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No comments yet Caffeine-Infused Shapewear Co. Will Issue Refunds

By The Home Economist | October 14th, 2014

If there are two things no red-blooded woman can resist, the first is a weight loss trick and the second is coffee. So the attempt to sell us caffeine-infused underwear that would slim and reshape the our bodies while reducing cellulite was pretty clever. Until of course, the government stepped in and told them to stop the nonsense and return our money, to the tune of $1.5 million. Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc., and Wacoal America, Inc. — selling products such as iPants on Sahalie, Body  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet 3 Cheap, Easy & Natural Health Tricks for Kids

By Dr. Gwen Wurm | August 27th, 2014

It’s back to school season and while we can’t avoid the school supply-splurge, we can – for the health of our kids – trade overly manufactured products for simple stuff that’s both cheaper and better. Much better. This year, we should all start stocking up on: Olive Oil: You always thought the kid was cute enough to eat. So when winter weather blisters tiny lips and faces, you should soothe the skin with olive, almond or grapeseed oil. You can get 16 ounces of olive oil for $4.97, compared to 16 ounces of Cetaphil  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Two Children Dead from Bean Bag Chair

By The Home Economist | August 22nd, 2014

 Two children have died in a popularly-sold bean bag chair, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Reported today. The children had opened the chair’s zippers and crawled inside, where they either suffocated or got trapped and inhaled the foam beaded stuffing. Safety standards – which are voluntary – require such chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. A 13-year old boy from McKinney, Texas died and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Ky. died after suffocating from lack of air, the CPSC said.  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Average Household Expenses for Families

By The Home Economist | June 29th, 2014

You know that having kids will cost you money, as each one will eat and also ask for stuff. And while yes, families with three kids spend the most on laundry supplies ($239) and fresh milk ($266,) those with two kids spend the most on restaurant meals ($3,813) entertainment ($1056) and personal services such as haircuts and manicures ($1,177.) Couples without kids get to buy the most booze ($594) and the nicest cars ($2010). Couple* One Kid Two Kids Three  [ Read More ]

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School & Money

By admin | September 10th, 2013

Public vs. Private Schools, New Facts Revealed

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Happiness & Money

By admin | July 29th, 2013

How to Buy Happiness (It Costs Less Than You Think)

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Shopping & Money

By admin | September 29th, 2013

Disciplined say “What-the-Hell” to Debt

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Working Moms & Money

By admin | June 26th, 2014

Summer Travel: Security, Safety & Sanity

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Money & Marriage

By admin | May 22nd, 2013

8 Signs Your Husband’s Hiding Money

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Other People & Money

By admin | June 4th, 2014

What Your Friends Really Think About Their Finances: Consumer Confidence

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Kids & Money

By admin | April 23rd, 2014

How to Help Your Kid’s School Serve Healthier Lunches

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Recalls and Scams

By admin | April 23rd, 2014

Apple Will Refund $32 Million to Parents

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Families & The Economy

By admin | August 28th, 2014

Unemployment! Coming to a City Near You?

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Life in Numbers

By admin | June 29th, 2014

Average Household Expenses for Families

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House & Money

By admin | May 18th, 2014

Spring Cleaning for Cash

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Food & Money

By admin | June 29th, 2014

Average Household Expenses for Families

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Health & Money

By admin | October 14th, 2014

Caffeine-Infused Shapewear Co. Will Issue Refunds

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News

The Home Economist Column is Syndicated

The Home Economist newspaper column – which has been running in The Miami Herald for over four years - was recently syndicated by the paper’s parent company, McClatchy. The stories first run in the Herald’s Saturday MONEY section and are then posted on the wire, where some of the countries leading papers can access and then publish the pieces. They’ve since appeared in The Kansas City Star, The Idaho Statesman, The Modesto Bee, The Olympian, The Lexington Herald Reader, The Bellingham  [ Read More ]

Back to School – New (School) Year Resolutions

This year it’s all about productivity, organization and peanut butter. Why wait until January? I’ve created five ambitious and unrealistic expectaions for myself today. See? I’ve already stopped procrastinating! Here’s what’s left on the list:   1)   Plan weekly menus and purchase all ingredients in advance to eliminate stressful sprints into supermarket while clock ticks until one daughter will be waiting and yes, perhaps momentarily stranded at dance class. Find ways to induce more productive fears of parental failure. Say by  [ Read More ]

Affordable Care Act

If the thought of getting divorced or losing your job breaks your heart, well, toughen up. Cardiac conditions are expensive and President Barack Obama’s law may not be there to help.   If America’s high court says President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act is unconstitutional, the whole thing comes crashing down. That means children with asthma will be denied coverage, women will often be charged 50 percent more than men, and if you thought it would break your heart to get divorced or lose your job,  [ Read More ]

Background Check Your Financial Adviser (and her Advice)

Keep your money safe from investment scams.   1) Before even hearing about an investment opportunity it’s important first to learn about the person who will be handling the transaction. Research your broker on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website and find out about your investment adviser at the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure website. If you’re still confused call the SEC’s investor hotline at 800-732-0330. That’s why they’re around. 2) Important rule to know: all securities must be either registered with the SEC or exempt from being  [ Read More ]

Married Woman’s Guide to Saving Money on Gas

And spending more on manicures….     Gas prices are high enough to make you wonder whether those numbers on the pump are instead calculating the price of your car payment. Nope, that’s your gasoline bill. But because some car trips are impossible to trim from your schedule – um, if the kids don’t get to school they’re home with you – the extra money you spend at the petrol station comes from your disposable income. That’s the money you have - ahem, had - leftover  [ Read More ]

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