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Here's How Much $100 Is Worth In Each City

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business

$100 goes a lot further in Austin than it does in San Francisco. A new map, created by nonprofit research organization Tax Foundation using data fr...

Seven Affordable Illinois Cities

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.18.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

We checked every city's cost of living profile at Area Vibes to give a more detailed look at how much it really costs to live in these communities.

Here's What $100 Is Worth In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business

How far can you stretch a buck? It totally depends on where you live. The map below, created by nonprofit research organization Tax Foundation usin...

Here Is How Much You Spend On Electricity In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business

If you live in Louisiana, you likely use more than twice as much electricity as the average New Yorker does each month. And if you live in Arkansas, y...

The Attainable American Dream

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Posted 07.22.2014 | Money
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

The analysis insinuates that Americans should not be happy with their achievements because they have not attained arbitrary material objects. Somehow, USA Today misses what the American Dream is all about -- the pursuit of whatever each individual finds personally fulfilling.

'The Real Teachers of America,' Coming Up Never, on Bravo

Vin Testa | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Vin Testa

How does our society support, and reward, such, to use the term again, "bass-ackwards" climbs to the top, while our hardest working members are left to fend for themselves?

Renter Hotspots: Where Are There More Renters Than Homeowners?

Courtney Craig | Posted 08.25.2014 | HuffPost Home
Courtney Craig

In the United States, it's a fact that most people own their homes. But there are few areas in which renting is king.

10 Reasons Florida Will Always Be The Best State To Retire

Moira McGarvey | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

When I was kid, my grandparents left Long Island and moved to Florida. At first, I was incredulous. My grandparents moved so far away from me! (I had really thought that their world revolved around me. Apparently not.) But when we took our first trip down to visit them on a school break, I began to like the idea of having grandparents in Florida.

I Didn't Find the American Dream in New York City

Christian Gabriel | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Christian Gabriel

Being poor anywhere sucks, but there's perhaps a particular kind of soul crushing that one experiences being poor in New York City. On average, after rent and bills, I probably had less than three hundred dollars per month to put toward food, other expenses and social activities.

Learning to Love My Unemployed Self

Katie Gibson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Katie Gibson

I had everything. I had the perfect apartment, the perfect lifestyle (whatever that even means), the perfect husband, the perfect dog, the perfect job. I was bouncy lollipops and rainbows happy. That is, until it all fell apart faster than you can say downsizing.

Don't Forget What Happened When Obama First Proposed Chained CPI

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Most media coverage of the president's decision not to include the "chained CPI" for cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and other retirement programs in his 2015 budget has left out a key point to understanding the announcement.

Obama Budget Will Not Include Cost-Of-Living Trims, Officials Say

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-l...

House Changes to Military Pensions Would Violate Key Principle of Recent Budget Deal

Joel Friedman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The House voted yesterday to undo the military pension savings in December's Murray-Ryan budget deal and offset the cost by extending the sequestration budget cuts for mandatory programs by one year, from 2023 to 2024.   That was a mistake. 

How to Make It in America as a Single Mother, by the Numbers

Taylor Hirth | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Taylor Hirth

I have composed this sample buget. It accounts for the things that many people expect lower income families to maintain, and maintain without public assistance. It doesn't account for saving for college for our children, saving for retirement, or saving for much of anything at all.

So You're Not Curing Cancer

Brian Bordainick | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Brian Bordainick

I'm not curing cancer. I've given up my career helping to rethink education in failing schools across the country. But I haven't abandoned my goals to...

Things That Will Cost More in 2014

Jeanette Pavini | Posted 03.06.2014 | Money
Jeanette Pavini

It's a new year, and time to begin that 2014 budget and begin those saving resolutions. There are some items that are going to increase this year.

Doing the Math on Walmart: Average Take-Home Pay Barely Covers the Basics

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Grossman

After paying for housing, utilities, transportation, food -- and Walmart's most basic health insurance -- a single person living in a relatively low-cost community would have about $395.50 to cover the rest of the month's expenses; a parent with a 6-year-old, about $143.10.

House Ways and Means Committee Misleads Hill on Chained CPI

Ben Veghte | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Workers who have contributed to Social Security through a lifetime of work deserve better than to see their earned benefits cut, especially when this cut is disingenuously sold with smoke and mirrors.

Arthur Delaney

Social Security Cut Would Put More Money In Seniors' Pockets, GOP Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A controversial proposal that would save the government billions by changing the way Social Security benefits are adjusted each year wou...

Why Are Americans Fleeing The Northeast?

Posted 11.01.2013 | HuffPost Home

It's true that the Northeast is home to some of the priciest zip codes in the country and some of the harshest winters ever, but the question of why A...

Let's Trade Rent-Stabilization for Real Housing Affordability

Joe Melaragno | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Joe Melaragno

Housing costs in New York City are out of control and we must do something to address them before it's too late. We need to accomplish two key goals: ...

A Path to an Affordable New York City

Joe Melaragno | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Joe Melaragno

Very few civic leaders discuss the root cause of high housing costs. One of the primary reasons housing prices are so high in New York City is because of restrictive zoning that puts an extremely prohibitive limitation on housing supply.

20 Years Later, 'Price Of Paradise' Keeps Rising

Civil Beat | Nathan Eagle | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business

It’s not cheap to live in Hawaii. It wasn’t 20 years ago and it’s still not today. In the early 1990s, two volumes of "The Price of Paradise"...

Look At The Difference California's $2 Minimum-Wage Hike Will Make

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business

California is on track to pass a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016. That salary certainly won't make anyone ri...

The Cost Of Living In Hawaii Is Astronomical -- Does It Need To Be?

jklk | Posted 09.04.2013 | Business

The following is excerpted from a Civil Beat article. By Kery Murakami So this is paradise. Palm trees sway in the trade winds that take the edg...