Month: August 2009

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The Documents You Need: Birth Certificates and other Vital Records

Although you don’t need to use them regularly, you should have copies of all your vital records in a safe place in case you do need them, you can create an Important Documents Checklist just so that you’ll have everything in order. Vital records include your birth certificate, marriage certificate, and divorce decree. If your …

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The Personal Impact of the Consumer Price Index

Yesterday morning NPR reported that the consumer price index had risen 4.1% since December 2006. They also reported that although wages have risen, they’re actually lower than they were in 2000 when adjusted for inflation. I exhaled a stunned breath when I heard the first part. That’s a hefty jump for one year. According to NPR, it’s …

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Festival of Frugality #123: The Supercapitalism Edition

Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life is a new book by Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary under Clinton. If you listen to NPR’s Morning Edition or American Public Media’s Marketplace, you’ve probably heard one of his commentaries. The book delves into the development of US economy during the last century, mostly since the …

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