Get a $150 Referral Bonus When You Become an Uber Driver

If you’re considering becoming an Uber driver, NOW is the time!

The referral bonus for new Uber drivers has traditionally be lower, at $50 in most cities, but Uber has increased the new driver referral bonus to $150 in many cities! The bonuses vary by city, so it may be more or less in certain cities. Become an Uber Driver

It’s very easy to get started, and there are only a few steps you need to take to get paid your bonus:

  • Sign up here
  • Upload all required documents to their partner dashboard
  • Get vehicle inspected
  • Complete 20 trips (this number varies by city, but should take about 3 hours of Uber driving)

When I signed up, I got paid a $50 Uber referral driver bonus after just the first Saturday night of driving for Uber. It couldn’t be easier to earn the bonus, so sign up now!

The whole process is pretty quick, and if you have any questions about the approval process, leave them below. I’m happy to answer them for you!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up to become an Uber driver here and get your $150 bonus now!

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4 Ideas for Your Financial Bucket List

4 Ideas for Your Financial Bucket ListNo matter your age, it’s never too early or too late to plan a financial bucket list. This doesn’t mean you have to die to realize these monetary dreams. You just have to start thinking about the most meaningful financial goals you would like to reach during your lifetime.

While these vary widely from one person to the next (do you really want to sell lemonade on the beach in Tahiti?), early planning is the key to successfully check off your bucket list successes. Many are easier to reach than you think. Here are a few suggestions that could brighten your future!

Pay Off Your Home

For most people, their monthly mortgage payment is the largest expense in the budget. It’s also usually the longest-term bill they will be paying for years to come, perhaps most of their adult life and working years. Imagine your budget without a house payment – sound too good to be true? Actually, you can knock off several years from your mortgage loan and enjoy the freedom of a reduced monthly budget in a few easy steps.

If you are married and both spouses earn incomes, live on one income and pay the other on the mortgage loan each month. Remember to pay extra (beyond what is mandatory for principal, escrow for taxes, and property insurance) on the principal balance, which will pay off the loan sooner and lower interest fees. If that is not possible, start paying all non-regular job income on the monthly payment, including tax returns, job bonuses, windfalls (like an inheritance or settlement), and second job earnings or sold household items. Even if you make just two extra house payments a year, that can remove five to seven years from a 30-year mortgage. Pay mortgage payments on time to avoid late fees and penalties. For motivation, imagine yourself writing that final payment and then removing that item from your monthly list of expenses…

Retire Early

Early retirement is becoming increasingly accessible for many Americans who invest in 401(k) plans, IRAs, and stock portfolios, among other options. By starting young, possibly even in your twenties or thirties, investment earnings can compound to earn more each year, bringing retirement ever closer. Consult a financial planner about prudent options that could help you leave a full-time job years ahead of your colleagues.

Take a World Tour

Okay, so you might not want to visit every country in the world, but plan a dream vacation to somewhere you’ve always wanted to see, whether a deserted beach or a teeming metropolis. Some eager travelers save spare change in a huge piggy bank to watch it grow. A creative couple put $20 away each time they refrained from going out to dinner. Within a few years’ time, they were jetting off to their longed-for destination. Sponsor an annual yard sale, sell vintage keepsakes from the attic, or start a dog-walking service to save money for your exciting trip.

Make a Mega-Donation to Your Favorite Charity

If you want to leave a lasting legacy to a cause you believe in, you could make small donations regularly now that will add up over time. Eventually you’ll be recognized as a long-term, faithful supporter in their hall of fame (whatever form that might take), the organization’s newsletter, or at the annual banquet. On a larger scale, if you donate a hefty sum, you might merit a plaque or more tangible form of recognition for your generosity in a public way.

The common denominator in all these dreams is that you can start today to make them come true. Earning or saving a few dollars here and there can lead you on the path to one or all of your bucket list goals!

3 Ways to Fight a Traffic Ticket in Court — and Win

While it certainly isn’t among one of life’s bigger financial catastrophes, the fact remains that a speeding ticket isn’t just inconvenient and irritating: it’s also quite costly.

Obviously, there’s the fine itself, which can range from about $150 to well over $500 depending on the violation and jurisdiction. What might not considered a particularly serious (read: expensive) moving violation in one town, city or county or state, can be a very different story in another. And trying to figure out why these differences exist is an exercise in frustration and futility. Even Sherlock Holmes would be baffled.

However, there’s another cost involved as well that can make the ticket fee seem paltry: a spike in your insurance premiums. Indeed, at a time when insurance carriers are exploiting every bit of “Big Data” they can to figure out premium costs — everything from a policy holder’s zip code to the industry in which they work, and the list goes on — getting flagged for any kind of moving violation is music to an actuary’s ears, but rotten news for your wallet. That’s the bad news.

The good news, is that you don’t have to sit with your eyes forward and your hands firmly on the wheel (possibly in an angry but controlled Kung Fu grip) and accept what your punishment. According the Law Office of Charles H. Huber, a Missouri-based practice that focuses on traffic matters and bankruptcy (find them on the web at, there are three ways you can fight a traffic ticket in court, and give yourself more than a good chance of ending up a winner. Here’s the game plan

  1. Challenge the Officer’s Claim

Let’s assume that the officer who gave you the ticket is honest. That’s good. But it doesn’t mean that he or she is infallible. We all make mistakes, and officers are human beings (and even if they were computers, we all know that computers make mistakes too — sometimes really big ones).

If you legitimately believe that a material error was made — such as the officer misunderstanding what you said, or failing to listen to your side of the story — then you have every right to challenge the claim. In fact, your fellow drivers may even say that you have a responsibility and a duty, so that the officer in question doesn’t go around making the same mistakes over and over. Remember, however, that your argument will be much more compelling if you have witnesses who will testify to your version of events, photos of intersections and signs (or lack of thereof), and so on.

  1. Plead Justifiable “Trafficide”

Was your moving violation necessary in order for you to avoid harm — such as, for example, if you sped up to avoid getting sideswiped on the highway? Or maybe your motive was somewhat less dramatic, such as that you sped up to create enough room for cars merging onto the freeway. If you can make a sound, rational argument that you temporarily broke the law to avoid doing harm or damage to yourself, or to any other person, vehicle or object (e.g. pole, signpost, barrier, etc.), then your ticket might get thrown out.

  1. Explain that You Didn’t Break the Law — Period

If you can prove (or persuade) the court or any other appropriate entity that your actions were legally justified, then you don’t have to plead anything: because your traffic ticket will cease to exist. For example, you may have been compelled to stop your car the freeway shoulder (and perhaps ironically right under a “NO STOPPING ON SHOULDER” sign) because you heard a loud noise coming from your car and thought you smelled smoke. Or maybe you were racing to the hospital because your heart was racing even faster. These are not excuses — they are justifications.

The Bottom Line

Of course, sometimes you just have to bear down and take the (financial) hit. And if you really didn’t try and stop on the yellow or were zooming through a residential zone at twice the speed limit, there’s little you can do except learn from the experience. However, if you have a legitimate case to make, then the above options — and probably with the help of a good attorney who knows how the system works — can help protect your wallet, and preserve your peace of mind!

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