[ The Money Side of Life™ ]


Food Fight: The farm subsidy controversy

By Brian Liberatore on July 24th, 2014 • farms, Food, subsidies, Life

What would happen if U.S. taxpayers stopped forking out billions of dollars a year to prop up the agriculture industry? According to some economists, not much. Then again, others believe it's much more complicated.

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My Plate Is Your Plate: The same diet in a world of food

By Brian Liberatore on July 24th, 2014 • Food, super foods, Life

A plate of food in the Peruvian highlands is increasingly indistinguishable from a meal in a working-class New York neighborhood: packaged noodles, chicken broth, and a Coca-Cola. Even as access to new foods is exploding, the world’s diet is growing more homogenous. This could mean expanded waist lines, shortened life spans, and thinner wallets.

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Good 'Ol Groceries: The evolution of the grocery store

By Missy Lacock on July 24th, 2014 • Food, groceries, Life

We take modern grocery stores for granted without realizing how drastically they've evolved in the last century. There weren't always supermarket giants, and dashing to the grocery store was an entirely different experience.

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Stranded In The (Food) Desert

By Kristen Kuchar on July 24th, 2014 • Food, food deserts, Living on your own, Life

You've probably heard "you are what you eat" more times than you can count. Well, what if the only thing you had access to eat were unhealthy, processed foods that eventually led to chronic illness? For 23.5 million people living in food deserts, this is a nauseating reality.

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From Farm To Fork: How the business of food affects you

By Matt Neznanski on July 24th, 2014 • Budgeting, Food, Managing your money, Life

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.

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Dinner in a SNAP: What food stamps bring to the table

The federal government spends billions to feed Americans with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 

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You Are Where You Eat: The reemergence of local food

One-hundred-fifty years ago, 90% of the U.S. population was farmers, and local food wasn't a movement but how you survived. Now, it's a movement that asks us to consider where our food comes from and how it got here.

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Five Tips For An Inexpensive Destination Wedding

It may seem counterintuitive, but you can save money on your wedding by having a destination event. My fiancé and I learned this when we chose to have our wedding in Maui in September. How? These five steps can help you keep the budget lower than a hometown celebration:

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Poor Excuses For Spending Money

By on June 18th, 2014 • Managing your money, Saving money, Life

As someone living on a tight post-college budget, I'd like to think that I'm good at stopping myself from spending when I shouldn't. However, there are days when my resolve is weak and I rationalize buying an overpriced coffee drink or a pair of boots very similar to ones I already own (because I need to have different colors). Usually my rationalization holds up just long enough for me to make an unnecessary purchase, at which point it evaporates and I'm left questioning my spending habits.

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Camping 101: Where to go and how to save

Besides being a unique experience, camping is a great way to save money while traveling. I have to admit that I wasn’t always an avid camper. But while trying to find ways to save money on lodging, I discovered how helpful camping really is.

Where to go

Before you start looking for a place to camp, determine what you’re looking for. What type of activities would you like to do? Do you want a secure campground?

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