Alpha Consumer

August 2010


5 Upgrades That Waste Your Money

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Upgrading your wardrobe, car, or wine collection might sound like a rewarding thing to do. After all, you work hard all day, and you deserve to come home to some luxury during your off-hours. But crunching the numbers shows that these five splurges aren’t worth their additional cost. Here’s why:

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The Real Cost of Birth Control

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The cost of birth control often takes a second seat to other factors, such as how well it works, or how easy it is to use; the FDA’s otherwise useful guide to birth control makes no mention of money at all. But cost can ultimately play a big role in whether someone is happy with her chosen method ...

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How Much Does Birth Control Cost?

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MethodEffectivenessCost Per YearBirth Control Pills95 percent$160 to $600Birth Control Patch95 percent$160 to $600Cervical Cap77 to 83 percent$35 to $60Condoms85 percent$150Diaphragm85 percent$60Fertility-Awareness75 to 88 percentFreeIUDs99 percent$100 (varies)Shot (Depo-Provera)99 percent$220 to ...

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How to Save on Back-to-School Shopping

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Back-to-school season means new classroom butterflies and the end of lazy summer days. The transition can be made a little easier with the perfect first-day outfit, shiny new computer, or cool backpack. With four in ten shoppers reporting a smaller back-to-school budget than last year according to ...

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Working Moms with MBAs Pay a Price

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We’ve all heard about the pay gap: Women earn less money than men. The reasons aren’t just sexism, although that likely plays a role. Contributing factors also include the fact that men and women pursue different fields and have different career ambitions; women are less likely to negotiate their ...

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Finding the (Financial) Meaning of Life

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Ready to meet your new life coach? It just might be your insurance company.

MetLife has started going beyond its financial services niche to offer clients advice on the meaning of life and how to achieve personal happiness. A new survey from MetLife Mature Market Institute found that people of all ...

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