New Estimates Out on the Cost of Having Children

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the cost of raising a child to the age of 18 is now a breathtaking $226,920. The cost of raising a child has risen over $60K since 2000. As a result, families squeezed by the economy are opting to wait to have children, but also tell Christine Romans… Read more »

Shadow Work: How does it affect the Economy?

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Shadow work is a term coined 30 years ago by the Austrian philosopher and social critic Ivan Illich. For Dr. Illich, shadow work was all the unpaid labor — including, for example, housework — done in a wage-based economy. The conventional wisdom is that America has become a “service economy,” but actually, in many sectors,… Read more »

Wal-Mart Banking

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As Americans become more fed up with banks, who are they turning to to protest against Wall Street and outsized fees? The answer surprisingly is Wal-Mart. Customers cash work and government checks, pay bills, wire money overseas or load money on to a prepaid debit card for generally a low fee like $3, as compared… Read more »

The Big Bank of America Settlement

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On November 7, 2011, a federal judge gave final approval to a $410 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit affecting more than 13 million Bank of America customers who had debit card overdrafts during the past decade.  The settlement became final a week after Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America backed off a plan to charge… Read more »

Losing Millions

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Bankrupt professional athletes are a sad fixture on the sports scene, and they may or may not mess up more often than the average person who earns a lot of money really fast.  However, their troubles seem outsize because of their fame and the pathetic schemes they fall for. The stakes are particularly high for… Read more »

Slinky: Imitated but never duplicated

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Other manufacturers have tried and failed to duplicate the classic toy, which is why every Slinky sold in the world is still made in the U.S.A. It is estimated that more than 250 million Slinky’s have been sold worldwide. Questions: 1. In which city are Slinky’s made according to the video? 2. How was the… Read more »

Brother, can you spare $5

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Beginning Tuesday, Starbucks coffee drinkers can get their morning caffeine fix and help create jobs in small businesses across the country. According to CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks, the company will accept donations for a program that helps raise money and spurs job creation by small businesses, at its almost 6,800 locations across the nation,… Read more »

Eneslow Shoes: Change is Good!

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Eneslow – The Foot Comfort Center was founded in 1909 and is a family owned business providing high quality, stylish and comfortable shoes, as well as therapeutic accessories, on-site shoe makeovers and repairs and custom-made footwear. When New York State dropped Medicaid support for orthopedic shoes, Robert Schwartz saw his business drop by nearly 50%…. Read more »

Hands2Go: Looking at the Numbers

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According to Francine Glick, whose Livingston (N.J.)-based hand sanitizer company, Water Journey, LTD, is on pace to hit $40 M in sales in five years, a network of support is invaluable: “You’re running this race, and it’s not how fast you run or how hard you prepare. It’s all those people cheering you on.” Take… Read more »

Typos cost businesses money

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Websites could be losing millions in online sales because of poor spelling and grammar. This is because Internet users are becoming more wary of scams which are typically riddled with errors and are then reluctant to make purchases on websites. As the BBC reported in July 2011, Charles Duncombe, an Internet entrepreneur based in the… Read more »