Archive for the ‘Leisure’ Category

San Diego Chargers Are NFL’s Blackout Grinch

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- Welcome to San Diego, the one place in the U.S. where National Football League team owners still think that keeping the home team off of local television will get them a new stadium.

After we took the time to congratulate owners on 12 weeks without an NFL blackout and the UT San Diego ran an editorial demanding public support for a new Chargers stadium, the Spanos family that owns the Chargers threw out all that goodwill with the Thanksgiving leftovers by taking the team's Sunday game against the Cincinnati Bengals off the air. The Chargers were 5,300 tickets short of a sellout as of Thanksgiving afternoon, which automatically triggered the NFL blackout rule that demands games be sold out 72 hours before kickoff if they are to be televised.

Don't blame the NFL and its backward blackout rule for this one, however. Blame the Chargers and the Spanos family for engaging in a spite war with their hometown and flat-out refusing to use the tools that would allow them to avoid such blackouts. ...

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The Cheapest Way of Retiring

Friday, August 16th, 2013

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In my previous two-part article (click here for Part 1, or Part 2), I detailed the importance of saving over the long term. While everyone's scenario is different, I assumed we had a 30-year-old single investor, saving for 30 years in a Roth IRA. You can read about the amazing results from the beginning.

But contrary to its purpose, saving can actually be rather expensive. Between management fees, commissions and taxes, the amount of lost savings can be overwhelming. Luckily, we eliminated the main management fees by choosing a self-managed retirement account. Furthermore, we used a Roth retirement account, which allows for tax-free withdrawals starting at age 59-1/2.

Management fees on ETFs and mutual funds are much cheaper than those associated with investment specialists. The only way to avoid management fees in ETFs and mutual funds is to simply not invest in them....

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10 Ways to Make Halloween a Little Less Scary on the Budget

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's almost that time of the year when ghosts, ghouls and zombies come calling, but the scariest part of this holiday might be what you will spend on costumes, candy, decorations and parties.

In 2011, the National Retail Federation predicted that spending on Halloween related items would increase by $1 billion, making the holiday second in spending only to Christmas in the United States.

But you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a devilish good time on Halloween. ...




10 Ways to Make Halloween a Little Less Scary on the Budget

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's almost that time of the year when ghosts, ghouls and zombies come calling, but the scariest part of this holiday might be what you will spend on costumes, candy, decorations and parties.

In 2011, the National Retail Federation predicted that spending on Halloween related items would increase by $1 billion, making the holiday second in spending only to Christmas in the United States.

But you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a devilish good time on Halloween. ...




Cramer’s ‘Mad Money’ Recap: A Market of Mixed Signals

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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10 Countries Where Retirees Live Large

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Retirement in the United States is nice and all, until they ask you to actually pay for stuff.

When retirees' nest eggs are a finite and dwindling resource, rising local and federal taxes can put even the staunchest, flag-draped patriotism to the test. If retirees are willing to leave the states behind, the savings can be substantial.

The folks at International Living crunched the numbers and looked at the price of simple staples, assimilation and staying in touch with family left behind. The following countries scored high marks not only for their inexpensive living, but for overall friendliness toward American retirees: ...


10 Ways Around Summer Movie Crowds And Prices

Friday, May 18th, 2012

NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Summer movie season doesn't care that summer's still more than a month away and Memorial Day still a few days away: Theaters want your money and want it now.

Moviegoers already decided it's summer blockbuster season and have parted with more than $1 billion to see men (and Scarlett Johanssen) in costume fight each other and computer-generated bad guys. The Avengers was just the beginning, considering we're not even close to the release dates for new Batman and Spider-Man films. There are still a few ways to cut movie costs and keep some of your hard-earned dollars out of the box office till.

Comic book heroes, Pixar characters and a slew of sequels all want what's in your wallet this summer, but there's no need to hand over everything you have. This is a business, not a mugging, and the customer still has a choice regardless of what the faceless drones at the studios believe. If they want you to shell out for their big-money content after months of 3-D retreads and busts such as John Carter, they'll have to do it on your terms. Here are a few ways to cut costs and keep some of your hard-earned dollars out of the box office till: ...

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Older Americans Advise College Grads to Be Risk Takers

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Travel, don't work for money, make the most of a bad job.

These are some of the life recommendations older Americans have for young Americans. What's the most important piece of advice? Get excited, because life goes by fast.

This month, college graduates will don their sheepskins and accept their diplomas in something of an anxious state. ...




Is Spring Still Exciting When You Haven’t Had a Winter?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

NEW YORK -- (MainStreet) -- When you've already had a warm winter and are getting temperatures into the 70s and 80s in March, what's to anticipate about spring?

The start of the Major League Baseball season aside, this year's transition from winter to spring for the Northeast and much of the Midwest will be among the mildest in history. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, December through February was the fourth-warmest winter on record for the lower 48 states. The average temperature was 3.9 degrees above the average from 1901 to 2000 and the warmest since 2000. Unusually mild winters that hurt ski slopes and may crush crops could boost sales and travel.

In Albany, N.Y., for example, the average high in January was 37 degrees, when it's usually below freezing, according to the National Weather Service. In Tulsa, Okla., the average high last month was about 57 degrees, 9 degrees higher than normal. The Upper Midwest, Great Plains and a few other areas were "much above normal" in temperature, NOAA said. None of that news amounts to anything good and could end up being really harmful to trees, shrubs and perennials, says Dr. Bert Cregg, an associate professor in the horticulture department at Michigan State University specializing in tree physiology and nursing landscape. ...

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7 Travel Spots That Avoid Spring Break

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- You didn't make it through a long, gray winter just to spend your spring break avoiding a can-strewn hotel pool and cleaning a co-ed's vomit off your rental car.

Much like hurricanes, brush fires, blizzards and various other seasonal anomalies, spring break is best accepted as an unfortunate reality at this time of year for travelers whose best beer-bong building days are behind them. As with any destructive force of nature, the best way to approach spring break as a traveler is to avoid it as best as possible. ...

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