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Re: Hello new members!

Melissa ·
Hey there! My name is Melissa. I'm a Community Relations Specialist at The Penny Hoarder. My primary financial goal is to pay off my credit cards!! Credit cards can be amazing but they make it so stinking easy to over spend. A follow up goal of mine, is to track my spending on paper each month and stick to a limit. This way I'll remember each credit card swipe and hopefully I won't rack up credit card debt like this again!
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Re: How To Save Money on Groceries

Nicole ·
Meal planning is key for me. I do 1 'big' grocery shop a month for the basics & meat. Then weekly I buy milk & produce that we need as well as use any 'free product coupons' that I come across.
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Re: Side Hustles

Men On A Budget ·
My "side gigs" started when I was in sixth grade (age 12) and I haven't stopped even in my retirement. I was working five or six side hustles through my junior high and high school years... yup, back in the 1970s! You've surely heard of teen millionaires, right? Well, I was NOT one of them. I was, however, able to support private art lessons and supplies in the following ways: Selling unimprinted calendars in the Fall / Winter with overstock from neighbors who ran a printing press in their...
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Re: Side Hustles

Crystal ·
@Briana- that's my plan. I'm a SAHM with a 3 month old and 2 1/2 year old. I'm working on trying to get everything posted on Poshmark when my kids are napping or after they go to bed. My goal is to post at least 5-10 items a day.
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Re: How I Live On 50% Of My Net Income

Men On A Budget ·
Awesome journey! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
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Re: How To Save Money on Groceries

Wen Dee ·
I save 75% or more shopping using coupons, bogo deals , discount meat/bakery deals and Ibotta. I rarely pay full price for any grocery/household items. Many items I get is FREE. https://www.facebook.com/Coupons4newbies/ (my website). I shop once a month for meats and main items we need, then weekly for milk/cheese/fruits/produce.
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Re: What are some really effective ways to boost a credit score?

Deven ·
If you can afford to, all at once ! It stops the bleeding immediately. By bleeding, I mean all the interest that's tacked on each month. If you can't do it all at once, definitely cut off the highest interest one first, by paying the minimum payment required on the lower interest rates and throwing the excess on the highest interest one. Once you've reached zero balance on a card, just leave it at $0. You don't need to use it and you definitely shouldn't close it because closing that account...
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Re: Giving up cable -- what's the best replacement option?

Khiemosabi ·
I cut cable out about 5 - 6 years ago and never looked back. My favorite service is Netflix and with its current run of original content, it provides a ton of entertainment for roughly $11 a month. In addition, I share a spotify account with my girlfriend and because she's a student, we get access to Hulu. That is $5 a month. Lastly, I rounded my it all out with amazon prime video, which is $119 a year or $10 a month. My total entertainment cost is $26 a month which is far below any cable...
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Re: Giving up cable -- what's the best replacement option?

Men On A Budget ·
Hi.. Welcome to the Community! My wife and I have reduced our cable "bundle" from the bill-us-all-you-can package down to internet only, from around $180 per month down to $55 (including home phone VOIP service) with zero regrets and less than zero loss of quality programming because we now have more options... what to watch and when to watch is completely up to us. That $125 of savings has found much better uses elsewhere in our budget. First of all, I cannot thank you enough for the...
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Re: Giving up cable -- what's the best replacement option?

Bonnie Squires ·
We dumped cable 4 years ago when we moved. Now we pay for amazon prime $5 a month hulu $12 and netflix free because 1 of our kids have it plus wwe for hubby $10 than our internet $30 a month. So $55 a month. Sling isn't to bad Husband didn't like it. There all so pluto i think is the name and its free. youtube has free movies that you can watch to. I can't think of any others but if i do I'll let you know
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Re: Giving up cable -- what's the best replacement option?

Drumtrip ·
@Alexis Grant I use YoutubeTV, Hulu, and Netflix for about $60 a month. YoutubeTV has NBCSN its GREAT, so glad to be off cable. Works on everything except Amazon Firestick. Frontier also has $40/mon internet for 2 years going on now so my whole bill is around $100
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Re: What are some really effective ways to boost a credit score?

Drumtrip ·
@Briana I used to work for a credit card company! Some of the best ways to quickly boost credit scores. 1) Don't close credit cards, especially your oldest one. Instead you can just shred the card if you never intend to use it. This keeps your credit line open on your credit report. 3) Ensure you have enough credit, this sounds counter intuitive but having the right amount of credit in good standing shows that you can handle it and helps in the algorithm, even if you pay it off every month.
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Re: What are some really effective ways to boost a credit score?

