The cost of raising a child today

American families can expect to spend about $250,000 to raise a child for the next 17 years.

With Laura Sowa’s husband working strictly on sales commission in a down economy, money has been tight for several years now.  Laura lives in Nashville and she works hard to keep things as normal as possible for her two daughters.  But “normal” these days is being redefined.  This hit home for her recently as she listened to the girls playing “shopping trip” in the next room.

 

 

 

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Foodborne Illness Costs Americans $152 Billion a Year

 

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“Gaps in our food-safety system are causing significant health and economic impacts.”

A new study by a former FDA economist reports that foodborne illness costs America $ 152 Billion annually, the cost of 76 million cases of food related illness, 5,000 deaths, and 325,000 hospitalizations. The study, Health-Related Costs from Foodborne Illness in the United States calls for new strong regulation:

 

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Recession Friendly Staycations: The Fake Vacation At Home

Recession Friendly Staycations:  The Fake Vacation At Home

 

During the recession, families are forced to cut back on luxuries in order to keep money in the bank for life’s unavoidable expenses. In lieu of taking an expensive, luxury vacation overseas, many families and individuals are opting instead for fake vacations at home which are creating a world of new business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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