How to give yourself a stimulus payment (if Congress won’t)

Emilee Geist

Congress still can’t get its act together on giving Americans more of those $1,200 coronavirus “stimulus checks,” similar to the direct payments made in the spring.

Another round of cash to relieve financial pain and stimulate the economy was missing from a COVID-19 relief bill that died in the Senate this month. Since then, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a $1.5 trillion package that includes new stimulus payments, but it’s not clear if the plan will go anywhere.

If you could use another $1,200 right now, don’t wait for Washington to sort things out. You can find your own sources of cash, to give yourself a stimulus check. Check out these nine ways to do that.

1. Cut your car insurance costs

If you’re like most people, your car insurance is due every six months. It’s very easy to get complacent and just blindly keep paying your premiums

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Hitting the Books: How social media keeps us clicking

Emilee Geist


Your Brain on Social Media 

So our brains are wired to process social signals. What then happens to our brains on social media? 

Neuroscientists at UCLA wanted to know, so they created an Instagram-style app to study how the brain reacts when we scroll through photos in our Instagram feed. The app displayed a series of photos in a row, just like on Instagram. The researchers then studied adolescents using fMRI machines and recorded which regions of their brains lit up as they used the researchers’ version of Instagram. They also experimentally manipulated the number of likes a photo got as well as what types of photos the participants saw, including whether they saw their own photos or others’ photos and whether the photos depicted risky behaviors (like drinking alcohol) or neutral behaviors. They’ve since corroborated their results in young adults and for giving as well as receiving likes. As

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The Full Story Behind Patagonia’s ‘Vote the Assholes Out’ Tags

Emilee Geist

Photo credit: Courtesy
Photo credit: Courtesy

From Esquire

Last weekend, a photo started making the rounds on Twitter. It was a simple shot, a closeup of a clothing tag being pushed up by the tip of a finger to reveal the underside. Behind it, the peaks of the mountains on Patagonia’s instantly recognizable logo were visible. In the foreground, on the flip size of the part of the tag that presumably noted the sizing, a four-word message: “Vote the assholes out.”

The Tweet has now been liked more than 55,000 times, and sparked a wave of questions and coverage. Is the tag real? Sure is! Who are the assholes? Politicians, of any party, who deny the reality of climate change and the science behind it, and refuse to take action to fight an increasingly pressing crisis. Honestly, it’s all been a nice time, one of those brief, beautiful moments on the internet where

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20 useful apps and subscriptions on sale this weekend

Emilee Geist

20 useful apps and subscriptions on sale this weekend
20 useful apps and subscriptions on sale this weekend

We’re slowly making our way into the final quarter of 2020. This year has been a doozy — and that’s putting it lightly. 

We could all use something to boost our spirits, so how about an end of summer sale?

Through September 21, you can take an extra 40% off the below list of apps and software. Each option is designed to streamline your days and teach you something new, whether that’s a new language or how to get better sleep.

To activate the price drops, enter the coupon code VIPSALE40 at checkout.

Self-Improvement

Restflix: Restful Sleep Streaming Service Subscriptions

If you need more restful sleep, check out Restflix. Nicknamed the “Netflix for sleep,” Restflix is a sleep streaming service that helps you fall asleep faster and encourages continuous, more productive rest.

It’s usually $99, but you can use the code

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Keurig Has Partnered With Jonathan Adler To Create The Most Stylish Coffee Maker

Emilee Geist

Photo credit: Keurig
Photo credit: Keurig

From Delish

Who says appliances should blend into your kitchen aesthetic? Jonathan Adler’s partnership with Keurig was made to stand out. Launching on Sept. 17, you can get the fun K-Mini Brewer Coffee Maker, along with the matching mug and K-Cup Pod Canister.

Keurig’s new platform, Brew the Love Collaboration, partners with prominent brand fans to roll out limited-edition collections. Adler is the first, and the brand’s first-ever designer collaboration. He personally designed the pattern with his own home in mind. The slim K-Mini Brewer is white with an octagonal pattern in various shades. It’ll add the pop to your space that you’ve been missing — plus, it’ll make your morning coffee that much better.

“Specifically designed by potter and designer Jonathan Adler to add a touch of modern American glamour to your home, this limited-edition Jonathan Adler Keurig collaboration is design forward and one of a

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What TikTok’s Ban Means for Retail

Emilee Geist

With the U.S. Department of Commerce’s bombshell announcement on Friday, ordering app stores to remove ByteDance’s TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat on Sunday, it looks like time’s running out for the apps. And for the partners that rely on them.

The essential details in the latest techno-political drama: Current users won’t see the app disappear from their handsets, so they can still use them. But they won’t get software updates for new features, changes to the operating system or security enhancements. And new users won’t be able to download the apps at all.

In WeChat’s case, the move immediately prohibits transactions or “any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.,” according to the department. TikTok can continue to function until Nov. 20, a deadline set by President Trump for ByteDance to reach an acquisition deal. The Chinese company

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