Briana ·
These are all great tips! Thank you so much! I was always questioning whether I should close one of my cards or not, so now I have my answer.
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Re: Budgeting for 2019!

Nicole ·
We live on a strict budget but do use the credit cards for everything to get the cash back bonus each December. I have had to create a new budget column (Last August) for hospital parking for when we can't get the free parking on the street. I make a grocery list each month to do our big monthly shop & stick to the dollar amount, there are no extras, milk & produce is bought weekly after that with the remainder. The credit card is paid off in full each month. With the credit cards...
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Re: Side Hustles

Vanessa ·
I do InstaGC, Swagbucks, and Prolific Academic. These are sites where you can take surveys, watch videos, signup for newsletters, print coupons, and a bunch of other stuff. I make a couple hundred extra dollars per month doing this on top of working a full time job.
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Re: Giving up cable -- what's the best replacement option?

BGriff ·
If you're a little tech savy, you can build an UNRAID media server out of an old PC. Then join a Usenet service for $10-20/month. Setup PlexServer and Sonar(simple through the UNRAID Docker service) on the media server and download the TV programs that you want to watch from Usenet via Sonar. There are many video tutorials on YouTube on how to do this. If you are a TV junkie and watch many programs daily this might not work well for you, but if you only like a few shows a week or like to...
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Re: Who taught you your most important money lesson and what was it?

Moore Income ·
Pay yourself first. This I learned from many books and successful people. It is a principal that truly works when you start applying it. There is a lot that could be said about it but the best book I have read on the subject would have to be The Richest Man in Babylon. You can find it on Amazon but if you want to save some money and get more books for less, I recommended Thrift Books.
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Re: Who taught you your most important money lesson and what was it?

AverageJoe ·
If we tithe to a local church, how do we pay ourselves first? Should we come directly AFTER the church, and then bills, food etc? Just curious on your take on it.
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Re: Who taught you your most important money lesson and what was it?

Moore Income ·
Good question. I personally view tithing as giving back a portion to God in thankfulness for what He has given me. Therefore I would apply the principle of paying myself first after tithe. For those of us who do this, it means we have to learn to live off of only 80% of what we earn instead of 90% but I think it is a good way to learn to live below our means. And if you practice the principle of tithing first, you can trust God's promises in His Word to take care of those who holds Him in ...
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Re: What are some really effective ways to boost a credit score?

AverageJoe ·
All at once is the best way to go! We did it, and we've never regretted it for a minute. We'd rather have that money going into the bank every month than into interest to another bank for what we borrowed. After the crash, the banks raised everyone's interest rates with promises to lower the rates. This wasn't the case. By taking away that interest payment on what you had borrowed, you're not only showing that you can get out of debt, you're showing your disapproval with the way they lied...
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Re: Who taught you your most important money lesson and what was it?

Sewspcl ·
My mother. She always said make a trash small. Save your pennies, pick up a penny. Water down everything to make more including soup, spaghetti sauces, gravies. We made and popcorn and VHS tapes to entertain ourselves. Always pay yourself 1st period try saving $50 a week by the end of the month you've got $200. If not weekly try bi-weekly. Don't throw out old clothes just cut them up and make a blanket or throw. Being thrifty doesn't mean being cheap. Because you always end up with more...
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Re: Who taught you your most important money lesson and what was it?

Sewspcl ·
Pay yourself 1st then pay your bills and tithing. Is not ego it's economics. If you get sick because you're not eating could you can afford food but you going to church every week who are you helping? Let go of ego and pay yourself 1st. Then get back to others. Make sure the church that you are giving to does not squander your money on wines and fine china like my church did.
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Re: Who taught you your most important money lesson and what was it?

Moore Income ·
@SEWSPCL Interested in understanding why you consider it "ego"?
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Isabel ·
I looked into Cobblecord, and although a good service, it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. I cut the cord a couple years ago and save about $150 a month of cable. I find that I'm good with an HD antenna, Netflix and Sling, while streaming Fox News on Youtube gives me most of what I want to watch. Sling $25.00 and Netflix $9.00. If I want to watch HBO or Showtime on any given month, I sign up via Amazon Prime and you can cancel at the click of a button (which also has movies) or...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Lisa A Bean ·
Just do Hulu for $7.99 a month less stress budget ur pocket..cable is pretty much out. Nextflix Hulu ,etc are taking over
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

KimK ·
3 months ago we switched from $120 DirecTV to $40 YouTube TV. We get all our locals; FOX News, CNN, etc; all ESPN channels, MLB, Big 10 Network, 4 FOX Sports networks; Freeform; TNT; plus numerous other channels. Only channels we are missing are HGTV and The Weather Channel. Saving $70 per month is awesome!
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Re: Grocery Shopping - How far away is your usual store?

