Articles on Savings

08.01.11

Work Exchange Vacations in the United States

Erik Chang

This summer, many families are looking for unique family vacations where they can learn new skills and become immersed in a different lifestyle. In the United States, these “Volunteer Vacation” opportunities are vastly cheaper than typical trips and give to a worthy cause. According to the AAA vacation costs survey, a family of two adults and two children pay about

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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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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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06.23.11

America Saves

Erik Chang

Sometimes a shock to the system is the best way to change behavior, and the recession did just that with many of our savings. However, it looks like that change may have been short-lived. BillShrink studied their user’s average amount of savings, as well as intended savings, and found that users were actually saving less than they used to. Do

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06.22.11

The Envelope Budget

Alex Gutow

50% of Americans are in debt. In fact, the average household debt is just over $8,000! That means millions of people are searching for a way to get out of debt while the others are struggling to avoid it. One budgeting system that financial gurus like Dave Ramsey have vouched for is the envelope system. This system is a simple

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06.02.11

Savings in America

Stan Reybern

We all know that we’re supposed to save. You have to save for retirement, emergencies, college, large purchases, etc. However, this doesn’t mean that everyone is saving or knows how much they should be saving. During the peak of the housing bubble, the savings rate for Americans dropped to an all time low of .9% – meaning we were saving

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05.23.11

Rewards in Social Networks

Erik Chang

It’s no secret that social channels are a great way for companies to increase exposure and build customer relationships. By simply setting up a Facebook page, companies can build a following of loyal customers and expand their reach to potential customers. To encourage customers to “like” them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, companies started to offer exclusive offers

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