January 6th, 2014

Five Pop Culture Figures Who are (Probably) Great Money Managers

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At Credit Karma, we draw financial inspiration from all sorts of sources. You can find the proof below – five different pop culture figures you probably could learn a thing or two from. Check them out – and if you have your own money management muse, feel free to let us know in the comments!

1. Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation

Ben Wyatt is a money management stereotype, a geeky little math whiz with a passion for accounting and accounting…jokes. In the show’s history, Ben’s been called on to save coworkers’ ridiculous businesses, teach roommates how to pay their utility bills, and oversee Pawnee city spending.

Like an amateur novelist reading Hemingway, we can learn a lesson in humility from the likes of Ben Wyatt. Not everyone is naturally gifted when it comes to financial maneuvering. It’s up to each individual to make good use of the resources at their disposal – be it a helpful friend or a handy advice forum.

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September 25th, 2013

Make it Work! How Building Your Credit is Like Being a Contestant on Project Runway

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One of my favorite shows on TV right now is Project Runway, a reality competition where fashion designers fight for the top prize. I’m in no way a fashionista, but it’s really amazing to see what the contestants can produce within a mere 1-2 days. It’s probably hard to imagine that a silly reality TV show has anything to do with finances, but where there’s a will, there’s a way… to make it work! Sew keep reading for cleverly designed analogies, bad puns, and maybe some financial advice.

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December 27th, 2012

Sound Advice from Unlikely Sources: The Big Bang Theory

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Ever since I started working at Credit Karma, I’ve rapidly learned about financial matters and now find it difficult to not connect finances to the things I love. The Avengers and your accounts’ affairs? Affirmative. Family and finances? Finished! It was only a matter of time before I turned to one of my favorite TV shows, The Big Bang Theory.

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May 25th, 2012

“Duets” – Money Lessons from Singing Superstars

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The premiere of “Duets” on ABC showed that even we regular folk can sing with the likes of John Legend, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Nettles and Kelly Clarkson. Here’s how the new music competition works: Each star chooses two singing partners—protégés they hope to mold into music’s next big thing.

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May 16th, 2012

Sound Advice from Unlikely Sources: The Avengers and Credit Card Debt

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Last Saturday, I went to see my first superhero movie ever! Yes, you read that right. I have never seen “Superman,” “Spiderman” or any other superhero film. But when my friend invited me to go see “The Avengers,” I figured that there would not be a better superhero movie to start with; it’s chock- full of superheroes, like the Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America.

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March 23rd, 2012

Frugality – The Hunger Games Way

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, “The Hunger Games” movie came out this week. For those who have been living one soil layer below said rock, “The Hunger Games” is the first book in a trilogy series by author Stephenie Meyer—whoops!—I mean Suzanne Collins.

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November 30th, 2011

Sound Advice from Unlikely Sources: Twilight and Credit Cards

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I hate Twilight as much as the next non-tween, but I’m going to glean every last bit of knowledge from it. Did you know that “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1” is one of the best sources for credit card advice? It’s true! (Kinda. Also, contains spoilers. Not that you can spoil what’s already terrible.

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October 26th, 2011

Sound Advice from Unlikely Sources: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

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Halloween is upon us, and with it comes kids in mutilated bed sheets, Milk Duds getting traded for the vastly superior Junior Mints, and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on TV. Regardless of whether you think Peanuts is a meditation on innocence or childhood alopecia, the cartoon has a wealth of advice on personal finances and fiscal responsibility. Sound like a stretch? Read on:

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