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Government Economists Have Given You a Raise

Wages are up for American workers, according to a new analysis from the government. At least, we think that’s what they’re saying.

The latest report on real wages from the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that real average hourly earnings for all employees rose 1.2…

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Sharing Food, via Social Media

Our ability to share our lives on social media is changing the way we buy and use things – and it’s changing the way we eat.

Recently, the National Pork Board (NPB) set out to track the latest food trends by analyzing more than 30 million posts on Facebook, Twitter…

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Companies Are Sharing More These Days

More companies are disclosing the environmental and social impact of their global business dealings these days, according to The Conference Board.

Specifically, one in three large U.S. companies have adopted the guidelines created by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a non-profit organization that promotes economic sustainability.

The GRI…

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The New Rules for What Makes a Car Dependable

It used to be that people considered a car reliable if it started every day, and didn’t break down too often. But with today’s drivers, a new set of criteria have risen in importance, according to J.D. Power.

In the company’s 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability…

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Credit Card Debt vs. Emergency Savings

Credit card debt that seems safe and manageable can become an untenable burden once we’re hit with a job loss or family medical emergency. That’s why – at the least — your credit card debt should never exceed the amount you’ve set aside to deal with emergencies.

Yet, a…

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Credit Unions Are Still Winning on Fees

Millions of Americans have switched from banks to credit unions in recent years. One big reason for this: credit unions have traditionally lower fees than banks. They still do, according to a new report from Bankrate.

CUs are under a lot of financial pressure these days, and many people have…

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Coffee

The U.S. government is now telling us it’s OK to drink 3-5 cups of coffee per day – and it’s about time. The health benefits of coffee have been researched, and proven, for years. Now there’s new research suggesting that coffee may even be able to…

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Gas Prices Are Really Up in California

While gas prices have risen in most of the country, they’re really up in California. We’re talking 60 cents a gallon up, and things could get even worse.

Crude oil is still just $49 per barrel, and refined gasoline is still the cheapest it’s been in years…

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Fighting Night Terrors, Using Something Under the Bed

Around a quarter of all children aged 2-12 will experience night terrors, according to the experts at National Sleep Foundation. In the past, there was little parents could do, other than comfort their terrified children. Now, there may be a way to prevent night terrors from happening in the…

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All Eyes Will Be On Friday’s Jobs Report

This Friday’s press release from the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics will be one of this season’s most scrutinized documents. It will be picked over by journalists, academics and politicians well into the month. But perhaps the most rapt attention will be paid by the Fed.


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