Is College a Bad Investment?

Perhaps heading off to college right after high school isn’t the slam dunk decision it has been in the past. Somehow, the going rate for a year’s tuition, room, and board is now in the neighborhood of $50,000 at many colleges. That’s a lot to pay for four years of keg stands, random hookups, and occasional insights into all that man has …

Cheap Sunscreen’s Just as Good

When it comes to sunscreen, paying more doesn’t mean you get more protection from the sun. Inexpensive store brands work just as well as any pricey brand, according to the American Academy of Dermatology via the WSJ. So it’s OK to save your money by buying a cheaper bottle of sunscreen, but make sure to use SPF 30, which blocks 97 …

Be Savvy When Purchasing Your … Soul Mate?

CNN’s Consumer Tips blog has a post about how to figure out if someone you’re dating is THE ONE. Wait. What? Yes, this is filed under Consumer Tips, with the tag line “Empowering you to be a savvy consumer.” I guess this is one area in which you really should shop around. I’m not sure if there’s a way to get a deal on last year’s model …

Jimmy Choos at H&M: Recession’s Impact at High- and Low-End Stores

In certain circles, this may qualify as sacrilege: Bargain merchant H&M will soon be selling Jimmy Choos—the chic designer women’s shoes that are regularly seen on red carpets and “Sex and the City,” and that normally retail for over $500. It’s unclear how much the shoes will cost at H&M, but it wouldn’t be shocking if they’re offered …

Catching up on the business-school oath story

As part of what will be a continuing series of posts on things I should have written about weeks ago, but was too busy checking my book’s Amazon ranking to get to (it’s now bouncing around the mid 100s, which makes checking less fun, although it did debut on  the WSJ business best-seller list Friday, at #12), here’s what’s up with …

How We Shop Now: More or Less of the Same?

Back when I was a teenager … whoah, I guess I’m old enough to start a thought that way and not just be mocking someone with gray hair nearby. Well, back when I was a teenager, I’m pretty sure there were no “teen retailers.” Not only are there such stores today, but some, like Aeropostale, are apparently managing to earn profits amid …

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