Luxuries That Aren't Worth Giving Up

Highly frugal people can fall into the trap of sacrificing quality of life in exchange for saving money for no definable purpose. On the other hand, it’s also easy to slip into self-destructive spending routines that harm you while providing diminishing returns in pleasure. Everyone has financial lines they won’t cross. [More]

Do We Really Need To Market Beds Specifically To Guys?

Do We Really Need To Market Beds Specifically To Guys?

The Wall Street Journal has some ridiculous looking photos of beds designed for the male shopper. Apparently guys want built-in coolers, safes, TVs, and iPod docks in their beds. Sorry, we mean “man caves.”

Visa Black Card Comes With A Sense Of Self Importance, $495 Annual Fee

Visa Black Card Comes With A Sense Of Self Importance, $495 Annual Fee

Two different readers recently received an application for the Visa Black Card from Barclays. With its “patent pending carbon” material and “exclusive rewards program,” it’s not for everyone. With its $495 annual fee (plus another $195 per each authorized user), it’s not for anyone, not even the supposed 1% of the population Barclays says they’re marketing it to. We take that back—if Gob Bluth could get his own credit card, this would be the one he’d sign up for. C’mon!

Decode Your Genome For $1,000

Decode Your Genome For $1,000

For $1,000, a small California-based company called 23andMe (financed in part by Google) will decode your DNA and tell you whatever it can about your predispositions, health risks, and family traits—for example, whether or not you’re in line for the same heart disease that affected your father and grandfather, which is what the author of the Wired article wondered. (Turns out he’s not, but he’s at a higher risk of developing glaucoma. When one door opens…)