Without a Magazine, We Wouldn’t Have Healthcare Reform?

There’s much hubbub of late about how—or if—Congress will transform healthcare. The one reason even cynical me thinks things actually will change (slowly, incrementally) is that the situation is finally hitting us where it hurts: our wallets. Everyone agrees that healthcare spending is mismanaged and out of control. And apparently, …

The Latest Style: Dumpster Diver Deluxe

Who says L.A.’s elites are out of touch? As the LA Times reports, home furnishings made from recycled burlap, old brooms, and discarded barrels are all the rage, in a recession-chic style dubbed “dumpster diver deluxe.” Celebs like Kathy Hilton (Paris’s mom) and Leonardo DiCaprio have jumped on the trend, spending thousands of bucks on …

It’s the Cheapskate to the Rescue!

People are reacting to the economic downturn in different ways. Some folks are trying to change careers, whether they really want to or not. Lots of people are sensibly scaling back. Still others are taking a rather proactive approach: They’re turning into superheroes. No joke, as CNN reports.

Chrysler Dealers: Everything Must Go

“In essence, I paid some people to take some of my cars.” Those are the words of a Chrysler dealership owner in Arkansas. His dealership, like about one-quarter of Chrysler showrooms across the country, is being forced to close tomorrow, June 9. Dealers on the chopping block have been unloading inventory on the cheap for weeks, and today …

It’s Time to Consider Plan B, Whether You Want to or Not

Lately, plenty of writers seem to be trying careers on for size that don’t involve them sitting in front of a computer, and it’s not because they want to be the next George Plimpton. Everyone knows that their pink slip could be next (people in publishing especially). So, if you’re out of work, or on the brink of being out of work—and …

Welcome to Your Daily Smack Upside the Head

Reading this blog will not make you rich. I do not have seven foolproof steps to earning your first million before you turn 25. Nor will I join the many pretenders who claim to have extraordinary insight into what, where, or how to invest your money. All that said, I know that I can help you make money—mostly by not spending it in the …

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