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Thanks to a Tweet from Joi Ito, I discovered that the great Dutch journalist and Japan expert Karel van Wolferen now has a blog. Or “Jottings,” as Van Wolferen calls it. Joi was linking to a jotting about the significance of Sunday’s election, but I quickly found my way to a long, undated essay on “
What the heck is an Aetna outpost doing sandwiched in between Lids and Mrs. Fields Cookies at the mall? Why, it’s trying to sell you health insurance, of course, just like Lids is trying to sell you hats.
Tired of seeing shoppers migrate to Wal-Mart and Target for buying groceries, traditional supermarkets in southern California like Vons, Ralphs, and Stater Bros. are stepping up with discounts and promotions galore to attract customers.
Economist Willem Buiter has a reaction similar to mine to UK financial regulator Adair Turner’s suggestion that maybe we need a “Tobin tax” on financial transactions to shrink the financial sector down to size:
What problem would a Tobin tax on financial transactions solve? Lord Turner asserts, in an interview with Prospect magazine,
Everybody knows that store brand foods—pasta, canned veggies, cookies, condiments, whatever—are cheaper than the national brands. The assumption is that the national brands taste better. Consumer Reports demonstrates that they don’t.
“Children are the most expensive item in every family’s budget.”
The catch-phrase of the first part of the ad—”We can, if we think we can”—is scary enough. Then there’s this bit:
We thought we could double in size and we did, every year
Families just aren’t eating out that much. The number of groups with children visiting restaurants fell 5 percent over the last year, and it’s not because parents have suddenly tired of whisper-shouting and giving the evil eye to kids misbehaving in the booth.
Even a cheapskate has to spend money sometimes. I’ve asked various frugal folks—bloggers, writers, money-saving and consumer experts—to compile personal, totally subjective lists of the products, services, experiences, and other “things” they’re willing to shell out good money on. Because sometimes spending more is smarter, and if a …
Going to college—the best college possible—used to be a no-brainer. But now, in light of the big loans and bad job prospects recent grads are facing, perhaps the equation has changed.