skills you can acquire from a side project. Creating content and growing my social media following helped me learn how to edit with Final Cut Pro and Photoshop, how to create marketing materials like brochures using graphic design tools, and how to advertise on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I then monetized these skills by offering my services to local business owners and startups. I posted ads on Craigslist, gave out business cards at networking events, leveraged LinkedIn to generate leads and marketed myself in niche Facebook groups.   I eventually landed a consistent gig last summer with a small business owner. I support her handbag company’s social media efforts with content production (creating images and videos) and marketing (running ads on each platform). This gig pays about $1,200 a month.  I also occasionally help other entrepreneurs manage their social media accounts and become more visible online. My rate starts at $40 per hour, and I’ve made about $500 in the three months since I started offering the service. FROM THE MAKE MONEY FORUM I Found Another Way, To Earn Money 9/18/19 @ 7:36 PM Baking business 10/21/19 @ 5:01 PM P Parents of a [...]
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Roth IRA vs. 401(k): A Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Retire Someday

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Roth IRA vs. 401(k): A Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Retire Someday
When you’re trying to decide between a Roth IRA vs. 401(k), the personal finance gods often have an easy answer for you: Do both, they decree. Well, that’s easy if you’re swimming in so much cash that you can go on a retirement savings binge — yet don’t earn enough to disqualify you from contributing to a Roth IRA. In 2019, someone under age 50 would need to contribute $25,000 to reach the limits for both retirement accounts. Mere chump change, right? We get it: Most of us don’t have the resources to max out both a Roth IRA and a 401(k). So when you decide how to allocate your retirement dollars, you have to make tough choices. What Is a Roth IRA? A Roth IRA is a type of individual retirement account. That means you, Dear Reader, as an individual, open the account — whether it’s a Roth IRA or a traditional IRA — and decide how to allocate your investments. What makes a Roth IRA unique compared with traditional IRAs and most 401(k)s is that you fund it with money you’ve already paid taxes on. That means that when you withdraw it, typically once you’ve reached age 59 ½ and have had the account for at least five years, the money is yours tax-free. Another sweet feature of Roth IRAs: While you generally have to wait to access your earnings, your contributions are yours to take at any time. While we’d never recommend taking money out of a retirement account unless absolutely necessary — and no, a dream wedding or vacation doesn’t count — your Roth IRA contributions can be a source you tap in an emergency. What Is a 401(k)? A 401(k) is a retirement account that’s sponsored by an employer. You can’t open a 401(k) on your own. Unlike a Roth IRA, a traditional 401(k) is tax-deferred. That means you invest part of your paycheck before you’ve paid taxes on it and then pay taxes when you withdraw money in retirement. A growing number of companies are now offering a Roth 401(k) option, which shares most of the same rules as a traditional 401(k) but is funded like a Roth IRA, with money that’s already been taxed. What makes a 401(k) — either kind — especially attractive is that many employers will match your contributions — in whole or in part  — up to a certain percentage of your earnings. Whatever the amount, it’s basically free money to pad your retirement savings. Roth IRA vs. 401(k): The Ultimate Showdown At this point, the Roth IRA vs. 401(k) question is probably sounding complicated, because they both have some pretty sweet features. Now let’s see how they compare across six categories. 1. Who’s Eligible? While anyone can open a regular old investment account, not everyone can open a Roth IRA or 401(k). Here are the requirements. Roth IRA You don’t need a traditional job to contribute to any type of IRA, but you do need taxable income. A salary, wages, tips, bonuses, and freelance and self-employment income all count. If you’re married but don’t work, your spouse can also set up a spousal Roth IRA for you. While you can fund a traditional IRA no matter how much you earn, a Roth IRA has income limits. (We’ll get to the contribution limits next.) For single people, or if you’re head of household or married filing separately: If your income is under $122,000, you can contribute the maximum amount. If your income is between $122,000 and $136,999, you can contribute an amount that becomes gradually less the higher your income. If your income is $137,000 or higher, you’re not eligible. If you’re married filing jointly: If your combined income is under $193,000, you can contribute the maximum amount. If your combined income is between $193,000 and $202,999, you can contribute an amount that becomes gradually less the higher your income. If your income is $203,000 or higher, you’re not eligible. 401(k) To contribute to a 401(k), you have to work for an employer that offers a 401(k). However, your employer can exclude you from participating in its 401(k) for certain reasons, such as if you’re under 21 or have worked for the company for less than a year. Unlike a Roth IRA, a 401(k) has no income limits. 2. How Much Can You Contribute? Both a Roth IRA and a 401(k) have limits on how much you can contribute — but the limits are much higher for a 401(k). Roth IRA The maximum contribution for 2019 is $6,000 if you’re under age 50, or $7,000 if you’re 50 or older. The limits are the same for traditional IRAs. Note that if you have both a Roth and traditional IRA, your total contributions to both accounts can’t be higher than $6,000, or $7,000 if you’re over 50. 401(k) You can contribute up to $19,000 to your 401(k) if you’re under 50, or $25,000 if you’re 50 or older. Your employer can contribute up to $37,000 or 100% of your salary, whichever is less. But hold up, money bags: The most common employer match is 50% of your contributions up to 6% of your salary. Your employer may also make you wait to access the money it’s putting in your account, which is known as vesting. The money you contribute will always be yours, but if you leave your job before the vesting period is up, you may not be able to take the money your employer matched with you. 3. How Do the Tax Breaks Compare? Taxes are a major factor when you’re considering a Roth IRA vs. 401(k). Here are some key differences in how the accounts are taxed. Roth IRA If you were hoping to beef up your tax refund, a Roth IRA will leave you disappointed. But remember: Once you withdraw that money at age 59 ½, as long as you’ve had the account for at least five years, it’s all yours tax-free. 401(k) Suppose you earn $50,000 and contribute $5,000 to a traditional 401(k). Your taxable income for the year is now $45,000. Because you get the tax break upfront with most 401(k)s, you’ll pay taxes when you withdraw your money. Because you fund a Roth 401(k) with after-tax dollars, it won’t change your taxable income, but you can withdraw your money tax-free when you retire. Pro Tip If you expect to pay taxes in a higher bracket once you reach age 59 ½ or if you think tax rates in general will increase, maxing out your Roth IRA is smart because you lock in a lower tax rate. 4. How Do You Invest? A Roth IRA will give you more flexibility to choose your own investments, but a 401(k) gets points for convenience. Roth IRA You can open a Roth IRA through a brokerage firm or a robo-advising service. You could set it up in person if you opt for a brokerage with a brick-and-mortar location or by applying online. You can invest your Roth IRA money however you want — in mutual funds, individual stocks, bonds and annuities. If you prefer to choose your own investments, you’ll want to open a brokerage account. Consult with a financial adviser if you aren’t sure what investments to choose. If you prefer a set-it-and-forget-it approach, you’ll probably prefer a robo-adviser, which uses super-smart software, instead of humans, to manage your investments. You can set up automatic transfers from your bank to make investing more convenient. 401(k) If your employer offers a 401(k), you may have to sign up for it or you may be automatically enrolled. Most companies let you enroll when you’re hired, though some smaller companies will make you wait as much as a year. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll have to decide how much to invest and what you want to invest in. Your investment options will be limited compared with your options for a Roth IRA, but you can usually choose from several categories of mutual funds. You can change the amount you’re contributing and your investment allocations at any time. Pro Tip Find lower-cost mutual fund options by checking the fee disclosure statement, which your 401(k) plan is required to send you every year. 5. When Can You Withdraw Your Money? Your retirement accounts aren’t supposed to be a source of quick cash, so the rules around withdrawing money can get complicated. In general, the [...]
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Reduce the Pain at the Pump With These 20 Ways to Save Money on Gas

