Mashable: Relying on crowdfunding to pay health bills? It’s more common than you might think.. “Researchers from NORC at the University of Chicago recently conducted a survey to learn about the prevalence of crowdfunding health campaigns. It turns out that a large swath of the American public — approximately 50 million, or 20 percent of Americans — have contributed to these sorts of campaigns. What’s more, eight million Americans have started a campaign to help pay for medical expenses for themselves or someone in their household, while 12 million had started a campaign for someone else. According to the researchers’ survey, that’s three percent and five percent, respectively.”
BBC: YouTube’s top earners: Eight-year-old Ryan tops list with $26m. “An eight-year-old boy who reviews toys has been named as the highest earning YouTuber, for the second year in a row. Ryan, of Ryan’s World, earned $26m (£20m) in 2019, up from $22m in 2018, according to an annual top-10 ranking by Forbes, based on estimated earnings between June 2018 and June 2019.”
Federal Reserve Board: Federal Reserve Board launches new Twitter account highlighting research published in the Board’s working papers and notes series, other staff articles, and conferences. “The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday launched a new Twitter account aimed at increasing access to the research done by the more than 400 economists and other research staff at the Board.”
Vermont Public Radio: Deciphering The True Cost Of College: Online Tool Aims To Help Students Predict Payment. “One of the first things students embarking on a college search learn is just how expensive college tuition can be. The sticker price for a single year’s tuition at private colleges and universities can top $50,000, not including costs such as books and on-campus room and board. But what students also quickly learn is that, between grants, scholarships and need-based financial aid, many students don’t pay the sticker price…. So how is a potential college student supposed to know what a school will charge them before they apply?”
CNET: Where to get your flu shot for cheap and for free in 2019
. “You can certainly make other efforts to ward of the virus, such as keeping your hands and home clean, but the fact of the matter is that the flu shot does work. And everyone is susceptible: There are only two groups of people who should not get the flu vaccine. In this article, earn about where you can find flu shots for cheap and for free, plus more on why you really need one.” This article did not mention where I got my flu shot: Costco, for $19.99. Thank goodness for friends with Costco memberships…
TechHive: This free tool helps cord cutters escape from bloated TV bundles. “One of the points I often try to make in this column is that cutting the cord doesn’t have to involve spending upwards of $50 per month on a bundle of streaming cable channels. You can make choices and trade-offs, instead. If you’re willing to go without regional sports or specific cable channels, you can still get plenty of entertainment from cheaper services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.” Interesting tool. Recommended a service I’d never even heard of.
MarketWatch: New CFPB database of expensive prepaid cards is missing key information, advocates say. “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a new database revealing the terms and conditions on prepaid cards and payroll cards that can sometimes hit users with high fees. But people wouldn’t know that from the federal watchdog agency, consumer advocates say.”