Your $600 unemployment boost is expiring. What do you do?

A $600 weekly benefit bonus from the federal government has made unemployment a little less painful for the tens of millions of Americans who’ve lost their jobs to the coronavirus. But if you’re in that group, you’ll have to survive without the extra money, at least temporarily.

The benefits boost expires on Friday, and Congress has failed to come to an agreement on whether to extend it. The U.S. House is to continue with the $600 payments through January, but the Senate wants to cut them back to $200.

Until there’s a deal, the bonus federal unemployment money is likely to lapse. Standard jobless benefits vary from state to state, and depending on where you live you may have trouble making ends meet on your state check alone.

What do you do? Here are seven ways to cope with a smaller weekly payout.

Cut down on monthly expenses

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Where To Buy School Supplies Other Than Amazon Or Walmart

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This school year, it might be especially worth it to have some online alternatives to Amazon and Walmart while checking off the items on your kid’s school supply list. (Photo: jchizhe via Getty Images)
This school year, it might be especially worth it to have some online alternatives to Amazon and Walmart while checking off the items on your kid’s school supply list. (Photo: jchizhe via Getty Images)

Your annual back-to-school shopping trip might be canceled this year, but that doesn’t mean you and the kids can’t get create some sense of normalcy during these strange times.

As students, their parents and teachers prepare for what will almost certainly be an unusual school year, there’s still a lot to consider and plan for amid all the uncertainty.

Most of us won’t soon forget the empty shelves and long lines at grocery stores at the beginning of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak in mid-March and how even reliable retailers such as Amazon and Walmart couldn’t keep up

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If Blockchain Can’t Serve Gamers, It’s Useless

Estimates indicate that by the end of 2021, 2.7 billion people will be regular players of video games. Stated another way, in the near future, gamers will make up more than one-third of humanity. More than one-third of humanity.

When it comes to ripeness for blockchain technology, gamers are almost comically well-suited. They’re already accustomed to in-game currencies, for starters, having an implicit understanding that digital tokens/credits are useful for buying and selling things online.

Additionally, they spend large swaths of time creating real economic value during gameplay — that is, value that other players are willing to pay real money for, like purchasable custom characters, weapons, and territories. 

And gamers are also the most hurt in the event of corporate or technical disruptions of a given game, standing to lose potentially years worth of in-game earnings that can’t travel with them outside the game (imagine moving to Paris but

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PA Officials Stop $44M In Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

HARRISBURG, PA — Officials in Pennsylvania say they’ve stopped $44 million in fraudulent unemployment claims filed during the pandemic.

United States Attorney William M. McSwain said the agency has collaborated with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry in stopping more than $44 million from reaching “criminals who attempted to steal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.”

Officials said they utilized sophisticated data analytics from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General to identify the fraudulent claims.

Assisting was the U.S. Attorney’s Office-led Coronavirus Working Group of federal and state law enforcement agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provided through the federal CARES act were aimed to supplement the income of those laid off due to the coronavirus.

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This Face Mask Hack Is About to Make Your Life a Lot More Comfortable

Wearing a face mask is going to be a part of our reality for…well, who knows how long, but they’re definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. (And if for some reason you’re still not following the guidance of the CDC, doctors, and scientists to wear a mask, now would be a very good time to start.)

You can now find really chic and adorable masks in a variety of styles online and, with them, tips to make them easier and more comfortable to wear. Yes, the internet is sometimes still a good and useful place!  

One common issue many find with wearing a mask for any length of time is the irritation caused by the straps hooked behind your ears. Turns out, you probably have the solution to this problem somewhere in your bathroom: a couple of barrettes. The hack first bubbled up online earlier this spring thanks to Instagram

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Elon Musk and Bill Gates are sparring over Gates’ criticism of Musk’s coronavirus comments. Here are 10 other rivalries that have formed between some of the world’s biggest tech leaders.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, left, and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, right.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, left, and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, right.

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  • While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too. 

  • Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious. 

  • Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for rivalries. 

In a place where world-changing ideas are born and billions of dollars are at stake, it’s only natural that rivalries develop between Silicon Valley’s power players, ranging from friendly sparring to pointed critiques. 

While some feuds, like the one between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle

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Big fashion says it’s fighting racism. Black streetwear designers say not hard enough

For more than a year, Los Angeles-based streetwear designer Tremaine Emory had been working with Converse on a red, green and black sneaker inspired by Jamaican political activist and Black nationalist Marcus Garvey’s Pan-African flag and artist David Hammons’ 1990 work “African-American Flag,” an original of which was acquired by the Broad museum in Los Angeles last year.

Emory’s brand, Denim Tears, tells the story of Black people in the United States starting in 1619, when the first documented enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia; according to the designer, the brand’s logo, a cotton plant, is a direct reference to slavery. That’s why the proposed packaging for his Converse sneaker collaboration depicts a coffin covered with Hammons’ flag and a cotton wreath, as a tribute to Black Americans who have died under unjust conditions. The image is based on an art installation, “A Proper Burial, Thanks America,” that Emory debuted in

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Where To Stream Every Ken Burns Documentary Online, Starting Next Week

Sometimes you want to watch something because you want to be distracted, but more often than not, we want to watch something so we can, you know, actually retain some information. And when, it comes to accessible, and smart documentaries, it’s hard to beat Ken Burns. Right, now, the biggest and best news in the world of internet-delivered video is the impending stream-ability of over 900 hours of PBS documentaries, including the complete filmography of the man, the myth, the legend: Kenneth Lauren Burns.

That’s right, PBS is poised to make everything Ken Burns has ever made, from 1981’s Brooklyn Bridge to 2019’s Country Music, available to watch at two different online venues: an Amazon Prime video channel ($3.99/month on top of a Prime membership) and PBS Passport, the streaming service for everyone who gives at least $5 a month to their local PBS station.

Burns took a break

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Mark Zuckerberg on why Facebook is actually ‘behind’ its competition despite monopoly critique

Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t waste any time on Wednesday explaining to lawmakers why he believes the company is not an illegal monopoly, during what was billed as a Congressional hearing to probe antitrust concerns.

However, the questioning veered far off course into a hodgepodge of issues that included data privacy, content moderation, corporate citizenship, election integrity, censorship and surveillance.

In his opening statement the tech billionaire — flanked by fellow tech giants Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and Sundar Pichai — said Facebook faces intense global competition in the connection and advertising markets in which it operates.

“Many of our competitors have hundreds of millions or billions of users, some are upstarts, but others are gatekeepers with the power to decide if we can even release our apps in their app stores to compete with that,” Zuckerberg said.

“In many areas, we are behind our competitors,” he argued.


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College During COVID

At Kiplinger, the name of the game is value. For more than 20 years, our annual college rankings have been no exception. Over the years, we analyzed data on hundreds of public and private colleges and universities across the nation seeking institutions that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price.

But this year, as the coronavirus forced schools to shutter in mid March and transformed the higher-education system practically overnight, we put our rankings on pause. Instead, we decided to focus on strategies for getting the most value out of a reeling higher-education system, including transfers, gap years and increased financial aid.

For Mika Garcia, a 21-year-old rising senior at the University of West Florida (UWF), the pandemic shutdown meant a softball season cut short. “It was extremely heartbreaking,” she says. “Everything was shut down—no weights, no practice, no games, no visiting one another. It was a weird and … Read More