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Reduce the Pain at the Pump With These 20 Ways to Save Money on Gas
Filling up the gas tank can be a thoroughly miserable experience as you watch the counter flip past $40, then $50, and keep on going.  But you can save money on gas based on where you fill up, how you pay, when you visit the gas station, how you drive and even the condition of your car. We’ve compiled 20 smart tips to help you spend less on fuel. You could save hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. How to Save Money on Gas at the Pump The biggest savings will be evident in the price you pay at the gas station. So it’s worth shopping around and employing a bit of strategy before filling up. 1. Use Apps to Find the Cheapest Gas You don’t want to buy gas at one place and then come across a station with cheaper fuel just down the street. Several websites and apps tell you the price of gasoline at the stations in your area. GasBuddy and Waze are two popular options.  Look for the cheapest gas stations along any of the routes you normally drive for work or shopping. Don’t wait until your tank is near empty and be forced to buy gas wherever is closest.  The price of gas can vary significantly across state lines, so if you’re planning a trip, check where prices are lower throughout your route. Avoid getting gas at stations just off a highway exit or in the middle of a major city — stations in those locations tend to charge more than ones a little more out of the way. 2. Skip the Premium Option Higher-octane gas isn’t necessary or beneficial in most cars, so you’re just spending more money when you buy premium. Premium gas can cost about 20 to 40 cents per gallon more than regular-grade fuel. Use regular-grade gasoline unless your car’s manufacturer specifically requires premium. 3. Join a Fuel Rewards Program Many gas station chains and grocery stores across the country offer fuel rewards programs to try to turn you into a loyal customer. Each gas station fuel rewards program and grocery store fuel rewards program has its own set of rules on how much you can save and what you have to spend in order to get the rewards, so read up on the details.  GasBuddy also offers its own fuel savings program called Pay with GasBuddy. Join for free, and you’ll  save 10 cents per gallon on your initial fill-up and 5 cents per gallon on every subsequent fill-up. You can also sign up for paid versions (Pay with GasBuddy Plus is $4.99 a month and Pay with GasBuddy Premium is $6.99 a month) to save 20 cents per gallon. (Note: Exxon Mobil, BJs, Costco, Sam’s Club, H-E-B, select Walmart stations, select Arco stations and some small, local gas stations don’t accept the Pay with GasBuddy card.) 4. Use a Rewards Credit Card When you fuel up, choose a credit card that pays you cash back or one that allows you to earn rewards points when you purchase gas. Just be sure you know what you’re getting into before opening a rewards credit card. Pay the fuel charges off in full each month so you’re not paying interest on your gas purchases. 5. Use Cash Instead of a Card Some gas stations charge a lower price per gallon if you pay with cash rather than a card. It’s their way of avoiding card processing fees. While some stations will let you pay the cash price if you use a debit card, others won’t. Check with the gas station before you swipe your card, or simply use cash when it’s time to fill up. 6. Use Free or Discounted Gift Cards You can earn gift cards or cash from survey sites like Swagbucks or Survey Junkie. You can also purchase discounted gift cards from sites like Raise or Gift Card Granny. 7. Fill Up Early in the Week According to a 2018 GasBuddy gas price analysis, gas prices tend to be the lowest on Mondays. Sundays and Tuesdays are also good days to buy cheap gas. Avoid filling your tank on Thursdays or Fridays when gas prices tend to be the most expensive. How to Save Money on Gas With Better Driving Habits How frequently you drive and how you operate your vehicle both play a role in how much you spend on gas.  8. Share Rides If you live near your co-workers and have similar schedules, take turns driving so you can all drive less each week. Organize a carpool with neighbors or friends to transport your children to school or extracurricular activities, and swap driving duties among the parents. Less time on the road means less gas used and more money saved. 9. Plan Routes Plan your shopping trips and other outings in efficient ways to reduce your drive time. If the grocery store is near your job, do your shopping after work rather than waiting until the weekend. Do your errands all in one day rather than making several trips on different days. Cutting a few miles several times weekly can add up to hundreds of miles saved annually. That could save a fill-up or two. 10. Reduce Your Idle Time Don’t start the car and then leave it running for a long time while you wait for everyone to get in or to fiddle with your navigation. Make sure you’re ready to go before starting your engine. Idling just wastes gas and causes more air pollution. FROM THE SAVE MONEY FORUM Do You Ever Pick up A Stray Penny? 2/7/19 @ 5:27 PM Do drive-in movie theaters save you money? 7/1/19 @ 7:38 PM What to buy (and not buy) from Fourth of July Sales 2019 6/27/19 @ 1:00 PM M Airfare 6/24/19 @ 5:19 PM See more in Save Money or ask a money question 11. Accelerate Slowly and Coast More Be gradual when you’re speeding up or slowing down. Generally, the faster you accelerate, the more gas you use. Be gentle on that pedal when getting up to highway speed. You’ll also get better mileage by coasting more, so plan ahead for stops and turns. Take your foot off the gas a bit sooner, and slowly glide to a stop. This actually works. 12. Use Cruise Control — Sometimes When it’s hilly you might get better mileage without cruise control, because the system will tend to downshift too much and waste gas. But otherwise, cruise! Staying at a steady speed with cruise control has been shown to save on fuel usage — plus you can make sure you don’t go over the speed limit. 13. Reduce the Use of Your Heater and Air Conditioning Blasting the heat in the winter or the A/C in the summer has an effect on your fuel economy, so keep that in mind. There’s a long-running but still inconclusive debate about whether using air conditioning or rolling down the windows contributes more to increased fuel consumption, since wind resistance from open windows creates drag on your vehicle.  When driving low speeds you may want to cool down by lowering your car windows, but if you’re driving on the highway (or even driving above 30 miles per hour), you might be better off with the air conditioner on and the windows up. 14. Slow Down Following the speed limit or driving just under it can pay off in more ways than you might think. The faster you drive, the more wind resistance you face, which reduces your fuel economy.  How Your Car Affects How Much You Spend on Gas The condition of your car makes a difference in gas consumption. Learn how to keep your ride in money-saving shape. 15. Check Tire Pressure Having underinflated tires can lower your gas mileage and cause you to lose about 2 cents per gallon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To find the proper tire [...]
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Pinecone Research is accepting applicants!

