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9 ways to make your own stimulus check (and forget Congress)

9 ways to make your own stimulus check (and forget Congress)
9 ways to make your own stimulus check (and forget Congress)

For a while there, it was looking pretty certain that Americans were going to get another round of those $1,200 coronavirus “stimulus checks.”

Democrats, Republicans and the White House all said they wanted to give out more money to relieve financial pain and stimulate the economy, and the U.S. House voted in May to provide fresh payments. But stimulus money was missing from a COVID-19 relief bill that was just introduced in the Senate — and promptly died.

If you could use another $1,200 right now, why wait around while Washington plays the usual games? Here’s a better game: look around and find your own sources of cash, to give yourself a stimulus check. Check out these nine ways to create one on your own.

1. Curb your car insurance costs

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If you’re like most people,

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Tortured by your slow computer? 4 expert ways to make it speedy again

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If your slow computer might is driving you up the wall, read on. (Photo: Getty)
If your slow computer might is driving you up the wall, read on. (Photo: Getty)

The spinning rainbow wheel of death is one of the more frustrating sites in our modern world. Sure, you can refer to it as a beach ball if you’re feeling lighthearted. Or you can call that computer-freezing icon what it really is: the bane of your existence.

A slow computer that takes forever to load web pages, open documents, and respond to pretty much any basic command is more common than you think. It’s often just a matter of poor maintenance or disorganization.

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31 Hidden Ways You’re Bleeding Money Every Month

There are some expenses you plan for every month — your rent or mortgage, utilities, your cellphone bill, etc. — but there are also a lot of hidden expenses you’re paying for regularly that you might not be aware of. These little costs could quickly add up, whittling away at your hard-earned paycheck.

Uncover the hidden ways you’re losing money every month, so you can start making moves to stop the bleeding.

Last updated: Sept. 9, 2020

Not Tracking Your Spending

You should be able to account for every dollar you spend. Keep track of your spending with a budgeting app, spreadsheet or even a notebook. Simply recording what you’re spending money on will make it easier to spot any hidden expenses.

Shopping for Seasonal or Holiday Items In-Season

Many stores put their displays of seasonal goods up front where they’re hard to resist — but don’t fall into this

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16 Effective Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

Saving money can be hard for a number of reasons. Often, there is not a large margin between what most people earn and what most people spend. Without some type of strategy, that little bit that’s left over every month can be spent all too easily. Cutting back on your expenses is a great way to start saving money. However, if you’re searching for ways to tuck away a bit of extra savings, these 16 tricks might be the solutions to your saving problems.

Last updated: Sept. 8, 2020

Automate Your Savings

Perhaps the simplest way to save without even thinking about it is to set up an automated savings plan. Most financial institutions allow you to set up regular transfers from your checking account to a savings or investment account.

Read: 8 Tips From People Who Saved Millions

Why This Works

Automation is a great way to save because

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25 Ways To Save Yourself From Your Debt Disaster

A 2019 GOBankingRates survey found that debt would be the No. 1 roadblock that would stop most Americans from reaching their 2020 goals. And those who are already struggling with existing debt have likely found their situation exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has left millions of Americans without jobs. Fortunately, just because you have debt now doesn’t mean you are doomed to be paying it off forever.

I spoke to financial experts and business pros about the best ways to save yourself from debt disaster — here’s how you can turn your financial situation around.

Last updated: Sept. 7, 2020

Stop Taking On More Debt

“The first step to getting out of debt is to stop taking on more debt,” said financial expert Chris Hogan. “Folks need to understand that debt is a threat — it’s not their friend. You have to decide that debt isn’t an option. Remember

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10 Ways to Celebrate Your Original Wedding Date if You’ve Postponed

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For thousands of brides-to-be, the start of 2020 marked a whirlwind time of poring over catering menus, trying on dresses, planning special touches and gifts for guests, and generally just getting excited about marrying their best friend. And then the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck, causing an estimated 652,000 weddings to be postponed in the U.S. between April and June alone, according to a study from London-based wedding planning app, Bridebook. Now people are trying to figure out how to celebrate the original wedding date when plans had to be been postponed.

But while you might be tempted to let your would-be-wedding day pass by to avoid stirring up all the feels, this emotional investment is exactly the reason it should be recognized. “It’s important that a couple who have had their wedding canceled or postponed due to these surreal circumstances still mark the occasion, because it matters to

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7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed How We Shop for Food

Jennifer Flanigan loads up a cart at a Kroger store in West Chester, Ohio on Sept. 7, 2020. (Andrew Spear/The New York Times)
Jennifer Flanigan loads up a cart at a Kroger store in West Chester, Ohio on Sept. 7, 2020. (Andrew Spear/The New York Times)

When the coronavirus hit, even the most enthusiastic cooks had to adjust to a new, more complicated relationship with their kitchens.

For the first time in a generation, Americans began spending more money at the supermarket than at places where someone else made the food. Grocers saw eight years of projected sales growth packed into one month. Shopping trends that were in their infancy were turbocharged.

The six-month shift has been a behavioral scientist’s dream. Shoppers began by building bomb-shelter pantries. Then came a nostalgia phase, with bowls of Lucky Charms and boxes of Little Debbies offering throwback comfort. Soon, days were defined by elaborate culinary stunts, sourdough starter and kombucha clubs.

Although kitchen fatigue is setting in for many, a new set of kitchen habits have

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Slow computer? 4 expert ways to make it speedy again

Yahoo Life is committed to finding you the best products at the best prices. Some of the products written about here is offered in affiliation with Yahoo Life’s parent company, Verizon Media. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

If your slow computer might is driving you up the wall, read on. (Photo: Getty)
If your slow computer might is driving you up the wall, read on. (Photo: Getty)

The spinning rainbow wheel of death is one of the more frustrating sites in our modern world. Sure, you can refer to it as a beach ball if you’re feeling lighthearted. Or you can call that computer-freezing icon what it really is: the bane of your existence.

A slow computer that takes forever to load web pages, open documents, and respond to pretty much any basic command is more common than you think. It’s often just a matter of poor maintenance or disorganization.

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Drowning in Debt? 18 Effective Ways To Tackle Your Budget

Debt is a growing problem in America. Total household debt hit $13.86 trillion at the end of 2019’s second quarter — up $192 billion from the first quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The bulk of that amount was comprised of mortgage debt, followed by student loan, auto loan and credit card debt. And delinquent debt — payments that are 30 days or more late — is also growing. Cutting your expenses and bills can help manage your debt but often only provide minimal assistance. Fortunately, whether you’re drowning in debt or just want to pay down what you owe more quickly, there are several budgeting strategies you can use. Click through to see how you can dig yourself out of debt.

Last updated: Sept. 4, 2020

Create a ‘You Only Live Once’ Budget

A YOLO budget gives you a clearly articulated vision you can use

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17 Ways To Spend Less at Aldi

Aldi currently operates in 36 states and opened its 2,000th store in the United States in June — and now the grocery chain has plans to expand to 38 states with the addition of four Arizona stores later this year and a Louisiana location in the near future, Supermarket News reported. The chain plans to open 70 new locations by the end of 2020.

With so many stores, chances are there is already an Aldi near you or will be soon. The popular chain boasts that it offers “impressively high quality at impossibly low prices” — but there are ways to save even more on your next Aldi shopping trip. GOBankingRates spoke to shopping experts to get their best tips on how to spend less on what you buy.

Last updated: Sept. 4, 2020

Study the Online Circular

Before going to the store, do your homework.

“Spending just a few

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