How Is NC’s Middle Class Doing? And Can We Help Them Out?
What is the middle class? It’s not as easy to answer as it seems. Let’s play a game. You guess what class you’re in, and tell us here:
Health Insurance is Complicated
33% of Millennials have never had employer-based health insurance, according to a new study, and a full 11% aren’t insured at all. Worse, they don’t know what insurance options are available, or how to understand them.
Holler Back! Or…Not.
Spivey’s Corner, a small town outside Fayetteville, is calling quits to its historic hollerin’ contest. Hollerin’ isn’t just for Gwen Stefani, and it never was. This communication technique dates back hundreds of years in the rural South, where it was used to shout short messages between farms. Spivey’s Corner has kept the tradition alive since 1969 with its Hollerin’ Contest, but low attendance in recent years has put a damper on the fun, and they’ve suspended it this year.
9 Ways to Save $10 a Day
Healthcare prices are up — way up. Unemployment is falling, but not fast enough. And apparently Millennials are saving like crazy, but soon-to be-retirees are fretting about their nest eggs. Here’s some free advice. If you could save even $10 a day on little things, that $300 a month you’d have to save for retirement, or spend on a big thing! (Think: car payment.) Here are some $10/day suggestions:
Premiums Are Skyrocketing
Pay the insurance, or pay the mortgage? If you don’t qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (read: make more than $47,520 as an individual or $97,200 as a family of four), it’s a choice you may be facing this year. Rate increases are happening across the board and across the country:
What's the Gig Economy, and Is It Good for NC?
For better or for worse, America’s economy now depends on two things: the internet and self-employed people. Digital technologies (raise your hand if you’re reading this on a smartphone!) make it easy to work in nontraditional places, like your living room couch. The resulting rise of freelancers and contract workers is staggering, frankly. It’s called the Gig Economy, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.