Articles Posted in Thought Starter

Are Gas Prices Pumping Up Consumer Spending?

I’ve never fancied myself as a DJ Scream fan, but when he rips into his anthem ballad, “How low can you go, how low can you go”, how can any of us not get down with the total awesomeness we … Read More…

What’s the Deal with Black Friday Shopping?

Arrrggghhh… it’s Black Friday, it’s Black Friday! I’ve got to get to www.blackfriday.com and click on the massive red button that says “Hot Deals” before I hit the stores, crash the registers, and stuff the presents into my brown AMC … Read More…

Men and Millennials More Likely to Gobble Up Thanksgiving Deals

Mistakes you only make once… Cell phone going off at a funeral Telling your spouse-mate-partner they could stand to lose a little weight Buying a Viking-size turkey leg at the local Carnival (eeewww) Adding insurance to a newly purchased Flat … Read More…

Millennials Bank on a Better Financial Future

Well as much as I would like to say to Millennials, “pull up your boot straps, and let’s get it on”, the US is wallowing through its third decade of stagnant wage growth, and the gulf between the Top 1% and … Read More…

Ready or Not, Here Comes Retirement

In 2012, the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the CDC, published its National Vital Statistics Report. I was interested to learn about the chapter called, “Deaths: Final Data for 2012”. Catchy chapter title eh? Anyhow, these fine … Read More…

Americans Open Their Wallets as Schools Open Their Doors

My Auntie Lena was a strange bird.  She never missed a holiday sale the day after a holiday.  “Mom, where’s Auntie Lena today?  Well it’s December 26th.  She’s probably at Walmart or Yankee Candle stocking up on 40% marked down … Read More…

Americans’ Appetite for Diets and Healthy Living

It’s impossible to fight it, so why worry about it? Summer diets simply don’t exist, so you need to get ahead of it in March-April-May. What? Diet and get in shape for only three months to look good? Don’t let … Read More…

To Vacation or Not to Vacation this Summer?

What is summer, and what does it mean to me? Swinging from a tire into the river, jumping from a low bridge into the channel, playing whiffle ball until everyone in the neighborhood is ready to start a fight over … Read More…

It’s ‘Tool Time’ in America

In the infamous words of Tim The Tool Man Taylor, “Let’s see what happens when we plug this sucker in.” Americans everywhere are amping up and ramping for the summer season for home improvements now that old man winter has … Read More…

A Silver Lining to the Polar Vortex

On April 30th, Press Secretary Jay Carney reported the US economy grew 0.1% in the first quarter of 2014. Why only 0.1%? Well, it was negatively affected by 1.0%–1.5% by the drastic winter experienced across America. Sounds like the oldest … Read More…

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