Boost Your Money IQ

The golden age of self-education is upon us

You can curse your teachers for prioritizing the periodic table over personal finance, but we’re in the golden age of self-education, and it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Financial literacy may not boost your income, but it will help maximize those hard-earned Uber checks. Here are the best resources for learning how to budget, save, invest, and thrive.


Mint the easiest way to create and manage budgets, a one-stop dashboard that syncs accounts, credit cards, loans, investments, and property holdings to organize all your financial activity.

Acorns an automated portfolio management service that tracks your daily purchases and automatically invests any change (like the leftover quarter from that $2.75 coffee) in whichever of its five portfolios you choose.


Two Cents the personal finance blog from famed productivity website Lifehacker. It explains financial news for non-wonks, spotlights tools around the web, and offers creative challenges like a “splurge tax” to curb impulse spending.

The Billfold a blog about money that answers the questions everyone is too afraid to ask—like how to save enough to say “fuck off” if your boss harasses you. It’s now published exclusively on Medium.

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Money Girl a crucial resource for auditory learners from Laura Adams. The episodes, rarely longer than 20 minutes, answer practical questions—“How Many Credit Cards Should You Have for Good Credit?” or “401k or IRA: Which One Should You Invest in First?”—without shying from technicalities.

Stacking Benjamins

...explains major economic news when it happens, but focuses mostly on the “lighter side of personal finance”—topics like how to game free products from CVS, or how to avoid sneaky car dealer tricks. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day episode looked at purchasing habits while intoxicated.


Money 101

...functions like the back of a textbook—it has all of the answers. The website, published by Money magazine, offers straightforward explanations to the 101 most basic personal finance questions.

Numbeo a database that tracks the cost of living around the world, based on information from over 290,000 contributors. The data is comically detailed, comparing cities not only by indexes and rent, but also by the average price of a movie ticket or the cost of a dozen eggs.

Julian Meehan

Young leaders from around the world are gathering at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Saturday to address arguably the most urgent issue of our time. The Youth Climate Summit comes on the heels of an international strike spearheaded by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, who arrived in New York via emissions-free sailboat earlier this month.

Translated from Swedish, "berg" means "mountain," so it may feel fated that a young woman with Viking blood in her veins and summit in her name would be at the helm. But let's go out on a limb and presume Thunberg, in keeping with most activists, would chafe at the notion of pre-ordained "destiny," and rightly so. Destiny is passive — it happens to you. It's also egomaniacal. Change, on the other hand, is active; you have to fight. And it is humble. "We need to get angry and understand what is at stake," Thunberg declared. "And then we need to transform that anger into action."

This new generation of activists' most pernicious enemy is denial. The people in charge — complacent politicians and corporation heads who grossly benefit from maintaining the status quo — are buffered from real-life consequences of climate change. But millions of people don't share that privilege. For them, climate change isn't an abstract concept, but a daily state of emergency, whether it comes in the form of "prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa…devastating tropical storms sweeping across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific…[or] heatwaves and wildfires," as Amnesty International reportsare all too real problems people are facing on a regular basis.

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Millions of people in over 150 countries across the globe marched for lawmakers and corporations to take action to help stop climate change on Friday, September 20.

The Climate Strikes were organized by children around the world as an extension of the of the "Fridays for Future" campaign. Students have been walking out of classrooms on Fridays to speak out about political inaction surrounding the climate crisis.

"We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart," organizers say.

There's no doubt the visual images from the marches send a powerful message to those on the ground but especially those watching from around the world. GOOD's own Gabriel Reilich was on the scene for the largest of the Climate Strikes. Here are 18 of the best signs from the Climate Strike march in New York City.

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September 20th marks the beginning of a pivotal push for the future of our planet. The Global Climate Strike will set the stage for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, where more than 60 nations are expected to build upon their commitment to 2015's Paris Agreement for combating climate change.

Millions of people are expected to take part in an estimated 4,000 events across 130 countries.

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Major US phone carriers have yet to build out the infrastructure necessary to provide a consistent 5G experience, so Apple didn't feel it necessary to integrate the technology into its latest iPhone.

A dramatic new feature on the iPhone 11 Pro is its three camera lenses. The three lenses give users the the original wide, plus ultrawide and telephoto options.

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We often dismiss our dreams as nonsensical dispatches from the mind while we're deep asleep. But recent research proves that our dreams can definitely affect our waking lives.

People often dream about their significant others and studies show it actually affects how we behave towads them the next day.

"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

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