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Pinecone Research is open to applicants again! But hurry — spots always fill up quickly each month. Pinecone Research has some openings available for new applicants! If you’ve tried in the past and haven’t been able to get in, you might be able to this time around, as they’ve opened their doors to more of a general population for a limited time only. Pinecone Research is one of my very favorite survey companies and one that I found offered the most surveys for the best pay. You’re not going to get rich taking surveys, but you can earn a nice little stream of income from it. Apply here to get started. Looking for more opportunities to make money from home? See my list of recommended survey companies here. [...]
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2 Ways a CPAP Machine Can Make You Sick

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2 Ways a CPAP Machine Can Make You Sick
A CPAP machine is designed to boost your health. But if you aren’t careful, it could have the opposite effect. These machines are often used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, which causes people to periodically stop breathing while they sleep. By pushing air through a tube, into a mask and down your throat, CPAP machines help keep your airway open throughout the night. (CPAP stands for &# [...]
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Crystal’s 10 Favorite Black Friday Deals

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. There were SO many great Black Friday deals today!! You can see ALL of the deals we posted here. I went through all of the deals we posted and picked out 10 deals that are my favorites. Here are my 10 top favorite deals from today… Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering 25% off Hydro Flask Bottles and Tumblers! Zulily has this 101-Piece 3D Magnetic Building Tile Play Set for only $29.99 today! Shipping is $5.99 making this only $35.98 shipped. This is a fantastic price for this set! Cents of Style is running Black Friday Sales on my favorite tee today — both the short-sleeve and long-sleeve versions! Get the Jagger Boyfriend Short-Sleeve Tee for just $10 shipped when you use code STEALDEAL. Or get the Joanna Boyfriend Long-Sleeve Tee for just $12 shipped when you use coupon code STEALDEAL. Amazon has this TaoTronics Essential Oils Diffuser for just $6.99 when you use coupon code GYLWZUQT at checkout. This is the lowest price on record and a really GREAT price on a diffuser! This is perfect if you are just getting started out with essential oils, need an extra diffuser for another room, or want to give a gift idea to someone who loves their essential oils! The HOT Hulu Black Friday Deal is back again this year! When you sign up for a year of Hulu as a new customer, you’ll pay just $1.99 per month! This is a savings of $4 per month, so an annual savings of $48! Note: This deal is only valid on the cheapest version of Hulu that is regularly $5.99/month. It does NOT include commercial-free or live tv options. WooHoo! Love this deal, and it always goes FAST! Grab four free kitchen appliances after Kohl’s Cash and rebates. Here’s how: Buy 4 select Toastmaster small kitchen appliances at $18.99 each Use promo code GIVETHANKS (15% off) Get $15 in Kohl’s Cash for spending $50 Submit for 4 $14 in mail-in-rebates Free after coupon code, Kohl’s cash, and rebates! There are 12 different appliances to choose from at this price: 5-cup coffee maker, plastic kettle, mini blender, mini chopper, immersion blender, 1.5 qt slow cooker, 2-slice toaster, 6-in skillet, mini waffle maker, hand mixer, can opener, electric kettle. Amazon has this Elmer’s Rainbow Slime Starter Kit for just $4.99 right now! This would be a great gift idea. Looking for a great deal on an electric toothbrush? Amazon currently has the Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Rechargeable Power Electric Toothbrush priced at just $79.94 for Black Friday! This is a HOT deal as it retails for $179 and the lowest price we’ve ever seen it prior to this is $104. Whoa! Amazon price-matched Walmart on this HOT Black Friday deal!! Amazon has these Apple AirPods with Charging Case for just $129 shipped! This is the lowest price ever on record! Amazon has this Instant Pot 6-Quart 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker for only $49.99 shipped! This is the lowest price on record! [...]
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Low price on Esquire Magazine Subscription

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We have found another deal for you!  This time it is for Esquire Magazine! ESQUIRE MAGAZINE DISCOUNT OFFER Now through 6/11/19 (11:59 pm EST), you can get Esquire Magazine delivered to your mailbox for just $4.95 per year!  That is a savings of  88%!! Make sure you enter the coupon code PENNYPINCH at checkout to get ... Read More about Low price on Esquire Magazine Subscription The post Low price on Esquire Magazine Subscription appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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6 Alternative Housing Options That Can Help You Save Money

