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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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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February 29th, 2012

Downton Abbey Gets Some Credit

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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.

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November 22nd, 2011

Be Frugal Like a Muppet

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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.

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May 10th, 2011

The Real Costs of Extreme Couponing

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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?

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