Burning ambition for Star Wars fans

first_imgStop The Week has had its share of toaster stories over the past year, but we feel it our duty to let you know about the latest must-have gadget for Star Wars fans – just in case there are any of you out there in the bakery world!Lucasfilm has developed the Darth Vader, a toaster clad in a black plastic mould that resembles the Star Wars’ antihero’s famous mask. But in case that were not enough, as it toasts your morning bread, the gadget burns an image of Darth Vader into it. Nifty, eh?last_img

Greggs leads major new UK bakery league table

first_imgGreggs held on to its position as the UK’s largest bakery retailer by the narrowest margin in British Baker’s new BB75 league table for 2010.The chain currently has 1,419 UK shops, just 10 more than sandwich chain Subway. The latter opened 125 sites last year, closing the 119 store gap a year ago to just 10. Last January, Subway predicted it would overtake Greggs by summer 2009. Greggs’ chief executive Ken McMeikan said he was delighted to maintain Greggs’ position as the nation’s largest bakery retailer, particularly in view of Subway’s ambitious targets. Greggs plans to open a net 50-60 shops this year as it steps up expansion, with a target of 600-plus extra shops in the UK. “It is important to focus on the quality of the shops, this is not a race for space,” said McMeikan. “When we sign a contract, it is usually for 10 years, with a break at five years. We want to find really good-quality units as we are in it for the long term.”  Subway development agent Neil Black said he was pleased with the pace of store development, “achieved despite the recession and a tightening of available finance”. Subway had also taken advantage of the competitive property market to relocate and redevelop a number of stores, he added.The expanded BB75 league table – formerly the BB Top 50 – covers the 75 biggest bakery retailers in the UK. The table shows Costa Coffee (at number three) was the fastest-growing coffee chain in the UK, adding 185 sites over 2009.Among the big losers in 2009 were BB’s Coffee & Muffins and Coffee Republic. Both went into administration and significantly reduced their number of franchises. The new list also sees many traditional bakers holding steady and even expanding amid difficult economic conditions. l Greggs’ sales in the Christmas week were up 6.5% and like-for-like growth was 4.4%. It also saw a 3.1% rise in total sales for the four weeks to 26 December 2009. The chain sold more than one million mince pies a week, up 6% on last year. Demand for savouries was strong, with like-for-like sales up 10% and sales of its Christmas festive bakes up 23% on 2008 figures.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Disco Biscuits & Break Science Members Interrogate Each Other In Hilarious New Interview

