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252 – How To Value Points – Estate Plans Simplified – No Worry Baby Feedings + How Millennials Value Things Differently
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Hi! I’m Josh Elledge, the Chief Executive Angel of SavingsAngel.com and welcome to the SavingsAngel show! I’m podcasting to you from Orlando, Florida, with stormy skies and wind warnings. Hello, Florida summer!
I am an extremely busy consumer expert, money-saving advocate, syndicated newspaper columnist, and the guy that turns digital entrepreneurs into media celebrities with UpMyInfluence.com. I love what I do and can’t wait to get going on today’s episode.
In order to help you save more, earn more and live more abundantly on today’s show I’ll be covering:
- Are Points Programs Actually Giving You the Best Savings?
- Estate Planning Today with Trust & Will – 10% off with promo code: savingsangel
- Automatically Track Your Baby’s Feedings with BlueSmart mia
- Millennials Approach Big Adult Decisions With a Different Lens
Are Points Programs Actually Giving You the Best Savings?
I’ve always been a big supporter of deal sites and points programs. But with the huge variety of offers, it can be easy to get swept away in the excitement. So are points programs actually giving you the best savings?
Hotel Points Programs:
Recently, a friend of mine discovered that using her hotel points program didn’t consistently yield the best deal. In fact, for some searches, the rates …. read more
Daily Deal Sites:
Unlike the days when daily deal companies were fiercely competitive, many now cross promote. For example, Groupon partners with companies such as LivingSocial and numerous smaller deal sites. However, you cannot use a Groupon discount … read more
Gas Loyalty Rewards and Points:
Obviously, you should be collecting points and rewards on things you routinely buy, like petro. But when it comes to spending those points, you need to calculate their true value. You may not be getting the deal you thought you were. For example, … read more
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Automatically Track Your Baby’s Feedings with BlueSmart mia
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Millennials Approach Big Adult Decisions With a Different Lens Than Their Parents
It’s that time of year where an influx of new college graduates will be initiated into the world of “adulting.” But do millennials see big adult decisions the same way as their predecessors?
With graduation season on the horizon, Swagbucks, an online consumer rewards platform operated by Prodege, LLC surveyed 1,023 adults about their first big adult purchases, milestones, and responsibilities.
The Shiny New Thing for Younger Adults Is Either Handheld or Requires a Parking Spot
While just over a third overall claimed the first big-ticket item they bought as adults was a car, this purchase was much more common among those aged 35 and over than those under 35.
For those under 35, electronics emerges as another key big-ticket purchase category, with 16% identifying a cell phone as their first big adult purchase and 10% pinpointing a video game system.
Electronics held less sway as a first big purchase among those 35 and over; rather, clothing was the second most common big-ticket purchase among this group.
Less Urgency to Flee Chez Mom and Dad & Start their First Adult Job
Those aged 35+ recalled that their top priority, once they started earning their own money, was to move out of their parents' house. By contrast, those under 35 were just as likely to get their own cell phone plan as they were to leave the family home.
In addition to Americans under 35 being in less of a hurry to move out of their parents’ home, this group also delayed starting their first adult job. While 55% of the 35+ group began working their first adult job in high school, slightly over half of the younger group did not do so until their college years or right after college.
They’re Not Afraid to Spend Big, But Are They Saving Too?
Over four-in-ten American adults spent $500 or more on their first big purchase, with those aged 35+ slightly more enthusiastic in this regard. A quarter overall was more hesitant to part with their hard earned money, spending less than $100 on their first big purchase.
Chuck Davis, CEO, and Chairman of Prodege, LLC, the parent company for Swagbucks told me, “The first thing I treated myself to as an adult was a fancy dinner. It felt very rewarding to pay for that meal myself. At Swagbucks, we pride ourselves on our rewards program that enables shoppers to earn cash and gift cards to help with their memorable purchases.”
While people just entering the workforce tend to go big in spending on their first major purchases, many are saving too. Once they began making their own money, starting a savings account was the first milestone for almost one-third of them.
Swagbucks helps people of all ages and interests earn and save money for everyday online activities. To start earning now, visit the Swagbucks site or download the SwagButton.
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