A new phenomenon, called "Cash Mobs," is spreading across the country, changing the way people view local businesses. Similar to flash mobs, Cash Mobs organize customers to spend money at struggling locally owned businesses to support their community.
Friday, Feb 24th 2012 (12:01am)
Since 1976, John Baker has run the Bakers Junction Railroad Museum in Smithville, Indiana. The museum - which operates a haunted house in old railcars - has fallen on tough financial times, so Baker's turned to an unusual source of fundraising capital. That is, his own severed thumb.
All those mortgages that have gone into foreclosure and turned our economy into a tailspin got you down? Can you appreciate a guy who knows how to make lemonade when life offers us lemons? Here's a guy who was able to pick up a McMansion for just $16.
Tuesday, Jul 19th 2011 (9:12am) | Thanks: Buzzfeed
The long-declining pie-and-pseduo-homestyle-food chain has finally given up the ghost, closing stores across the country (every single one here in Arizona shut down over the weekend), some right in the middle of meals.
Tuesday, Jun 14th 2011 (6:13am)
The latest casualty of our blighted economy? Our long-time attempt to find some neighbors. If you've been running @home all these years, may as well shut it all down once you're done with your current batch.
Thursday, Apr 28th 2011 (12:01am)
The beggar with the golden voice, who last week managed to escape the bonds of poverty and homelessness found himself held by LA Police after a fracas with one of his daughters. Is this the first sign of a rags to riches to rags story in the making?
Wednesday, Jan 12th 2011 (5:27am)
So, you're committed to doing Thanksgiving dinner for your family and friends, but only have a buck left 'til payday. Take a lesson from professional cheapskate Jeffrey Strain and do it up proper!
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If you're fortunate enough to ride out the economic downturn without having to live in a cardboard box, you could probably stand to start giving back to your community. If you're also something of a slacker, then this is the guide for you.
Friday, Oct 1st 2010 (5:00am)
The Liberace Museum, long one of this city's best-known and unusual attractions, is shutting down next month, the latest victim of a brutal recession that has hit Nevada particularly hard.
Wednesday, Sep 15th 2010 (5:25am) | Thanks: j-walk
It's becoming more and more common in this blighted economic landscape for smaller towns and cities to save money by letting their paved roads revert back to gravel - jokingly called the 'stone age', it says far more of our future than our past.
Got a CitiBank credit card? Look to your mail for a notice that they've just jacked everyone's interest rate to 29.99%. It's legal, but clearly an act of desperation. Best bet is to transfer your balance to a card with cheaper interest, and make Citi's insolvency even worse.
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