first_imgAron/Marc: Favorite memory of the Conspirator/Break Science tour we did on the same bus?Adam: Making that trap track with y’all and KJ Sawka that we still haven’t put out yet!!Catch [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits at Gem & Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ January 25-28, or at the Fillmore Denver with Michal Menert, Late Night Radio, Eliot Lipp & more January 26!Check out the full Gem & Jam lineup below, and click here for tickets and more info.[Cover Photo by Andrew Blackstein] In October of 2016, Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee of Break Science teamed up with Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits for the first time to form [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits at Brooklyn Comes Alive. The result was an all-out dance party, seamlessly blending the experimental nature of the Biscuits with the trip-hop, downtempo beats of Break Science, making for a new exploration of electronic soundscapes.The collaborative project has since gone on to play a handful of shows together, though appearances are rare. The next opportunities to catch the group are coming up at Gem & Jam Festival in Tuscon, AZ 1/25-28, and the Fillmore Denver with Michal Menert, Late Night Radio & more 1/26. We caught up with the guys ahead of that performance and had them interview one another. Check out their conversation below!Deitch/Lee To Magner/Brownstein:Adam/Borahm: What are each of your worst onstage mishaps?Aron: At the 1st Bank Center in Colorado a couple years ago, I heard my three front-facing keyboards simultaneously trigger the most god-awful sound. I was facing the band on my other keyboard side and turned around instantly to see what had just happened. To my surprise, there was a “fan” in just his boxers attempting to climb OVER my keyboard stack. My immediate reaction was just to push him over, which I think I successfully did. There are so many mysteries that surround this. Who was he? Where is he now? Why did he? Is he okay after somersaulting ten feet down onto the concrete floor of the pit below? Let’s analyze the tapes shall we?!?!?…We have multi-camera slow-motion video footage! Watch it here.Marc: Well, one time, Umphrey’s McGee called on me to fill in for Ryan Stasik on bass at Camp Bisco while he was at home because his first child was being born. I got onstage, and within the first bar of music, I realized something was gravely wrong. At least one of my strings was out of tune. Well it turned out that three strings were a half step out of tune in opposite directions, making it nearly impossible to figure out how to perform the songs in real time. It took me three songs to get it tuned due to the intense sunlight because Umphrey’s somehow had an early afternoon set. All I can say is, maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t an accident, and that it was part of the prank war with Umphrey’s… I intentionally threw their set in the toilet at Camp Bisco…Adam/Borahm: Who are your top three fans? Tell us about them.Aron: Oh, come on. I’m not gonna inflate the heads of any of our most loyal and rabid fans. Though I do think that once you have attended one hundred shows, you should wear something to shows that distinguish you in a dignified way—like the SNL does with the five-timers club.Marc: We have some pretty awesome fans. I would have to say the top three fans are people who were there in the very beginning and are still here with us all these years later: Jon and Lisa Lesser and Mark Foundos—the creme de la creme.Adam/Borahm: What is your best Phish story?Aron: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.Marc: I once wrote a poem named the “Ugly Fish” in 7th grade, and I would have to rate that as by far my best fish story.Adam/Borahm: Explain the Ivy league school-to-jam band process. Not many successful bands come out of top-tier colleges.Aron: Attend Ivy League school —> Start Band —> Drop out of Ivy League school.Marc: For Barber, there was a fourth part which was —> get notified by Ivy League school that the requirements of your major have changed, and under the new rules, you qualify for a degree and get one in the mail.Adam/Borahm: What got Brownie “kicked out” of the biscuits for a short time?Aron: He was kind of being an asshole.Marc: I was kind of being an asshole.Adam/Borahm: What’s your connection to hip hop?Marc: Having grown up on the streets of NYC, I was a fan of early Tribe and De La Soul and other conscious hip hop acts from the golden era. Also, I got hooked on the Queensbridge crew—Mobb Deep, Smif and Wesson, etc.—a few years later and ultimately found B.I.G. a few years after that—he still reigns supreme for me. We had the pleasure of making some dope hip hop beats with some heavy players a few years ago, Jim Jones, Curren$y, etc.Adam/Borahm: What inspired you to incorporate sounds from electronic music?Aron: Two things: First, in the mid 90’s when the Biscuits formed, electronic music was just starting to become more mainstream in the US. It had been around for years in Europe already. We were getting exposed to some deeper electronic stylings by our international friends at college, so it only made sense that it would creep its way into our sound. Then came my purchase of a Roland JP-8000 synth that I unboxed before a gig at a fraternity party on Halloween night 1997. I remember vividly thinking that fusing these tones into our jam band mantra would be a catalyst to discovering who we were as a band.Adam/Borahm: If the four of you (all the Biscuits) were hanging out, who would be the head DJ for tunes? What is the first song you’d put on?Marc: When the four of us are all hanging out, we are making sure that our shows are going to be as good as they can possibly be. That’s how we spend any time together. Focused on bringing crazy shows.Adam/Borahm: What did y’all think of Adam Deitch’s performance with the Biscuits when he filled in for Alan and barely knew the music?Aron: Adam is one of the most versatile musicians I know. He can flawlessly and with masterful precision play within any genre. He’s got big ears, and the ability to be the backbone of whatever band he is drumming for. It only made sense that he would pick up on the Biscuits’ style while still maintaining his own musical personality. As far as I’m concerned, you should never pass up an opportunity to play with Adam Deitch.Marc: It was crazy because when we were looking for a new drummer for the Biscuits someone suggested Adam to me, and I think I was a little intimidated by the possibility of ever playing with Adam at that point. So getting to hear him under those songs ultimately was a huge honor and a huge treat. We don’t take for granted how great it is to get to collaborate with A-List musicians. Deitch and Borahm are on their way to being living legends, and we cherish any chance to play with them.Adam/Borahm: With our next Breaking Biscuits gig coming up at Gem & Jam Festival at the end of the month, we have to ask: Gem or Jam?Aron: GemMarc: Jam!Magner/Brownstein to Deitch/Borahm:Aron/Marc: Does having two musician parents give you a competitive edge?Adam: Not really. It just gave me a deep respect for music at an early age.Aron/Marc: How many flights have you missed?Adam: Never missed a flight going to a show. Ever.Borahm: Missed a few after the show but never before.Aron/Marc: What songs should we play?Adam: Maybe some Wu-Tang covers?Aron/Marc: What is jazz?Borahm: It’s a daily vitamin that is essential to your well being.last_img read more

