Alpha Consumer

June 2009


Paying Someone Else To Do Your Chores

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I've always liked the idea of outsourcing certain domestic duties. Sure, it's more expensive to pay someone to clean your home than to do it yourself, but if your energy would be better used elsewhere, then it can be worth it. When I put out a call on Twitter for people who choose to outsource ...

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Couples Say Separate Money is Better

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I recently checked back in with two of the couples that I profiled in two stories on relationships and money -- specifically, whether it makes more sense to keep money separate or combine it. Now that more than a year has passed, I wanted to know: Were they still keeping their money separate? Had ...

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Is Social Security Fair to Young People?

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I first got the idea to write about whether the Social Security system is fair to young people back in October, when the Social Security Administration announced that current beneficiaries would receive a 5.8 percent cost of living increase for 2009, the largest bump since 1982. The reason? The ...

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The Future of Social Security: Not Good

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I spent the morning at the Youth Entitlements Summit on Capitol Hill, where 20-somethings quizzed economists about the future of Social Security, Medicare, and the financial security of our country. I left feeling like young people have a lot to worry about.

Not only are they facing one of the worst ...

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The Hidden Costs of Home-Buying

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The saga of a first-time homebuyer continues.

After visiting about a dozen homes, my husband and I found one that we liked. It has a great location, renovated kitchen, and even a screened-in porch, which was on our wish-list. So on Monday, we decided to make an offer. Sounds relatively ...

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