jenakle ·
We live in a midtown area and have 6 stores w.in a 3 mile radius (3 Publix, Winn Dixie, Lucky's, and a Whole foods), plus Costco and Sam's on the other side of town. Numerous Asian and Latin stores I haven't even tried. I tend to drive to the Publix that's a little further away because the college kids make the parking lot a nightmare at the one closest to me lol. Lots of options but I usually go to "my" Publix weekly and Costco once a month, or Lucky's if they have good deals.
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Re: Philo TV

Briana ·
@Moore Income I'd never heard of this before. It looks like they have a few basic package options - starting as low as $16/month for 44 channels. I found the link if you're interested in learning more: https://try.philo.com/
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Re: Grocery Shopping - How far away is your usual store?

Shannon H ·
There is a small mom & pop store about 2 miles down the road, a Family dollar now a mile away. The mom & pop store has fruits & veggies but they are not as fresh as those at bigger grocery store and prices are higher. However, my regular grocery shopping happens in town about 8 miles away.... Kroger, Food Fair, Aldi and occasionally Walmart. It's about a 10-15 minute drive. Usually, shop once a week but am hoping to make that twice a month with implementing dinner meal planning.
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Re: Summer Jobs for Teachers?

Kirsten Cherry ·
I teach English online to students in China! There are 6-month contracts and you can work as little or as much as you want. So if you get hired, you could work more over the summer and less or not at all during the school year! (I don't think I can give out links and I don't want to spam, so DM me if you want more info!) Kirsten
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Re: Grocery Shopping - How far away is your usual store?

Nicole ·
I live in a suburban area. My favourite grocery store is a Walmart Superstore that is 30mins away. I got once a month for a big grocery shop. I have closer stores within a few miles but they are expensive & I just don't love them. There is a dirty little mom & pop grocery store 1.5blocks from me but its dirty, the staff are awful & the fresh food tends to be on its last legs. There is a drug store that has a small grocery section with great prices on eggs & clearance items. I...
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Re: Giving up cable -- what's the best replacement option?

Alexis Grant ·
Wanted to share an update because we found a solution that worked for us -- we can get (and record!) NBC Nightly News and soccer on NBCSC. We got a Roku (one-time fee of $29) and a YouTubeTV subscription ($39/month). Moved our cable/Internet package to just Internet, for a total savings of $70/month. Thanks for all the ideas here in this thread!
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Re: Philo TV

Peter ·
I tried this one out as well. Not a bad option for $16/month! The selection on Hulu TV live is larger, but you get what you pay for. Has anyone tried Pluto TV? Looks like it's completely free and makes their money off of advertising. Might try it out...
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord - how to save $ and cobble together the right streaming services

Former Member ·
How much do you actually end up saving from month to month, though? I feel like cable companies are getting smart and raising their internet-only bundles so high that it's almost not worth canceling cable. Thoughts? Does anyone save a significant amount of money?
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Re: Side Hustles

Brandon LeRoy ·
I am a Wine Guide for Traveling Vineyard!! It is an amazing way to earn some extra money and get FREE bottles of wine for yourself! I made an extra $500 last month plus got $150 in free wine! And I just do it on the side! Message me if you’re interested and I can give you more details!
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Re: Stop the Paycheck to Paycheck Cycle by Being Mindful of Your Financial Habits

Moore Income ·
You can say that again! We tend to develop bad financial habits from an early age and they become hard to break and leave us wondering where we went wrong. I would have to say that a lot of times, life gets in the way when you are trying to stop the living paycheck to paycheck cycle. Just when you think you are getting some traction, life hits you with another surprise. I find often that bad habits such as a lack of budgeting and keeping track of finances and living above your means are...
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Re: Can Budgeting Come with Baggage?

Moore Income ·
You hit the nail on the coffin here when it comes to budgeting. All of those have been things that have held me back from really creating and sticking to a budget. I am still working on it actually, but at the beginning of this year I made it a point that I would do what it takes to get my finances in order and that includes budgeting. On the topic of fear, I just read the book Who Moved My Cheese? and it talks about the fact that a lot of times what we fear and image the outcome of...
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Re: Can Budgeting Come with Baggage?

The Saving Scientist ·
Exactly, Ron! I'm really glad to hear that you're taking steps in the right direction. I look forward to reading more of your posts and seeing how your financial journey goes. We can all learn something from each other! Feel free to reach out at any time if you need any advice
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Re: Who taught you your most important money lesson and what was it?

