Alpha Consumer

July 2010


How to Spend Money So It Makes You Happy

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The debate over whether money can buy happiness just got more complicated. A new paper from two economists suggests that spending money on certain things – namely, leisure activities – does, in fact, improve happiness levels. Spending on more materialistic items, such as cars, food, and clothes,

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How to Spend a Windfall

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Say you unexpectedly received $100 this weekend. How would you spend it? Would you get a massage, buy a new outfit, or go out for a fancy dinner? Most Americans say they would save at least part of it, and one in three would save all of it, according to the Chase Freedom-U.S. News Consumer Monitor ...

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To Achieve Your Goals, Focus on Reasons

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Quick, name your top money goals: Do you want to earn more? Save more? Stop wasting cash on stuff you don’t care about? Now, instead of focusing on how to go about achieving those goals– by keeping a spending diary, perhaps, or leaving your credit cards at home – meditate instead on the reasons ...

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