What Is the American Dream in 2011 and Beyond?

The American Dream has always been coined as the dream of home ownership. Owning a home, raising a family and being able to do the things one wants whether it be family vacations or investing, has always been that ideal…

8 Ridiculous Ways People Try to Save Money

There’s no shame—in fact, many would say it’s financially wise—to live an inexpensive lifestyle. Clipping coupons, buying items on sale, cooking food at home, bringing the leftovers to eat for lunch at work the next day, and shopping at secondhand…

Getting Your Budget under Control

Getting Your Budget under Control If you are like most people, your budget could use a little tightening; your credit cards need to be locked up, and your debit card could use a rest. The first step to getting your…

Fighting Over a Blown Budget? Try eBay Therapy

Arguments about the family budget; maybe they happen during the monthly or yearly budget committee meeting (you are having those aren’t you?); or maybe they happen at dinner just before bed. Regardless of when they happen or where they occur, these…

How Your Parents Money Choices Influence Your Finances

How did your parents manage their money? If you are not sure, chances are good that your parents did not have a strong impact on the way you are living and spending (or saving) money today. However, you may not…

Three Reasons to Join Finances with Your Partner

At a glance, you would think that a couple that keeps its finances separate would have less to fight about when it comes to money issues. Research has indicated that just the opposite is true. Keeping all of a couple’s…

Confessions Of A Walmart Shopper

Walmart has the largest client base in the United States for its reasonable priced goods and good services. Most of Walmart’s operations are directed towards the local customer who uses cash to purchase grocery and other items. It is the…

Breakdown of China’s Massive Emerging Economy

Last week, China announced it’s GDP had grown at a 9.8% rate for the last quarter of 2010. Compared to the U.S. GDP, which is expected to be 3.5% for the last quarter, China’s growth rate is almost three times…