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10.10.11

How Accurate Are Gas Pumps?

Samantha Eckles

It seems that our neighbors to the north have been gouged at the gas pumps, and not just by the record high fuel prices. A recent study by the Canadian government revealed that 6% of all gas pumps tested in Canada are inaccurate, with the consumers being overcharged at about two-thirds of the faulty pumps. The testing classifies a pump

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09.28.11

Making a Living Online

Samantha Eckles

There are a number of ways that people can make a sustainable living from home. With the recent decline in the job market and the growth of online businesses, it is becoming more and more common to make an income through online work. As of 2010, 20 million Americans were working from home. In the past year, online business have

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09.14.11

The Dual Income Family

Samantha Eckles

The American economy began to embrace the foundation of the two-income family during World War II, when Rosie the Riveter led women into the workforce while men joined the military. Growing liberation through the course of the Twentieth Century allowed for increasing independence and equal rights for men and women. Today, the American economy is absorbing the two-income family, but

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09.08.11

The Most Efficient Charities in America

Samantha Eckles

With so many charities, it can be hard to choose which ones to donate to. To help you, we researched American charitable organizations that have the best reputations for making the most of the donations they receive. However, keep in mind that administrative expenses don’t necessarily indicate that a charity is improperly managing its finances as many great non-profits have

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08.29.11

How Much Does Fido Cost?

Samantha Eckles

For many Americans, a dog is more than a pet; it is part of the family. Just like a child, canines need to be fed, groomed, and have medical checkups. Add in training classes, doggie daycare and municipal licensing, and Fido just might be one of the most expensive members of your household. According to the American Society for the

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08.24.11

New Trend: Online Education

Samantha Eckles

With college education set to rise at a rate of 7% annually, the cost of a college degree will be double what it is today in just a decade. This means that public schools may cost over $40,000 a year, matching their private counterparts today. With the exorbitant costs, many families cannot afford traditional college programs and have started considering

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08.15.11

US Productivity: Do We Deserve Higher Wages?

Samantha Eckles

One of the most common complaints about work revolves around the paycheck. Almost everyone believes they deserve more, but do they really? In general, the United States pays workers high wages because of cost of living and productivity. However, there may be some evidence of a downturn in productivity. So, are US workers justified in wanting higher wages or is

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