I live in Minnesota, one of the few states that bans Sunday alcohol sales – with the exception of specially brewed “near beer” varieties that have less than 3.2% alcohol by weight, or about 4% alcohol by volume. The limitation extends to retailers including grocery stores and gas stations, and the state legislature only just passed a law allowing breweries and distilleries to have onsite taprooms. Despite these restrictive statutes, or perhaps because of them, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of homegrown craft breweries since the beginning of 2010.
By Laura Williams
If you’re a back pain sufferer, you know exactly how costly your pain can be. Beyond the missed work days, doctors visits, and the expense of ongoing care and treatment, back pain can stop your life in its tracks. Try taking a walk, sitting at a desk, laughing, or even carrying on a conversation during an acute bout of back pain – it can feel almost impossible.
If you’re a chronic pain sufferer, you know your pain never leaves you – you consider your movements every time you stand up or sit down, while you sleep, and when choosing which activities to engage in.
By Jacqueline Curtis
When it comes to fashion, having Prada tastes on a Gap budget can leave you wistfully flipping through the pages of “Vogue” feeling green with envy. Designer fashion definitely doesn’t come cheap, especially when looking at big-ticket items such as coats, shoes, and handbags.
But just because your budget doesn’t allow for Gucci doesn’t mean you can’t have any designer brands in your closet. In fact, with some resourceful tips, you can still nab some of your favorite designer brands – just without paying the ultra-high prices.
By Jacqueline Curtis
Though the holiday season in December is generally the costliest time of the year for many families, the expenses of Halloween can be surprisingly immense. Buying Halloween costumes, candy, special accessories, decorations, and treats for school events can seriously bust your bank account.
The biggest problem is that many people don’t budget for Halloween as they would for Christmas or Easter. Instead, Halloween purchases are often unexpected and made at the last minute.
Join Us on Twitter for a Chat About Being Sandwiched in the Jelly Generation on October 17th at 4PM EST
By Money Crashers
This Friday, we will be holding a TweetChat with the topic of Surviving Being Sandwiched in the Jelly Generation in mind from 4-5pm EST. Our guests will be Pam Hardison & Holly Powers.
An easy way to follow along and participate in #MCchat is by using our Twitter Chat Room at http://www.twubs.com/MCchat. We hope to see you there!
An emerging, highly flexible economic network known as the sharing economy allows people to share resources – such as equipment, services, and skills – with one another, often at significantly lower cost than traditional retail or employment arrangements. You can now get a loan directly from your peers, share the same office space with dozens of different companies, and stay at a stranger’s house instead of a hotel when you’re traveling out of town.
The rise of ridesharing and carsharing has greatly expanded the options available to urbanites who find car ownership to be costly and cumbersome.
Ridesharing and carsharing are like two sides of the same coin, as both make it possible for you to use your car less – or even ditch it altogether. Ridesharing is similar to using a taxi, but more flexible: You log into an app and hail a nearby driver, who picks you up in his or her own vehicle and drives you to your destination. Carsharing is more like renting a car: You reserve (or, in Car2Go’s case, find) a vehicle and drive it yourself, paying for the time you use.
Zipcar offers city-dwellers a viable alternative to traditional car ownership. Its hundreds of hubs around the globe make it one of the world’s largest carsharing companies, and once you have a membership you can use its vehicles anywhere – including Europe. Like fellow carsharing service Car2Go, and the locally based nonprofits it competes with, Zipcar is great for folks who don’t drive frequently. It’s also useful for travelers who want the peace of mind that comes with having on-demand access to a personal vehicle, but who don’t want to pay for – and park – a rental car.
Sidecar is a ridesharing app that lets you hail point-to-point rides from your phone. Though not as popular or widely available as its two main rivals, Uber and Lyft, it is available in Seattle, the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Long Beach, San Diego, Chicago, Charlotte, Boston, and Washington, D.C. as of fall 2014 – though more markets are in the works.
Lyft is a popular ridesharing app - also known as a transportation network company, or TNC - that’s available in several dozen American cities. Like Uber’s similar app, Lyft lets you electronically hail cars driven by independent contractors. In practice, it functions a lot like a taxi service, although it’s far more technologically sophisticated, tends to have shorter wait times, and doesn’t directly employ any drivers (its drivers are independent contractors).
With a presence in more than 40 countries and hundreds of cities, Uber is the world’s most popular ridesharing app. Like the Lyft app, it lets riders hail drivers electronically and compensate them for their services by credit card. Unlike Lyft, the Uber app offers access to several different levels of service, from a cut-rate option (UberX) that competes with Lyft and other ridesharing apps, to a luxury service (Uber Lux) that competes with limousine firms.
By Laura Williams
According to a 2007 survey by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), more than 265 million people worldwide actively compete in soccer each year, solidifying the sport’s position as the most popular sport in the world. But even if you’re not part of the global 4% who partake in the sport, you can still enjoy a good workout using nothing but a soccer ball. Pick up a standard-sized soccer ball for about $20 from any sporting goods store and get to work in your own backyard.
By Brian Martucci
Maybe your personal budget isn’t as generous as you’d like it to be. Perhaps you’re getting tired of your nine-to-five grind. Or maybe you just want to earn some extra spending money. There are plenty of side hustles for folks in your shoes, from legitimate ways to make money from home, to part-time and seasonal jobs that put cash in your pocket. Now that ridesharing apps - also known as transportation network companies, or “TNCs” – such as Uber and Lyft are available in most major U.S. cities, you can add hiring yourself out as a personal driver to that list.
By Laura Williams
The Wall Street Journal claims obstacle course racing (OCR) “may be the fastest-growing participatory sport in American history.” As of 2008, the sport was virtually unheard of, consisting mainly of small, local races and events, but as of 2012, more than 2 million participants flooded the booming industry, with as many as 4 million expected to take part in 2014.
As a fitness professional, I’m always excited when races and events draw crowds. Anything that gets people up and moving is generally considered a good thing. But there are risks that arise when sports go from zero to 60 in a matter of months – an exponentially exploding industry opens up itself, and its participants, to problems.
By Jacqueline Curtis
According to Statista, the cosmetics industry in the United States is expected to have close to a whopping $59 billion in revenue in 2014. From mascara to nail polish, lip gloss to eyeshadow, there’s no shortage of products to spend your hard-earned money on. And temptation is everywhere. Whether you’re buying a pair of shoes at the department store or picking up a prescription at the drugstore, you’re bound to be faced with racks and racks of cosmetics offerings.