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The ancient Roman phrase for this panam at circensus, bread and circuses the art of plying citizens with pleasure to distract them from pain.

– Ellen Ruppel Shell…

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OP/ED Wednesday or Ranty McRanterson

I have been doing an excellent job of not ranting on this blog. I’ve come close a couple of times but I don’t think I’ve actually ranted. 805 more words


Discount Culture

In a post last Wednesday I hinted at the idea that I feel amateur teams aren’t deserving of free money, or maybe even the supposed exchange of business name on the jersey for a discount. 620 more words


The High Price of A Discount Culture

Wal-Mart has been in the news a lot recently. No, I don’t mean all those grand sales and bargains. Over Thanksgiving weekend, workers at one thousand stores were on strike, protesting deplorable conditions and wages so low, the company trains its personnel how to apply for Public Assistance. 500 more words

I’m now a Frugalista

I have long ago finished “Cheap: High Cost of Discount Culture.”  But my friend, Ellen Ruppel Shell convinced me to revisit my spending habits, particularly in a world filled with economic uncertainty.  156 more words

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The Gruen Effect

I went to the mall this weekend, like many others across the continent.  But this time it was different.  I knew about the Gruen Effect… 357 more words

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The bigger the basket, the more you will buy!

My first thought as we enter the mall parking lot: where are the shopping carts? This indispensable tool in our bargain-hunting arsenal has many names – trolley, carriage, trundler, buggy and wagon basket. 308 more words

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