31 Hidden Ways You’re Bleeding Money Every Month

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There are some expenses you plan for every month — your rent or mortgage, utilities, your cellphone bill, etc. — but there are also a lot of hidden expenses you’re paying for regularly that you might not be aware of. These little costs could quickly add up, whittling away at your hard-earned paycheck.

Uncover the hidden ways you’re losing money every month, so you can start making moves to stop the bleeding.

Last updated: June 15, 2020

Not Tracking Your Spending

You should be able to account for every dollar you spend. Keep track of your spending with a budgeting app, spreadsheet or even a notebook. Simply recording what you’re spending money on will make it easier to spot any hidden expenses.

Paying Checking Account Fees

Some banks charge monthly fees or service charges for their checking accounts. Those fees could end up costing you over $100 a year —

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Public schools at risk over states’ projected budget deficits due to coronavirus

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States face an estimated $615 billion budget deficit over the next three years due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 — a shortfall that could rival the deficits seen after the 2008 recession and could threaten to throw the nation’s public schools into crisis, according to projections by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which were provided to lawmakers on Monday.

The estimates, featured in testimony for a hearing by the congressional House Education and Labor Committee, are particularly worrisome for schools in low-income areas that more frequently rely on state funds over funding from local property taxes.

“State funding typically reduces disparities between wealthy and poor school districts, so cuts in that funding magnify those disparities,” said Michael Leachman, CBPP’s vice president for state fiscal policy, in his prepared statement.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic collapse have devastated impoverished communities and people of color — and the

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WhatsApp launches first digital payments option

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Facebook on Monday added a digital payments feature to its WhatsApp messaging service, starting in Brazil but with an eye to expanding around the world.

WhatsApp users in Brazil can use the encrypted mobile messaging service to send money or make purchases, Facebook said in a blog post.

It marked the first time the payments platform used at the leading social network was woven into WhatsApp.

People will be able to send money or make a purchase from a local business without leaving their chat, the company noted.

“Payments on WhatsApp are beginning to roll out to people across Brazil beginning today and we look forward to bringing it to everyone as we go forward,” the service said.

Sending money or making payments is a free option for WhatsApp users, but businesses will be charged a processing fee on par with those charged for typically credit card transactions, according to

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Tens of thousands return to England’s high streets as non-essential shops reopen

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Tens of thousands of people have poured onto England’s high streets as non-essential shops were allowed to reopen for the first time since lockdown began.

While many of those who stepped out despite coronavirus fears to engage in some long-awaited retail therapy cited concerns about looming job losses in the sector and a need to restart the economy, the overwhelming sense was of people urgently seeking to regain a sense of normality after 11 weeks in stasis.

Despite the busy street scenes captured across the country, with reports of overnight queues which sometimes remained throughout the day, the unseen majority will have remained at home, with some newly returned employees questioning why customers were physically shopping rather than purchasing online.

A leap towards the ”new normal” pledged by ministers was perhaps the prevailing theme of the day, evident in the extensive range of new measures taken by stores to keep

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Edited Transcript of BKIA.MC earnings conference call or presentation 29-Apr-20 7:00am GMT

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Valencia Jun 15, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) — Edited Transcript of Bankia SA earnings conference call or presentation Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 7:00:00am GMT

Bankia, S.A. – Head of IR & Rating

Bankia, S.A. – CEO & Executive Director

Bankia, S.A. – Deputy General Director of Financial Management

Mediobanca – Banca di credito finanziario S.p.A., Research Division – Research Analyst

UBS Investment Bank, Research Division – Executive Director & Equity Research Analyst

Iñigo Velázquez, Bankia, S.A. – Head of IR & Rating [1]

[Interpreted] Welcome to the Bankia results presentation for the first quarter of 2020. Even though we have been in contact with most of you over the last few weeks, we hope you’re still okay. Just like in previous quarters, our CEO, Pepe Sevilla, will talk to us about the main highlights and then our Financial Director will talk to us about the results, and then we’ll give … Read More

Hellboy actor Ron Perlman challenges Ted Cruz to $50,000 charity wrestling bout

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<span>Photograph: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

Hollywood actor Ron Perlman has challenged the Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz to a wrestling match, offering to donate $50,000 to Black Lives Matter to mark the occasion.

