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A new report by Bankrate finds that in the 25 largest metropolitan areas, residents in only one city can afford to buy an averaged priced new car with a median-income household:

The Top Five Metros for Car Affordability

  1. Washington, D.C. (total purchase price of up to $37,223/monthly payment up to $697)
  2. San Francisco ($32,286 / $631)
  3. Boston ($30,863 / $592)
  4. Seattle ($26,771 / $532)
  5. Minneapolis/St. Paul ($26,606 / $502)

The Five Worst Metros for Car Affordability

  1. Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach ($13,577 / $256)
  2. Detroit ($13,913 / $273)
  3. Tampa ($14,189 / $268)
  4. Orlando ($15,902 / $309)
  5. San Antonio ($16,433 / $324)

Source: Bankrate.com

A new study finds that children of single mothers-by-choice show no significant differences when it comes to well-being and behavior or parental stress than those raised in a two-parent household.  Those single-mothers-by-choice often have a huge social network to help them, made up of family, friends, neighbors and more.  The study seems to refute previous research that suggested kids who grow up without a father have it worse than those in a two-parent household.

Source: New York Daily News

There’s no doubt we love our coffee and Oreos, and now it’s possible to enjoy those two great tastes together. Oreo lovers will be excited to hear that the new limited edition Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha Oreos are now on store shelves. The collaboration was first hinted at back in April, but they are now a reality, so run out to your store now before everyone jonesing for a caffeine buzz with their cookie gets their hands on them. Source: Elite Daily


We spend a lot on our skincare products and we want to get the most out of them. But when there’s only a little bit of the stuff left in the tube, it’s not always easy to get it out. And we hate the thought of tossing the package without using every last drop. That’s why this bobby pin hack is a game-changer.

All you do is slide a bobby pin onto the top of the tube and let it push all the product down to the bottom. No more rolling the face wash or lotion package to try to squeeze the last bit out because the bobby pin does the work for you.

You can use this hack for anything that’s packaged in a tube, conditioner, toothpaste, you name it. Now if you can just remember where you last saw a bobby pin, you’re all set. Start with looking in the bottom of your makeup bag, that’s where they usually are!

Source: Allure

We love shopping on Amazon and more than 310 million people use the site to buy everything from books to groceries. But as much as we love the convenience, we’re still spending more shopping on Amazon than we should. These are the most common mistakes a deal-conscious shopper doesn’t want to make.

  • Mistake #1: You buy the wrong things on Amazon - Sure, they have great deals, just not on everything. According to Kendal Perez, a savings expert at CouponSherpa.com,you should avoid buying tires, home goods, cleaning products, clothing and shoes on Amazon. And Krista Fabregas, an ecommerce analyst adds that bulky paper products like paper towels and printer paper, as well as power tools aren’t the best buys either.
  • Mistake #2: You always opt for the “free” two-day shipping - If you don’t need your order right now, go for the no-rush shipping and Amazon will give you a discount or a promotional reward toward a future purchase. And it still only takes as long as six business days to get to you.
  • Mistake #3: You don’t time your purchase right - Prices fluctuate on Amazon as many as five times a month, so use a price-checking site like CamelCamelCamel.com to find out when things tend to be higher and lower and shop accordingly. You can also sign up for Amazon’s “Watch a Deal” service that notifies you of deals and promos, says shopping expert Trae Bodge.
  • Mistake #4: You’ve gotten seduced by Prime - When you spend that $99 for a year of Amazon Prime, you get free two-day shipping and other perks, but research shows people who do it are more likely to shop at Amazon then, even when they don’t have the best deal.

Source: Moneyish

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