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Parents, save up: Cost of raising a child is more than $233K

Jan 9th, 2017 | By
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By MARY CLARE JALONICK/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account. The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. That’s the average for a middle-income couple with
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Tallow tensions: Vegans want ‘fat-free’ UK 5-pound bank note

Nov 30th, 2016 | By

Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England’s new plastic 5-pound note is stronger, cleaner and safer — but apparently not suitable for vegetarians. Vegans and vegetarians are calling for the new bank notes, which have only been in circulation for two months, to be replaced because they are made with a substance derived
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US consumer spending, incomes rose in October

Nov 30th, 2016 | By
   In this photo of Oct. 12, customers shop for Rudsak shoes at Macy’s shoe department in New York. Shoes are coming out of the closet and landing under the Christmas tree. They’re a top seller this holiday season — a big feat considering they don’t usually make peoples’ gift lists.

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER,  AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers boosted their spending again in October, while their incomes increased at the fastest clip in six months. A key gauge of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve posted the fastest 12-month gain in two years. Consumer spending increased 0.3 percent in October after a
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Giving Tuesday still struggles to gain steam

Nov 29th, 2016 | By

Press Release NEW YORK — The season of giving is upon us! From bell-ringing to food donating to volunteering, Americans are getting in the generous spirit. In 2012, New York City’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation started Giving Tuesday to create a global day of giving. The special day is an annual event
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Tired of travel fees? Here’s a charge you may be unaware of

Nov 22nd, 2016 | By

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ,  AP Airlines Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Ever feel like the taxi ride from the airport costs more than the trip there? It’s not your imagination. Airports across the country add surcharges of up to $5 a ride — typically passed directly on to travelers — for trips originating at their curbs.
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DIY Breast Reconstruction: Device Lets Women Do Part At Home

Nov 16th, 2016 | By

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE,  AP Chief Medical Writer This might be the ultimate do-it-yourself project: Doctors are testing a device that would let women do part of their own breast reconstruction at home. It’s aimed at not only making treatment more comfortable and convenient, but also giving women a sense of control — something cancer often
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More Idahoans have bank accounts, but underbanked population soars

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
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By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal POCATELLO – It’s not cheap being poor. The pinch that comes with a checking account maintenance fee or overdraft charge can make or break someone on the edge. And while the cost of banking, or the ghosts of past bad banking situations, scare some away from opening accounts altogether, the number
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General Mills milks Girl Scout Cookie popularity with cereal

Oct 24th, 2016 | By
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By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer If you just can’t get enough of Girl Scout Cookies, rejoice — you can soon have them for breakfast. General Mills confirmed Monday that it will be introducing a limited-time Girl Scout Cookie cereal line in January. The Minneapolis company said it will come in two flavors —
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For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream

Oct 24th, 2016 | By

By MARIA INES ZAMUDIO/For The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn’t afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and
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What to do about Workplace stress

Oct 4th, 2016 | By
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By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal POCATELLO – The deadline is nearing. Your heart is racing. Bills are looming. E-mails are piling up and colleagues are griping. You probably know first hand that being a working adult can be stressful. What you might not know is all that stress has a major effect on business productivity as
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