During this past weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion, Jim James made an appearance as one of this week’s special guests along with fellow musician Aimee Mann and comedian Hari Kondabolu. The My Morning Jacket frontman first joined host Chris Thile in the middle of the show, which was taped at St. Paul, Minnesota’s Fitzgerald Theatre, where the musician performed solo renditions of New Multitudes’ “Changing World” and Quincy Jones’ “Everything Must Change.” James later reemerged half an hour later for an interview segment before additional solo performances of James’ “Here In Spirit” and My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful.” To close out the show, Thile, James, Sara Watkins, Richard Dworsky, and The Show Band came together to cover Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” as a tribute to the late Chris Cornell, who unexpected passing last week has made waves across the music community.Watch Trey Anastasio Pay Tribute To Leon Russell On “A Prairie Home Companion”You can listen to this weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion featuring Jim James here. James makes his first appearance around the 54-minute mark, and later around one-hour-and-thirty minutes in.[Cover photo: Andrew Rios; H/T Jambase]
555SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jackson Bolstad Details So, you’ve stocked your home with food and other daily essentials in preparation for being stuck at home. You even managed to fight off the hoard of desperate shoppers at your local grocery store to secure the last few rolls of toilet paper. At this point, you’re prepared to weather whatever coronavirus (COVID-19) throws your way. But is your wallet? With more and more restrictions going into place every day, it’s well past time you took a few precautions to protect your personal finances. Here are nine things to do over the next few days to prepare yourself and your wallet for any disruption to your paycheck, financial situation, or daily routine:Get familiar with your credit union’s e-Services: In the event you can’t make it to your local credit union branch, you can stay on top of your finances by signing up for online banking and/or downloading your credit union’s mobile app. Conveniently deposit checks through the mobile app instead of in person at your local branch.Automate payments or set up bill pay: If you haven’t already, consider automating the monthly payments for your utilities, internet, insurance, and any other regular bills. You should also set up online bill pay through your credit union if they offer the service.Reduce your discretionary spending: Whether you have an emergency fund or not, you should start saving as much as you can. That means cutting back on non-essentials, including streaming services, shopping, and eating out. Even if you’re only saving $20; that’s 20 more dollars you’ll have if you end up not being paid for a few weeks.Avoid making large purchases with your credit card: You definitely don’t want to be on the hook for a large purchase when you’re not getting paid. Instead, save those funds for any pressing needs that come up while stuck at home.Aggressively pay down debt: If you have the financial ability, pay off your credit card, make multiple payments on your car loan, or even make an additional payment on your mortgage. In the event you’re without a paycheck for longer than you expect, this may bring you at least a modicum of relief. It will also help you avoid interest payments and late fees, which could impact your credit score.Put that tax refund into your emergency fund: Expecting that tax refund in the mail? Instead of spending it, consider putting it into an emergency fund that you can use as needed during this turbulent time. You can always move or invest it later.Subscribe to your credit union’s emails: As you read this, your credit union is likely developing a plan to assist and serve you in the event things take a turn for the worse. This could come in the form of extended contact center hours, skip-a-pay loan promotions, and more. Stay up-to-date on all your options by signing up to receive credit union emails, monitoring their website, and following them on social media. Develop a plan for work: If your child’s school and/or daycare decides to close down, do you have an emergency plan in place? Whether it’s trading days off with your partner or enlisting the help of grandma, now’s the time to work out a plan that won’t force you to take valuable time off to be at home with the kids.Scams: Be on high-alert for coronavirus-related scams! In particular, the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to be wary of phony emails and calls from coronavirus-related companies and charities. In addition to never giving any money to these fake organizations, be sure to never discuss your personal information, passwords, or PINs.Taking a few precautions now can help you better prepare your finances for any implications from the coronavirus later. If you need additional assistance, don’t be afraid to reach out to your credit union’s personal finance experts for advice, resources, and more.
If you’re weighing whether your bank account can handle a trip to Arlington this weekend to watch the Final Four, don’t worry: Drinks are on Badger legend Michael Finley.Drinks on me for any one w/ a Wisconsin student ID final 4 weekend! #onwisconsin #gobadgers— Michael Finley (@MichaelFinley) March 30, 2014All you have to do is get to Texas, bring your University of Wisconsin ID and show up at the bar Finley is at to have pick up your tab all night. He’ll be tweeting out the location of the night @Da_Finster, of course:Cool River Cafe 1045 Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX 75038 #gobadgers #badgerstakeovernorthtexas #onwisconsin— Michael Finley (@MichaelFinley) April 1, 2014Been out of the student section for a few years? No problem, Finley says: Final4 Badgers! Meet me @ Cool River Cafe Friday nite. Free admission and access to the VIP section w/ Wisconsin student ID, past or present— Michael Finley (@MichaelFinley) April 1, 2014As a Badger, Finley scored 2,147 points between 1991 and 1994. He also won a NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.Since you’re drinking for free, we recommend going for a local craft brew like one from Lakewood Breweries.And for those of you only making it to the Final Four in spirit, the game will be broadcast at 7:49 p.m. on TBS.Did you take Finley up on his offer? Send your drinking stories to [email protected]