Warren Haynes Added To Newport Folk Fest 2019 Lineup

first_imgNewport Folk Fest continues to build up to its return to Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI on July 26th-28th this summer. On Wednesday, event organizers announced veteran rock guitarist and singer Warren Haynes has been added to the 2019 lineup, to perform on Friday of the festival.Related: Newport Folk Announces “Mavis & Friends” Concerts To Celebrate Mavis Staples’ 80th BirthdayHaynes now joins an impressive 2019 NFF lineup which already features Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Benmont Tench, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeff Tweedy, Kacey Musgraves, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Maggie Rogers, Sheryl Crow, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many more. It’s worth noting that the three-day festival, which is famous for its live collaborations and surprise sit-in’s, is still in the process of unveiling its lineup of performers, so fans should keep their eyes and ears open for more announcements coming as summer quickly approaches.As the event does with all of their performers, Haynes’ involvement means Newport Festival’s Foundation has made a donation on behalf of a charity of the artist’s choice. In Haynes’ case, the festival has made a donation to Little Kids Rock, a non-profit which teaches kids how to perform, improvise, and compose using the popular styles that they know and love.“Knowing how influential music has been in my life, its upsetting that due to lack of resources like instruments or teachers, many children don’t have the access to music education,” Haynes added in a statement to go with his involvement in this year’s event. “Little Kids Rocks helps remove the barriers standing between many students and their dreams of being able to learn about and play music.”Fans can head to the festival’s website for tickets and general info for this year’s event.last_img read more

Music in the Mediterranean Diaspora: An international conference at Villa I Tatti

first_imgThis interdisciplinary conference at Villa I Tatti (Florence, Italy) examines the circulation of music and musicians throughout the Mediterranean diaspora. It concentrates on music as a migratory frontrunner and privileges displacement as its critical lens with the specific aim of crystallizing new theoretical approaches to mobility. Across a series of contributions grounded in history, anthropology, demography, literature, and music, we ask how border-crossing histories can shift our critical appraisal of cultural production and, conversely, how the study of musical performance can help us sight instances of ethnic encounter, creolization, and cultural métissage that are otherwise difficult to trace.Date: 18 & 19 May, 2017Organizer: Kate van Orden (Harvard University)View the program Read Full Storylast_img read more

A ‘messy experiment’

