Long Game Savings – App Review

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Recently I have been trying a variety of different savings applications to see the different types of apps and what their strengths and weaknesses are. Right now the application I am using is called Long Game Savings. According to their website, over half of Americans play the lottery and 40% of Americans have no savings, so they created an application to combine both to help Americans save more money.

The only negative I have currently found is the interest rate compared to other savings account. The rate is only 0.1% interest. But when they combined the concept of being able to win money is intriguing.

There are 2 types of currency with this app, the first being real money that you transfer in from your checking account and the other currency being coins. Currently the app is free to use and you use the coin currency to try to win money. You gain coins by saving money and can win up to a million dollars.

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

July Releases

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Here are my thoughts for July regarding games and movies.

Video Games
After E3 taking place last month and hyping up the rest of the year for gaming, July brings 3 games I am looking forward to. Releasing on the Nintendo Switch on the 21st, is Splatoon 2. Splatoon was a great game so I am looking forward to the sequel. Releasing on the 28th, for the Nintendo 3Ds, are Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia. While I most likely won’t be picking up those games on release day, I will be purchasing them later on.

Movies
Starting off the month with a Marvel movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming releasing on the 7th. A few weeks later on the 21st, comes Dunkirk. Being directed by Christopher Nolan and being from the World War II era is very intriguing to me. Looking forward to this followup movie releasing on the 28th, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, to see the progress of what has happened as the result of the first film. Being released over 10 years later, it will be interesting to see a new take on what is being discussed.

Stockstream – Twitch Channel

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Watch live video from StockStream on www.twitch.tv

StockStreamLive is a social experiment billed as “The worlds first cooperative multiplayer Stock Market game using real money.”. Mike Roberts, the creator put $50,000 into an account on Robinhood which stocks being voted on by the channel’s chat. Think Twitch Plays Pokemon but using real money in a stock market. The experiment ends when the account reaches a balance of $25,000, so a loss of half the starting amount.

While I don’t participate in chat for the channel, I routinely monitor the portfolio and twitter feed @stockstream. It is interesting to see the gains and losses that Mike is getting with this experiment. Currently at the time of publication Mike is up over $1,000.

June Releases

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Video Games
Currently with this month, not a lot of releases that I am looking forward to. But with E3 coming up later this month, I am eagerly awaiting what will be announced during that for the year to come. One game I am looking forward to is being released on June 30th, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. This game features Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot Warped. While I didn’t play Crash Bandicoot as a kid, I am looking forward to this release so I can experience those games now.

Movies
Two movies releasing on June 2nd, Wonder Woman and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Looking forward to the next installment in the DC Universe, when Wonder Woman comes out. Having ran the Captain Underpants books as a kid, I am curious on how the movie will turn out. Later in the month on the 21st comes the release of Transformers: The Last Knight. Having seen the rest of the movies, I am looking forward to watching this one. At the end of the month, brings the release of Despicable Me 3. Being a fan of the minions, I can’t wait for this release.

Music
Three releases I am looking forward to this month. The first release coming from All Time Low on June 2nd, entitled Last Young Renegade. One week later, comes the release of Wolves by Rise Against. Near the end of the month on the 23rd comes the release of Evolve by Imagine Dragons.

Check out my thoughts on last month.

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