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Sites & Apps To Make Extra Money During Your Lunch Break

A little extra lunch money never hurt anyone, right? Thanks to the wonderful world of the internet, it is easier now more than ever to make easy money right from your phone. Here are a list of websites ranging from surveys to rating services and cashback programs, and our experience using them to generate some easy cash. Note: None of these websites are paying us to say anything, so expect some hardcore honesty!

5 Self-Development Podcasts to Amplify Your Life

Most of us work for our employers, we work for our spouse, we do more work for our family and sometimes even find ourselves doing work for our friends. Despite all our great intentions, burnout and frustration can combine to create stagnant lives where we fail to cut out times during the day to just relax, nonetheless to pick up a book or even learn a new skill. Well, thanks to the beautiful digital world of podcasts, you can achieve a world class education from the experts just by tapping a few buttons on your phone or laptop. So whether you’re at the gym, in the car, or on your lunch break, here are some of the top self-development podcasts out right now pumping out fresh content for you weekly, absolutely for free.

4 Ways To Invest In Yourself Right Now

Many of us have found that binging Netflix and occupying our time with social media might not be the best way to take advantage of the present pandemic situation. For those of you who want to take this opportunity to invest in improving yourself, here are four ways to consider using your additional time towards something beneficial.

Top 5 Clothing Websites to Get the Best Deals

Shopping for clothes is the worst. You know what I’m talking about. There are thousands of different clothing outlets online, not to mention the boutiques and department stores at your local mall. Your first problem is cherry-picking the stores that sell the exact items you’re looking for. Then, from those options, you have to decide which one sells those items at a price that fits your budget. And if you want to commit to environmentally friendly shopping practices, well, there’s problem number three. But here’s a secret: it doesn’t have to be that hard. There are a few sites you can go to that make clothes shopping ten times easier. Not all of them tick every single criterion, but that’s why we listed more than one. Using the five options below, success in finding the perfect item for the best price (and sometimes even the best quality) is almost guaranteed.

What should you know about investing in this bear market

Whenever there is a massive drop in the stock market, you immediately have two types of people- those who panic sell, and those who buy thinking they are investing in a big future at a very low point in the present.

Budgeting for Beginners: A Guide to Assessing Goals, Budgeting Rules and Expense Planning

Budgeting is an essential skill a beginner can have. Being equipped with proper budgeting skills will lower stress levels and will make you smile with less stress. Creating a spreadsheet or tracking expenses through an app will help you take control of your spending habits. When I was younger, I did not know, nor did I care about tracking each of my expenses. My spending habits were out of control. I would spend money on countless items such as clothes, courses I would never use again, and eating out impulsively. Guess what? I learned the HARD way!

Best Tools To Track Your Spending

You’ve started to budget your money, but how are you tracking your spending? If you’re not tracking and checking your spending habits you can’t effectively manage your budget. Some banks help keep track of your spending habits, however, you can better analyze your spending habits with these tools. Now that checkbooks are dead some of us have to adapt to new methods.

7 Online Classes New College Students Should Take

One of the first lessons I learned out of college was this- college didn’t prepare me for anything that actually mattered. With a large number of college grads struggling to enter the workplace year after year as well as the rate of student debt skyrocketing, the need to develop new skills may matter more now than ever before. These are seven online courses available throughout the internet that will help you develop yourself into a more marketable individual as a result.

FICO Updates

It's the number that bears your creditworthiness -- your credit score. And for tens of millions of Americans, their credit score is about to change. First, some background -- a Credit score is crucial for anyone seeking a loan.  Created and managed by FICO, credit scores attempt to put a number value on each potential borrower's creditworthiness.  To determine a credit score, FICO measures payment history, outstanding debt, length of credit history, and credit utilization.  From this data, the company produces a score ranging from 300 to 850 -- the higher the score, the more creditworthy the borrower.

4 Finance Books To Read Right Now

For many millions of Americans, this current financial crisis has brought home many fearful scenarios, as almost everyone has faced either a drop in their income or lost their main stream of income entirely. However, every period of difficulty brings the opportunity to make something good out of it. You might even be, for the first time in your life, truly assessing whether you understand the current state of your finances, and if you can manifest your goals into reality. Here are four of the best books on personal finance, retirement, and goal setting you can pick up today:

Simple Skills To Leverage In The Post-Pandemic Economy

For millions of Americans and people all over the globe, this has been a period of not only incredible stress but also some much-needed self-reflection. While innovation and advances in digital and remote work have been changing the way our modern workforce communicates and accomplishes work, this current pandemic has potentially sped up the rate of which many jobs afterward will be accomplished either by employees working from their home, or will be outsourced to machinery and software completely.

