Tight belts, Capt. America and a Swagbucks promo.Posted by Donna Freedman on Apr 7, 2014 | 3 comments
“How to survive when your income drastically drops” is an article some people would just as soon not read. After all, who wants to think about hours cutbacks or having a spouse lose a job?
But stuff happens whether you want to think about it or not. Put another way: You have the option of a little prep work now or a lot of regret later on.
“8 personal finance tips from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’” is another of my “PF is where you find it” pieces. Having done money-advice pieces based on “Parsifal,” “Gotterdammerung” and “True Grit,” I figured it was time to take on the latest in the Marvel franchise.
“The Winter Soldier” was great fun, by the way – as much political thriller as straight-up action flick. In fact, at least one reviewer warned fans of the first film that the sophomore effort contained less action.
Really? It sure seemed like a lot of gunplay, fisticuffs and explosions to me. The first one must have been pretty darned loud.
Shop and earn (more) via Swagbucks
My favorite rewards program, Swagbucks, has a new promo going. From now through May 7, anyone who signs up through my referral link and makes a purchase of $25 or more through Shop & Earn will get a $5 bonus.
That’s in addition to the SBs earned through shopping. The shopping rates vary from one to as many as 30 SBs per dollar spent – and the shopping opps are huge.
We’re not just talking clothes or shoes here, but also categories like travel, office supplies, flowers, electronics, discount department stores, online tax filing, magazines, prepaid cell phones, language lessons and even Amazon.com.
I’m not much of an online shopper because “free” delivery usually doesn’t count if you live in Alaska or Hawaii. But here’s one way I get around that: choosing the “pick up in store” option for everyday necessities. For example, I might order some stuff I would have bought at Walgreens through Shop & Earn, and have it waiting at the store near me.
Remember: If you aren’t a member and want to take advantage of this deal, you must sign up and shop by May 7.