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Walgreens Store Offering Sushi, Wine and More

One Walgreens store in Chicago will start offering sushi, wine, juice bars, a barista, self serve frozen yogurt and more. The new upscale store will also feature a manicure/pedicure station and a cosmetics department.

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Yikes! Gas Prices Spike Again

Gas prices spiked in the Flint area just before Christmas. They took another jump just before the end of 2011. Less than a week into 2012, the price jumped again.

Unleaded gasoline could be had for less than 3 dollars a gallon in Flint a few days before Christmas. Now it's 3.59 just 3 weeks later.

Did demand/consumption bring about the price hike? Negative. Instability in the Middle East has caused speculators to jack up the price of crude oil and unleaded gas on the commodities markets.

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Man Eats Goats’ Heads To Save Money [Video]

Have you seen "Extreme Cheap Skates" on TLC? In this one episode, a guy is featured who goes on a spending fast several times a year, only spending loose change he finds around town. He actually buys goats' heads and eats them. Watch this odd video after the jump.

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Powerball Tickets Are Doubling In Price

For all you lottery players out there, Powerball tickets are now going to cost $2, with organizers hoping more people will play because jackpots will be getting bigger. This is also a way to be different than the Mega Millions multi-state lottery, according to Yahoo.

The change

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Which State Tops the List for Insurance Cost? One Guess!

If you've moved around the country at all, you may have noticed the difference in car insurance rates. The cost of new cars doesn’t vary much from state-to-state, but the cost of insuring one absolutely does. The statistics show that auto insurance can cost up to three times more, depending on where you live.

Wouldn't you know that here in Michigan we pay "top dollar"?

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Iowa Lottery Winner Finally Materializes to Claim $16.5 Million After Year-Long Delay

On Monday, the deadline passed for an unknown $77 million lottery winner in Georgia to claim the prize. Unbelievable as that may have been, officials in Iowa had a similar situation — days before the deadline, a Hot Lotto ticket worth $16.5 million was still unaccounted for.

But no more. In a squeaker of epic proportions, an attorney for the unnamed winner stepped forward with the valuable little slip of paper on Thursday, just two hours before it would’ve been worthless.

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Why Are More and More Americans Deciding Against Owning a TV Set?

For pretty much an entire generation, televisions have been as ubiquitous as living room sofas — but that could be changing.

For the first time in 40 years, the number of households with TV sets has actually dropped, despite the fact that the number of US households in general has continued to grow.

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Verizon Will Charge $2 Extra for Some Methods of Payment [UPDATE]

 

CNN reports that Verizon has decided to scrap its new policy, due to overwhelming complaints.

If it feels like you're being nickled-and-dimed to death, it's probably because you are. Beginning January 15th, you'll be charged a $2 "convenience fee" in order to use certain methods of paying your Verizon bill. Convenient.

Hit the jump for the breakdown.

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Dozens of Kmart and Sears Stores to Close After Disastrous Holiday Season

If you’re a regular shopper at Kmart or Sears, you may soon have fewer places to spend your money — parent company Sears Holdings has said that in light of decreased holiday sales, it’ll close at least 100 stores in the coming months.

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Recession? What Recession? Americans Say ‘We’re Doing Better Than Our Folks’ — Survey of the Day

While the county has been going through an extended period of economic decline and uncertainty, a solid majority of Americans still think that they are ahead of where their parents were financially.

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It’s a Generation Y Takeover! Younger Employees Are Changing the Work Place

The standard 9-5 workday has been customary for decades, but it looks like all that could soon change thanks to the demands of a whole new generation of younger workers. And that’s not all they want.

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Lottery Jackpots Huge For This Weekend

The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are both in 9-digit territory for this weekend's drawings. Both games that we are able to play in Michigan are well above 100 million dollars to a single winner.

Powerball is at 125 million for Saturday night's drawing. Mega Millions is at a whopping 173 million for tomorrow night (Friday).

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