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Household Finance vs. Economic Policy Making: Better Decisions Can and Should Be Made Using Real-Time Economic Data

Steve Schultz | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Steve Schultz

In the world of personal finance, where consumers constantly are forced to make decisions about daily cash-flow and paying bills, the availability of up-to-date reliable financial information is critical.

A Better Deal?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The ability to buy in bulk, as smart as it may be as a strategy for some people and in certain situations, has been shown as a leading contributor to overconsumption that is now all too common in our society.

Watch: Teen Builds Mortgage-Free Dorm on Wheels

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Kirsten Dirksen

Total cost was $12,000, but it's debt-free and it's much more than your typical college digs. It has a full kitchen (including a fridge/freezer, sink and camping oven), a sofa-bed he built himself, a nearly full-sized shower (he chopped the top off) and a composting toilet.

WATCH: "Shotgun Shack" Family Remodels Tiny Home for $700 DIY-Style

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 12.03.2012 | HuffPost Home
Kirsten Dirksen

Three years ago, this family left their 4-bedroom home to move into a 320-square-foot prefab. Yikes!

Waste More, Want More: Americans Still Throw Away Good Food

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.27.2012 | Green
Andrew Lam

Not long ago, frugality was a virtue. Now, two-third of our economy is based on consumption.

Are You Poor If You Own A Flat-Screen?

CNN Money | Posted 10.01.2012 | Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Can you really be poor if you own a flat-screen TV ... or two? Depends on whom you ask. With income inequality at the center...

Happy Birthday, Walmart. Thanks for All the Greenwashing

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

No amount of recycling can make up for all the waste and environmental destruction Walmart creates through its business model.

Imperiling People, Posterity, and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

John Beddington, the U.K.'s chief science adviser, three years ago gave a speech in which he warned that population growth, climate change, and the world's rising demand for food, energy, and water constituted a "perfect storm" that could destabilize the world by 2030, or sooner.

When Scientists Speak, Who Listens?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

If scientists get any media attention it's only because the science-deniers are ridiculing them. We live in the Era of Willful Ignorance. It is not only acceptable; it is fashionable to throw scientific caution to the wind.

Reduce, Reuse, Repent: Earth Day Revival Amuses And Transforms

Will Braun | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Will Braun

So what does a postmodern Earth Day altar call look like? People pledged to learn to live in smaller circles -- to bike less and walk more, to eat locally, to plant gardens. Many pledged to take a digital sabbath -- "no screens on Sunday."

What Money Can't Buy: The Skyboxification of American Life

Michael Sandel | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Sandel

At a time of rising inequality, the marketization of everything means that people of affluence and people of modest means lead increasingly separate lives. You might call it the skyboxification of American life. It's not good for democracy, nor is it a satisfying way to live.

Limits to Growth: Of Stuff, Value, and GDP

Brian Czech | Posted 06.15.2012 | Business
Brian Czech

I'm starting to think that perpetual growth notions are the Achilles heel of the human brain. They pop up like munchkins on a wackamole machine. You s...

Americans: Our Economic Model Is Broken

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business

If the economy's so great, then why do so many of us feel bad about it? A new survey finds that a large majority of Americans think the country's "...

The Pleasure of Guilt

Ravi Dhar | Posted 05.05.2012 | Business
Ravi Dhar

We conducted a series of five experiments to test the relationship between guilt and pleasure, and in every instance we found that those who felt guilty also experienced the greatest enjoyment.

Bonnie Kavoussi

It's Only Getting Worse: Economists' Latest Dire Prediction

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

"The economy that we had before the recession is gone," said Kenneth Goldstein, economist at the Conference Board. "It's not coming back." The U.S....

Bonnie Kavoussi

Americans Save Less As Economic Growth Remains Sluggish And Real Wages Fall

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

At a time that the U.S. economy is struggling to pick up steam, Americans are struggling just to keep up. Over the last three months of last year,...

Will Pay for Status

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

In the U.S., the outward markings of success are for sale. The value of these status symbols is particularly high for people when they are feeling that they are being discriminated against.

WATCH: How to Have a Slow Holiday (or a Buy Nothing Christmas)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

Just because we don't buy gifts doesn't mean we don't give them. They just come from our closets, drawers, imaginations...

Eco Etiquette: More Tips For A Zero Waste Holiday Season

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Are you currently in the ...

The Best Reason I've Heard To Spend Less

M. Lin | Posted 10.24.2014 | Women
M. Lin

There is something to be said for not unwittingly losing the "warmth and conviviality" in our lives as we grow in our financial prosperity.

Thich Nhat Hanh and David Suzuki in Conversation About the Health of the Planet

James Hoggan | Posted 10.19.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

In Vancouver for a week of teaching and lectures, Thich Nhat Hanh, sat down with Canada's David Suzuki, a world-renowned authority on sustainable ecology, to discuss the path forward to a more sustainable way of living.

Time to Turn the American Economic Model Upside Down? Consider Alternatives to Consumption and Growth

Rob Kall | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business
Rob Kall

Is more buying, more consuming what the U.S. needs to recover from the economic straits we're in? Maybe it's time to turn the economy upside down, to ...

A Second Life for Unwanted Clothing

Mattias Wallander | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Fashions change every season and when we buy new things we have to get rid of the old, outgrown and out of style. Americans consume 65 pounds of new clothes per person each year and discard a total of 25.4 billion pounds of textiles annually.

Inflation in the Middle East -- Looking at the Right Numbers

Masood Ahmed | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business
Masood Ahmed

Surging international food prices have become a major cause for concern. This is especially so in the Arab world, which is home to some of the largest food importers and where rising food prices have been one of the factors in recent political unrest.

The Emerging Bright Spot in Europe

Antonio Borges | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Antonio Borges

it will take a while before most crisis-hit countries will be able to reclaim the economic output that was lost as a result of the crisis. But things are definitely going in the right direction.