Tight belts, Capt. America and a Swagbucks promo.

thI’ve got two new pieces up at Money Talks News, one of which is serious and one of which has comic-book references. Both can help you marshal your finances.

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.

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  1. Thanks for making me smile and think! I had a great time at “Winter Soldier” too.

  2. OOoh, I saw that movie this weekend. I hardly ever go to the movies, but I really needed the mental pick-me-up.

    It was wonderful and I really enjoyed myself. One of the better $8.50 I ever spent. Mental Health day, for sure.

    Nick Fury’s back up plans have back up plans in them. I wonder if he would sideline as a personal finance advisor??

    • Donna Freedman

      I think he’d be the ultimate PF boot camp instructor. Can you imagine looking at him and saying, “But I need Starbucks every day!”

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