From video games to automobiles, consider these factors before you make a purchase.
If experiences appreciate and things depreciate, is there a way for us to separate the experience of a thing from the thing itself? Of course there is -- rent it.
If we’re going on vacation, it makes perfect sense for us to rent a car rather than buy it (though in places in Europe, for long “rental periods,” you actually buy the car and sell it back) and we don’t think anything of it. So why don’t we do it for things we use only infrequently? We don’t realize it’s an option.
Whenever you consider the financial trade-offs between buying something and renting something, it really comes down to a few factors. Here’s what I think they are.
Restaurant chains with 20 or more locations will have to post calories on menus and drive-through displays.
Tucked inside the health reform legislation newly adopted by the U.S. House is language that will require calorie labeling on chain restaurant menus, menu boards, and drive-through displays, as well as on vending machines.
The provision applies to chains with 20 or more outlets, and requires them to provide additional nutrition information on request.
Bloggers organize informal education sessions for young people in a coffeehouse setting.
Young people should learn more about personal finance, and the best way to teach some personal-finance basics just might be to offer a “jolt of personal finance” in an informal setting.
That’s the premise of CoffeeCents, a free series of 15-minute sessions at local coffeehouses in Washington, D.C., organized by Stephen Popick, a government economist and a forum moderator at the personal-finance blog Get Rich Slowly who describes himself as “a longtime personal-finance activist.”
Sports fans vie for NCAA, Masters tickets. How to get cheap seats.
The March Madness ticket market has had a number of surprises this year -- among them, Tiger Woods.
Woods announced last week that he would play at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., in April, his first competition since news of his sex scandal broke last year. Searches for Masters badges on the secondary ticket market quadrupled within hours, heating up a ticket market already busy with NCAA Championship basketball tournament demand. “Hey, it is March Madness,” says Mike Janes, chief executive of ticket-search site FanSnap.com. “This is the month of Cinderellas and upsets.”
There’s good reason for the ticket market frenzy.
Despite happy talk and new products, they're a last resort for seniors.
This post comes from Marilyn Lewis of MSN Money.
Reverse mortgages, once thought to be a bad move for seniors, appear to be losing some of their stink.
Why? A couple things have changed:
What's more important: Your overall budget or your child's education?
You folks send me tons of great questions, and I’d love to share more of them. This week, for example, Lisa wrote with the following.
“Having kids has made spending choices much more emotional and complex," she says. “You can’t always calculate a return on investment.” Here’s her predicament:
While many of the provisions of the health care reform bill don't take effect until 2014, now's the time to find out about how this legislation will affect you.
Now that health care reform has passed the U.S. House, odds are that it will soon be law. So let’s take a minute to see how the most sweeping changes in American health care in 40 years will change things for you.
If you insist on getting married at an island resort far away, some people will say you're selfish.
The Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary is a huge fan of Judith Martin, better known as Miss Manners, and we thoroughly enjoy them both. So imagine the fun when these two fine columnists touched on a pet peeve we share -- destination weddings.
Like Martin and Singletary, we have a problem with huge weddings the blessed couples can’t afford, and destination weddings can be an egregious, large subset of that. Singletary, the Post’s personal-finance columnist, wrote:
The truth is, for many of these weddings, guests are goaded to attend because if they do, the marrying couple get their expenses covered. How nice for them!
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