Costs

Food for Thought: Ways to Curb Lunchtime Spending

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsPlanning to have lunch out with your coworkers? Chew on this: A poll of 1,005 adults found that, on average, we eat lunch at restaurants nearly twice a week at about $10 a pop — or about $936 annually, according to Visa. (And that doesn’t even include coffee-to-go and carryout.) If you were to save that $936 per year and invest it at a 5 percent annual rate of return, over the course of 30 years you’d have an extra …

Health Marketplace: Costs for Similar Plans Can Vary Widely

Posted on 10/7/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Consumers shopping in the new health insurance marketplaces will face a bewildering array of competing plans in some counties and sparse options in other places, with people in some areas of the country having to pay much more for the identical level of coverage than consumers elsewhere. A Kaiser Health News analysis of the 1,923 plans being sold on federally run online marketplaces found wide variations of price and availability. For instance, …

$241,080: The Cost to Raise a Kid

Posted on 08/16/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDear Adult Children, If you don’t appreciate your parents by now, perhaps this will change your mind: Raising a kid today costs $241,080 — and that doesn’t even count spiraling higher education expenses, according to a new government report. (By the way, you’re welcome Bloomberg’s Zara Kessler.) That figure represents an increase from the $219,500 (inflation adjusted) that we boomer parents shelled out to raise your generation (born around 1990), says Mark Lino, an economist who did the calculations for …

Get Cooking With a DIY Solar Oven

Posted on 08/5/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith plenty of sunny days still ahead — but with summer vacation nearing its sunset for kids and grandkids — here’s a fun, inexpensive and educational project to do with the young people in your life during the dog days of summer.  Build a simple solar oven (aka a “solar cooker”) from repurposed household items. It will not only amaze and amuse kids of all ages, but it really works. And it will save you money and keep the heat out …

Medicare Drug Premiums Will Rise Just $1 a Month

Posted on 07/31/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe average monthly premium for a basic prescription drug plan under Medicare Part D will be just $1 higher next year, the government projects. What’s more, Medicare beneficiaries get some of the credit for keeping the average low by shopping around, the Associated Press reports. For this year, seven of the top 10 Medicare drug plans raised premiums by 10 percent or more. But the average stayed low because many seniors chose plans with lower premiums. “Consumer advocates say beneficiaries should …

Three Ideas That Thwart Solutions to the Medical Care Crisis

Posted on 05/31/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthThe medical delivery system is under pressure to provide quality health care despite these dire trends: ·         Reduced access because of the closing of community hospitals and low-cost clinics, ·         Staggering increases in the cost of drugs, medical treatment and insurance, ·         An increasing reluctance of HMO’s to refer patients to specialists, and ·         A dramatic increase in the number of uninsured, now estimated at 50 million and growing. I could also mention the loss of physicians who are retiring …