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Be a "Budget Hero" with this Cool Game to Balance the Nation's Books

Think you have the answers? Go ahead and try to balance the budget with this game, we dare you.

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A Daily Deal Site That Helps You Make Healthy Choices A Daily Deal Site That Helps You Make Healthy Choices

Zipongo pairs natural food daily deals with life tracking software that helps you make healthy decisions, and save money.

We've written a lot about Groupon here, mainly because we wish it would honor its roots as a platform for doing good a bit more. We've also highlighted daily deal sites that are better for the world, or your health.

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Check Yourself Out! The Science of Supermarket Design

Supermarkets are designed to trick you into buying more than you planned to. Can marketing psychology be used to push healthy foods instead?

Supermarkets have been designed for a high turnover of a huge inventory, with as little help as possible from employees. They accomplish this by employing tricks to get you to buy more food than you planned to. And that affects not just your wallet, but also your waistline, because supermarkets are often pushing less healthy, processed foods.

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El Origen Embraces "Polluted" Wool as a Natural Style Point

Pairing conscious construction with fair compensation to create lovely artisan wool sweaters, El Origen Wool gives new meaning to black sheep.

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Civil War Era Photos: Help Identify Them

The Library of Congress needs your help identifying people in these amazing photographs from the Civil War. Could one of them be your relative?

The Library of Congress recently acquired a collection of nearly 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs depicting Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War, but they don't know who these people were and they need your help. Writes the Library of Congress:

Among the rarest images are African Americans in uniform, sailors, a Lincoln campaign button, and portraits of soldiers with their wives and children. A few personal stories survived in notes pinned to the photo cases, but most of the people and photographers are unidentified.

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Fifteen Fashion Addicts Quit Shopping for One Year

For the Free Fashion Challenge, 15 unlikely anti-consumers will refrain from buying clothes for one year.


For the past few years, Buy Nothing Day has served as a quiet rejoinder to a day (and a season) marred by the worst of consumer culture. Even if Black Friday isn't the year's biggest shopping day, it is a nice occasion for staging a widespread effort of non-participation. But what happens afterward? Might there be a better way to transform our shopping habits?

Indeed there might. Back on November 11, a group of unlikely anti-consumers launched the Free Fashion Challenge, in which 15 self-described "fashion addicts" pledged to refrain from buying clothes for an entire year. For the next 12 months, participants will blog about their experiences, hold swap parties, and engage in all sorts of "assignments" online.

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