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How to Save Money on Hotels AND Know Where You Will Stay

You may or may not be familiar with Priceline's "Express Deals". Express Deals are discounted hotel rooms that come with a slight catch: you don't know exactly which hotel you're booking until...


The Currency Market Is Not for Investments

The government of a country, or the Federal Reserve Bank in the case of the United States, is able to control the value of their currency. In the US, this is done by issuing Treasury Bonds at with...


Food Budget

The USDA publishes tables showing how much Americans can expect to spend on food each week. The tables are broken down by family size, gender, and age. They're further divided into four categories:...


MERS and Epidemic Curves: Followup

In a post published June 21, 2015, I said I hoped that Korea would be MERS-free by the time I arrived in Korea for my trip this August. Good news! South Korea says the MERS threat is no more. There...


Texas Driver License for F-1 Students

Getting a Texas driver license for an F-1 student turned out to be both much easier and more complicated than I had anticipated.