Time for our Friday Flight! These episodes are a sampling of the week’s financial news and the impact on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we distill it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to kick off the weekend informed and help you to get ahead during these trying times. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: HTM sock giveaway winners, more Google Map biking features, credit card companies are fighting for your business, cheap millennials are worse tippers, jumping ship to earn 10% more, why we’re proponents of child labor, US Bank exploiting their customers, pernicious hotel fees, Equifax continues to blow it, & a quick utility bill hack.

  • Credit cards – With all the card issuers fighting for your attention, be sure to see what kind of welcome offers they have. Joel just signed up for the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Card and they’re offering a sweet welcome offer of 75,000 miles (or $750).
  • Vaca – Don’t get stuck paying for fees that you weren’t expecting at your next hotel stay. Before you book, read reviews over at TripAdvisor and be sure to look closely at the itemized bill!
  • Save money – Turning down the water heater and turning up the thermostat are great ways to save, but here are 7 other ways that you can begin saving money this week.
  • Newsletter – Don’t forget to sign up for the best personal finance newsletter in all the land! It’s completely free and something we create to help you along your journey to financial freedom. It drops every Tuesday morning and you can always unsubscribe if you don’t dig it!
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  • Extra cash – And regardless of where you are on the path to financial independence, we believe in the responsible use of credit cards. It’s smart to utilize the additional benefits that credit cards offer- for instance the 60,000 points that come with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. That’s $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards! This is no joke- I’ve already done this myself which we discussed on a recent episode after I met the initial spending requirements of $4,000 over 3 months!

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