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08.04.11

The Federal Reserve

Samantha Eckles

Whenever you listen to the news, you have probably heard about “The Fed” in some form or another, especially with the current economic crisis. But what exactly is The Fed and why does it matter? Here’s a brief history about The Federal Reserve and the power it has. click to enlarge Use the code below to embed this Infographic: Source:

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07.27.11

How Americans Get Around

Samantha Eckles

Americans love our cars. We write songs about them, “pimp” them out to reflect our personalities and spend more than $25 billion a year washing them. With the rising cost of oil, though, and fears about carbon emissions, more Americans are seeking alternative forms of transportation. According to The Economist, 63% claim to be driving less because of rising gas

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07.20.11

Does Your Kitchen Garden Save You Money?

Samantha Eckles

Kitchen gardens have become more popular lately. It certainly didn’t hurt that First Lady Michelle Obama gave the idea a boost by starting a vegetable garden at the White House. This is the first food garden since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden during World War II. The victory garden was a campaign aimed at reducing pressure on both the national food

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07.13.11

Top 5 IPOs

Samantha Eckles

2011 seems to be the year of Internet companies going public. From LinkedIn to Groupon to Pandora, it seems like everyday a new startup is filing their SEC or setting a new record with their IPO. However, how are these Internet darlings stacking up against other companies who have gone public in the past? Here is a look at some

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07.07.11

Outsource Your Life

Samantha Eckles

Time is money, but how much is yours worth? Outsourcing is a great way for you to maximize your productivity by forcing you to examine what exactly you are spending your time and money on. When you decide to outsource certain tasks, you need to figure out a few things, 1) how much is your time worth, 2) what tasks

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06.27.11

Going Green: Will It Save Your Money or Just the Trees?

Samantha Eckles

The clean energy business is a field that emerged from President Jimmy Carter’s administration. In the past, its urgency was tightly bound to the fluctuations of black gold on the international market. Today, we feel that clean energy is a serious candidate in replacing oil and natural gas as our main sources of energy. But is clean energy just about

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05.27.11

PayNearMe Helps Consumers Pay With Cash

Samantha Eckles

If you’re one of the 24% of Americans who don’t possess a debit or credit card, it can be a challenge to pay your bills. However, a recent startup called PayNearMe is trying to make your life easier. This new company has partnered with 7-Eleven and Ria Financial Services to help consumers pay their bills and wire funds using cash

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