Alpha Consumer

June 2013


Video: Why 30-Somethings Are Struggling

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Americans in their thirties have gotten a raw deal: They’ve experienced two recessions during their working lives, and as a result, many of them are struggling to get ahead. Add in a mortgage and children to the equation, and it’s easy to see why a new report asks whether 30-somethings are part of ...

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The Cost of Worrying About Money

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If money worries are getting you down, you might want to figure out how to release some of that tension. A new survey suggests that financial worries eat up a substantial portion of one’s day – and that, in turn, can be a costly distraction from work.

In a survey of more than 1,000 people, the ...

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Nap Nanny Recall: What You Should Know

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The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced last week that another popular baby product – the Nap Nanny, which offers a soft, slanted surface for babies to sleep on – was being recalled. CPSC reports five infant deaths in the Nap Nanny and the related Chill recliner, and almost ...

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The Hidden Costs of Pregnancy

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In general, children don’t start costing their parents money until they’ve left the womb. After all, pregnant women usually can continue living their lives without paying huge sums for child care or diapers. But pregnancy itself can also be quite costly, especially for women who find themselves ...

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Why Love and Money Don’t Mix

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If you’ve ever dreaded bringing up finances with your romantic partner, you’re not alone: A new poll from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that a whopping 68 percent of respondents said that talking about money with a hypothetical fiancé would either be awkward, lead to a ...

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