Cut the cost of organic and other eco-friendly items.
Does going green have to equal spending more?
Americans seem to think so. Last year, largely because of recession belt-tightening, about a third of Americans regularly bought green products -- the same level as 2008, and a reversal of the double-digit growth that characterized the green market between 2007 and 2008, according to market researcher Mintel.
While the majority of shoppers aren’t willing to pay a premium for eco-friendly goods, the committed green shopper is -- and calculates that savings can accrue over the life of a product, says Brian Howard, founder of TheDailyGreen.com, an eco-living site. He cites compact fluorescent bulbs as one example. Other items, like organic produce, offer perceived value in health and environmental benefits.
To broaden the number of eco-friendly customers, manufacturers and retailers are taking some steps to drive down prices.
Her grocer sells the not-perfect fruits and veggies at a big discount.
My grocer has a little-known secret: It sells damaged and past-date produce weekly. To find it, you have to go around the corner of the regular produce aisle, next to where the employees take their breaks, and right in front of where the forklifts go in and out. It’s in a wire bin with no special markings or signage.
It’s our little piece of heaven.
We're consuming too much sodium, and it's contributing to hypertension, cardiovascular disease and higher health care costs.
You may not keep a saltshaker on the table, but if your diet consists of food from a box, a can or a bag, chances are you're getting more sodium in your diet than is healthy. A medical group now wants the Food and Drug Administration to set limits on salt in processed food.
The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, said the FDA in fact has plans to do that. “The initiative, to be launched this year, would eventually lead to the first legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products,” the Post said.
Volcanoes do erupt, once again proving the need for an emergency fund. As they say, stuff happens.
Despite what one TV commercial suggests (ladies, you know the one), Mother Nature is not to be messed with, underestimated or denied. Her latest dustup -- eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull (click here for a pronunciation guide) -- has put a major crimp in many people’s travel plans.
Oh, sure, it’s a shame that some of Europe’s royalty weren’t able to attend the queen of Denmark’s 70th birthday bash because flights were grounded. But for possibly millions of regular, everyday people like you and me, the shutdown of air traffic across Europe because of the massive ash cloud has caused a real hardship. (Update: Flight restrictions began loosening today.)
Schumer leads the charge against carry-on fees. But would you rather pay fees or higher fares?
Congress may have been slow to respond to the economic crisis, but several members have jumped right on what they apparently consider a more pressing issue: carry-on bag fees.
Spirit Airlines’ announcement that it would begin charging up to $45 per bag for carry-on luggage has drawn a flurry of congressional action, including a bill to tax carry-on bag revenue. Sen. Charles Schumer, D.-N.Y., personally garnered promises from five airlines -- Delta, United, JetBlue, American and US Airways -- that they would not begin the nefarious practice of charging customers to carry a bag onto an airplane.
We’re not sure how long that pledge will last, but rest assured that, unless you’re flying Spirit or one of the airlines that didn’t respond, your sacred carry-on is safe from fees until they pry it from your cold, dead hands. You will, however, have to lift it over your head and into the overhead bin.
What is it in your state, and why can waiters be paid $2.13 an hour?
The labor laws in the United States can be, at times, very confusing. Ever wonder why waiters at a restaurant can be paid as little as $2.13 an hour while the federal minimum wage is more than three times higher? How much is the minimum wage? Why is overtime pay 1.5 times regular pay for nonexempt employees but not required for exempt employees? What does exempt actually mean?
Want to use my Fort Lauderdale home for a few weeks? OK, provided you've got a place for me to crash in Manhattan.
The single most expensive part of any vacation is almost invariably the hotel, especially when your travel plans include Earth's truly expensive spots: places like San Francisco, London, New York, Tokyo or Paris.
Adding to the pain is the fact that while you’re paying big, you’re ending up in a comparatively tiny space with far fewer amenities than you have at home. But there’s a simple solution to this expensive dilemma.
More people are giving themselves higher marks for being money-savvy, but survey indicates many still need help.
In the weeks preceding Financial Literacy Month, the fourth annual Consumer Financial Literacy Survey asked people to grade themselves. Are they getting smarter about money?
“In 2009, 41% graded themselves as C, D or F, with only 34% falling into that category in 2010,” says the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, which sponsored the survey.
The survey showed that people have gotten a bit more money-savvy in the last few years, but the results were a mixed bag. Considering that April is Financial Literacy Month, isn’t now a good time to take stock of yourself? Ask yourself these questions:
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