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This isn’t so much only applicable to Millennials, but it’s important for a generation widely considered financially irresponsible to find every way to save a few extra cents here and there. Cashback sites are simple. Essentially they are mass directories of affiliate programs for many online and brick and mortar retailers. If you click their link before purchasing from a website, they will split the affiliate commission which varies from company to company with you. This essentially creates a win-win-win scenario for the retailer, affiliate directory, and consumer. From a consumer perspective, however, it’s a way to offset a few…


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If you are anything like me, there was a time not too long ago when spending six to eight hours in front of a TV playing video games would seem commonplace. However, after having gotten married, bought a home, and settled into a steady 9–5, those days are somewhere in the rearview mirror. This doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes wish I could engross myself in a virtual world the way every developer intends and instead means I simply have trouble finding that kind of time. This is where a game like Stardew Valley saves the day.

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In the last couple of months, I have read article after article espousing the glorious return to offices around the world. They talk of all the ailments that people working from home supposedly suffer. These include decreased social interaction, feelings of loneliness, isolation, additional stress, and lack of work-life balance. So, while all of those are entirely valid for certain people, they are not a blanket in the way they are being portrayed. They apply especially to people who have kids, live alone, or are more dependent on office the office to supply their social interaction. In my experience, this…


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When you read about personal finance one of the things you see recommended first is the idea of the snowball principle for paying off debt. This is the idea that you pay off a small debt first, and then roll your payments into another debt, and so on and so forth until you are debt-free. It’s a simple concept, and it works. One of the items you always see people talk about paying off is credit cards. This is is because credit cards in America are set up in a way that makes them intentionally hard to manage for younger…


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Americans are the worst consumers on the planet. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the garbage cans and recycling bins lined up outside homes in your neighborhood next time garbage day rolls around. I imagine many are overflowing with trash, and that’s a single household, in a single week. Now multiply that by hundreds of millions, and you can get a rough estimate of what just residential America throws out on a weekly basis. So, let’s say you are like me. You want to buy and toss out less, but you aren’t quite ready to go full-blown minimalist (Sorry…


We have all heard it, whether it’s from an online guru, the local news, or our favorite finance magazine. “Supplement your income with a side hustle”. It sounds great, the idea of not only providing ourselves with a supplemental income but also helping to insulate ourselves from being entirely dependent on a single source of income. Like investing, diversification of income streams is typically considered a financially wise decision. On top of that side hustles sound quite appealing. Work an amount that makes sense for you, and earn a little extra dough on the side doing something you hopefully enjoy…


The world we live in stands as a testament to the overwhelming will to progress that drives humanity forward. Just 100 years ago, the concept of artificial intelligence and gene editing were the realm of science fiction writers and not university research, and data was scarce and hard to come by. Today, we have plans to send humans to Mars, link our brains with computers, and edit out the genetic markers that lead to any host of genetic diseases. All of this was possible because of two things, interconnected in a way rarely seen in this world. …


Fortnite — Epic Games

EPIC Games, the creators of the world-famous Fortnite have just had their app pulled from both the App Store and the Play Store. The app has stood the test of time holding a spot in the most downloaded and highest-grossing categories of both marketplaces since its release in July 2017. Fortnite has become a world phenomenon, finding it’s way on to every imaginable platform from IOS and Android to Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Playstation, and PC. The game itself is free to play with in-game purchases accounting for most of the games $1.8 billion in revenue in 2019. This isn’t the…


It’s been five months now since the pandemic got started in the United States, since then we have added 3 million cases and show no signs of slowing down. In the wake of this incredible situation, traditional sports find themselves in an untenable situation. Play with incredible restrictions that include no crowds, stringent testing regimens, and constant monitoring of all players and staff, or don’t play. Some sports have found ways around this, these include UFC which continues to host fights on a semi-regular basis, the MLB, and the NBA who have both started or continued their seasons sans crowds…


If you have been living in the United States for the last 4 months you have likely experienced the impact of a prolonged quarantine. A lack of social interaction, travel, and prolonged loneliness has impacted the lives of people in ways they never could have imagined just half a year before. In the midst of all this chaos, many people have begun searching for an outlet. A way to escape the daily grind of waking up, not leaving the house, going to sleep, and starting over again. One of these escapes has been video games.

Video game services have seen…

Ronnie

Aspiring fiction writer, developer, lifelong student, seeker of meaning.

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