first_img Brown-Nagin on her own path and Radcliffe’s Hidden Spaces: The Sunken Garden in Radcliffe Yard Still, their contributions were crucial. By simply participating in the Institute and tackling topics so fundamental to the movement, like motherhood and the challenges of the working woman, in their writing and art, they helped encourage equality and redefine art both then and now, said Doherty.“The kind of precedent that I think they set as artists, about what you can make high or refined art, lyric poetry, sculpture, fantastic oil painting about — your most intimate private life as a woman — I think we see that today. That’s one of their main gifts to us as a generation.” Current and former deans discuss institute’s history, achievements, aspirations Related Dean discusses her priorities for Harvard’s institute devoted to interdisciplinary study and research A look at Radcliffe past and present Serenity reigns at Radcliffe It was called “a messy experiment” by its founder. It became a hub of creativity that helped propel forward the women it engaged, and the women’s movement, in crucial ways.The timing was right for Mary Ingraham Bunting and her audacious new plan. It was 1960, and a cultural war had been brewing since the late 1950s. Women were seeking higher education in increasing numbers and pushing back against strict gender roles in the home and the workplace, and the approval of the birth control pill by the Food and Drug Administration in 1959 was allowing them, for the first time, to take charge of their child-bearing years and careers.That was the backdrop against which “Polly” Bunting, the newly minted president of Radcliffe College, launched the new Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study (since reincarnated as the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study). A microbiologist by training, Bunting was eager to create a place for women whose academic and professional lives had been put on hold by the demands of motherhood and family life. She dreamed of a space where promising, high-achieving women could study, research, write, read, and find community with like-minded peers. These “intellectually displaced women” would receive a stipend to spend as they wished, an office, access to Harvard’s libraries and professors, and the gift of unfettered time.Author Maggie Doherty chronicles that shift in her new book, “The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s.” The work charts the story of the center’s infancy through the lives of five of its earliest fellows: poets Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin; writer and labor activist Tillie Olsen; sculptor Mariana Pineda; and painter Barbara Swan. Their time at the Institute, and with one another, would shape their future successes, and their work would influence the early women’s liberation movement and later inform and inspire new expressions of women’s equality and empowerment.,“[They were] breaking new ground for women’s liberation in ways that I don’t think any of the individual actors necessarily anticipated or were even fully conscious of,” said Doherty, Ph.D. ’15, who stumbled on the Institute’s origin story while researching Olsen during her graduate work. Bunting, the fellows, and a range of other actors, said Doherty, were “moving in the direction of this really new kind of political and social consciousness and activism.”Kumin and Sexton — each of whom would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry — used their words to expose the unglamorous, and often ugly sides of womanhood. “Sexton’s great poetic intervention — the presentation of messy female experience as art — was also a political one. In writing about these topics before they entered public discourse, she was an inspiration and ahead of her time,” writes Doherty.Swan, a portraitist who studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, used her brush to capture the “strangeness­ — the surreality — of motherhood” in a painting that accompanied her Radcliffe application. “Her representation of motherhood was not quotidian or banal or uninspired; it was groundbreaking, spiritual, unnerving,” writes Doherty. Similarly, Pineda’s sculptures, with their representations of the female body as a “vessel for knowledge,” tapped into the Institute’s “spirit of discovery.”Olsen was a leftist, feminist labor organizer, and a mother of four who had to work to support her family. She used a nearly two-hour presentation on creativity delivered during her fellowship as an important springboard. The long, somewhat rambling discourse left many in the audience “restless and annoyed,” but it was also the beginning of “an intellectual project that would consume the rest of [her] working life,” writes Doherty.,The most political of the five, Olsen’s talk turned a light on the Institute’s early blind spot: working women who lacked the means of their better-off contemporaries. For such women, a college degree, let alone a doctorate or a shot at a fellowship, Olsen knew, was largely out of reach. (The five women took the name of their group from the Radcliffe application requirement that called for candidates to possess either a Ph.D. or its equivalent in creative achievement.)In later years Olsen’s book “Silences” helped redefine the literary canon, giving voice to female writers and those from the working class. She also became a champion of curriculum reform, teaching and advocating for courses that included work by women, working-class writers, and writers of color. “[Olsen] was not in her lifetime the most successful, nor the kindest, nor necessarily the most talented,” writes Doherty. “But she saw the world differently from the other four women: she saw how creativity arises from material circumstances, how power is wielded against the vulnerable, and — crucially — how class, gender, and race intersect.”Doherty’s book doesn’t shy from noting irony. She writes that many talented women who secured Radcliffe fellowships were guided and often cowed by male instructors early in their careers, and that her five subjects helped advance a campaign in which they couldn’t fully participate. “The Equivalents were women born too early; by the time the women’s movement gained full steam, each of them was well established in her life and ways,” she writes.last_img read more

Greece awards contracts for 472MW of new wind power, including a new record-low bid

first_imgWind power prices continued to fall as Greece in its latest onshore auction awarded contracts for more than 472MW of projects with combined average levelised cost of energy of €55.67/MWh ($65.37/MWh).The tendering round included a winning bid by Greek developer Ascent Power of €53.86/MWh, which was a new record low for Greece, while the highest bid was at €57.70/MWh.A total of 25 projects with a combined 748MW in capacity entered the oversubscribed tender, showing a higher level of competition than in previous tenders, European wind energy body WindEurope noted in a statement.Greece at the end of June had an onshore wind capacity of 3.9GW, meeting 14% of the Southern European country’s electricity needs during the first half of 2020.According to its National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) submitted to the EU, Greece aims to increase its wind energy capacity to more than 7GW and to reach a 35% share of renewables in final energy consumption by 2030.[Bernd Radowitz]More: Greece reaches record low price in ‘highly competitive’ onshore wind power tender Greece awards contracts for 472MW of new wind power, including a new record-low bid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:last_img read more

