It’s time for a Friday Flight! These episodes are all about 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 continue to make smart money moves. In this episode we cover some relevant and helpful stories like: a new federal student loan servicer, free money for college is available starting today, what to do about rising rents, preparing for covid healthcare costs, investing hamsters beating the market, “experts” calling for a market crash, Vanguard slashing fees, making bank as an influencer, & multiple reasons why bottled water sucks.

  • Some tips on what you can do to keep your rent from going through the roof:
    1. Be the best tenant your landlord has ever had. Pay on time or early every month, take care of the property like it’s your own, don’t ask for petty ‘fixes’ you could easily do yourself like replacing a lightbulb.
    2. Offer to sign a longer lease. Landlords don’t like vacancies which cost them money so a great tenant committed for multiple years is really attractive.
    3. It might be time to move in order to find a more affordable place. Sometimes if your landlord isn’t willing to budge, the next best thing to do is find another place. While everyone else is finding a bigger place, maybe you can find a smaller place if you don’t need as much space.
  • When it comes to finding ways to reduce your healthcare costs, Marshall Allen had some really incredible advice back during our convo with him: Fight and Win Against Insane Healthcare Costs
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