#SB50 Big Game Ad ROI Calculator

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When the big game rolls around every year, there is always one topic that comes to the front of people's minds: the commercials. Not only do people love to talk about all of the fun, silly or downright exciting commercials that they see, but some people who don't even love football still tune in just to see the ads.A huge amount of money is also spent on the ads themselves, not just to produce them, but for the airtime. Networks regularly charge millions of dollars ... Read More

Buying a car after the Fed rate hike

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No doubt, there will be lots of articles that come out on the effect of the interest rate hike on the global economy. But for most people, the acts of Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve Board seem unrelated to the lives of the average person. The simple fact is that the Fed’s actions affect how the average person borrows money, and the trend of rising interest rates will hit the consumer.The most obvious effect of the interest rate hike is on Fed based consumer ... Read More

Make Your 2016 Financial Resolutions a Reality

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Like with most resolutions, however, a lot of people really see this one as a lot easier said than done. Sure, it's one thing to say that you're going to start saving money as soon as you get your first pay check in a new year - it's another thing entirely to actually do it. Plus, how do you take into account all of the things that you can't even really take into account for? Your monthly utility bills probably fluctuate wildly depending on the season, and a sudden re... Read More

How to Calculate Your 2016 Fitness Goals

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If you had to make a list of all the New Years resolutions that people make as soon as January 1 rolls around, fitness-related goals would undoubtedly be right at the top. Many people use the New Year as the perfect opportunity to start that new diet they've been thinking about, or to start actually using that gym membership that they signed up for and can't figure out how to cancel.If you're currently working on your own fitness-related goals for 2016, there are a ... Read More

Wolf 1061 - A Super Earth in the neighborhood.

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By measuring the difference in light emitted and motion (wobble) of stars, astronomers are able to detect more and more planets outside of our solar system. Scientists have recently detected a planet that is relatively close to Earth called Wolf 1061c. This planet is interesting for two reasons. It's close enough that people could actually live long enough to get to it if we make some breakthroughs in space flight. It's in the Life Zone around its star, not too cl... Read More

Perfect Christmas Tree Lights with This Handy Calculator

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There are few things better than sitting back with a nice cup of eggnog and enjoying a brilliantly lit Christmas tree in the comfort of your own home. Yet at the same time, there are few things worse than all of the work and stress that you have to go through putting the Christmas tree lights up to actually get to that point in the first place. How many lights do you have to buy? How should you string them up to get the best results? Why will that one strand of l... Read More

Is Your Carry On Gonna Fly? Let’s Do the Math!

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To say that airlines are always looking for new ways to charge consumers money is something of an understatement. Not only is the space between seats getting smaller on many major airlines (along with the seats themselves), but it's actually gotten worse going into the 2015 holiday season. The International Air Transport Association has recently recommended a new carry on size for airlines that is actually smaller than the size that most are going with right now. ... Read More

Counting the Christmas Costs - A Handy Holiday Calculator

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The simple fact of the matter is that before you run out and spend thousands of dollars on gifts for those closest to you, there are always a few key things to keep in mind. Unless you have the luxury to pay for all of your purchases in cash, which statistically speaking you probably don't, you're probably looking towards your credit card(s) for financial stability this holiday season. While this is largely the reason they were invented in the first place, that does... Read More

Guaranteed to Warm You - Calculating the Cost of Firewood

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I’ve used firewood to heat my homes for decades. When my wife and I were dating in college, we’d walk around the neighborhood and occasionally see the flicker of firelight from the windows of a home, and we’d always comment that we wanted a fireplace someday (queue the Beach Boys “Wouldn’t it be Nice”). Over the years we’ve had fire places, wood stoves and an outdoor wood furnace (above). For a while, back during Y2K, we even had a wood-fired kitchen stove that w... Read More