US Intercepts 2.200 Kilograms of Cocaine in the Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo April 27, 2012 A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office reconnaissance P-3 airplane, operating out of National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville (NASOC-JAX), detected two go-fast vessels carrying more than 2,200 kilograms of cocaine with a combined value of more than $362 million. On April 20, a P-3 operating in the Western Caribbean spotted two go-fast vessels 120 miles off the coast of Panama. The two 40-foot twin-engine vessels were spotted speeding north and appeared to be loaded with numerous packages when the Florida-based CBP P-3 began tracking them. Local law enforcement assets were vectored in to pursue the two vessels, which attempted to evade authorities. One vessel abandoned the contraband before arriving on shore, while the second go-fast was seized nearby. A U.S. Navy vessel operating in the area retrieved 89 bales of cocaine from the scene. This seizure is in addition to the $2.8 billion detected by the CBP P-3s operating out of Jacksonville, Fla. and Corpus Christi, Texas since October 2011. The P-3s’ distinctive detection capabilities allow highly-trained crews to identify emerging threats well beyond the land borders of the U.S. By providing surveillance of known air, land, and maritime smuggling routes in an area that is twice the size of the continental U.S., the P-3s detect, monitor and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore.last_img read more

Ezell wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award

first_img March 1, 2006 Regular News Ezell wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award Ezell wins Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award Jan Pudlow Senior Editor You could say that Katherine Ezell’s pro bono spirit was sparked when she was only 7 years old and, along with her friends, founded the Good Deed Club. Saving money earned for doing chores, they would buy clothes and secretly make sure they were given to needy children.Fifty-two years later, Miami attorney Ezell stood in a packed courtroom at the Florida Supreme Court to receive what Chief Justice Barbara Pariente called the “Academy Awards of the legal profession” — the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award.In accepting the award, Ezell thanked a lot of people, including her parents for teaching by example about community service, her Girl Scout leader for showing her the satisfaction of trying to do a good deed every day, and her law firm Podhurst Orseck, P.A., for indulging her quest to do pro bono work.“Most of my pro bono cases have had to do with children who are stuck in the quagmire of our dependency system,” Ezell said. “I agree with Marian Wright Edleman [founder of the Children’s Defense Fund] who said, ‘We don’t have a child to waste. Any nation that will allow its children to be the poorest of its citizens is spiritually impoverished.’“And Sen. Robert Kennedy reminded us: ‘If a free society cannot help those who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.’“I am not a visionary, like these leaders. I am a plodder, just doing what I do, case by case and child by child. But I have learned more about life and the power of the law through these cases than through a hundred CLE courses,” Ezell said.Chief Justice Pariente said Ezell has handled “some of our most heart-wrenching cases.. . . If I had one word to summarize the focus of her pro bono career, that word would be ‘children.’”In one case, Ezell devoted more than 500 hours to represent two young sisters who survived a nightmarish childhood. The oldest child, then 4, witnessed quadruple murders, including torture.After a long time, Ezell said, they were able to terminate the mother’s parental rights, and the children have a happy home now, and the 4-year-old is almost an adult.“What I found remarkable is that not only has she worked on individual cases, but she has been able to foster unique collaborative partnerships with parties, family members, and agencies, resulting in the thoughtful, realistic, and long-term resolution in even the most contentious cases,” Pariente said. “To me, that is a sign of a great lawyer.”The great lawyer who is the namesake of the highest public honor the Supreme Court confers on a private lawyer is Tobias Simon.“I am grateful, awed, and humbled to have been selected to receive this award,” Ezell said. “Fortunately, I had just a glimmer of an opportunity to know Toby Simon before he died. I remember his passion and his fearlessness in the face of sometimes being ridiculed or being targeted for disdain. A judge I know recently described him as being ‘a grand champion for good.’”When she asked Bob Josefsberg, at her law firm, about Simon, she said he told her: “Toby had strong convictions about right and wrong. He never lectured or bullied. He would calmly sit and reason with his opponent.. . . No one ever litigated against Toby Simon without sitting down finally and having a cup of coffee and a conversation. Toby didn’t care about money, power, or fame. All he wanted was for every human being to be free to do what he wanted and had the right to do, or to have what he was entitled to have under the law.“It is my hope that in accepting this award, I will remember to try to be more like Toby Simon. Indeed, I hope we all will,” Ezell said. “As lawyers in a free society, we have innumerable choices of ways we can serve.”In presenting the Distinguished Judicial Service Award to Second Circuit Chief Judge Charles Francis, Pariente said, “This award goes to a judge whose pro bono contributions began long before the days when he wore a robe, when he frequently gave pro bono service as a member and past president of the Tallahassee Bar Association, one of the few voluntary bar associations with a mandatory service program.”She noted he served on the “A Team” of the Trial Court Budget Commission helping with “one of the most perilous recent challenges” of the implementation of the court funding shift of Article V, Revision 7.“Now he is busily at work on the next great frontier we face in the 21st century, and I hope it won’t go into the 22nd century, the technological unification of our state justice system,” Pariente said, of Francis’ chairmanship of the Article V Technology Committee.Judge Francis said he is receiving his award on behalf of all of those who actually do the work out in the field. He praised the Legal Aid Foundation and North Florida Legal Services who “coordinate a massive number of volunteer attorneys” and answered his call to fill the void of representing children in abusive dissolution cases, when the guardian ad litem program had to withdraw.“That is who deserves all the recognition and honor. I am just able to have a good job that allows me to speak now and then and try to help them,” Francis said.Pariente noted that almost half of abused and neglected children in Florida do not have a guardian ad litem, even though it is required by law. Quoting a Legal Services Corp. report, she said, less than 20 percent of low-income Americans’ legal needs are being met.While proud of the 1.5 million hours and $3.8 million in cash Florida lawyers have contributed to pro bono efforts, Pariente said: “We must never, ever rest on our accomplishments. We can do better, and we must do better.”Florida Bar President Alan Bookman noted pro bono contributions continue to rise.“We read in the paper every day about lawyers who win big cases for clients. We read in the paper every day about lawyers who steal money from their clients. We don’t read in the paper of the fine works that these honorees receive. And I think that’s a shame. Because these are the true heroes of The Florida Bar, and I honor you and I congratulate you.”last_img read more

