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It's Gonna be MAY
Published on 05/14/2021

Elon Musk, now dubbed "the Dogefather," appeared on SNL on Mother's Day of this year (May 9th) and of course his presence and hype influenced the meme based cryptocurrency Doge. What else is going on in May?

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Take me Home, Country Roads
Published on 04/30/2021

Are you adventurous and tired of living where you are currently living? Consider moving to West Virginia because they will pay you to be there. You read that right. Move to West Virginia, and they will pay you a total of $12,000.

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That's kind of NFT-y
Published on 04/19/2021

A Non-Fungible Token (NFT) is the latest cryptocurrency phenomenon to go mainstream. So what exactly is an NFT? NFTs transform digital media and other collectibles into one-of-a-kind verifiable assets that are tradable using blockchain.

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April Showers
Published on 04/13/2021

Technically, the first day of Spring was last month, but it certainly feels as though Spring has finally sprung. The weather so far in 2021 has been odd, considering the citywide shut down due to record snow and ice that occurred in February that left thousands in Memphis without clean water. Since then, the weather was consistently cool until April hit where the temperature has slowly but surely crept up to be between 75 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The Animals Have Had It
Published on 03/31/2021

We saw some pretty bizarre animal behavior last year and it is only getting more strange this year. In previous issues of our publication, State of the Bands, we talked about the plague of locusts in Africa destroying a significant percentage of crops. We also covered that sharks will sometimes attack the deep sea internet cables. We did not cover a disruption in the migration pattern of birds in the US that resulted in the mass death of migratory birds. Around September of last year, hundreds of thousands of birds died during their migration through New Mexico.

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Let's Face It
Published on 03/26/2021

If you are not familiar with it, deepfake technology is essentially a filter in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else's likeness. The general concept of deepfake is not new, however deepfake footage leverages techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to generate visual and audio content with a high potential to deceive.

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Really Gassed Right Now
Published on 03/17/2021

It was all fun and games until January 2021 came around and the average gas price across the US started to rise. In fact, as of March 8th the average gasoline price is sitting as $2.771 per gallon which when compared to prices a year ago is a $0.396 increase. So, why have the prices gone up?

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Smart Household Money Management: How Families Can Save, Budget, Manage Debts Successfully
Published on 12/20/2020

Good money management is crucial, particularly when the financial climate is filled with uncertainties. And for families with bigger financial commitments, the ability to save, budget, and manage debt effectively can have profound effects on the relationships between spouses and between parents and children.

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Single Parenting and Money: Making Money Stretch Whilst Raising Children as a Single Parent
Published on 12/20/2020

Many single parents find it difficult to keep afloat with their finances, let alone begin a savings plan. Cash goes into paying household bills, keeping food on the table and paying school and childcare fees. Once a clear understanding of where household cash is going, necessary changes can be made. Feeling in control of spending can be created by knowing where the money is going.

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Saving Money at Home: Money Saving Household Tips are Budget Friendly
Published on 12/20/2020

Simple changes in the way certain household expenses are managed can add up to big savings over the course of the year.

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A Baby Boomer's Guide to Parenting Your Parents – Money Matters
Published on 12/20/2020

One of the hardest things for a parent is to ask their children for money. They've always been the ones to solve their children's' financial issues, such as providing a loan or buying their kid his first car. When (not if) your parents need help with their finances, it can be a fine line to walk to "help" manage, rather than "take over" their money issues.

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Free Summer Beach Fun While Saving Money and Enjoying Summer Days
Published on 12/20/2020

All beaches offer opportunities for lots of fun. Yet often the activities include pricey stores, amusements, and food. Here are some easy and costless ways to enjoy the beach.