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It only takes $77,000 to be in the top 10% of the world’s wealthiest people


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It seems like only yesterday that Web Watch told you how you only needed $47,000 TO BE IN THE TOP 1%, money-wise.

My, how times have changed.

How To Save Money: A 21-Day Challenge To Save $500/Month
How To Save Money:
A 21-Day Challenge To Save $500/Month
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The least expensive cities to vacation


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We’re about to head into the holiday travel season, which – combined with everybody at the office trying to figure out how to use all their available vacation days before the end of the year – results in a whole lot of people going out on vacation at about the same time.

You could head out to the same old destinations you always do, but have you thought about doing something a little different, and maybe save some money doing it?

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
Vagabonding:
An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
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How bad are food prices rising? Pork and beef way, way up


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More and more Americans are being hit with higher grocery store bills, and it’s not all due to rising gas prices leading to an increase in transportation costs.

No, you aren’t seeing things when you browse through the “new low prices” sign at the grocery store — those “low prices” really aren’t lower than what they have been. In many cases, those “new low prices” are just a highlight of “hey, we don’t charge as much for this as the other guy is, but it’s still a higher price than you’re used to paying”.

The Economics of Food Price Volatility
The Economics of Food Price Volatility
Continue reading HOW BAD ARE FOOD PRICES RISING? PORK AND BEEF WAY, WAY UP

What’s the best way to gamble at a casino?


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We all love a good gamble.

Whether it be something complicated like the games you may find in a casino to something more mundane as “betcha can’t eat just one Lay’s potato chip”, challenging others in feats of skill adds a bit of fun to almost everything.

Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games
Gambling 102:
The Best Strategies for All Casino Games
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Where are the most expensive illegal drugs sold in the world?


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Let’s say that you’re travelling around the world for business.

No, make that a vacation – the story will be better that way.

And since some drugs that are illegal in the US are legal in other parts of the world, you decide to perhaps partake of something that you might be a little uncomfortable taking in the safety of your own private home.

Yes, you’re travelling around the world to get high.  And to get high for the least amount of money possible.

Where do you go?  Where’s your destination? Continue reading WHERE ARE THE MOST EXPENSIVE ILLEGAL DRUGS SOLD IN THE WORLD?

Which college students are the best/worst tippers?


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College students are notoriously cheap.  They’re already living in expensive (for them) housing, likely with three or more roommates, and they’re doing everything they can to minimize their living costs.  Pizza, while tasty, isn’t good for you health-wise.

But it is cheap.

How to increase tips
How to increase tips
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How Many People Do Not Take Advantage of Employer 401K Matching Contributions?


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What’s the first thing you looked forward to after landing your first job?

Getting that first paycheck, right?

And what’s the first thing your parents likely told you to do with that paycheck?  Put it into the bank.  Save that money for a rainy day.  You’ll get married some day, or perhaps you’ll want to retire comfortably.

And then you got that note from Human Resources that said, “Congratulations! You’re now eligible to participate in the company’s 401(k) retirement savings plan!

So what did you do, hotshot?

Money for Life: Turn Your IRA and 401(k) Into a Lifetime Retirement Paycheck
Money for Life:
Turn Your IRA and 401(k)
Into a Lifetime Retirement Paycheck
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Are WOOT.com’s Random Bags of Crap worth the effort?


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So WOOT.COM recently celebrated their 10th birthday.

And as part of the WOOT.COM BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, they made 10,000 WOOT BAGS OF CRAP available to their shopping fans.

Web Watch has talked about what a Bandolier of Carrots, Birthday of Celebration, Box of Candy (aka any variation of the acronym B.O.C. you can think of) happens to be in the past, but let’s talk more about what you might get in your mystery shipment. Continue reading ARE WOOT.COM’S RANDOM BAGS OF CRAP WORTH THE EFFORT?

What would you do for a dollar?


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What would you do for a dollar?

It’s a fair question.  Web Watch has offered $1 to many friends when they said they’d do “anything for money”.  Apparently, it seems, a single dollar was not what they had in mind when they made the offer.

