Five North Carolina Vacations Under $500
Let's say your healthcare costs were $500 cheaper. What would you do with that money? We've got some ideas for you. From the edge of the Atlantic to Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina offers the best vacation experiences ever. That’s official. We took a vote. 3 out of 3 of our friends agree that anyone looking for a quick getaway could do a lot worse than a weekend exploring the Old North State. 3 out of 3 of our friends are also broke wallet-conscious, so we know a thing or two about cramming an exceptional amount of fun and beauty into a tiny budget. Our solution? Get up and get going with one of these five $500-and-under weekend getaways (for two!) that span the state. Wherever you’re located, we promise you’re just a short drive from at least one of them. #YoureWelcome
PainKILLERS: Epidemic in Wilmington
Scary, but true: by some measures North Carolina’s problem with opioids is the worst in the nation.
Health Insurance Mandates: The Most Expensive Laws You’ve Never Heard Of
Quick: name three things that make your life a lot more expensive. Bet you went with “taxes, taxes, taxes,” or maybe “kids, kids, kids.” But did the word mandate sneak into that list anywhere? Probably not. If you’re like most North Carolinians, you didn’t know that health insurance mandates are the number one reason our healthcare prices are rising so rapidly (almost 30% in the past year alone. Shocking, right?). In fact, you may not even know what mandates are, much less how they’re crippling our economy. That’s okay. We’re here to break it down for you.
Thinking of Retiring? Think Again.
Americans are freaking out about finances. There’s a good reason: healthcare costs are rising, and it’s making it hard to save. Time Magazine claims that “seven in 10 workers report their medical costs have gone up the past two years, and the vast majority says the additional expenses are significant enough to force them to save less for retirement."
Healthcare Costs Are Crippling North Carolina's Economy
Is healthcare killing your budget? For too many North Carolinians, the answer is yes. According to some estimates, North Carolina’s average healthcare premiums have increased almost 30% since 2015. That’s a scary prospect, especially given some estimates place the average North Carolina family’s premiums at almost $5,000 per year in 2015 — almost 10% of our state’s median household income that year. And don’t even get us started on the rising costs of deductibles and copayments.