How Far Does $100 Go In Your State? Here’s A Map That Shows You

How Far Does $100 Go In Your State? Here’s A Map That Shows You

When people ask me why I moved from NYC back to Philadelphia a few years ago, I usually just show them my mortgage statement — or the fact that I can even afford a mortgage at all — as evidence of the lower cost of living. Now I have a map that shows how much further my money goes here in Pennsylvania than it did in New York… and which also makes me think that maybe I should move to Mississippi. [More]

AOL Still Has 2.4 Million Paying Subscribers

AOL Still Has 2.4 Million Paying Subscribers

For most of our readers, AOL is is a distant memory: you probably still have an Instant Messenger account around somewhere, and your favorite aunt uses it for e-mail. Oh, and you think that they might own some sites you visit sometimes, like Joystiq and TechCrunch. However, even as it works hard at becoming a content company, AOL still earns a lot of money from selling Internet service to people, including dialup. [More]

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Americans Spent Highest Percentage Of Income In 30 Years On Fuel In 2012

Even though Americans are cutting down on how often they hit up the gas pump, as a country we’re paying a higher percentage of our incomes on gasoline than we have in the last 30 years. The Energy Department said in a new report that U.S. households shelled out an average of $2,912 last year for gas, or about 4% of their pretax income. [More]

How To Adjust Your Budget To An Income Boost

Maybe it’s been so long since you’ve gotten a raise that you wouldn’t know what to do with the money when it hit you. Such a problem is a nice one to have, but still a problem. Act carelessly with your newfound income and you’ll hardly notice that you’ve got it. [More]

Wealth Gap Between Whites And Minorities Is Widest In 25 Years

Wealth Gap Between Whites And Minorities Is Widest In 25 Years

The wealth gap between whites and Hispanics has increased to its widest in 25 years, according to new analysis of Census data by the Pew Research Center. We’re talking a 20-1 ratio between whites and blacks, and an 18-1 between whites and Hispanics. Like so many things, it comes down the the housing crisis. [More]

Oracle, Apple, Capital One CEOs Rank Among Decade's Top Earners

Oracle, Apple, Capital One CEOs Rank Among Decade's Top Earners

Being POTUS makes you age prematurely, and Lady Gaga is stuck in a 360 deal that takes a cut of everything she does. Screw that, I wanna be CEO. The Wall Street Journal has listed the top paid CEOs of the last decade, which is topped by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison at $1.84 billion. Steve Jobs comes in fourth with $749 million, and Capital One’s Richard Fairbank is fifth at $569 million. The WSJ also notes that “four of the top 25 CEOs worked at financial companies, two on Wall Street.” [More]

High-Volume Sellers On eBay, Craigslist Can Look Forward To New Tax Form For 2011

High-Volume Sellers On eBay, Craigslist Can Look Forward To New Tax Form For 2011

If you tend to move a lot of merchandise on eBay or Craigslist, you should know that the IRS wants a share of those earnings. If in 2011 you sell more than $20,000 worth of goods and have more than 200 transactions, then come early 2012 you’ll receive a shiny new flavor of 1099 form called a 1099-K, and you’ll have to pay up. If you’re an infrequent seller, where your eBay or Craigslist transactions more closely resemble a garage sale than a virtual storefront (and especially if you sell items at a loss), you probably don’t have to worry. [More]

24 Ways To Make Some Extra Money

24 Ways To Make Some Extra Money

If you’re between jobs, underemployed, or just have a lot of extra time on your hands now that you’ve give up expensive hobbies like smoking or shopping, here’s a list of 24 ways you can you earn some extra money. They’re not full time jobs, or sometimes even part-time jobs, but they’re a good starting point if you need some inspiration on how to bring in a little extra cash. [More]

How To Make Sure You Get Paid What You're Worth

How To Make Sure You Get Paid What You're Worth

Wired has put together a Wiki called a
“Get Paid What You’re Worth” that lists seven strategies to help you maximize your salary. To start off, use a salary calculator or report to get a ballpark estimate of the going rate in your area, and remember that you have to learn to negotiate if you want to make more money. [More]

Friday Is The Cutoff To Pay Estimated '09 Taxes Without Penalty

Friday Is The Cutoff To Pay Estimated '09 Taxes Without Penalty

January 15th is the last day you can pay estimated taxes for 2009 without worrying about the IRS’s 4% interest penalty. For most people, you need to have paid 90% of what you owe for 2009 or have a good reason why you didn’t (e.g. casualty, retirement). Kiplinger notes that even if you can’t pay the full amount, pay whatever you can by January 15th to reduce the amount that’s penalized. [More]

Get Ready To Disclose A Lot More Information When Applying For Credit

Get Ready To Disclose A Lot More Information When Applying For Credit

The downside to responsible lending is that the lenders will need more information about you, says the WSJ. [More]

How The Average Consumer Spends His Paycheck

How The Average Consumer Spends His Paycheck

You already have a budget, you just probably haven’t seen it turned into a colorful graphic before. Here’s one that illustrates where all the money goes. Sadly, we spend about three times as much on tobacco as on reading, and yet almost nothing on strippers! (Unless that falls under “entertainment.”)

JoS A. Bank Will Refund Part Of Suit If You Lose Your Job

JoS A. Bank Will Refund Part Of Suit If You Lose Your Job

Work suits starting to look a little shabby? Wishing that that cool worn-in jeans look applied to trousers? One men’s clothier is sick and tired of men cutting back on buying suits because of the economy — so they’re promising to refund a portion of the money you spent on the suit if you lose your job.

Your Piggy Bank Is Happy: Savings Rate At 14-Year High

Your Piggy Bank Is Happy: Savings Rate At 14-Year High

Americans took their cost of living raises and stuck them in their piggy banks, says the Commerce Department, pushing the savings rate to a 14-year high. Not long ago we had a savings rate of 0.1% — now it has skyrocketed to 5%.

We All Need Extra Income

We All Need Extra Income

Hey, if you’ve got $28,000, you can use it to rent Steve Martin’s house for a week. [WSJ]

Gas Price Impact Map: Rural US Getting Slammed By $4 Gas

Gas Price Impact Map: Rural US Getting Slammed By $4 Gas

Suburban commuters may not enjoy paying an average of $4 a gallon for gas, but the rural US, where income levels are low and dependence on large vehicles is high, is getting hit the hardest says the New York Times.

5 Myths About The Upcoming Tax Rebate Stimulus Check

5 Myths About The Upcoming Tax Rebate Stimulus Check

There are a lot of myths and rumors going around out there about the upcoming stimulus check. Tax Cat is in full debunk mode this morning. Careful of the claws, ladies and gentlemen. He gets touchy when tax season ends and he has to retire the glasses for another year and go back to ruining things in Chad’s apartment.

Estimated Hourly Wages For The Lowest Paying Jobs In The U.S.

Estimated Hourly Wages For The Lowest Paying Jobs In The U.S.

The blog Political Calculations took data from the Congressional Budget Office, “which published a study of the lowest-wage workers in the U.S. from 1979 through 2005,” and looked at the occupations of the bottom 20% of earners in the U.S. Then it took a chart of the 10 full-time jobs with the lowest annual earnings as compiled by BizJournals.com and estimated the hourly wage based on 40-hour weeks. Conclusion: don’t plan on operating a Tilt-a-Whirl and retiring comfortably.