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Cost Of Raising Children Rising Quickly

Every parent knows that raising a child ain't cheap. The bad news is that the cost is going up, up and away to the point where, according to a Department of Agriculture report, an average middle class parent can expect to spend $241,080 per child up to age 18. That's a 3% increase over a year ago. What accounts for all these expenditures?

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Lawsuit Claims Budweiser Waters Down Beer

Class-action law suits filed against Anheuser-Busch claim the company is watering down its beer in an effort to save money. Consumers have filed suits from Pennsylvania to California claiming to have been cheated out of the alcohol content the labels provide.

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Town of Ohio House Real Estate “Steal of the Week”

While leafing through my copy of The Week I came across its "Best Properties On the Market" section and , lo and behold, the "Steal Of the Week" was a house in the Town of Ohio. It is a truly unique property at--what the editors believe--is a very reasonable cost.

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The Best (and Worst) Superbowl Commercials [VIDEOS]

Super Bowl 47 has come and gone and so have the ballyhooed commercials that companies paid millions of dollars to produce and air during the game. So which ones were the best and which ones were--relatively--a waste to dough?

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George Jones Tennesee Estate Back on Market [VIDEO]

George Jones' Williamson County, Tennessee, house and 76 adjoining acres are back on the market after failing to sell at last summer's auction. The Tennessean reports that the entire property is listed for $10 million or may be offered in parcells. And what does "The Possum's" lair include?

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Jimmy Buffett Rides “Margaritaville” To Riches [VIDEO]

Jimmy Buffett hasn't had a Top 20 solo hit since "Margaritaville" in 1979. He hasn't even released a new album since 2009. He performs maybe 40 concerts a year at most. Still, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his total net worth of $400 million puts him just behind such musical icons as Paul McCartney, Elton John and Mick Jagger. How does he do it?

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8 Things to Never Keep in Your Wallet

I ran across this article about things you should never keep in your wallet and with all this talk about identity theft, decided I should give it a read. And maybe I should give the 'ol wallet a look through. Unlike George Costanza, I didn't find any hard candy, but I did find some interesting things.

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Who Makes The Biggest Bucks?

Who makes the biggest bucks? The answer: radio announcers! (Just joking with that gag answer). In case you're wondering what professions pay the highest and lowest salaries, there's new research to answer that. Often, college students look at this type of information to help  determine their majors.

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Are You Still Traveling With Travelers’ Checks?

During the "Frog Days Of Summer", you may be out of town on vacation. And as that iconic TV commercial used to say, "Don't leave home without them". Without what? That was a line said by actor Karl Malden reminding people to make sure they always took travelers' checks on vacation or when out of town. Some of you may be asking, "What are travelers' checks"? 

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More U.S Beer Drinkers Going To the Can [VIDEO]

The slowdown of the American economy has resulted in many changes in our consumer preferences and spending. The latest is the renewed popularity of canned beer. Bloomberg.com reports that 53% of the beer sold in 2011 was canned, up from 48% in the years following the economic slowdown of 2007. With consumers watching their leisure time expenditures it appears that bottled and draft beers from both the national brand and craft beer brewers have taken a hit as the more affordable aluminum canned suds have increased in sales. Price is not the only reason for the turn around.

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Passwords, Codes, User Names – What’s Next, Retina Scans?

Is it me, or do we have to store too much trivial information in our heads these days? Just about every place you work, you need a user name and password to get into your company computer system, and then they notify you to change those passwords in 15 days or else you're out of the system! Just when I finally remembered my password without looking at the paper I keep in my wallet.

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Varick Street Banding Together To Support UPD

There's great community spirit in the Utica-Rome area among people and business, and the merchants on Varick Street in the Brewery District of West Utica are demonstrating that spirit.

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