We say that if you’re going to offer to do anything for money, you should definitely lower your expectation of what dollar amount is going to be offered to you.  What you think you’re worth may not be the same as what others believe.

Piggy Bank
Piggy Bank
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What is the cheapest Vegas hotel worth staying at?


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The other day, Web Watch was chatting with friends who were about to embark on their very first weekend trip to Las Vegas.

Being recently out of college, they were concerned that they wouldn’t have enough money to have a decent hotel room, food other than a $0.99 foot-long hot dog, some gambling, some clubbing, taxis… well, you get the drift.

One of the questions they asked us was for recommendations on saving a little bit of money – but not to go all crazy. After all, this is VEGAS we’re talking about, and they really wanted to live it up BIG on whatever money they could afford to spend.

Las Vegas Little Black Book: A Guy's Guide to the Perfect Vegas Getaway
Las Vegas Little Black Book:
A Guy’s Guide to the Perfect Vegas Getaway
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How to tell if an item is on sale at your local store


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Have you ever been to a store like Target or Costco and see something you’d like to buy – but set it back on the shelf because you “know it’s going to be on sale soon anyway, so why should I buy it now?”

JCPenney went through this thought process recently and said “why wait for a sale? our prices will always be the sale price!”… and their sales plummeted.  It ends up that people LOVE shopping sales, and JCP reinstated a higher regular pricing vs lower sales pricing model like all other retail stores.

Pricing Gun
Pricing Gun
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Contrary to popular belief, Hawaii is NOT the most expensive place to live in the US


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Did you know that one of the busiest Costco’s in the country is just outside the airport in Hawaii?

People fly in, taxi over to the Costco, and purchase their entire vacation supply immediately upon landing.  It’s cheaper to do it this way than it is to ship everything over yourself or to buy provisions at the grocery store.

Hawaii gets a bum wrap about this – their prices may be higher than on the continental 48 states, but that doesn’t mean that Hawaii is the most expensive place in the country to live, does it?

Oahu Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond
Oahu Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond

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Use these 8 simple tips to dramatically improve your car’s fuel economy


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With gas prices seemingly hitting all-time highs almost every day, and with your ability to buy a new car with improved MPG over your existing clunker out of the question, you may think that you’re going to be stuck driving that old gas guzzler until the wheels come off, and end up spending more and more on gas with every fill-up.

What would you say if we told you there were EIGHT SIMPLE THINGS THAT ANYONE CAN DO that would improve your car’s MPG by as much as 33%?

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Avoid Expensive Repairs, Improve Fuel Economy, Understand Your Warranty, Save Money
How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Avoid Expensive Repairs, Improve Fuel Economy, Understand Your Warranty, Save Money

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Why Your K-Cup Coffee Habit Sucks


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How much do you love your coffee?

Are you so totally addicted that you have to have a couple of cups of coffee at the drive-thru even before you get to the office, then brew your own “special” pot just because you can?  Do you have your own coffee station in your bedroom or master bathroom, because coffee is The Most Important Thing for your Morning?

Then maybe you’re one of those people who went out and purchased the KEURIG K-CUP COFFEE BREWING STATION, in part for the easy convenience of being able to brew a single cup of coffee without having to brew up an entire pot.

For households that have just one coffee drinker in the family, the Keurig system certainly makes sense.  Less mess, less waste.  How could this be a bad idea?

Biodegradable San Francisco Bay Coffee OneCup for Keurig K-Cup Brewers
Biodegradable San Francisco Bay Coffee
OneCup for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

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20 Ways to Save a TON of Money (and survive living on a budget)


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Living on a budget is one of those things that everybody should do at least once in their lives.

Clearly, college students have figured this out.  They know where all the cheap beer is, what bars do free food at happy hour, and how many weekend meals you can get out of a single large pizza delivered at 2a on a Friday night.

For college kids, frugality is necessity.

And then they get their first job out of college and a paycheck, and it all goes to hell, racking up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt, never to be able to take a real vacation ever again.

The Frugal Life
The Frugal Life

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