Dear #AVL city council, Asheville is the seventh worst in the country for hunger

Do something about the four following issues that will improve the local economy. Consider that more than 17,000 people in Asheville are out of work, Asheville is the seventh worst in the country for hunger, and the cost of living is unreasonably high compared to surrounding cities.

  • Housing cost in Greenville, SC is 26% less than Asheville, NC., 19% less than Charlotte, NC, and 16% less than Knoxville, TN.
  • Utilities cost in Greenville, SC is 20% less than Asheville, NC., 19% less than Charlotte, NC, and 16% less than Knoxville, TN.
  • Healthcare cost in Greenville, SC is 6% less than Asheville, NC., and 16% less than Knoxville, TN (healthcare costs in Charlotte, NC is more than Asheville, but most of the other categories are still significantly less than Asheville).
  • Grocery items in Greenville, SC cost 2% less than Asheville, NC., 7% less than Charlotte, NC, and 13% less than Knoxville, TN.
    (via cnnmoney)

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Magazine death toll

279 magazines have folded during the first 6 months of 2009: http://bit.ly/EPZGU

10 Ways to Save Money

10. Get better at re-using your stuff
9. Cut your food costs
8. Dress and look sharp with less cash
7. Start working for yourself (crazy as it sounds)
6. Cut the cable and get your TV free
5. Trim your cell phone costs
4. Invest in your career
3. Trick yourself into spending less, saving more
2. Get serious about Craigslist
1. Reduce your bills by simply asking

from lifehacker:

Top 10 Ways to Save Money in a Recession

(via wyliefisher)