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6 Alternative Housing Options That Can Help You Save Money
The rent is too darn high, and it’s hard to catch a break. The same can be said about paying the mortgage each month. With housing costs eating up about a third of many household budgets, it’s typically the highest single expense Americans face each month. Still, you’ve got to have a roof over your head. Here are six alternative housing options with the potential to significantly cut costs while keeping you comfortably sheltered. 1. Coliving Imagine living with a bunch of strangers for the sake of saving money on housing. Coliving is an alternative housing concept where multiple, unrelated individuals live under the same roof sharing common space like living rooms and kitchens while enjoying private bedrooms … and private bathrooms, if they’re lucky. While the living arrangement is not new, it has gained popularity in recent years among cash-strapped millennials in urban areas. But coliving can also be found outside major metropolitan cores. Jillian Warwick moved into a St. Petersburg, Florida, coliving space this summer. She pays $600 in a city where rent on a studio apartment can exceed $1,200. Her monthly payment includes utilities and high-speed internet, and the home includes free laundry access and is stocked with complimentary coffee and household supplies. 2. Tiny House According to the National Association of Home Builders, a median new single-family home was 2,355 square feet in the beginning of 2019. Tiny homes, in comparison, are typically less than a quarter of that size. Though the living space is smaller, the potential to save is larger. In addition to spending less on the home itself, tiny house dwellers often pay less in utilities, and they buy less things because of the limited space. Andrew and Gabriella Morrison and their two kids cut roughly $300 in monthly expenses (or about $3,600 a year) from their budget by switching to tiny house living. Joel Weber built his own tiny home while in college. After spending between $13,000 and $16,000 for the build, his combined cost to park his home and pay for utilities came to about $300 a month — almost a third of the cost of living in a dorm. 3. RV Experience a nomadic lifestyle by living in an RV. These tiny houses on wheels are a fraction of the size of a typical home but also a fraction of the cost. Cortni Armstrong ended up moving to an RV five years ago. Her living situation was the catalyst to a new career: renovating and flipping RVs. Armstrong has sold remodeled RVs in the $30,000 range — which can sometimes be a mere down payment for a traditional home. Like with tiny house living, don’t forget to factor in the rent at a campground or RV park if you don’t own land to park on. 4. Skoolie Similar to an RV but in a more unique package, a skoolie is a decommissioned school bus that has been converted into a home on wheels. It can also be less expensive than an RV. Phil Risher bought a bus for $5,000 and spent $2,000 transforming it into his living quarters for a 95-day trip around the country. He and his father took on the renovation themselves using a free layout from Pinterest and tips from YouTube videos. 5. Off Grid Ever want to distant yourself from the constructs of modern society? Off-grid living is an alternative housing option that requires you to be self-sustaining. You rely on independent power and water sources rather than municipal services. You grow or hunt your food rather than shopping at a grocery store. Tyler and Ashley Selden and their daughter Sydney maintain an off-grid lifestyle in Alaska. Though it’s a lifestyle choice rather than a financial one, they estimate they save up to $10,000 a year just by growing, fishing or hunting their own food. 6. House Hacking House hacking, in a nutshell, is buying property and recruiting others to help you pay the mortgage. Riley Adams and his girlfriend (now wife) lived in a three-unit residential property in New Orleans cost-free for three years. Their house-hacking arrangement involved renting one unit out and having Airbnb guests in the other, which covered the mortgage. House hacking is also possible without living in a multiunit property. Kristine Dowhan became an Airbnb host, listing three bedrooms of her four-bedroom home to afford her mortgage. She even made a $1,200 profit her first year renting out rooms. Even if you don’t have extra bedrooms in your home, you can get creative with the space you do have. John Potter rented out a tent in his backyard on Airbnb. Talk about thinking outside the box! Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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How to Finally Break Free from Anxiety & Stress

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How to Finally Break Free from Anxiety & Stress
Need some practical encouragement to move past anxiety, stress, and survival mode? Longing for life of more wholeness? Don’t miss this episode with Aundi Kolber! Missed previous episodes of The Crystal Paine show? You can listen to them here. Okay, I know I’ve said this before about other episodes, but I truly think today’s episode was one of my very favorite podcast recordings to date! Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Aundi Kolber is a therapist and I felt like I got a therapy session just by spending an hour with her?! 🙂 Listen in to the episode and you’ll see what I mean. Aundi has a gift of sharing so eloquently and yet also in such a heartfelt manner. She just exudes such peace and calmness, but also such profound wisdom and understanding of how we are wired. In this episode, we not only talk about what’s saving our lives (I had to laugh that she talked about something related to brain science and I talk about leggings!) and the books we’re reading, but then we dive into some deep heart topics. She shares what it means to Try Softer (the title of her new book), the difference between Big T trauma and little t trauma and how we might be experiencing the aftershocks of little t trauma without even realizing it and this might be at the root of our stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. Aundi explains thoroughly how the body processes pain — whether physical or emotional. And she provides very concrete suggestions and ideas for how we can start to take steps toward more healing and wholeness. Whether you feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed or whether you know someone who does, this conversation is highly important and one that you do not want to miss. I have thought of it over and over again since we recorded last week and will be taking so many nuggets of truth from it to apply to my everyday life. In This Episode:  [00:25] Welcome back! I am so excited to have Aundi Kolber on the show! [01:06] Aundi shares about a little about her background and family [03:43] Meaningful walks are saving Aundi’s life — and the brain science she shares here is fascinating! And then, to keep things a little more down to earth (!), I talk about my new favorite leggings. [09:25] We discuss our current reads, including one written by a therapist and a novel I finished last week.  [13:08] Why did Aundi write Try Softer? (I loved that she wrote it as a love letter to her younger self!) [17:20] We talk about the stigma surrounding the word “trauma” and why it’s important to understand if you’ve experienced little t trauma. [19:27] How can you tell if you’re holding onto the pain of the past and how does it show up in your life? [23:50] What does it mean to “try softer” and how can we apply this in our every day lives? [27:37] Aundi shares practical first steps for beginning to break free from stress, anxiety, and survival mode — even if you feel so stuck and overwhelmed that you don’t know how to take the first step! Links and Resources: Try Softer by Aundi Kolber Aundi’s Website My New Favorite Leggings Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (Note: Aundi wrote me a few days after the interview to say that she would give a language warning with this book. She said it didn’t show up until the later parts of the book which she hadn’t read yet when we did this interview.) Boundaries for Your Soul by Allison Cook and Kimberly Miller The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay Aundi on Facebook Aundi on Twitter Crystal’s Favorite Things on Amazon CrystalPaine.com MoneySavingMom.com Crystal’s Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!) Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: crystal@moneysavingmom.com How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show The podcast is available on iTunes, Android, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.) Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app. Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we may receive a small commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support! [...]
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Chase Launches Student Credit Card in Branches Only

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Chase Launches Student Credit Card in Branches Only
If you’re a college student who isn’t ready to throw a graduation cap into the air just yet, take a look at the hat Chase just tossed into the ring. A few months ahead of the new semester, the issuer has launched Chase Freedom Student, a credit card designed for those still in school. As of June 9,... Melissa Lambarena is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: mlambarena@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @LissaLambarena. The article Chase Launches Student Credit Card in Branches Only originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Iwoca storms ahead in SME lending game

