Alpha Consumer

October 2013


How Preschool Can Boost Future Earnings

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While preschool, on the surface, might seem superfluous, filled with running around on the playground and imaginary play, it actually has a powerful and lasting effect on children’s future earnings. The effects are so profound that a free preschool program for disadvantaged children would help ...

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U.S. News Twitter Chat: Frugal Shopping

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Next Thursday, Oct. 31 (Halloween), U.S. News Money will host a Twitter chat on being a smart shopper this holiday season with top retail and shopping experts, including Brad’s Deals, PriceGrabber and the National Retail Federation. We’ll discuss how to save money this holiday season, tips for ...

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Do You Need to Heal a ‘Money Shame’?

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As a dancer and therapist, Bari Tessler Linden didn’t think much about money – until her school loan suddenly came due. When it did, she said to herself, “I’m going to have to look money straight in the eye and understand what my relationship with it is.”

Linden, who lives in Boulder, Colo., began ...

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How to Stop Depending on Your Paycheck

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If you’re earning a steady paycheck by going to work everyday, Jack Bosch thinks you’re a chump. The entrepreneur and real estate investor – and self-described “wealth mentor” – wants you to develop a new source of income, one he refers to as “forever cash,” because it provides a constant source of ...

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Will We All Be Freelancers Soon?

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As the world of work changes, employment histories are looking increasingly like patchwork quilts made up of various types of jobs. People and companies increasingly opt for (or are forced into) constantly shifting, project-based relationships instead of more permanent salaried ones. That news ...

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