The $1000 a year Smartphone Addiction

Just a few years ago, the word “smartphone” did not mean much to anyone, but since then it has made its way into the lives and pockets of millions of people worldwide. Aside from carrying out the basic functions that cellphones were first designed to perform, smartphones offer a seemingly all-encompassing and ever-expanding range of capabilities. Many of us have happily discovered...

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Painful Choices

I’ll share an experience involving a beautiful and statuesque model named *Angelica. Angelica’s big brown eyes and thick brown hair are captivating. Angelica could wear anything from string bikinis to sophisticated designer gowns. I constantly booked her. She started having ongoing and painful problems with her feet. Of course, the trendy four inch high heels didn’t help. I finally suggested that she...

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The Real Cost of Cheap Clothing

Thanks to shows like Extreme Couponing, Americans are always looking for bargains. One industry where that obsession with the cheapest price is most obvious is in clothing… and women’s fashion. Not that long ago, a television news photographer photographed First Lady Michelle Obama as she shopped for clothing at a Washington D.C. Target store. The popularity of outlet stores, discount stores and value retailers...

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Airlines Price Scheme Revealed

Many things changed with the airline industry since 2011. To avoid oblivion, airline executives had to become creative, sometimes criminally creative, to stay in the game. Finding ways to generate more revenues is responsible for some of the most bizarre pricing scheme ever for consumer consumer facing products. Have you seen the airline ticket where 70% of the total cost is taxes...

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The One Trillion Dollar Question

It doesn’t take a college degree to appreciate the looming student debt crisis. Student loans are now the second largest source of individual indebtedness in the US, between mortgage and credit card debt. The table below demonstrates the current state of individual debt in the US as of early 2014. The amounts, taken from multiple sources, rely on data published by the Board...

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