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Aug 25, 2015

The dharma of dollars: What Buddhism says about money and meaning

NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Buddhism, which holds that
wealth is temporary and no path to happiness, might not sound
like the best source for money wisdom.

Not so, says Ethan Nichtern, the prominent Buddhist teacher,
who has written a new book, “The Road Home,” on self-awareness
and spiritual seeking.

Aug 24, 2015

How to stop sneaky ‘gray charges’ on credit card bills

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hey, remember that newsletter that let you sign up for a free trial?

Didn’t think so.

How about that old domain name you registered, or your kid’s gaming membership, or the magazine subscription that was initially offered as a freebie. Forgot about those too, didn’t you?

Aug 18, 2015

The high price of turning your dog into a foodie

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bay-Li, Car-Li and Hay-Li have had a rough day. After a workout on the treadmill, a dip in the pool and some personal grooming, they finish off the day with a gourmet dish of chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, Red Delicious apples and blueberries.

They are Shih Tzus, a dog breed whose name comes from the Chinese word for “lion dog.”

Aug 12, 2015

In divorce and custody battles, now it’s about the dog

NEW YORK, August 12 (Reuters) – When couples split, custody is one of the hardest issues they have to resolve. And that goes for dogs and other furry family members as much as for children.

Formosa Hsu and her ex-partner Joseph, who did not have kids, spent years in mediation to decide how to split the time of their little beagle mix Pupineya, whom they had adopted when he was 3 months old.

Aug 5, 2015

Rise and shine: Five morning show hosts talk about their first jobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It takes a special kind of person to be a morning-show host.

Not just the kind of person who can get up at 3 or 4 a.m. every day, but someone with a personality that the rest of America doesn’t mind seeing when they are tired, grumpy and have not yet had a first cup of coffee.

Jul 27, 2015

Afraid to spend? Why it’s okay to enjoy your money

NEW YORK, July 27 (Reuters) – When Stan Calow was growing
up, frugality was a way of life: “You spend as little as you
need to, and then save everything else.” So, the 58-year-old
engineer and U.S. Army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri always
hated spending money.

It took his financial planner, Cindy Richey, to drill the
point into him that it was actually okay to enjoy his savings
once in a while.

Jul 22, 2015

More retirees flock to U.S. states for legal pot

NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) – When choosing retirement
locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities,
proximity to grandchildren, access to quality healthcare.

Chris Cooper had something else to consider – marijuana
laws.

The investment adviser from Toledo had long struggled with
back pain due to a fractured vertebra and crushed disc from a
fall. He hated powerful prescription drugs like Vicodin, but one
thing did help ease the pain and spasms: marijuana.

Jul 13, 2015

What to do when your Amazon Prime deliveries are late

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jason Jepson’s love affair with Amazon Prime lasted quite a while. But about a year ago, when some deliveries started going through the U.S. postal service rather than a private delivery service like United Parcel Service Inc, Jepson noticed the service getting spotty.

The 40-year-old communications consultant from Austin, Texas said first it was one package that was delayed, then a second. Then seven. Then 13.

Jul 1, 2015

5 ways road-tripping families can save money

NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) – With four kids between the ages
of 1 and 12, Loralee Leavitt is a cost-savings ninja when she
hits the road.

Leavitt, who hails from Kirkland, Washington, estimates that
she has gone on more than 30 road trips with her growing family,
logging over 60,000 miles, to places like Utah, Colorado,
Arizona and California.

Jul 1, 2015

First-job tales of YouTube celebrities

NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) – Not long ago, Americans
megastars only came from places like network television shows or
Hollywood films.

These days, they also come from somewhere else entirely:
YouTube.

While old-media outlets like newspapers have been losing
subscribers, YouTube celebrities have been gaining
them by the busload.

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      "Chris Taylor is an award-winning freelance writer in New York City. A former senior writer with SmartMoney, the Wall Street Journal's personal-finance magazine, he has been published in the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNBC.com, Fortune, Money, and more. He has won journalism awards from the National Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. The opinions expressed are his own."
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