Friday Rant: Spend Management and Supply Risk in the Land of Coupons -- A recent article in my hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune highlights the group coupon distribution company Groupon, "credited with creating the group discount concept and still the ballooning trend's leader, typically keeps half the coupon's selling price and charges retailers a processing fee. It e-mails deals daily to 11 million shoppers in 150 cities in 19 countries and this month started tweeting about group deals to many millions more."
Friday Rant: Why Has the Longevity and Quality of Household Appliances Gone Down the Tube? -- Earlier in the week, I shared a quick story in a comment about a recent appliance purchase in the Busch/Reisman household.
Friday Rant: Tax Credit Stimulus for House Buying -- And the Point Was? -- Special tax credits for home buyers that expired in May helped to pull some sales forward but were also a major contributor to "an unprecedented 33 percent collapse in new home sales from April to an annual pace of 300,000, less than the median estimate of economists surveyed ... and the fewest in data going back to 1963..." according to a recent report from Bloomberg News.