Traveling this summer? Well, you’re not gonna be alone. In fact, you’re gonna have to deal with a crap ton of people traveling with you if you’re flying. U.S. airlines expect this summer to be the busiest ever. I’m talking a whopping 222 million fellow travelers to fly the friendly skies from June 1 through August 31. That’s roughly 2.4 million people traveling through an airport every single day.
Even though Memorial Day is popularly thought of (and portrayed in the media) as the “beginning of the summer travel season,” the real reason we have the day off is to remember, and honor those who died while serving this country. It’s one of those holidays where it doesn’t make much sense to say “happy Memorial Day, neighbor,” because for many it’s not a happy day. It’s a somber day.
With that said, there’s no reason why you can’t, or shouldn’t travel somewhere for the weekend. And believe it or not, there are many places you can go where you can honor the fallen.
Sometimes you have those moments in life when you realize just how lucky you are. This past weekend was one of them. It was recently my birthday and I had the surprise trip of a lifetime! My girlfriend, Crystal, surprised me with a trip home to Chicago. My whole family was in on it (they’re good at keeping a surprise).
Who doesn't like free money? The thing is not everyone has enough free time to get a second job, or do a side hustle. If that pretty much describes you, rest easy! That’s because making extra money doesn't always have to include work. One of the easiest ways you'll ever see that dough rise in your bank account is to open another bank account. That's right. Banks try to lure customers by offering perks. All you need to do to take advantage - is to open an account. Easy. As. That.
It’s called chasing sign-up bonuses and some people do this kind of thing on a regular basis. You can do it with credit cards and bank accounts. I’ve done both, and neither one takes much time. As of late, I’ve been focusing more on chasing credit card sign-up bonuses, but I recently started thinking about opening another bank account to reap the rewards.
It only takes about 30 minutes (give or take a few) to open up a bank account, so time really isn’t a factor here. And most bonuses you’ll get after three, or six months are more lucrative than keeping that same amount of money in a savings account for the same amount of time. For example, if you open an account with $1,500, and get a bonus of $100 after six months you’ll close that account with $1,600 in your pocket. If you left that same $1,500 in a savings account you’d get less than $10 in interest in six months. Which one would you pick?
Anyways, I figured I’d write this to help me (and hopefully you) decide which banks have the best deals right now. Listed below are some of the better deals I found:
I’m super pumped! I got a Fitbit Flex!
I’ll be the first to admit, I probably don’t get the exercise I should be getting (not to say I’m “unhealthy,” though). With that in mind, I asked for a Fitbit for my birthday. I thought maybe getting one would motivate me to be, at least, a little more active. I’ve read blogs written by Fitbit users before, and they say reaching your 10K steps on the daily is addicting. And that’s good if you’re looking to get into better shape!
The new American Express loyalty program called Plenti has just launched. I told you about the program back in mid-March. It’s free to join. And if you do become a member, you’ll probably end up earning points on some bills you already have!
I just signed up myself. And I’m kind of excited to start earning points from retailers I use already - like AT&T, and Direct Energy. The points are worth one cent apiece.
Companies you can now earn points from include:
As much as I hate to admit it, I’m a damn millennial. But why am I ashamed? Well, because it seems like everyone thinks we suck. But I shouldn't be ashamed. And if you're a millennial, neither should you.
Let me start by telling you what the powers that be say a millennial (sometimes called Generation Y) is. They say millennials are born between 1980ish (I’ve read everywhere from 1978-1982) and 1994. All of a sudden you’re a millennial too? Yeah, the thing is, I don’t feel like one. Or, should I say, I don’t feel like I fit into a generation that’s called many unpleasant names like narcissistic, moocher, financially illiterate, and foolish. To add, most millennials I know aren’t like that either. In fact, they are the exact opposite.
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