Is this crisis an excuse to stop saving?

It’s hard to go anywhere or listen to anything right now and not hear of the terrible wave of financial chaos sweeping across the country. From thousands of hard-working Americans being put out of work due to the threat of the Coronavirus or companies scrambling because of panic selling at the stock market, these Wall Street woes alone are making millions of Americans question as to whether they should put long-term investing towards their retirement aside in order to take care of the uncertain short-term challenges, or continue to be disciplined in their finances.

Why Bundling Your Streaming Services Can Save You Time And Money

The age of cable is coming to an end and streaming is booming! Many millennials have found ease in simply subscribing to a channel. There are so many to choose from you can quickly rack up a bill rivaling that of Comcast. Bundling your streaming services is the smartest way to get the most content for the best value.

Personal Loans

When the economy is booming, job openings are plentiful, and wages are on the rise. So why then are personal loans growing at such a rapid pace? According to the consumer credit rating agency Equifax, personal loans in 2019 grew 10% from the year before.  Experian and Transunion -- the two other major consumer credit rating agencies -- agree; personal loans are growing at a double-digit pace.

Financial Tips for Upcoming College Graduates (You Didn’t Learn in College)

The honeymoon period after you graduate from college is amazing, and for many people, the first time in your life you truly feel like a real, genuine adult. However, after the honeymoon phase comes the harsh truths about adulthood, especially when it comes time to come face to face with the state of your finances.

Smart Shopping For Clothes Online – Finding the Best Deals

Shopping for clothes should be easier in a digital environment, unfortunately, international sellers and fake shops claim victims every day. How can you be sure to get the best product when shopping for clothes online? Familiar Retailers: To always guarantee the product and price shopping online from regular retail stores is the safest bet. It is tempting to go straight to the largest online marketplace, Amazon, try thinking about the stores you would go to at a mall.

Small Business Loans

Running a small business poses many challenges -- paying suppliers, advertising, expanding, or improving an existing location.  And for those who own a small business, funding all these challenges can be overwhelming.  A small business loan can help.

How To Properly Utilize Subscribe & Save Options

There are plenty of monthly boxes and product subscriptions out there, but will they really save you money? With too many options for any type of item out there we are going to blanket all subscription programs that give you a discount for having regular shipments and multiple products. From hygiene to grocery you can subscribe to regular delivery to your home, all for a convenient price - but what is the real value of that price? Before signing up for a monthly fee, consider how it will actually affect your wallet. If you don’t normally buy a product regularly, maybe that 5% discount is really 95% an unnecessary expense?

Best Asset Classes To Invest In To Diversify Your Income

Everyone knows of the typical asset: stocks. From hiring a financial advisor to doing it on your own investing, stocks are the specific investment vehicle for most retail investors. Have you ever thought about diversifying your investment income with other high-quality asset types? The new hype these days in the 21st century is cryptocurrency. Another great asset class are commodities such as gold or future contracts. No matter what situation you are in, diversifying your income is the primary key to substantial wealth and comfortable retirement if done correctly and strategically. In this article, I will go over other asset classes to help you build your wealth in the long term. I will also cover which asset classes to pick, depending on your risk tolerance.

3 Ideas On What To Do With A Year-End Bonus

In the Christmas classic "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," Clarke W. Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) guides his family through what can only be described as a disastrous Christmas. The generous-but-inept Clarke goes all-in by placing a down-payment on a backyard pool -- before he's received his yearly bonus. This error in judgment tortures Clarke as he waits day after day for his check. It finally arrives amid a Christmas Eve fail for the ages. Hoping his financial problems having been solved, he rips open the letter only to see that he's been enrolled in a jelly-of-the-month club. For those fortunate enough to get a yearly bonus -- and wise enough not to spend what they haven't received -- the choice of what to do with a bonus can be overwhelming. Should you spend it? Invest it? Pay down debt?