What to do after paying off a debt

first_imgDepending on whether you’ve got hundreds or thousands of dollars in credit card debt, paying it off can feel like a huge accomplishment or just like paying a bill. If you use your credit card regularly (for the rewards of course), paying it off at the end of the month may not be an activity you think much about. But if you’ve amassed a giant pile of debt, paying it off can feel like a huge weight off your back. But don’t just appreciate the accomplishment and forget about it. It’s time to be proactive! Here are some steps you should take after paying off a debt…Step back and take a gander: Slowly paying on your debt each month is something to be proud of. It’s not easy, but you made it to the finish line. In order to make that happen, you probably had a budget in place that maximized your debt payments in order to get to this point. But you don’t have payments to make anymore. Now it’s time to look over your budget again and figure out what needs to be changed. Maybe you had to cut back in some areas that made money feel tight while you’re working on that debt. Maybe you haven’t treated yourself in a while. Either way, fixing your budget so it doesn’t feel so tight can be quite a relief.Save money: When sacrifices have to be made in order to become debt-free, your savings can often be what takes a hit. If things didn’t feel that tight while you were working on your mountain of debt, your best (and easiest) option is to move that cash into your emergency fund. I would rework my direct deposit to send that monthly amount right into my savings account so I wouldn’t even have to think about.Set a goal: Whether you’re thinking about taking a tropical vacation or starting a side hustle, using the money you’ve budgeted for debt payments is an exciting way to transition those funds. Consider opening up another savings account or getting a really big Mason Jar.Stop going into debt: Don’t be the person who pays off a debt and then splurges on something and starts right back on the road you just got off of. Every time you log into your mobile banking app, look at that zero balance and let that happiness keep you from investing in more money woes. 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more