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How Much of Your Wireless (cell or mobile) Bill is Just Taxes ?

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Answer: About 17 percent according to a report by the Tax Foundation. This figure is based on the average U.S. wireless bill and includes the amount for federal, state and local taxes and fees. Larger metros not surprisingly have higher than average wireless taxes on their residents. In New York City and Chicago, some users have more […]

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Toyota Battery Ripoff Special – The Small Print Contradiction

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Yesterday as I was about to head out for work my car died on me. I was pretty quickly able to deduce it was due to a flat battery. Fortunately I was able to jump start the car but I needed a new battery ASAP. So after searching online for awhile I found the ad […]

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The Power of Giving With No Strings Attached

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In this blog I mainly write about topics related to saving, making and spending money. But I don’t write often enough about giving away money. Especially to people less fortunate than most. This was highlighted to me recently when I was at a downtown 7-Eleven where a number of people were in line, including me, […]

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The Financial Consequences of the 2013 Immigration and Path to Citizenship Bill

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has analyzed the recently passed Senate immigration bill – S744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act – that reforms the nation’s immigration system and provides a path to citizenship. The CBO concluded that the new laws being proposed would cut close to $1 trillion from the federal deficit […]

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Free Wi-Fi Across America? No thanks if you are Verizon, AT&T or T-mobile. Yes for Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Consumers

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A pretty important debate is taking place at the highest levels of influence in America and it is around the roll-out of free Wi-Fi across the nation. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supported by major technology companies wants to create a high-speed Wi-Fi network across the nation that will allow consumers to surf the net for […]

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What The World Could Look Like in 100 years

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Got this pretty interesting infographic that paints a broad consensus based view of the world in 100 to 150 years. It’s cool to see the possibilities that are in store like fully automated planes/cars for all, a third party US president, a 10 KM high building and the first person to live till 150. The one thing […]

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2012-2013 Winter Snowfall Forecasts Calling For Snow Blowers Rather Than Snow Shovels

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I live in the Washington D.C metro area and given the wild weather we had this summer, culminating with Hurricane Sandy, I fully expect a cold and snowy winter. In fact, major weather sites like AccuWeather are predicting above average snowfalls this winter for the North East region as shown in the images below.  NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (the primary […]

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Snapshot : How To Become a Better Person, Win Friends and Influence People

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I am always drawn to posts around self improvement (you are your best investment) and this graphic representation, based on the principles of Dale Carnegie, really resonated with me. Nothing earth shatteringly new on how to become a better influencer and more effective relationship builder – empathy, listening, honesty and a good attitude – but […]

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Snapshot – American’s Who Don’t Have Health Insurance

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Here is my picture of the week from the Economist that shows the state-by-state heat map of American’s who don’t have health insurance. Much more than I thought. I found this graphic when I was recently browsing for private health insurance quotes to see if I could save money relative to what I pay through my standard company plan.  […]

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The Best Places to Live in The World

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I moved to the states over five years ago to pursue my graduate degree and for better career opportunities. Before this I was in Australia. Looks like I probably should have stayed where I was according to the latest OECD survey, which ranks Australia as the happiest industrialized nation based on criteria such as jobs, […]

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