Happy New Year, everyone! If you’re reading this you survived everything 2022 through at you – a tripledemic, decades-high inflation, another election, and who knows what else. That’s reason to celebrate! 20somethingfinance just celebrated its 15th anniversary (!) this week. 2022 saw 57 published posts added to the archives (both new stuff and major rewrites/updates). On a personal level, there were some big ups and downs and I look forward to sharing more with readers soon. Email subscribers have probably noticed that email delivery has been offline for a bit now (more news on that soon), but it should be back shortly. Please bear with me as I iron out a few kinks with new servers, testing, and deliverability. In the meantime, check back to the site to see what’s new and if you are getting emails (once they start re-sending).
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Happy New Year, everyone! Here are some of the top articles of the past year on the site…
- Here is How to Buy I Bonds (Current Rate is 6.89%): it was a great year for I Bonds (and those who were able to buy them). That should continue for a bit.
- How to Get Free COVID Tests from the USPS, Insurance, & Locally: still relevant with recent spikes.
- How to Get a $30 Monthly Internet Subsidy from the Government: underreported.
- Set Up 2-Factor Authentication for All of Your Financial Accounts Now: just do it.
- The Real Cost of Stuff (a Dose of Consumer Existentialism): one of my favorite articles to write this year. I feel really strong about this and I hope it resonated.
- How to Cut Video Streaming Subscription Costs to Near $0 (& Miss No Content): choice = waste. No doubt, most of us could stand to cut a stream subscription (or 5) from our lives like right now.
- How to Get Free High-Speed Internet from ISPs & the Government: a modification (with ISP price decreases) to the internet subsidy available to most families.
- How Companies Exploit Customer Loyalty & Inertia (& How to Stop Them): important stuff for those looking to reign in their expenses.
- Nostalgia is a Personal Finance & Life Trap: update: I did end up seeing Jack White (for $25 per ticket)!
- 5 Government Accounts that Everyone Should Create ASAP: an ounce of prevention here.
- Wi-Fi 6E vs. Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5. Is Wi-Fi 6E Worth the Cost?: what’s the deal with all these Wi-Fi’s?
- Kroger Weekly Ads Sales, Digital Coupon Discounts, & Credit Card Offer Stacking Fun: I worked on saving a ton of money on weekly Kroger trips.
- A List of FSA Eligible Medical Expenses to Avoid Losing FSA Funds: still time (maybe) for some of you.