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5 Outrageously Expensive Gift Ideas

By Karla Bowsher, MoneyTalksNews.com OK, OK. We admit: Without an outrageously large discretionary income, we probably wouldn’t buy these gifts either. But we did enjoy window-shopping for them – and think you will too… 1. The original 1966 Batmobile: “multimillions” A truly one-of-a-kind gift option for the new year, this iconic car from the live-action Batman […]

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Gifts That Seem Expensive… But Really Aren’t

  By: Lindsay Sakraida, dealnews Features Director During the holidays, it’s natural to want to give the world to those we love; after all, nothing is too good for our parents, siblings, spouses, and dear friends. But a smart shopper never financially overextends himself at the holidays. So how exactly can you impress your giftee […]

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6 Outrageous Things Parents Spend Money On

By Renee Morad, Money Talks News Raising a child is expensive. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, middle-income parents of babies born in 2011 will spend $295,560 on that child from birth through age 17. Affluent parents will spend $490,830. Of course, it’s not hard to spend more,especially for the super-rich. Beyonce […]

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Dirty Money Spends Faster

By Roger Dooley, Forbes Here’s one from the odd-but-true department: we are more likely to spend old, soiled money faster than crisp, new notes. You might object that this makes no sense at all – twenty dollars is twenty dollars, right? If fact, new research from Canadian scientists show that we are more likely to […]

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7 Bizarre Ways to Get Fined

Did you ever think you could be fined $500 for “molesting butterflies”? Residents of Pacific Grove, Calif., probably didn’t think so, either, until such an ordinance was passed. Some recent laws against seemingly harmless behavior have added up to big fines for offenders—$250 in San Diego for leaving holiday lights up after February 2—according to […]

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Can Your Name Affect a Job Promotion?

What’s in a name? That which we call a potential raise. In the first study of its kind, researchers have analyzed the impact of names on decision-making and the formation of feelings. The results reveal people with  easy-to-pronounce names are more likely to be favored for a promotion at the office, Live Science reports. “The […]

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