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BUY NOW, PAY LATER (is it right for you?)

A skyrocketing number of shoppers are turning to Buy Now, Pay Later installment payment apps this holiday season. What are they? They’re payment plans that let you walk out of the store with the item you want, and then you pay later. The benefit of these apps is that anyone can take advantage of the payment plan option. Even if you have bad credit or no credit at all. You can use the apps in store and online. Usually there is an option under the payment section when you’re checking out.

Click here to watch me test out these apps in real time and learn about the pros and cons of some of the most popular ones.

TWITTER REMOVING PICTURES 

Twitter has updated its privacy policy so that it can remove images of people that have been posted without their consent. Under its current policy, the social media giant prohibits the publication of people’s private information, including addresses, phone numbers, identity documents and medical records. Now, it added “private media” to the list, because the sharing of such material could be used to “harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of individuals.” Before removing the image or video, Twitter said, it would require a first-person report or a report from an authorized representative to establish whether or not the individual had consented to it being shared. Once Twitter establishes that, it would then remove it from the platform.

Tap here to read more about the new policy. 

SCAM CALLS ON THE RISE 

If you think you’ve been getting more scam calls in the last few days, you’re not wrong. Spam calls and scam calls increase around this time of the year for two reasons.

  • Scammers think we may be a little more relaxed about spending money during the holiday season.
  • Cold weather drives more people indoors and closer to our phones. The phone is a scammer’s favorite weapon.

Steps to limit the calls:

  • Don’t answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize. If you answer, the computer is likely to mark your number as a live, working number and call you back.
  • Don’t return calls from those numbers. Once again, that can only lead to more calls.
  • Reach out to your phone company. New and different call-blocking services are being offered because of recent changes in federal law.

Read more here

CHRISTMAS TREE HACK 

Looking for a way to amp up your Christmas tree? This handy TikTok shows you exactly how to make your tree look like it’s been done by a pro. Plus, it’s probably even simpler than the method you’re using now. It’s all about how you put lights on the tree. There’s a way to make it look brighter and fuller by zig-zagging them, not wrapping them. 

Want to see how it’s done? Tap here

FAST FOOD NEWS

New Whopper Price

Burger King’s Whopper is turning 64 years old, and it’s giving the sandwich a price to match. Today and Saturday, the chain will sell its signature sandwich for 37 cents. The promotion will be offered exclusively to members of the chain’s Royal Perks rewards program and can only be ordered on its app. Click here to read more. 

McDonald’s Treat Comeback 

‘Tis the season for McDonald’s to bring back a fan favorite sweet treat: the Holiday Pie. McDonald’s has released the festive pastry for the past 10 years, but the areas of availability vary. Fans have spotted the pies in places including Oregon, Illinois and Texas so far this year. The pie will be available until early January. Click here to read more. 

Starbucks for Life 

The coffee giant is bringing back their Starbucks For Life game. It’s a way for fans to earn prizes whenever they make a qualifying purchase through the Starbucks app. Up to 2.7 million prizes will be given away during the campaign’s run, including coupons for free drinks and food, exclusive merch, and of course the grand prize: Starbucks for life. The game is ongoing through Jan. 3, 2022. Click here to read more on how to enter. 

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