December 27th, 2012
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.
Although the popular sitcom is centered on some very intellectually smart characters, it struck me that they are not always money-wise. Here are a few ways you can be smart, no matter what your IQ level is.
Need some extra cash? Play to your strengths!
Penny may not be the smartest member of the circle of friends, but she’s smart enough to know that her spending is far greater than her salary at the Cheesecake Factory. Because of this, when several co-workers and a small store become interested in buying her homemade flower barrettes, she decides to start her own business, believing it might pay more than waitressing.
Likewise, when Leonard comes up with a great idea for a new smartphone app, he and his friends jump at the opportunity to develop the app themselves to earn some extra money. Although their reasons for wanting more money aren’t exactly… noble (Raj would use the money to give girls rides on a submarine), their entrepreneurial spirit is what counts.
If you are hard-pressed for cash or just want some extra pocket money, why not follow suit and start your own business? Selling hand-crafted goods is easier than ever if you take advantage of sites like Etsy and Storenvy.
Not the crafty type? Try registering to become a TaskRabbit, where you can earn money shopping, waiting in line, or doing practically anything you could imagine!
Thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of ways to earn money doing things you love and are good at. All you need to do is look!
March 23rd, 2012
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.
February 29th, 2012
Lords and ladies, let me introduce you to my latest obsession: the British PBS television show “Downton Abbey.” Imagine an epic soap opera-drama set in the early 1900’s. World War I is ravaging the land, telephones are becoming mainstays in upper-class homes, and the old ways of decorum and etiquette are being questioned by the British youth.
November 22nd, 2011
I’m so excited this week is finally here, and it’s not because of the large quantities of turkey and pumpkin pie I’ll be consuming on Thursday. No, this week is the best week of the year because my childhood friends are back.
That’s right—“The Muppets” is premiering this week!
The whole gang will be there, from Kermit and Miss Piggy to Sweetums and Crazy Harry, and you know you can’t wait to spend two glorious hours reminiscing with all of them.
May 10th, 2011
I’ve been watching the show—for research purposes, of course—and I’ve noticed some common things that would keep me far away from the coupon-clipping madness. Extreme couponing is meant to save you money in the long run by cutting down on grocery costs. But is it worth all the other costs, like your health or time?