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Iwoca storms ahead in SME lending game
They say the night is darkest before the dawn – which is certainly how it can feel in fintech startup land. You’re always $1 away from disaster, or $1 of leverage away from disaster if you’re a fintech lender. Small books can be painful beasts to manage. Which is why it is all the more impressive to see Iwoca steam ahead of some big lenders with deep pockets in the UK market. The SME lender now has claim to 12% of all new business overdrafts, beating Santander at 9% and HSBC at 11% according to Forbes, who sourced the data from UK Finance. They aren’t far behind Barclays at 15% and Lloyds at 20%. While overdrafts are falling out of favour with businesses in lieu of the more attractive benefits business credit cards offer, they still represent an ‘understood’ cash funding entry point into the SME lending space. According to additional data from UK Finance, the average % acceptance rates for overdrafts is 82.6%, compared to 69.1% for business loans. Being a funding type that is ‘understood’ is half the challenge for new SME lenders, especially given hardly any businesses understand the types of financing they can access now. Not knowing what you don’t know is a problem in SME lending land, and could potentially be a large factor behind the estimated £3 billion to £9 billion funding gap SMEs face in the UK. SME owners rarely seek advice before seeking funding and UK Finance reports, ‘the time spent investigating options is woeful.’ With companies like Iwoca forming multi-million-dollar lending chests, along with other fintechs, the real opportunity isn’t necessarily in more Iwocas – most are probably nowhere near capacity – but in developing more pre-lending advisory services that can help SMEs navigate the plethora of choices. In 2017 it was reported that less than 1 in 5 SMEs sought advice on lending options, despite 45% of SMEs planning growth. This is a huge disparity, and one that someone with a smart, simple and cost-effective solution could solve. Traditional business brokers are probably not the answer, especially given their advice often comes coloured with the commission they earn in the background. It’s always tempting to solve the simple problem in front of your nose – market the product more – but the smart entrepreneurs in SME lending land need to be looking far-further up the funnel, for the marketing and sales arbitrage opportunities that exist in tangential digitised advice businesses. I’ve always considered a ‘get-finance-ready’ platform a great plug in to any SME, provided it could be done smartly and digitally. If you come across any in your travels – let me know! Daily Fintech Advisers provides strategic consulting to organizations with business and investment interests in Fintech. Jessica Ellerm is a thought leader specializing in Small Business and the Gig Economy and is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zuper, a new superannuation startup in Australia. I have no positions or commercial relationships with the companies or people mentioned. I am not receiving compensation for this post. I was a previous employee at Tyro. Subscribe by email to join the 25,000 other Fintech leaders who read our research daily to stay ahead of the curve. Check out our advisory services (how we pay for this free original research) [...]
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10 Simple Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill

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Need some practical ideas to cut your grocery bill? Here’s a list of 10 simple ideas to shave money off your grocery budget. Looking for more tips? Check out my post on 25 Ways to Save Money on Groceries and my $70 Grocery Budget posts. photo by KitAy Guest Post by MaryEllen from Centsible Savings While picking up my milk for the week, I stopped to consider how many people might wonder why I was digging all the way to the back of the refrigerated section. Then I started thinking about how easy it is for anyone to reduce their grocery budget just by following a few simple guidelines. I’m not talking about spending hours every week clipping coupons and scouring the sale papers for deals. These are simple strategies that everyone can use to help keep their food costs down: 1. Look toward the back of the refrigerated section for the latest-dated milk, cheese, meat and other perishables. It certainly won’t help you cut expenses if your food goes bad and you have to throw it out and buy more. 2. Buy whole milk and mix it with water. It will taste different at first, but you’ll get used to it after a while. If you can bring your taste buds to agree to mixing your milk half and half with water then you’re getting two gallons for the price of one! (Note: Keep in mind that if you have young children, watering down your milk will affect the nutrition of it.) 3. If you’re buying individual fruits (e.g. apples, oranges, etc.) by the pound, pick out the smallest ones. The total weight will be less, and therefore you won’t pay as much, but you won’t notice the difference when you’re eating your apple. 4. Shop early in the morning if at all possible. That is when you’ll find most of the marked down produce, meat, and bread. Even if you can’t shop in the morning, be sure to still keep an eye out for products that have been marked down. 5. Don’t buy too much produce at one time. Produce (especially if it has been shipped a long distance) will not last very long before it has to be thrown out. Try to buy only enough for about one week at a time. 6. If you find a good sale on something you normally buy that has an extended shelf-life or freezer life, stock up. Why wait until later and pay full price when you can buy several now at a much lower price? 7. Be creative and cook with what you have on hand. Make your weekly menus based on what is already in your pantry or freezer. Then you’ll just need to buy a few ingredients to fill in the gaps. 8. Make a list and stick to it when you shop. Unplanned “extras” add up very quickly. 9. Consider how badly you really need something. For example, it doesn’t really take any longer to make pancakes or biscuits from scratch than from a box mix. Yet those box mixes often quite a bit more than just buying the ingredients would cost. (Cooking from scratch is much better for your health, too!) 10. Use coupons. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not talking about spending hours each week on clipping coupons and scoping out deals. But if something is on your list, you should at least check to see if there is a coupon out for it. A good place to check is the coupon database. You’ll be surprised at the difference fifty cents here and a dollar there can make! What other tips or strategies for cutting your grocery bill would you add to this list? (originally published in 2008) [...]
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Pack Your Swimsuit for a Layover at These 3 Airports

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Pack Your Swimsuit for a Layover at These 3 Airports
Having access to airport lounges can completely change the way you travel. The complimentary refreshments, Wi-Fi and comfortable places to rest are great perks, but did you know that some airports have places to swim? If you could use a refreshing dip between flights, here are a few airport spaces to check out the next... Caroline Lupini is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Pack Your Swimsuit for a Layover at These 3 Airports originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Entrepreneur Magazine | Low Price!

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Entrepreneur Magazine | Low Price!
Great magazine for all you entrepreneurs! ENTREPRENEUR SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT Until 6/6/19, subscribe to Entrepreneur Magazine for only $4.95 per year (91% off)! You can order up to 4 years at this price! Just enter coupon code PENNYPINCH when you get to check out. If you already subscribe, you can extend your current subscription at this ... Read More about Entrepreneur Magazine | Low Price! The post Entrepreneur Magazine | Low Price! appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap Refill, Basil (33 oz) only $4.89 shipped!

