Weekend Reads: March Madness, suburbs, and self-driving insurance

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Colin Lalley

Colin Lalley

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Colin Lalley is the Associate Director of SEO Content at Policygenius in New York City. His writing on insurance and personal finance has appeared on Betterment, Inc, Credit Sesame, and the Council for Disability Awareness.

Published March 17, 2017|3 min read

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Before you sit in front of the TV all weekend to watch March Madness (good) or Marvel/Netflix's Iron Fist (apparently bad), dive into our Weekend Reads: how to watch all of those basketball games, how much money you can save in the suburbs, and how much more money your self-driving car could save you in terms of auto insurance.

The Simple DollarHow to Watch March Madness Without Paying for Cable

It's March Madness! It's the time of the year when CBS pays $10 billion to air the games, the players don't get paid, and you're doing everything you can to not buy a cable package just to watch everything. The good news? There are ways to watch without cable. The bad news? You may have to Frankenstein together a way to see them all. You see, tournament games air on four different channels. If you want to watch the biggest games, CBS free over the air will do it. Or you can subscribe to CBS All Access, which I assume no one will do. Or you can use a live streaming service like Sling TV or Playstation Vue. Or you can go online, but most games will require a cable log in, which sort of defeats the purpose. The moral of the story? It's 2017 and we shouldn't need a guide to how to watch things without buying an overpriced cable package. This is why people pirate stuff.

MicThis is how much money you save by moving from the city to the suburbs

The Big City has a lot to offer: diversity of culture, plenty to do and see, a staggering cost of living. Okay, so that last one isn't great, but the only way you can really beat it is by living in the suburbs and saving some money. But oh the money you can save. Zillow's survey on living costs in cities vs suburbs takes into account not just how much you pay for housing, but also square footage, commute times, and how much things like childcare costs. Big surprise: the suburbs are always cheaper, and New York City has the biggest discrepancy. Check out the list to see how much you can save by leaving the city or, if you're already a suburbanite, gloat over how much money you're saving (and the fact that you can use closets as closets and not have to delude yourself into pretending they're bedrooms).

BackchannelThis Insurance Startup Wants to Cover Tomorrow’s Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars are the future. In some cases, they're the present. Tesla has driving assistance, Alphabet's Waymo is making good headway into self-driving technology, and Uber is making good headway into stealing Waymo's ideas. But when a car is driving itself, do we still need auto insurance? And who pays for it? The answers are yes, and the humans. But some companies are adapting faster than others. Root is an auto insurance company that takes into account when you car is doing a lot of heavy lifting, and, since machines are better drivers than people (surprise surprise), offers steep discounts. Root founder Alex Timm sees a future where we're only paying $60 a year for auto insurance - but in that future, Root is the biggest game in town because legacy insurers are slow to adapt and their high overhead does them in. Is this really the future? We'll have to wait and see. But in the present, if you own a Tesla, it might be time to review your insurance options.