There are a lot of reasons we buy what we buy at the grocery store, from lifestyles to economic factors. But something else is at play: a few wily supermarket tricks.
Food in America is big business, and since we all have to eat, it sits right in the "needs" column of every budget. Understanding the economics of food and how it affects our daily lives can help us regain control of our choices.
The federal government spends billions to feed Americans with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Eating organic and living within one's means aren't mutually exclusive.
I think I'm a smart person. When I was younger, my dad would say, "You're a really smart kid, so I can't figure out why you would do something so dumb."
How often do we, smart people, find ourselves making dumb decisions, especially with money? Money management would be much simpler if money didn't get in the way. We all know we should save, we should plan for the future, we should spend carefully. Yet, these are the exact things we don't do.
We are the generation of efficiency. Technology is woven into our lives, and if it isn't digital, we likely aren't interested. Shopping and banking from the comfort of our couches is second nature, as is swiping our credit and debit cards without a second thought. But taking a step back and looking at how generations before us handled their finances may reap big rewards for our wallets.
The existence of the sharing economy doesn't mean that somehow people are more trustworthy than they used to be.
According to wedding website TheKnot.com, the average American wedding can come with a price tag of around $28,000.
While that's an acceptable amount of money to spend on, say, a brand new car or a down payment on a home, some couples may decide that building a life together is more important than throwing an extravagant party.