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.

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!

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October 3rd, 2011

Monday Roundup: 5 Easy Ways to Make Money by Using Your Credit Cards

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"Now I know most of you guys are thinking the title sounds too good to be true. You might want to read this when you’re alone because nobody wants to share a “money making secret” with their coworkers." Yes, I Am Cheap

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September 8th, 2011

The Jersey Shore Guide to Improving Your Credit Health

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The cast of Jersey Shore is always good for a laugh, but did you know that these kids are a surprisingly accurate source of financial advice? It’s true!

With no further delay, I give you the Unofficial Jersey Shore Guide to Improving Your Credit Health.

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March 8th, 2011

Wise Money Advice From Women Over 50

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We decided to celebrate International Women’s Day by asking women over 50: What would you tell your 20-year-old self about money if you had the chance? These answers will inspire you!

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November 30th, 2010

Hard Work Won’t Do It: 5 Questions To Ask When Making A Financial Investment

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An accomplished investor with 25 years on Wall Street provides some sound advice on investment. He writes, “It’s American to think that if you’re smart or work hard then you can beat the markets.”

Find out what more you need to consider and ask yourself before making a financial investment, from this great LearnVest guest post.

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May 17th, 2010

Financial Advice For Graduates That All Of Us Could Use

Graduates will be walking off their college campuses this spring and right into the “real world,” where national unemployment has inched back up to nearly 10% again, the average college debt upon graduating is $20,000, and our economy’s recovery is still fragile and unstable. In fact, this situation of job uncertainty, heavy debt, and financial […]

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February 1st, 2010

Monday Jumpstart to Personal Finance & Credit Report News

“Top Ten Funny Money Saving Tips” from Almost Frugal blog shows consumers ways to save money in unexpected ways, such as borrowing toilet paper from work, snacking on food samples at grocery stores, freezing your credit cards, and raiding lost and found bins. Also, catch up on your investments as stocks bouncing back with better-than-expected […]

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