Is the rising werewolf a victim of the recession or an empowered creature fighting back?
Are you wondering why you’re hearing so much about werewolves lately?
It’s the recession, say Bob Powers and Ritch Duncan, authors of "The Werewolf’s Guide To Life -- A Manual For The Newly Bitten."
The story of the werewolf is about personal struggle over adversity. No one chooses to become a werewolf. You're afflicted with the condition as a result of dumb luck. If you're unlucky enough to be walking down the wrong wooded path when the moon is full, a hungry werewolf just might jump out and change your life forever. The werewolf has no concern for how much money you have in the bank or how many people are counting on you, and he definitely isn't concerned with how attractive you might be. Anyone can be turned.
Many Americans are dealing with a similar feeling of helplessness as they study their bank accounts and listen to the workplace rumors about more layoffs coming down the pike. The pervasive feeling is that at any moment, a little bad luck can send everything spiraling out of control.
The reality of the werewolf lifestyle is all about making do, and finding a way to keep in control.
The vampire, so popular just a few years ago, has gone the way of the spendthrift years of the middle 00s, “when money flowed like blood from a jugular and no one had any idea that the vein might run dry.” Vampires, Powers and Duncan say, are the elite, a “creature of the country club.”
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From time to time, I take inventory of my frugal habits. This review helps fine-tune my money-saving strategies.
Here is my latest list of 25 frugal things I do, plus a few spendthrift habits. It's a tradition I've picked up from my friend Dawn at Frugal for Life.
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If you decided at the last minute you’d like to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, you may get a pleasant surprise: A number of airlines have put tickets on sale for holiday travel.
Midwest is offering round-trip fares starting at $108, and Smarter Travel found that fare was being matched or beaten on most routes by AirTran, Frontier, Northwest, Continental, American, United, and Delta.
Airlines experiment with onboard shopping.
One of our favorite things to do on an airplane is read SkyMall magazine, which is really a catalog full of products you’ve never heard of but now you’ve seen them, you absolutely, really, truly need them.
We’ve never actually ordered anything, but the fantasy is fun.
Now American Airlines is hoping it can persuade customers to go beyond browsing and actually buy things on board, beyond sandwiches and drinks. The airline is calculating that it can make some money off a captive audience, The New York Times reports.
USDA study shows a sharp increase in the number of households that run out of food.
For us, it has a new face: Nearly one in four U.S. children “struggled last year to get enough to eat,” The Washington Post said in a story about a newly released government report.
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"This is unthinkable. It's like we are living in a Third World country," Vicki Escarra, president of Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks, told the Post.
The Post reports:
In 2008, nearly 17 million children, or 22.5%, lived in households in which food at times was scarce -- 4 million children more than the year before. And the number of youngsters who sometimes were outright hungry rose from nearly 700,000 to almost 1.1 million.
New study says people get smarter with money only to a certain point, usually around age 53.
Researchers have been tracking the financial mistakes people make in their lives, and came up with an interesting conclusion: The mistake pattern is U-shaped, with the most mistakes occuring early and then later in life.
So when are we the smartest in life, financially speaking? At age 53. After that, we get dumber with money.
DIY isn't the only way to reduce holiday spending.
This guest post comes from Anna Viele at ABDPBT Personal Finance.
I originally published this post last year in response to Oprah’s annual “Favorite Things” show, which, in 2008, featured gift ideas that cost “next to nothing.” I found the ideas shown on that show really not very good, and in general they supported the idea that homemade gifts suck.
I mean, a box covered in pinecones is not something I want, unless my son, Mini, makes it for me, and even then it’s probably going to end up in a storage box.
As I said last year, I think that approaching the holidays without gratuitous overspending requires us to think, not to glue-gun. So here are the 10 realistic ideas I came up with last year for overhauling the holidays, plus a few more that I’ve gathered over the past year. Some will work for you, others won’t, but all of them are better than making silly things that are probably going to show up in somebody else’s trash can.
Take these steps to see if you'll be happy living cable-free.
Want to find a hundred bucks a month in savings without giving up all that much? Cancel your cable television service. That sounds absolutely crazy, right?
When people look to trim the fat from their budgets, they often don’t think to cut their cable TV because it feels almost like a utility. Along with your electricity, your water and your telephone are your television and Internet. Who can live in this day and age without those necessities?
But it’s not that crazy, and thousands of people are doing this because of all the free video content on the Internet. Forget the homebrew shows that had their start on the Internet. I mean major broadcasting networks putting the shows on TV for free.
In this post, I’ll describe an approach to finding out if canceling your cable TV service is the right move.
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