Here’s the news that caught my eye today while thinking that this may be the most apropos way to quit a job ever.
(She should have taken a fish, though, for extra gravitas.)
- NPR took a look at young adult novels and found a surprising villain throughout them all: the economy. Yes, popular books like Divergent and The Hunger Games have a strong sense of economic anxiety. Personally, I think teens need to get rid of that negative influence and focus on high school classics, like Animal Farm. Talking pigs. Hilarious! No subtext there.
- A couple weeks back, I stated that my financial “X” factor was using my credit card for pretty much everything. Well, now, me and Bank Bazaar are totally in a fight. That’s because the first thing on their list of things you should not use a credit card for is everyday expenses, like groceries and household items. Now, I no longer feel special, and I didn’t even get to meet Mario Lopez for my trouble.
- According to the National Center for Education Statistics, roughly 71% of students qualify as “nontraditional” (i.e., not your typical 18 to 22 year old). To help these students out, US News answer three common questions these students have about financial aid. I’ll do my part too, with even more dated references. For instance, did you know those questions all have the same answer: they’ve never been in my kitchen. (Or something like that.)
- If you’re looking for a way to cut back on your expenses, Moolanomy highlights 12 that you may be able to negotiate a better deal on. Some of these are pretty standard, like cable and cellphone service. But others are a bit more unique—like negotiating your medical costs. Really? Is that a part of Obamacare? I should watch more news and fewer episodes of Cheers, apparently.
- Speaking of Obamacare, the first open-enrollment period is right around the corner. And like with any new legislation that’s hard to understand, people may look to take advantage of confused consumers. Wise Bread highlights a bunch of different scams you should be on the lookout for, including fees for help, government imposters, and fake websites. Sadly, they won’t all be as obvious as this.
- We’re 60 days away from the madness that is Black Friday. (I know this because this madness actually exists.) To help you prepare, Kiplinger has tips on how you can save $1,000 before this “holiday.” Now, if you had the ability to save $1,000 in 60 days, I’d likely recommend holding onto that money—as opposed to spending it all on Black Friday. But, hey, easy enough save another $1,000 over the subsequent 60 days, right?
- According to Fox Business, mobile banking leaves consumers open to having their personal information stolen … however, it’s also safer than banking on a PC. To help you out, they outline different ways you can stay safe while banking on your phone—including watching out for lookalike bank apps created by hackers. With mobile and PCs unsafe for banking, I think we all know where this is going: to the only appropriate place to store our our money.
What money-related news caught your eye today? Let us know in the comments.
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