Friday Flight: Lending Money to a Friend and the Soaring Cost of Streaming Services – Episode 225

July 10, 2020

Friday Flight episodes are all about the week’s news and the effects of Covid-19 on your personal finances. There are a lot of headlines out there, but we are distilling it down to specific takeaways that will allow you to not just weather this health and financial crisis, but to thrive. In this episode we cover a lot of interesting topics like how students who lost summer jobs could be eligible for unemployment, what to do if you received a stimulus payment intended for a deceased family member, the coin shortage that small businesses are experiencing, and some thoughts if you’re considering lending money to a friend or family member. After all of that we dive into the new soaring costs of streaming TV services.

  • For students who may have lost a summer job due to Covid, here is where you can find your specific state’s unemployment office to apply for benefits.
  • If you or someone you know was sent an economic impact payment intended for a deceased family member, here are the instructions for how to return that money.
  • When it comes to streaming content, don’t forget about all of the free options available out there:
    • There’s a good chance your local library offers free video to checkout but also look into Kanopy and Hoopla which makes it even easier!
    • Also check out free movies and TV shows over on CrackleRoku Channel, and Pluto TV.
    • Don’t forget the digital antenna and get free HD content over the air, forever!
  • But sometimes the paid services are what you need and are likely still a better deal that traditional cable:
    • Philo – one of the most affordable options at $20/month and is a great option if you’d like nearly 60 channels and don’t need access to sports. Plus, they’re offering a 7-day free trial to give it a spin.
    • Sling TV – choose either the Orange or Blue packages for a ton of channels. Sling Orange at $30/month is the cheapest way to get ESPN.
    • Hulu + Live TV – combines access to their on-demand streaming library with a mix of local channels, sports, and news. $55/month.
    • YouTubeTv – a little pricey at $65/month but lots of channels and local sports

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