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Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap Refill, Basil (33 oz) only $4.89 shipped!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Love Mrs. Meyer’s products? This is a great stock up price on Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap! Amazon has this Mrs. Meyer’s Liquid Hand Soap Refill, Basil (33 oz) for only $4.89 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save! Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders. Thanks, Hip2Save! [...]
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7 Places to Find Secondhand Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Adore

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7 Places to Find Secondhand Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Adore
Gifting your friends and family with something they’ll love this holiday season doesn’t require buying something brand new. You can save a considerable amount of money by buying used gifts for Christmas instead. Thrift stores and private sellers price merchandise at a fraction of their original cost — not to mention the treasures you might be able to regift without spending a penny. Before you cringe at the idea, consider this: A recent survey by the selling app Mercari found 60% of people felt comfortable receiving a previously owned gift.  Likewise, Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey found more than half of respondents said they’d willingly accept secondhand apparel as gifts this holiday season. Of course, you’ve got to consider the gift recipient — and the gift. Your vintage-loving sister would appreciate a good thrift store find, and your 2-year-old nephew won’t realize (or care) if his “new” toy truck used to belong to another kid.  But if your husband has been yearning for a specific tech gadget that just hit the market or your mom wants a 2020 calendar, maybe they aren’t the best candidates to give used gifts for Christmas. When gifting anything used, examine the item’s condition the best you can. Arrange to meet individual sellers in safe, public places. If you’re purchasing online, vet the website to ensure it’s trustworthy and secure. Check out the reviews or ratings of sellers you buy from. Opportunities to find pre-owned presents are widespread. Here are seven places to shop for inexpensive gifts this holiday season. 7 Outlets to Find Used Gifts for Christmas Some places you’ll discover great secondhand gifts (that won’t bust your budget) include: 1. Brick-and-Mortar Thrift Stores and Consignment Shops Thrift store chains like Goodwill and the Salvation Army have a varied assortment of goods. Proceeds from sales go to community programs that support the nonprofits’ missions.  You may find for-profit consignment shops in your area have a particular focus, like children’s clothing or men’s fashion. 2. Online Resale Retailers and Private Sellers Sites like Poshmark, Tradesy and ThredUp are great outlets to find clothing and accessories at a discount.  Other e-commerce websites, like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay and Mercari, have less of an online store interface. On these sites, private sellers post a variety of previously used products for sale, including toys, tech, furniture and home decor. 3. Yard Sales, Estate Sales or Flea Markets Yard sales, estate sales and flea markets can include a great array of options You may even find a table of trinkets the seller is giving away for free.  4. Public Libraries Occasionally libraries will hold fundraisers where they’ll offer a selection of books for sale. You can find titles for only a couple bucks a pop. It’s a good opportunity to get something for the book lover in your life. 5. Pawn Shops Disregard the negative reputation that pawn shops (often unfairly) have. This venue is popular for finding jewelry at low prices. You can also find a great assortment of other merchandise — from DVDs to bikes to musical instruments. 6. Buy Nothing Groups The Buy Nothing community (which connects neighbors via Facebook) provides an opportunity to find a gift that won’t cost you anything. Members of Buy Nothing groups post items they own that they choose to give away for free.  Search Facebook to see if your community has an active group, and join to see what your neighbors are giving away. 7. Your Own Home Regifting gets a bad rap, but it’s honestly no different than giving something from a secondhand retailer. The plus? You incur zero cost.  Consider items you’ve barely or never used, like that waffle maker that’s still in the box from when you got married. Just don’t give someone a present they originally gave to you! Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Serve Your Country While Tackling Student Loan Debt — Here’s How

