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American
May 25th, 2015

Between Bread: A Look Inside The Hamburger [INFOGRAPHIC]

It probably isn’t a surprise that Memorial Day (a popular holiday for cook-outs) and National Hamburger Day (May 28) fall so close together. While the humble, but hugely popular, entree got its start in the Middle East before migrating to Germany and then the U.S., its current incarnation is uniquely American. Read on for more details […]

affordable
May 6th, 2015

Gifts Grads Can Actually Use

Ed note: When I graduated high school, I got a lot of picture frames and small mementos. Years later, what’s stayed with me? A set of tools. The rest of it is gone. It may not be glamorous, but the practical gift is one that keeps giving. Shannyn Allen has more suggestions for gifts that […]

celebrate
May 5th, 2015

Surprising Spending Stats for Cinco de Mayo

Ed note: Like any U.S. holiday, Cinco de Mayo is a time to celebrate and spend money. Maybe that’s cynical. Or maybe you think I’m mistaken by calling it a “U.S. holiday.” Keep reading, and you’ll see why that’s the case and exactly how much we Americans spend each year. Leer en Español. Cinco de […]

budget
Apr 29th, 2015

3 Long-Term Costs of Eating Unhealthy That Hit Your Pocketbook

Ed note: Buying healthful foods can be costly, especially when you compare them to things like a fast food dollar menu. While fresh produce may cost more now, eating a nutritious diet can help guard against expensive health care costs related to disease in the future. A lousy diet is one of the leading causes […]

accessories
Mar 30th, 2015

How Much Is Too Much To Spend On Beauty and Fashion?

Ed note: A nail polish here, a cute clutch there, making lots of small purchases on beauty supplies or clothes and accessories can really add up over time. It might be time to take stock of that spending and learn how to keep it in check.  Does it seem like no matter how much you […]

Academy Award
Feb 20th, 2015

Taxes on the Big Screen

Ed note: If you a fan of taxes and film – together – there aren’t many nominees to root for in Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. However, Kevin Martin generously whipped up this post to recount some of his favorite tax-related plots that made it to the big screen. Who ever said taxes are all boring? The Academy […]