187SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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 Details When it comes to money, we all have some bad habits from time to time. Sometimes they’re learned early in life, and sometimes they’re picked up along the way. Here are 5 habits that you should kick if you need a few extra bucks. 1. Buying snacks at workIf you’re like me, you get a little hungry in the afternoon. That’s totally normal. But if you find yourself feeding quarters into a vending machine or swiping your card at the convenience store every afternoon, you may have an issue. Just spending a couple of bucks a day can really add up over the course of the year. You can buy the same snacks at the grocery store for a fraction of the price. And that’s without coupons. So next time you get that 2:30 hunger pain, jot down a note to hit up your favorite grocer on the way home. 2. Making impulse buysI’m as guilty of this one as anybody. Whenever I see something I like, I’ve got to have it. If I can afford it (or think I can) it usually gets added to my cart. The other day though, I told myself, “it’ll be here tomorrow,” and I left the store. By taking some time to think it over, I eventually decided it wasn’t a wise purchase. Sometimes, all you need is a few minutes to let it simmer in your brain, to realize it’s not worth it. Try out a “waiting period” next time and see what happens. 3. Not saving moneyWe probably all started saving later than we should have. Whether it’s for retirement, an emergency fund, or just a fun rainy-day fund we probably wish we’d have started saving earlier. If you save money first, and then budget the rest when you get a paycheck, you won’t even miss that money. This has made a huge difference for me. 4. Carrying credit card balancesIf you have a credit card then I’m sure you’ve heard about the evils of using it. While it can get out of control for some people, it can also be a valuable tool for others. If you regularly use your credit card, then I’m sure you’ve carried a balance on occasion. Anyone who’s ever done this realizes what a pain credit card interest can be. Paying off credit card debt can take decades for some people. Don’t be stuck in that hole. 5. Paying big bucks for cableI saved my favorite for last. I love cable. LOVE IT. I also don’t have it. My cable bill was almost $150 bucks a month when I deactivated it. Now I have HULU (commercial free, $11.99/month), Netflix ($9.99), and SLING TV ($19.99) for less than 50 bucks a month. In fact I could add more channels or a sports package to SLING TV for $5 and still be under $50 dollars a month. Additionally, CBS ALL ACCESS ($5.99/month) or the comedy app SEESO ($3.99) are cheaper options that provide hours of entertainment.
Syracuse’s Digna Strautmane caught the ball near the top of the key late in the second quarter and didn’t hesitate to shoot. The shot was long and bounced off the back rim up into the air. It settled at the top of the backboard momentarily and then dropped straight through the rim for two of Strautmane’s 17 points in her collegiate debut.“Eurobasket is completely different from here, so you have to adjust,” freshman Strautmane said. “There’s still a lot of work to go, but it was fun as a first game.”Syracuse (1-0), led by Strautmane and a host of players making their SU debuts, defeated Morgan State (0-1) on Friday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, 95-68. Strautmane was just one of five newcomers to score in double digits for Syracuse. Strautmane herself displayed a diverse skillset brought over from Europe.After losing four starters from last season to graduation, production had to be picked up by new players, and in the season opener, it was. Gabrielle Cooper was the only second-year player to score for Syracuse, totaling 8 points. That means 87 of Syracuse’s points were from players in their first game for SU.The first bucket of the new season came on a right-handed runner in the lane from Strautmane, a forward from Riga, Latvia. She led the Orange with eight first-half points and finished the game with a double-double, totaling 17 points and 11 rebounds, along with a team-high four blocks. Strautmane shot 8 for 13 from the field as well and didn’t hesitate to let fly from 3 — though she made just one of her five attempts — and even drained a few shots from about 15 feet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She’s a hybrid player, she can do it all,” Hillsman said. “When you have a player like that, you have a good chance to be successful back there. I thought she was amazing tonight.”The quick pace of the game was dictated by Australian-born junior college transfer Tiana Mangakahia. Morgan State utilized a full-court press for the majority of the game and often Mangakahia sized up double teams in front of her, disregarded them and dribbled around or between the opposition. At times when the Morgan State pressure pushed even higher up the floor, Mangakahia flung long, overhead passes to streaking Syracuse players for open shots at the rim.Mangakahia finished the game with two team-highs: 10 assists and three steals. She also led the team in minutes by a wide margin, playing 34 minutes while the next closest player, Strautmane, played 27.“Without her, we’re done. We don’t win without Tiana,” Hillsman said. “She’s the key to us winning this game and the key to our players getting open shots. We just got to knock them down. She should have had 18 assists tonight.”Mangakahia and Strautmane were joined in the starting lineup by two other newcomers, transfer Miranda Drummond and freshman Amaya Finklea-Guity, who both scored in double figures, 15 and 12, respectively. Isis Young and Jasmine Nwajei scored 13 points and 11 points off the bench, respectively. The bench proved vital with the frequency Hillsman subbed players on and off the court.“(It’s a) hockey deal,” Hillsman said. “We gotta keep subbing and play as fast as we can.”Drummond featured prominently on the offensive glass, tying for a team-high with six offensive rebounds. Finklea-Guity caused problems for Morgan State down low as all her points came off layups or at the free throw line.Nwajei and Young coming off the bench kept the tempo high even when Mangakahia took a breather. No player had the ball finish possessions in her hands more than Young, who had a team high 35.5 percent usage rate which resulted in 13 points on a team-high 16 shots, including a 2-for-10 mark from 3-point territory. Young ensured that the game stayed as fast as Hillsman wanted at all times.Inside of four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Syracuse finally took its foot off the pedal and slowed the game down. For the first time all game, Mangakahia had to hold herself back from pushing through the Morgan State defense yet again and instead waited for the shot clock to wind down. After pushing the pace all game, Syracuse could take a breather to end its first game of the season.“Our goal was to make the game fast,” Hillsman said. “I was very pleased with the effort, I thought that for the first game, when you have the newcomers … Just a tremendous job.” Comments Published on November 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+