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If you’re looking for an easy way out of your student loan debt… this isn’t it. But if you’re ready to make a commitment to protecting and defending your country, you may find relief through a debt forgiveness program.  And you’d have plenty of company in your… company, since approximately 200,000 active duty members owe a collective $2.9 billion in student loan debt.  But as a service member, you have a few more options for wiping out your student loan debt than your civilian counterparts. So pay attention.  Military Student Loan Forgiveness If you’re ready to serve your country after graduating college, you have options for attacking your student loan debt. Although you can also qualify for other programs unrelated to your service, such as teacher student loan forgiveness or nursing school loan forgiveness, we’ll focus on the options that depend on your work in the military. National Defense Student Loan Discharge (aka Perkins Loan Forgiveness) If you served in a hostile fire or imminent danger pay area, you qualify for the National Defense Student Loan Discharge, which is part of the Perkins loan cancelation program (the Perkins loan program ended on Sept. 30, 2017).   Loans are discharged according to the following classifications: Up to 50% for four years for borrowers whose active duty service ended before Aug. 14, 2008. Up to 100% for five years for borrowers whose active duty service includes or began on or after Aug. 14, 2008. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) This is probably the most well-known forgiveness option — although “notorious” might be a better adjective for it. Out of the approximately 76,000 PSLF applications that were processed by March 2019, only 518 applications were approved. For those who didn’t major in math, that’s less than 1%.  Pro Tip If you make too much to qualify for an income-driven repayment plan, don’t bother with PSLF since the standard payment plan will leave you with nothing to forgive after 10 years. And the program that was supposed to fix the problem — Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF)? Yeah, it turns out the acceptance rate for that one nearly matches the original. Be prepared for a long wait — it takes a minimum of 10 years to qualify — and to follow a lot of rules in regards to the type of loan, repayment program and employment eligibility. To help you navigate the process, check out these seven essential questions to ask about Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Total and Permanent Disability Discharge If you become totally and permanently disabled during your service, you’ll automatically have your student loan debt discharged. (Your student loans also get canceled if you die, but let’s not consider that as an option, OK?) Prior to August 2019, you still had to fill out the TPD Discharge application, but now the discharge is automatic for veterans. Veteran Affairs will alert the Federal Student Aid office as to your eligibility. The office will then notify you, at which point you will have 60 days to decide if you want to decline the loan relief.  Pro Tip If you think you may go back to school again some day, understand that accepting the disability discharge could make it more difficult to take out future student loans. Why would you decline? Although the discharge isn’t subject to federal taxes, the discharged amount may still be considered income for state tax purposes.  If you don’t decline, your remaining student loan balance will be discharged and you’ll be reimbursed for any payments made following the date of the discharge. Get more details about the total and permanent disability discharge (TPD) program here. Repayment Programs for Service Members As a service member, you’ll find multiple programs that will repay some of your debts, but none of these programs forgives the loan and interest in its entirety — and all of the forgiven amounts are taxable. Armed Forces Education Loan Repayment Program Following a complete year of active-duty service, you’ll become eligible for benefits available through most branches of the service (sorry, Marines).  Depending on which branch you choose, you’ll see the loan repayment programs referred to as College Loan Repayment Programs (CLRP) or Student Loan Repayment Programs (SLRP). Pro Tip If you’re rehabilitating a student loan in default, you’re allowed an interruption in the consecutive pay period until after your qualified military service is completed. All of the programs repay direct federal loans (subsidized and unsubsidized); other federal loans may be eligible, depending on the specific program. And each come with enlistment and/or testing qualifications, so ask your recruiter about specific requirements for your program: Air Force: Soaring with the Air Force Reserve for up to six years could really pay off. Annual payments will be $500 per each qualifying loan or 15% of the outstanding balance, whichever is greater, for up to $3,500 for each year of satisfactory service. Maximum amount: $20,000. If you’re taking the legal eagle route, the Air Force has a three-year student loan repayment program for you. You can qualify after completing your first year as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer. Maximum amount: $60,000 Army: The Army has multiple loan repayment programs to choose from, depending on your status. For active duty members, the maximum annual benefit is a third of the current principal balance or $1,500, whichever is greater, for each year of service up to three years. Maximum amount: $65,000. Navy: For active duty members, the maximum annual benefit is one-third of the current principal balance or $1,500, whichever is greater, for each year of service up to three years. Applicants must be approved before shipping to RTC, according to Terrina Driscoll with Navy Recruiting Command. Note: To be eligible for the loan repayment program and 100% of your Montgomery GI Bill benefits, you must reenlist for additional three years  or have a 6 year Active contract. Maximum amount: $65,000. Coast Guard: For six years of service, you’ll receive up to $10,000 per year to repay loans at qualified minority-serving institutions. Maximum amount: $60,000. National Guard: You’ll need to enlist for at least six years for annual disbursements through the National Guard repayment program. Maximum amount: $50,000. Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) If you’re a health professional with student loans to repay, providing your services to the military could help you out of debt.  Both Active and Reserve members of the Army can receive assistance through separate programs. For example, nurses in the Army Reserve are eligible for up to $50,000 toward student loan repayment over three years of service. For the Navy, you must be a commissioned officer enrolled in the final year of an approved residency program leading to specialty qualification in medicine, dentistry or osteopathic medicine. The maximum award is $40,000. And if you’re Air Force, you’ll receive up to $40,000 to cover your health profession education in exchange for at least two years of service. Additional Student Loan Benefits for Service Members Even if you don’t receive forgiveness of your loans, you can deploy these reduced interest and deferment programs as a member of the military. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Interest Rate Cap: Interest on student loans you took out prior to your military service is capped at 6% during periods of active duty. Military Service Deferment: You can postpone loan repayment during certain periods of active duty and while you prepare to go back to school following your active duty. 0% Interest: If you serve in a qualifying hostile area, you don’t have to pay interest for up to 60 months. HEROES Act Waiver: The Education Department waives many documentation requirements — think: updating your family size and income f [...]
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Target: Free Shipping On All Online Holiday Orders!

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Woohoo! Target is once again offering FREE shipping this holiday season! Starting November 1st, you’ll be able to get FREE shipping on any Target online orders — no minimum purchase required! (Go HERE for the press release!) No promo code is needed for this deal. Just buy anything online and you’ll get automatic FREE shipping — including Black Friday and holiday season purchases. This is a great deal, because you usually have to make a $25 minimum purchase in order to get free shipping. And not only that, many of the shipments will get to you as soon as the next day after your order is placed! Looks like lots of competition for Amazon again this holiday season. Valid through December 21, 2019. [...]
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Life Update: Pregnancy Update (Week 13) & the Spartan Race

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Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram. 13 weeks!!! And I had to have my picture taken in the kitchen because I COOKED DINNER three times this week!!! HIGHLIGHTS I feel like I came back to life this week and it is AMAZING to be functioning again at at least 50% of my normal pace compared to barely functioning the past 6 weeks. I forgot how good I used to feel! Also, I was able to start eating my daily salads again, which made me so happy!! CRAVINGS Um, should confess that my big craving this week was Taco Bell tacos again?!? NOTABLE Jesse’s dad (who owns a medical equipment servicing business) sent us a really fancy doppler that’s he’s letting us borrow for the pregnancy. It’s so amazing to get to hear the baby’s heartbeat at home! Also of note: I’ve outgrown the majority of my wardrobe. The maternity clothes I have are still huge on me, but I’m going to have to get creative with outfits over the next few weeks until I can fit into my maternity clothes! The kids continue to be so shocked by my growing size and I keep telling them they haven’t seen nothing yet! WEIGHT GAIN: 5.5 lbs. P.S. Do you consider the second trimester to start in week 13 or week 14?! The internet seems very conflicted on this. Jesse and Kathrynne ran the Spartan Race last week and had a blast doing it. Kathrynne ended up finishing a few minutes before Jesse! 🙂 Silas and Kaitlynn ran the Spartan Kids’ race while Jesse and Kathrynne ran their race and had a great time doing so! And the fun after the race… getting all cleaned up. 🙂 What I’m… Reading right now: I Will Always Write Back (I finished this and really enjoyed it, especially since I’m so passionate about South Africa. Do note that it has a little bit of language and somewhat more mature themes in it in places so I’d read through it before handing it off to a child to read.) Watching right now: Silas, Kaitlynn, and I have continued to enjoy watching The Masked Singer. We’ve also been watching Dancing with the Stars. Listening to right now: I’ve been listening to recent episodes of The Sorta Awesome show this week. Loving right now: Mint Majesty tea with cream and honey (someone sent this to me as a gift and it is SO good!) In Case You Missed It: 4 Reasons Why You Can’t Save Money on Groceries Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Recipe Enter to Win a $100 Visa Gift Card Why Jesse and Kathrynne Went to South Africa 5 Questions You Should Ask Before You Tweak Your Budget [...]
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8 Things Private Equity Firms Look for in Companies

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How Much Is Vet School?

