Worldwide gas prices range from a high of nearly $10 a gallon all the way down to 6 cents. Here's a look at those prices, as well as how to find the best prices where you live.
Gassing up isn't cheap. According to AAA, we're now paying a nationwide average of $2.73 for a gallon of regular. That's about 25 cents a gallon more than last year. But it's certainly better than the year before, when prices shot up to more than $4 a gallon.
But if the cost of gas bothers you, be happy you don't live in Asmara, Eritrea. (Never heard of it? Click here to see it on Bing Maps.) This African nation boasts the highest gas prices in the world -- nearly $10 a gallon. On the other hand, you could be living in Venezuela, where prices are as low as 6 cents.
Just because a restaurant serves a staggering amount of grub doesn't mean you have to eat it.
That's why vh ordered the $7 calamari-and-salad dish when lunching with her son. At that price, she figured it would be "an hors d'oeuvre."
Then her meal arrived.
There are ways to cut through the compulsory trailers and ads and go right to the movie.
One recent weekend not too long ago I came home to find out that both my kids happened to be spending the night at neighbors' homes. Heh.
Of course, I'm sure all of you who are married with children know what that means.
But before that could actually happen I had to grease the skids. Er, so to speak.
Both the "Honeybee" and I are homebodies, so we decided to cook up some steaks at home and rent a movie.
I sauteed us some fresh mushrooms and then cooked us up a couple of nice rib eyes (cooked rare, and lightly marinated beforehand in Italian dressing). Our steaks were accompanied by baked potatoes loaded with butter, sour cream, chives and bacon bits.
Oh yeah, it was delicious.
Before I knew it the kitchen was cleaned up and it was movie time.
I popped us up some fresh hot popcorn and cracked open a frosty cold one. Meanwhile, the Honeybee made herself a tall Jack and Diet Coke and grabbed a big bag of peanut M&Ms she thinks she keeps hidden from me in the cupboard (in the far corner, behind the bag of Lay's Salt & Vinegar potato chips). Never mind that I prefer the plain ones.
At 8:30 p.m. we settled down to watch "Clash of the Titans" starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and a bunch of other actors I never heard of.
Buying those seasoning packets is really costly. The secret is MYOM -- make your own mix.
The more I learn about saving cash on food, the madder I get with myself when I knowingly waste money. While this holds true for every aspect of grocery shopping, it's double the fury when it comes to McCormick-style seasoning packets. Why?
Well, almost any prepackaged spice mix, rub, or powder can be made at home for a fraction of the price. Oftentimes, it'll taste better, too.
Case in point: I'd been running out of chili powder for almost a month. It occurred to me several times to buy some, but always in places like the Q Train or the bathroom at Barnes & Noble.
More people are refinancing into short-term loans. Is this right for you?
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis of MSN Money.
Mortgage rates fell again this week, says Freddie Mac, the government-run mortgage agency that surveys the market each week.
The average price of a 30-year mortgage dropped to 4.42%, from 4.44%. Buyers are paying an average of 0.7 point for that rate. This time last year, the mortgage rate was 5.12%, which seemed pretty low back then.
Amazingly, you can get a 15-year fixed-rate loan for under 4% -- 3.90% this week, which is down from last week's rate of 3.92%.
Health officials fear salmonella outbreak could sicken thousands.
Wright County Egg, one of the nation's largest egg producers, has increased its recall of eggs to 380 million, or 32 million cartons. That's a 66% increase since Wednesday.
The growing popularity of group buying has drawn a shady element.
A rise in the number of group-buying sites offering daily deals is making it harder for bargain hunters to spot group sales that are worthwhile.
Group-buying sites offer limited-time purchase windows on discounted goods or services but follow through on the deal only if enough people sign up. Their ranks have multiplied over the last few months, as startups jostle for a piece of the profitable market.
If you want a better life than you have now, you're going to have to do some uncomfortable things in the short term.
"It takes all the running you can do just to stay in the same place." -- The Red Queen, "Alice in Wonderland"
I receive piles of stories from readers, but the final question in a recent reader mailbag really stuck with me. I'll quote it here, so you can read it again:
So I sit here writing this at a very challenging job that I enjoy the bulk of, but zaps the life right out of me, and leaves little of me for my two young children, ages 6 and 2. (I am a paralegal.) I enjoy the majority of what I do, but there is so much of me invested in this, and I feel overworked. I am currently the only paralegal for two very busy attorneys, and I only have a helper to answer the phones for about 20 hours per week. This all leads to my question.
I am a single mother for the majority of the past two years due to a nasty divorce.
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