Just as we tend to bundle up in winter, wearing lots of layers in order to conserve our body’s heat, there are lots of things that we can do in order to conserve our winter dollars.
Here are 35 ways that you can lower your energy bill this winter — and in many cases, throughout the year and in future winters as well. Some are easy and some will take an investment of time and/or money, but each can help you keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your own pocket instead of in your utility companies’ pockets!
You may want to spring clean your house, barn, garage or attic because these ordinary things just lying around could be worth money.
Click ahead to see 25 valuable things that could be hiding in your house.
Although inflation can increase costs of food, household items, electronics and even travel, demand for certain items can also drive up prices in a few short years. Comparing historical prices for common goods in the early to late 20th century with today’s costs offers some interesting insights into how consumerism has changed and evolved.
In fact, some items that people happily shell out thousands of dollars for today cost only a few bucks decades ago. On the other hand, there are goods that have gone down in price over the years. Read on to find out how much prices have changed over the last 100 years.
12 Things That Cost Less Today Than in the 1900s
The good old days may have been better, but they weren’t always cheaper. Believe it or not, many items today cost less than they did in the last century — once you adjust for inflation.
How did we do that? We used a nifty inflation calculator courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to adjust purchases ranging from big (cars) to small (eggs).
Here are 12 of the most intriguing…
Daily stress often just comes with the paycheck
Can anyone truly say their job comes with zero stress?
From paramedic to prison guard, there are some jobs for which stress is pretty much guaranteed with the paycheck. Career-information website Zippia.com crunched the numbers in 2017 to come up with its ranking of the most stressful jobs in America. The firm considered an array of factors, including the consequences of making an error, exposure to hazardous conditions, time pressures and time spent dealing with aggressive and unpleasant people.
Take a read, and if you know anyone who works in one of these fields, try to cut them some slack.
Emily Post is rolling over in her grave. According to a study conducted by Pew and Public Agenda, just 23 percent of Americans found that most people they encounter have what they would describe as “very good” manners. If you’re someone who wants to win friends and move up at the office, it would behoove you to improve.
“People like to be around people who show respect and courtesy for them,” says Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder and president of The Etiquette School of New York, who notes that etiquette can also increase confidence in social situations.
“The reason these rules were devised in the first place is to make people more comfortable. When you practice social etiquette, it’s easier to make friends and it shows you respect them.”So, how can we swing the pendulum back in favor of politeness? Start by ensuring you’re not making any of these social etiquette mistakes.
What to look for in a credit card
The best credit cards offer lucrative rewards programs, concierge services, and other extra perks, but those incentives are far from common.In fact, there are thousands of credit cards on the market, and some of them are downright awful. If you’re looking for a new credit card, it’s important to do your research to make sure you get the right one.To help you save time, here are eight credit cards that you should avoid altogether.
Costco membership comes with some obvious perks – namely, access to the retail chain and its food court.
But according to dozens of Costco workers who spoke with Business Insider, being a member doesn’t entitle you to do whatever you want.
While Costco made Glassdoor’s list of best places to work in 2017, employees still had several complaints about shoppers’ rude and inconvenient behavior.
Business Insider spoke to more than two dozen Costco employees about the things they want to tell members but can’t. Some of their responses focused on obvious problems, like members being mean and inconsiderate. But some of the tips were more instructive.
Americans spend, on average, $33,391 on their weddings, according to The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study. And that’s not even including the amount they spend on an engagement ring. The cost of a wedding depends on a wide variety of factors, including the amount of guests, the ceremony site, the time of year, the decor, and of course, the city that you decide to host the wedding in.
While there’s a current trend in hosting fewer guests, the average cost per guest is increasing, due to couples wanting to create a unique and memorable experience for all those involved, The Knot found.
The tradition of the bride’s family paying for the wedding isn’t rapidly changing. “On average, the bride’s parents contribute 45% (56% for high spenders) of the overall wedding budget; the bride and groom contribute 41% (28% for high spenders); and the groom’s parents contribute 13% (15% for high spenders),” says the study.
In some places across the US, the average wedding cost is much lower than the national average. In New Mexico, for example, the average wedding cost is almost half the national average at $17,584. But some places spend much more.
The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study looked into which cities and regions across Americans are shelling out the most cash for their big day. Click through to see the top 25 places where the average wedding cost is higher than the national average.
THE MONA LISA
Ever heard of it? The answer is most likely yes, considering it is the most famous painting in the world. The criminal, Vincenzo Perugia, was a handyman working at the Louvre, where the painting is displayed.
In 1911, he hid in a closet until the museum closed and then took off with it with two other handymen. It was finally recovered and returned to the Louvre in 1913 after Perugia attempted to sell it to an art dealer in Italy. This painting tops the list of the most expensive things ever stolen with a price tag of at least $2 billion.