Alpha Consumer

July 2011


Awkward Money Situation? Write It Down.

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Shortly after Deborah Hutchison finalized her divorce in the mid-1980s, she realized she had a problem. Her ex-husband had missed several of his spousal support payments, and she wasn’t sure how to get him to pay on time each month. So she came up with the idea to send him a bill for the $750 ...

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How to Get Famous (and Rich)

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Fame is the secret to wealth, security, and success, according to a new book, Fame 101, by Maggie and Jay Jessup. The authors argue that becoming a well-known entity, whether you’re a librarian, florist, or politician, is the path to more money and satisfaction. And they believe they can teach ...

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How to Stay Organized at Home

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With credit card statements and health insurance records pouring through the mailbox each month, keeping all that paperwork in order can feel like a full-time job. And it’s an important one. Keeping the bills paid, insurance updated, and investments on track all depend on staying organized. We ...

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The Secret to Saving for a Rainy Day

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How connected do you feel to your future self? It might seem like a strange question, but the answer determines how likely you are to blow your money today or save it for later. A new report from the Columbia Business School and University of Chicago Booth School of Business reveals that consumers ...

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How to Prepare for the Debt Deadline

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If you’ve been trying to tune out the heated debate over our national debt crisis because the potential consequences are just too scary to imagine, it might be time to join the conversation, because the August 2 deadline is fast-approaching. Social Security checks, access to national parks, and ...

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How to Spend Less at the Pharmacy

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When Emily Kaminski needed an antibiotic to treat an infection a couple of years ago, she couldn’t believe the $55 price tag. “I did some investigating, and found it at another place for $40, and another for $18,” says the 34-year-old stay-at-home mom, a former junior-high teacher. She was so ...

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