Related: Donald Trump’s niece Mary set to publish explosive book about her family

Perlman, the star of Hellboy, The Name of the Rose, Sons of Anarchy and other hits, made the offer early on Monday morning, as part of what started as an unlikely online spat with the Republican Florida congressman Matt Gaetz.

Perlman and Gaetz were arguing about US Soccer’s George Floyd-protest-inspired decision to repeal a rule requiring its teams to stand for the national anthem, which earned Gaetz’s ire and subsequently that of Donald Trump.

Calling Gaetz “a guy who wins a totally gerrymandered district with daddy’s money”, Perlman said on Twitter: “I only PLAY scumbags and grifters. You’re the real deal!”

Told by Gaetz to

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5 Tips From Master Griller Mark Bittman

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It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy.

The American cookout is in season, and savory staples like hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob are roasting on grills across the country.

Between beers, burgers and potato salad, hosting a backyard barbecue can burn a hole straight through your wallet.

So how can you save money this summer? We consulted an expert.

5 Cheap Grilling Ideas for Summer

Mark Bittman, author of 20 books including “How to Grill Everything,” knows his way around a grill. The former New York Times columnist gave us some tips on how to break out the grill without breaking the bank.

1. Stick to the Basics When You Buy Grilling Accessories

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Walk down any grilling aisle or peruse grilling goods online, and you’re bombarded with a trove of pricy accessories.

But Bittman said the only accessories you really need are

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How Online Platform Tongal Created The ‘Sesame Street’ Pride Image and Other Content During Coronavirus

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Santa Monica based Tongal is an online-platform providing remote content. “Think of us as a virtual studio made up of above- and below-the-line talent from all over the globe,” says CEO James DeJulio.

As a creator in the world of remote content, Tongal was ahead of the game when the coronavirus pandemic halted production and content delivery. Tongal stepped in providing solutions. Their most recent work was with the Sesame Workshop. In celebration of  Pride Month, the Sesame Workshop used Tongal’s community of creators to develop a series of social assets including this Instagram post that celebrates friends and families of all shapes, sizes and colors.

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James DeJulio talks to Variety about how the company worked with TV and Film and how he sees the future of content creation.

What conversations did you have regarding the Sesame Street Pride image?

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Hertz Warns Stock Buyers Will Need Miracle to Avoid Wipeout

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(Bloomberg) — Hertz Global Holdings Inc. warned prospective new stock investors they’re all but certain to be wiped out as the car renter proceeds with an improbable share sale in the midst of its bankruptcy.

Equity holders will not see a recovery from any bankruptcy plan unless those with more senior claims, including bondholders, are paid in full, Hertz said as it offered as much as $500 million of common stock. That would require “a significant and rapid and currently unanticipated improvement in business conditions,” the company said.

Hertz shares plunged as much as 37% on Monday, though the stock is still well above where it initially traded after the company filed for Chapter 11. A bankruptcy court judge signed off on the equity sale last week after the company pledged to alert buyers about the potential they could be wiped out.

Jefferies LLC, which is leading the share offering,

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5 crucial ways to protect yourself from identity theft

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Here's how to empower yourself to protect your personal information online. (Photo: Getty)
Here’s how to empower yourself to protect your personal information online. (Photo: Getty)

We’re all extra vulnerable these days, and I’m not just talking about COVID-19 itself. Online data breaches have escalated during pandemic-related lockdowns, according to Tech Republic, and everything from your financial information to your identity could be at risk. 

“We’re now in totally uncharted waters, especially when it comes to hacking and identity theft,” Adam Levin, cyber security expert and founder of Cyberscout, tells Yahoo Life. “Breaches have become the third certainty in life behind death and taxes.” He says that identity thieves “prey on vulnerability and distraction,” like working from home while running a household and other major upheavals in routine.

Meanwhile,

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