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Cost of Living

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...

The Price of Paradise

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Everyone who moves here sings the same refrain, "I love this place and I'll never leave." For some, this holds true. About six months later, a significant number have changed their tune to "I will lose my mind if I spend another minute on this god-forsaken rock."

3 Things We Need To Stop Saying About Poverty

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

There's a common myth that people are forced into poverty because they squander their money on consumer goods. The fact is that it's harder to buy food, heat your home and put clothes on your children's backs than it used to be.

It Costs HOW Much To Raise A Child?

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 08.15.2013 | Parents

New parents, you might want to look away. The USDA just released its estimate of what it will cost to raise a child born in 2012 until the age of ...

Dave Jamieson

Working Poor Falling Further Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If there's an economic recovery going on, Elizabeth Castillo hasn't seen the fruits of it. Castillo, 58, works as a home health aide in El Paso, Te...

Questioning the Queer Manifest Destiny

Marissa Higgins | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Marissa Higgins

Want to live in a neighborhood known for being historically gay-friendly? Be prepared to pay for that locale in cities like Manhattan, Boston, or San Francisco, where the average monthly rental cost of a one-bedroom apartment ranges from $1,881 to $2,700.

D.C. Families Need How Much To Get By??!!

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.12.2013 | DC

Anyone who lives here could have told you that D.C.-area families need a whole lot of cash just to get by. You still may be shocked by the exact amoun...

Report Reveals Sobering Truth About Miami Cost Of Living

Posted 07.10.2013 | Miami

The Economic Policy Institute has just updated their cost-of-living budgets to reflect how much a family needs to earn to get by in 2013. Looking a...

The Expenses We Didn't See Coming

Karin Kasdin | Posted 08.23.2013 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Perhaps our entertainment moguls might want to reconsider the real cost of excluding a large portion of our population from 90 minutes of escape from reality.

VIDEO: 'We Just Spent $125 On Ice Cream Cones!'

Laura Zigman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Laura Zigman

Because it's that time of year again, when a family of four has to take out a second mortgage to pay for ice cream cones!

Austerity or Accuracy? Why Seniors Need a CPI-E

Max Richtman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

Our nation faces an impending retirement crisis yet rather than address that issue head-on; Washington is instead proposing cuts to the only guaranteed source of income for many retirees, Social Security. It simply makes no sense -- unless your true goal is austerity not accuracy.

The 10 Most Expensive States In America

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) - Life is most expensive for people living in Hawaii, New York and Washington, D.C., and cheapest for those in South D...

Washington, D.C. Is Truly America's Paris

Rachel Ryan | Posted 07.20.2013 | DC
Rachel Ryan

"What's the point of a reverse commute?" I asked. "You're paying sky-high rent to live in New York, only to leave every day and spend an hour commuting to work outside The City."

African Americans Chained by President Obama's CPI Proposal

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.11.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

During the last election cycle Al Sharpton said, "It's not about Obama, it's about your momma." Now that the administration has released its 2014 budget, which includes cuts to both Social Security and Medicare, African Americans must now face the bitter reality that it's literally about Obama and our mommas.

Is Being Single More Expensive?

LearnVest | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
LearnVest

While nowadays, everyone buzzes about how expensive weddings can be, it turns out the price tag on one's nuptials is a mere pittance compared to the cost of remaining single.

The Wages of Living

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I'm all for decreasing people's dependence on government programs -- they diminish the inherent, well-earned pride of full-time work. But we have to start paying them for their work first. It's hard to make a living when the "makers" make the laws.

9 Jobs That Earn Less Than Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour. What Obama didn'...

Minimum Wage Hike a Key Ingredient for Economic Recovery in New York

Jeffrey Furman | Posted 03.12.2013 | New York
Jeffrey Furman

Many companies stress the importance of "teamwork" as a vital practice for the success of their business -- and yet, far too many businesses hesitate to ensure that the values of collaboration and reciprocity are reflected in their pay scales as well.

5 Crazy Ways To Survive The Financial Cliff

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 12.30.2012 | Business

On Friday, President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders to work on a "fiscal cliff" compromise, but no deal had been reached as of happy hour...

You May Be Surprised By List Of The World's Most Expensive Cities

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.14.2012 | Money

In a sign that the global economy is shifting, a recent list of the world's most expensive cities contained some surprises. A new cost of living su...

And The Most Affordable City To Live In Is...

CNBC | Colleen Kane | Posted 11.27.2012 | Business

From CNBC: The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) has released their third-quarter data for 2012, in which they rank 304 urban area...

Not Everyone Who Makes $250,000 a Year Is Rich: Why the Cost of Living Matters

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

The inherent problem with allowing the Bush-era tax cuts expire for Americans earning more than $250,000 a year -- let's call them $250k+ Americans -- is that not all $250k+ Americans are created equal.

The Average Woman: How Does Your Spending Compare?

LearnVest | Posted 12.24.2012 | Women
LearnVest

Do you ever feel a pang of guilt when you hand over $4 for a fancy coffee? Do you have an internal rule for how much is too much to spend on shoes?