February — the littlest month in number of days, but full of big events. Did you know it’s the only month that can pass with no full moon? And that will happen this year…
Next, all month is Black History Month, true since 1926. Each year has its own theme and this year we recognize in particular the contributions of African Americans in times of war, and also marking the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I.
February 2 is Ground Hog Day. Will Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) see his shadow when he ventures up out of his burrow? If so there will supposedly be another six weeks of winter, otherwise Spring comes soon! Tune in early to see which way it goes — it’s become quite an event for morning TV…
And — just two days after that big event it’s finally time for the Super Bowl. And once again Tom Brady and the Patriots will be on your screen! To the delight of fans and the chagrin of those who’d like to see that team lose. We’ll see if the Eagles can pull it off! Tempted to bet on the game? You have better odds checking out a couple of our newest articles and updates:
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Yes, everybody wants free money, and lots of people are frustrated that they haven’t found a place where they can just fill out a simple form and get thousands of dollars. But it doesn’t work like that. There are some legitimate ways that you can save more and earn more, and it doesn’t have to take a whole lot of effort. We have recently published the latest in our annual articles highlighting specific free money opportunities in each year. Free Money 2018 features some great new ideas and tips that you can seriously use to put an extra $1000 in your life. And don’t forget to check out the articles from previous years — lots of those ideas are still worth pursuing today!
Do you have, or are you hoping for a Pell Grant to help pay for college? If you haven’t decided on a specific school yet you might want to check our latest update to the article Qualify For A Pell Grant. It looks at a study that shows the graduation rates of Pell vs. non-Pell recipients at a number of different schools. The results could surprise you… and help you decide where you want to go.
Are you loaded with student debt? You’re not alone! Our latest update to Grants fo Pay Off Student Debt reviews the pros and cons of refinancing your student debt. There are lots of persuasive ads out there encouraging you to do so and it might be a good idea … but be sure you know what to look out for before you go for it.
Are you a female high school senior who’s a little tired of not being heard because your views don’t match the so-called mainstream opinions? We’ve got a scholarship for you! Check out the latest opportunity specifically for you in our new update to Scholarships for High School Seniors. You go girl!
If you live in California be sure to check our latest update to Grants in California. There’s a deadline coming up and you do not want to miss your opportunity to qualify for one of these grants. They can go up to more than $12,000 at a campus of the University of California, and close to $6000 for any California State University campus. Check them out now in Grants in California!
If you’re considering some private loans in addition to any you may be able to get from the government or your school, be sure to check out the Wall Street Journal’s advice about shopping for those loans. Get details in our latest update to Student Loans.
If your business is a nonprofit you probably want to streamline and enhance your process for writing grant applications to foundations. Check out some recent reviews and consider reading Write Foundation Grants Fast. It’s an amazing book that can really show you how to put together a great program in just five days.
Have you considered going after some government business with your company? Don’t think there are only a few high tech products or services the government contracts for. There are a tremendous number of classification codes for different products and services and they could be worth checking out. Learn the latest in our review of the government website federal business opportunities.
Has someone called you saying they’re from the government — maybe even specifically from the CFDA — and that you have won a big grant? Then they explain you just have to pay a fee (of as much as $1200!) to get it? Please don’t believe it — this is a scam that has been going on for a while. See our latest update to our cfda website review to find out more.
Microfinancing is not just big in developing countries. In fact it is gaining traction in the United States and you could benefit. Find out more about the Grameen model and how it works through small groups of entrepreneurs to support and motivate each other - check out the latest update to Microfinancing in the United States.
Also find out what’s new in the world of Crowdfunding News, including a brief profile of the top three platforms.
Finally, if you’re in Florida and involved in agriculture, new grants have been announced for support for specialty crops whether you grow them, sell them, market them, or more — anything that helps make Florida more competitive selling them! See Grants in Florida.
Still procrastinating about checking out HARP? Please don’t! This is such a gift from the government you really should check into it — even if you’ve been turned down. It came save you thousands of dollars and even help you get some money out of your house. It’s been extended again through the end of this year, but don’t wait to long. Discover more in the updated Assistance for HARP Eligibility.
Looking for help buying home? Find out the latest about the Energy Efficient Mortgage Program in Government Grants to Purchase a Home.
Researchers: if your field is education or something related to education, check out the Spencer Foundation’s small research grants in Grants for Research. There are several different grants depending on where you are in your career, and they go up to $50,000.
If you live in New York and need some home repairs learn more about the USDA rural program in Grants in New York.
Our article I Need Help can help you find short or long term help in your local area. Our latest update also details some free online therapy and counseling that is available — quite anonymously.
Hoping to find a government loan? There are some — and there are some pretty cool tops to help you see what’s available and what you might qualify for. See our updated Government Loans article to find out more.
Last but not least: if you’re tempted by Matthew Lesko’s antics get the scoop about infomercials and those who put them on in our discussion of Matthew Lesko Websites.
A final word for February – do something special for your Valentine!