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How Much Is Vet School?
The average cost of four years of veterinary school is more than $200,000 for in-state students and $275,000 for out-of-state students, according to the VIN Foundation, a nonprofit that offers veterinarians education and support. Here’s how the most and least expensive vet schools stack up, and a breakdown of options students have for managing the... Ryan Lane is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: rlane@nerdwallet.com. The article How Much Is Vet School? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Overwhelmed by Student Loans? Find Some Relief With Debt Forgiveness

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Overwhelmed by Student Loans? Find Some Relief With Debt Forgiveness
Ever wonder what life would be like if you could make your student loans disappear? It’s possible, but it isn’t magic.  Or immediate. Or easy. Or likely. (Sorry.) But considering the mounting pile of outstanding student debt in U.S. — at $1.5 trillion, student loans were the largest non-mortgage source of household debt in 2018 — we should at least consider every option for wiping it out, right? If your student loans have become more than you can handle, seeking forgiveness or discharge of your debt could be an option. Check out this Penny Hoarder guide to student loan forgiveness so you’ll know all your options. Understanding Student Loan Forgiveness, Cancelation and Discharge Before we dig into individual programs, let’s cover the ground rules. First, a word about words: Forgiveness, discharge and cancellation essentially mean the same thing when you’re thinking about your student debt — they mean you no longer have to pay the remaining balance on your loan — but the terms are usually applied in different circumstances: Forgiveness is usually used in cases where you qualify because of your job or employer.  Discharge typically refers to other reasons for not paying the debt, such as your financial situation.  Cancellation is a more general term that often covers both. All of the programs covered here are only available for federal student loans, not private student loans. And depending on the program, there are requirements for which types of federal loans qualify. Additionally, these programs typically take years to qualify for — sometimes as much as 25 years. There’s one exception to this rule, but it’s probably the least desirable way for getting rid of your debt. (Spoiler alert: It’s death.) Many of the options depend on your job. If you work in public service or choose a specific profession, you can receive forgiveness for a loan after a specified amount of time, during which you must document your employment. If you don’t have a job through which you can receive loan forgiveness, your other choices for forgiveness or discharge become limited to income-driven options or extreme circumstances, like becoming permanently disabled or your school closing. Additionally, although you might celebrate wiping out your student loans, understand that you might be trading your student loan debt for a big tax bill, depending on the program.  Pro Tip If you borrowed before July of 2010, you’ll need to consolidate your loans to qualify Public Service Loan Forgiveness and some income-driven repayment plans. In general, if your loan is wiped out because you worked in public service, you won’t owe federal taxes. And if you die or are permanently disabled, you don’t owe taxes on the forgiven amount (and neither do your survivors). Pretty much everyone else can expect to get a bill from Uncle Sam. But even if your forgiveness isn’t subject to federal taxes, you could still be on the hook at the state level, so find out beforehand whether you’ll be liable for taxes and plan accordingly. We’ve broken down the programs by work and non-work qualifications. We’ve also included “scam alerts” throughout since, unfortunately, there are plenty of unscrupulous individuals and companies out there who prey on the unsuspecting and often desperate people overwhelmed by student loan debt.  With that in mind, let’s dive in. Student Loan Forgiveness Based on Your Job If you’re committed to a life of helping others, whether it’s by working for the government or a non-profit or by choosing a public service profession, you could qualify for student loan forgiveness. This is not a commitment to be taken lightly, as it means you’ll have to ensure that your loans qualify, stay current on your payments throughout the process and stick with a job that qualifies for forgiveness.  And while you may graduate ready to give back through a career in public service, a lot can change over those qualifying years — whether it’s adding family responsibilities to the mix or simply realizing you don’t like your job. Pro Tip Scam alert! It’s illegal for anyone — including companies that offer to “help” you repay your student loans — to ask for your federal student aid user name and id. Never give that info out. “There is danger and risk with that because you don’t know what is necessarily going to occur,” said Melinda Opperman, executive vice president at Credit.org. “What if you change professions halfway through and you don’t do the whole 10 years? Circumstances change.” If you do change your mind and switch to a non-qualifying job, you’ll be responsible for paying the remaining amount you owe. Public Service Loan Forgiveness The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is probably the most well known, but for all the wrong reasons. Out of the approximately 76,000 PSLF applications that were processed by March 2019, 518 applications were approved. For those who didn’t major in math, that’s less than 1%.  And the program that was supposed to fix the problem — Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF)? Yeah, it turns out the acceptance rate for that one nearly matches the original. Pro Tip Scam alert! When it comes to federal student loan repayment applications, there’s nothing a company can do for you that you can’t do for free on your own. But if you have your heart set on serving the public at a government or non-profit entity and are facing a mountain of student loans, then the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program may be the way to wipe out your debt. Be prepared for a long wait — it takes a minimum of 10 years to qualify — and to follow a lot of rules in regards to your loan and employment eligibility. To help you navigate the process, check out these seven essential questions to ask about Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Teacher Student Loan Forgiveness No one goes into teaching for the money. But when student loans leave you thousands of dollars in debt, scraping out the payments on a teacher’s salary can be downright overwhelming. Fortunately, there’s a specific Teacher Student Loan Forgiveness program for those who work in underserved communities and/or subject areas.  Forgiveness will be dependent upon where you teach, what you teach and how long you teach, and the maximum amount you can receive is $17,500. But you can discover additional options for graduating from student debt with these teacher student loan forgiveness programs. Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Medical debt can be an additional burden for students, so nursing student loan forgiveness offer some help with the debt.  In addition to a couple of specific loan-forgiveness programs for nurses, you can also find debt relief through programs at some hospitals. Eligibility requirements can include holding an advanced degree, having a specific loan type or working in a specialized department.  Other medical professionals, including doctors, can find student loan relief at the national and local level through the Association of American Medical Colleges. Perkins Loan Forgiveness The Perkins loan program program ended on Sept. 30, 2017, but you’re still on the hook for paying off any of the Perkins loans you took out. That said, if you work in public service — including teaching, law enforcement and the military — you could qualify for a partial or total discharge of your Perkins loan.   Depending on your career, you could receive 100% loan cancellation for five years of service, which is distributed in annual increments. FROM THE DEBT FORUM Student loans!! 8/9/19 @ 1:07 PM J My debt 9/23/19 @ 12:05 PM [...]
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Transportation to doctor appointments, reimbursement for cooking classes and coverage for home air cleaners are among new benefits you might find offered by Medicare Advantage plans for 2020. As we have explained before, Medicare health insurance plans can be divided into two main types. The federal government’s Medicare program directly offers the first type, Original Medicare. [...]
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All the Best Cyber Monday and Black Friday Deals Still Available!

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