These days — and especially with the summer driving season in full swing — conspiracy theories abound as to what’s behind high gas prices. It’s hard to believe that as recently as late 2008, you could find gas at $2 a gallon. In Chicago, where I live, it’s nearly at the $5 a gallon mark. […]
Everyone frets over major purchases and overanalyzes them as if their financial future depends on their choices. But rest assured that when you’ve really screwed things up and you’re sitting there wondering where it all went wrong, it will have been the small, regular questionable decisions that led you to your calamity. Maybe then you’ll […]
When money gets tight, standards get loose, and any and all options for scooping up more cash become viable possibilities. The desire to sacrifice your dignity for some easy cash extends to those of all social backgrounds, which is why you’ll see Tony Siragusa pitching man diapers and Bruce Willis continuing to appear in Die […]
Well, here’s something you don’t hear every day. When Rich Hebron graduated from DePaul University in 2011, he had plans — and not of the full-time employment variety. Instead of pursuing a traditional route like some of his friends, he decided to live on the streets of Chicago for four months in order to better […]
Sure, there’s plenty of action in New York and San Francisco, but who can afford the rent? We set out to find cool up-and-coming American cities with enough young people to make them interesting, good jobs, low costs of living and — oh, yes — plenty of watering holes. We give you the best cities for the young, broke and single.
In your twenties, it’s easy to put things off. After all, you’re young, invincible and have all the time in the world. Retirement savings, medical check-ups, returned phone calls to mom and credit card balances all seem like they can wait for another day. And writing a will? That can wait at least until student […]
Considering striking out on your own? If you’re thinking of starting a small business, or have just started one, then you need to know three things, each of which break down roughly into the global, the social and the financial. The global: Job sectors everywhere are going entrepreneurial. In journalism, for example, the massive disruption […]
Last week I ranted about the ways weddings, funerals, cars and cell phones have a way of latching their leech-like maws onto your wallet and siphoning away unexpected costs. This week yields the epic sequel to that potboiler. Expect thrills, chills and burning dollar bills as I warn you about other seemingly innocuous purchases that […]