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5 Things to Know Today: December 21, 2016

5 Things to Know Today: December 21, 2016

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

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Happy Winter Solstice! While you’ve been savoring the small window of daylight today, here’s what you might have missed. 

1. Tech Crunch: Tech company Seeds helps developers integrate social good contributions directly into their apps.
Their new feature lets developers easily encourage users to make in-app purchases that also benefit a socially sustainable cause. Seeds currently partners with microlenders in Haiti and East Africa, and claims that when people know a portion of a purchase goes to a good cause, they are 58 percent more likely to buy.

2. Mic: 10 ways to get richer in 2017.
Simple lifehacks, like opening an HSA, negotiating for things you might not think to negotiate, or starting an easy side hustle, can help you get richer in the year to come. 

3. Inhabitat: A group of Kansas architecture students built a super-luxe net-zero home for their graduation project.
The home, which features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and artistic upgrades made from recycled materials, achieved both LEED Platinum and Passive House certification. 

4. Guardian: Corporate America is choosing wind power over solar. Here’s why. 
Google, Dow Chemical, and other big companies are buying way more wind power than solar to hit their emissions targets. Wind energy has been historically cheaper than solar. However, solar is quickly becoming a more attractive option, as prices have fallen 63 percent in the last five years. 

5. Fast Coexist: 5 cities fighting climate change against all odds. 
Rising sea levels due to climate change threaten many urban cities, and local governments have been forced to experiment with new ways to combat the growing threat. Los Angeles is encouraging EV sharing in low-income areas. In Wuhan, China, the city is issuing carbon credits that can be exchanged for movie tickets and other small items to those who ride bikes instead of drive. 

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Photo via Getty

We mostly talked about how to get married without going broke, but we also discussed how to combine finances as a newly married couple, shop for your first house, and how to commit to a financially sound future, together. We talked about sexist wedding traditions that really need an upgrade. Hell, we even played with the idea of ditching the whole thing by having a cheap courthouse wedding and not inviting anyone!

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