Forget Congress. Here’s how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check

Emilee Geist

Forget Congress. Here's how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check
Forget Congress. Here’s how to DIY a 2nd stimulus check

Congress and the White House still haven’t made a deal to give you a second $1,200 coronavirus stimulus payment, similar to the direct deposits, checks and money orders Americans started receiving in the spring.

Democrats who control the U.S. House and Republicans in the Senate and the Trump administration have been unable to agree on another round of cash to relieve financial pain and stimulate the economy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin plan to try again in the coming week.

But the negotiations have already been going on for months. If you could use another $1,200 right now, don’t wait for Washington to sort things out. Here are 10 ways to find the sources of cash to get a second stimulus check the DIY way.

1. Pay less for everything online

If you do most

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From bullets to rabbits, here’s everything you need to know before you buy

Emilee Geist

With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we've covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)
With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we’ve covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)

If you’ve never bought a sex toy before then it’s easy to feel intimidated by the whole process.

While you thankfully no longer have to go into a shop marked “XXX”, ordering online can be a bit overwhelming, with websites filled with brightly coloured phalluses, and prices varying from £5 to £5,000.

In order to make sure that you buy the right toy for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive toy shopping guide.

Everything electronic we recommend comes with a gentle setting to start you off, and will be delivered in a discrete parcel that your postman won’t give a second look.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers,

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As the Royal Mint launches a Winnie the Pooh 50p coin, here’s other book-inspired collectables to buy

Emilee Geist

It's the first time the tales of Winne the Pooh and his friends are appearing on a limited edition coin run (iStock/The Royal Mint)
It’s the first time the tales of Winne the Pooh and his friends are appearing on a limited edition coin run (iStock/The Royal Mint)

From 23 September, Winne the Pooh fans will be able to get their hands on a commemorative 50p coin, created by The Royal Mint.

The classic stories written by A.A. Milne, telling the tales of Winne the Pooh and his friends, inspired the designs and are appearing for the first time in a limited edition coin series.

While it won’t be entering circulation, you can buy your own online as a keepsake piece to add to an existing coin collection or to start a new one.

In the run-up to Christmas, a Piglet and a Christopher Robin coin will be released to the public too, which would make the perfect gift for a fan of the books. 

Available as a single 50p piece in silver, gold

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From materials to filters, here’s everything you need to know

Emilee Geist

The main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others (iStock)
The main benefit is most of your germs will be caught in it, making you less of an infection risk to others (iStock)

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

Since 15 June, it has been mandatory in England to wear them while using public transport and in hospitals. Failure to follow these rules can result in people being refused entry and a £200 fine. 

The new rules mean that anyone travelling by train, Tube, bus, ferry or plane in England should be wearing a face covering. Those travelling by train will be asked to cover their face as they enter a station. 

It is also required to wear a face covering when in shops, supermarkets,

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Elon Musk expected to tout ‘million-mile battery.’ Here’s what that means.

Emilee Geist

Perhaps you’ve heard about the “million-mile battery” — the latest buzz phrase electric vehicle proponents hope will energize public interest in buying EVs.

If you haven’t, Elon Musk will make sure you do on Tuesday, when Tesla goes online for what it’s calling Battery Day. Musk is expected to detail a million-mile battery project — along with, he teased on Twitter, other “exciting things.”

Musk’s teasers don’t always pan out. But the idea of a million-dollar battery offers real promise.

“[I]t would eliminate one of the big negatives associated with electric vehicles,” said Donald Sadoway, a materials chemist and battery expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: the car owner’s fear that the battery will die and require costly replacement.

But because the battery industry is loaded with startups and inventors promoting their wares, often before they’re ready for prime time, Sadoway suggests some skepticism is in order.

What

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Here’s how you measure the success of a UX design project

Emilee Geist

As designers, we want the products we build to be satisfying and easy to use, but how can we know that’s the case? We start by measuring the user experience with evidence rather than opinions. But can UX really be measured? Absolutely. By evaluating products with qualitative and quantitative methods, we gain access to a host of illuminating UX metrics.

There’s nothing like completing a UX project. It takes an incredible amount of time, effort, and skill to travel from design problem to solution. Crossing the finish line is a great feeling, but seasoned UX designers know that there’s always more to be done…

A C-level executive calls with a question. “Now that the project is over, how do we track the results we’re trying to achieve?”

It’s a fair concern — one that leads to a bigger topic. How can UX designers measure success and prove that their work

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From bullets to rabbits, here’s everything you need to know about buying sex toys

Emilee Geist

With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we've covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)
With prices ranging from £5 to £5,000, the choice can be overwhelming. But we’ve covered everything, from toys for women and men to couples, to help you make an informed decision (The Inependent/iStock)

If you’ve never bought a sex toy before then it’s easy to feel intimidated by the whole process.

While you thankfully no longer have to go into a shop marked “XXX”, ordering online can be a bit overwhelming, with websites filled with brightly coloured phalluses, and prices varying from £5 to £5,000.

In order to make sure that you buy the right toy for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive toy shopping guide.

Everything electronic we recommend comes with a gentle setting to start you off, and will be delivered in a discrete parcel that your postman won’t give a second look.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers,

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Your online branding is key to your business success. Here’s your roadmap

Emilee Geist

TLDR: With The All-In-One Digital Branding Certification Bundle, you’ll have all the training to get a new brand up and running across all the important digital avenues.

No matter how great your product or service is, without an easy, identifiable brand element to encapsulate it all, there’s a good chance your business will fly right past most modern digital audiences.

That means not only defining how you want your business to be seen online, but all the ways it’ll be seen and experienced, from images to text to social media. It’s a lot of ground to cover, but the training in The All-in-One Digital Branding Certification Bundle ($45, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) explains the basic steps all the platform you have to know and master to get the most out of your business in the digital space.

The bundle features 10 courses with 37 hours of in-depth

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A new kids’ show was accused of copying ‘Hair Love.’ Here’s what you need to know

Emilee Geist

"Made by Maddie," airing on Nick Jr. later this month, bears a striking visual resemblance to the Oscar-winning film "Hair Love." <span class="copyright">(Nickelodeon)</span>
“Made by Maddie,” airing on Nick Jr. later this month, bears a striking visual resemblance to the Oscar-winning film “Hair Love.” (Nickelodeon)

“It’s time to dream it, draw it, make it,” the tiny heroine of Nickelodeon’s new animated preschool series “Made by Maddie” says in its trailer. But the program, scheduled to premiere later this month, is already attracting scrutiny online over its own creative process.

When Nickelodeon shared the series’ trailer and first-look images on Tuesday, social media users were quick to point out that the central character and her parents bear a striking resemblance to the main characters in “Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry’s Oscar-winning short about a Black millennial father attempting to style his young daughter’s hair.

The Sony Animation project, which debuted in 2017 as a Kickstarter campaign, has since led to a children’s book and an animated series, currently in development at HBO Max

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Web designers, here’s how to build a great portfolio and land your dream job

Emilee Geist

Did you know we have an online event about product design coming up? Join the Sprint track at TNW2020 to explore the latest trends and emerging best practices in product development.

Getting your first paid job as a web designer seems like the most difficult task in this universe. It’s not because you are incompetent or lack any technical skills. Rather, employers feel a little hesitant to hire new talent.

But, every designer has to start somewhere. Right?

In this article, I will share some interesting project ideas to help you craft a great web design portfolio.

Now you might be wondering what the benefit of having a portfolio is. Basically, it’s used to display your skills to potential clients. In turn, it makes it very easy to land your first programming job.

Creative thinking

You don’t always have to design a traditional-looking website. Sometimes it’s better to think

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