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Live Like A Student: Embrace Non-Traditional Ways Of Living

If you had to ask me what the single most important thing you can do for yourself financially when you finish school, my answer would always be to live like a student. It seems so obvious, and yet, despite being so obvious, very few people actually follow this advice.

I live in a college neighborhood, so I see a lot of college kids when I’m out and about. Sometimes, I like to think about how weird their living situations are compared to your typical middle-class American. Most of these college kids live in rundown houses, usually packing four or more people into a house. It’s not uncommon for people to share rooms or live in tiny bedrooms no bigger than a closet. When I’m out doing deliveries, I’ll sometimes make a delivery to a dorm and am reminded that, for at least a year, most college kids live and sleep in a tiny dorm room with a person they’ve never met before!

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Insight Card: Get Even More 5% Interest Savings

One of the things I like doing is figuring out ways to get the maximum yield on my cash. Most people just accept whatever their bank offers them. The problem is that even your highest yielding savings account pays you just 1% interest these days.

What a lot of people don’t know is that there’s an entire world of super high yield savings accounts out there. These are savings accounts that pay way more than even your highest paying online savings accounts. The thing about these accounts is that you won’t find them at any normal bank. They’re sort of secret, and you can only find them “hidden” in prepaid debit card products.

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Questions To Think About When You’re Setting Up Your HSA

Earlier this week, we talked about the Health Savings Account (or HSA as it’s commonly called). The thing that always bothered me about HSAs are how confusing they are compared to a 401(k). I think this is part of the reason that a lot of people don’t really know what an HSA is or how it works. Almost everyone I’ve ever talked to has heard of a 401(k). But very few people in the regular world have heard of an HSA.

The problem with the HSA has to do with the fact that it requires a little bit more work to set up. 401(k)s, for the most part, are basically automatic at this point. Most employers opt you in by default, deduct a certain percentage from your paycheck each pay period, and put your contributions in a default investment option in your 401(k) – typically some sort of balanced fund or a target date fund.

Setting up an HSA, on the other hand, requires a little more work…

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The HSA: The Perfect Retirement Account For Millennials

Read enough personal finance blogs and at some point, you’ll probably stumble across someone writing about the “secret” retirement account known as the Health Savings Account (“HSA”). For those of us who are entrenched in the personal finance world, the HSA really isn’t all that much of a secret. Most of us who are into this money stuff know that it’s a pretty advantageous savings vehicle.

The thing that I think doesn’t get pointed out enough is how perfect the HSA is for millennials. By giving yourself access to an HSA, you get two awesome things. You gain an extra tax-advantaged account that can really help you maximize your savings. And you lower your monthly health insurance premiums at a time in your life when you probably have very low healthcare costs.

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Job Spotter App Review: Earn Extra Money By Taking Pictures Of Hiring Signs

In last month’s side hustle report, I wrote about how I made a little over $25 taking pictures of hiring signs using an app called Job Spotter. Since I didn’t make a ton of money from it, I didn’t expect a lot of people to care too much about the app. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how many people asked for more info about the Job Spotter app. Goes to show that the hustle doesn’t stop around here, no matter how small it might seem.

Those of you who follow Financial Panther know that I’m all about trying to monetize things I’m already doing. It’s why I do bike deliveries when I’m trying to get some exercise, or why I do some dog sitting in my spare time. I walk my dog pretty regularly and I bike around town a lot. While I’m doing this, I probably pass by countless stores and restaurants that are looking to hire people. When I found out there was an app that could help me make some money while I’m already walking around town, I thought it made sense to give it a try.

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