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Getting Started

Once you realize you need some cryptocurrency (or simply want to hedge a bet on it), where in the heck do you get it?

Arguably the most popular and easiest way to buy and sell bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, and litecoin is Coinbase.

What is Coinbase?

Coinbase is a virtual wallet. With Coinbase, you can easily and securely buy and use bitcoin. Both paper and offline wallets are available as well.

Getting started with Coinbase is easy. Simply sign up with Coinbase and convert any supported currency to bitcoin with your bank account, credit or debit card. You can also do wire transfers from your bank.

Sign up through my link and you’ll get $10 worth of bitcoin for the first $100 you invest! I get $10, too, so it’s pretty cool. You might even call if groovy if you’re from my era.

Almost anyone has $100 to bet on cryptocurrency!


I hear the cries of “but is it safe?” from my play-it-safe peers. While nothing in this brave new world is fool-proof, we can take necessary precautions. How many of us who once wrote checks for our monthly expenses such as mortgage, utilities, insurance, etc., have relented to online banking and online payment of our bills due to convenience?

Coinbase is similar. They institute a two-step verification process, meaning that in addition to your username and password, you’ll enter a code from your mobile phone, adding an extra layer of security for your account.

But hey, I’m still as wary as you. So what did I do? I uploaded cash to a credit card I purchased at Walgreen’s. It’s not tied to my bank account. I then used those funds to set up my Coinbase account.