BeckAtsila ·
"Pennies add up to dimes, and dimes add up to dollars." My across-the-street neighbor when I was 4.
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Re: Who taught you your most important money lesson and what was it?

KellyFromKeene ·
I cant think of a particular person- but I can think of things I learned from several people. My parents taught me that tithing is important, although I have not always done that. My ex taught me that I don't need a lot of things to be happy- after I lost it all in a divorce. My boyfriend taught me how important it is to save and plan for the future. My kids taught me that people are the most important thing and that everything else is a distant second.
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Re: Best On Line Savings/Money Market Accounts

Mo Brownies ·
Hi, I just did some research for a friend who has a kid and was looking at some options. This one is interesting, there is a waiting list. but its the biggest APY ive seen yet. IntrX app - 2.91% APY TAB Bank 2.40% APY $1 minimum Online and Mobile banking Synchrony Bank 2.20 APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking My Savings Direct 2.40% APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking Restrictions on how deposits are made Ally 2.20 APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking Vio Bank 2.39 APY No...
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Re: How do you "budget" when taking a Vacation?

Briana ·
I recently booked a trip with my sister to Greece - for almost two weeks! But we booked through a travel company that allowed us to pay each month for our hotels and excursions (which also included two meals a day!) so now when we go over in May, our trip will basically be paid for. I've been putting aside a little bit of extra money for any other food and souvenir items I want to buy while I'm there. But I can guarantee it'll be saving us tons of money in the long run! We also booked our...
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Re: Savings Account Apps?

Mo Brownies ·
Hi, I just did some research for a friend who has a kid and was looking at some options. This one is interesting, there is a waiting list. but its the biggest APY ive seen yet. IntrX app - 2.91% APY TAB Bank 2.40% APY $1 minimum Online and Mobile banking Synchrony Bank 2.20 APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking My Savings Direct 2.40% APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking Restrictions on how deposits are made Ally 2.20 APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking Vio Bank 2.39 APY No...
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Re: Reading Goals

Qsusan ·
My goal is to read one book a month. Sometimes I do 3 in 2 months. I also read financial blogs and Kiplinger magazine. Education is a life-long endeavor! My favorite financial book so far is by Elizabeth Warren, "This Fight is Our Fight." It really summarizes how people live, how we got here, and what we need next. Her other book, "The Two-Income Trap," is also excellent. I actually own both. I check out books from the public library and I purchase my own copy when I find I LOVE them...
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Re: Best On Line Savings/Money Market Accounts

Mo Brownies ·
OMG I JUST FOUND THIS!! https://www.t-mobilemoney.com/en/home.html 4.00% APY under $3000 and the following requirments Have tmobile wireless account deposit $200/month sign up for tmobile perks Now with these stipulations you can max. your money. See the secenarios below. T-Mobile Money states you will make 4.00 APY if you have the fall in line within the 3 listing eligibities above. If you go over the $3,000. this means that the $3,000 will make anywhere between 2.79-4% APY and anything...
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Re: Savings Account Apps?

Mo Brownies ·
OMG I JUST FOUND THIS!! https://www.t-mobilemoney.com/en/home.html 4.00% APY under $3000 and the following requirments Have tmobile wireless account deposit $200/month sign up for tmobile perks Now with these stipulations you can max. your money. See the secenarios below. T-Mobile Money states you will make 4.00 APY if you have the fall in line within the 3 listing eligibities above. If you go over the $3,000. this means that the $3,000 will make anywhere between 2.79-4% APY and anything...
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Re: Reading Goals

Moore Income ·
@Qsusan thanks for the recommendations, I will check them out. I like buying my used books from ThriftBooks.com . They have lots of titles at great prices that vary based on the condition. Also, if you buy $10 or more in books you get FREE SHIPPING. I have saved a ton of money buying books from here. You can generally get 3 or 4 books for around $10 with free shipping.
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Re: Reading Goals

FreebiePharm ·
If anyone has some good FREE reading resources let me know. The local library is slim pickings...
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Re: Can Budgeting Come with Baggage?

FreebiePharm ·
My biggest setback with budgeting is consistency. I feel I would start it but not continue. I am halfway there on budgeting. I write down my expenses bi-weekly but do not account for "small" purchases. This would be my goal as well as an envelope system.
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Re: What are some really effective ways to boost a credit score?

FreebiePharm ·
Some banks are flexible with this such as Discover. Others such as Chase will not lower your APR. I recently negotiated with Discover and they agreed to do a 6 month hardship at 9.99%, which is nearly half my previous APR. It has really helped me zero in on paying off that debt!
 
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