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    watch nowVIDEO4:2104:21Gilts and sterling not out of the woods after tax cut reversal, says strategistSquawk Box Europe LONDON — The U.K. government's reversal on scrapping the top rate of income tax is down to political optics and will not reassure market skittishness over its economic plan, analysts told CNBC Monday. The tax cut, which Prime Minister Liz Truss was defending just hours before, would have abolished a 45% rate paid on annual income over £150,000 ($166,770). Paul Dales, chief U.K. economist at Capital Economics, said it would have a limited impact on revenue. "Of the £44 billion net loosening in fiscal policy by 2026/27 the Chancellor announced in the mini-budget, the 45p tax cut accounted for just £2 billion. So it is more politics than economics," he said by email. That was reflected in the statement released by Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, who said in a statement it had become a "distraction from our overriding mission to tackle the challenges facing our economy"; and Conservative Member of Parliament Grant Shapps, who said it "jarred for people in a way which...
    Billy Eichner opened up Sunday about the happiness he has for how his film Bros turned out, and disappointment about its performance in its initial foray at the box office. The 44-year-old actor-comedian issued a series of tweets about the film, which is the first LGBTQ romantic comedy given a large release by a major studio. 'Last night I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold out theater playing BROS in LA,' he said. 'The audience howled with laughter start to finish, burst into applause at the end, and some were wiping away tears as they walked out. It was truly magical. Really. I am VERY proud of this movie.' The latest: Billy Eichner, 44, opened up Sunday about the happiness he has for how his film Bros turned out, and disappointment about its performance in its initial foray at the box office 'Rolling Stone already has BROS on the list of the best comedies of the 21st century. Eichner said that 'what’s also true is that at one point a theater chain called Universal and said they...
    California’s economy exploded as the state emerged from a relatively brief but severe recession caused by business shutdowns that Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered in 2020 to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtually overnight, more than 2 million Californians lost their jobs and the state’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to more than 16%. However, once the restrictions were eased, the jobless rate slowly drifted downward to pre-pandemic levels, under 4%, and California employers found it increasingly difficult to fill their jobs. The state’s ride on a dizzying economic rollercoaster may not be over. Inflation is hitting rates not seen in decades, more than 8%, largely because massive amounts of federal spending, meant to counteract the economic effects of pandemic, has overheated the economy, upsetting the supply-demand balance. The Federal Reserve System is rapidly increasing interest rates in hopes of cooling down the economy but its hope for a “soft landing” is very uncertain and there are growing fears of a recession. In a sense, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as employers curtail hiring in anticipation of a recession and those actions trigger a...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom spent the past week working through a stack of hundreds of bills, signing significant legislation on everything from housing to abortion rights. But he also vetoed more bills than he had in the last two years combined while sending a particular message: Now is no time for California to go on a spending spree. With inflation, war in Europe and higher interest rates pounding the stock market, many of Newsom’s veto messages contained a refrain about the uncertain future finances of a state that has enjoyed record budget surpluses in recent years: “With our state facing lower-than-expected revenues over the first few months of this fiscal year, it is important to remain disciplined when it comes to spending.” As Newsom wraps up his first term as governor, political observers say he’s learned from others’ experience of California’s boom and bust economic cycles. “Gavin Newsom is clearly a progressive who’s worrying a lot about a recession,” said political analyst Dan Schnur. “He knows from watching his predecessors that there’s no better way to destroy a governor than budget...
    A BUSINESS analyst has broken down her $100 weekly grocery budget and even said she doesn't always spend the full amount. Nicole of Seattle, Washington, revealed all the stores she shops at and what items to look for if you're saving money to fight inflation. 1A woman has broken down her $100 weekly budget and even said she doesn't always spend the full amountCredit: Getty The savvy 31-year-old said she finds the majority of her groceries at Puget Consumers Co-op Community Markets. Food co-ops are independently owned grocery stores that provide affordable, local products to the immediate community. She also shops at mid-week farmers markets in the city for in-season produce and sometimes makes stops at Trader Joe's. Her strategy for saving money involves a good amount of planning and taking stock of what's already in the fridge and pantry. read more on grocery storesSTORE SAVINGS Cheapest grocery store for 183 items revealed - you can save $100s a monthMONEY SAVER I save $500 a month by couponing at stores including Dollar General and Walmart "I generally try to format...
    The first in her family to attend college, Karen Beltran Lopez plans to graduate from Minneapolis College in spring 2024 and then pursue a career as a software developer. She has big goals, but it wasn’t always that way. Karen started taking college classes several years ago. She “wanted to finish,” but also had to support herself. She worked two jobs for a while, and she stopped attending classes. Once she had a higher paying job a few years later, she discovered Minneapolis College, and the time was finally right. Too many students like Karen are forced to give up their dreams in order to pay their bills. That is why Minneapolis College delivers affordable higher education options that support students, employers, communities and taxpayers. Our mission is to provide access to the transformative power of education, yet this has been increasingly difficult in recent years. Since 1995, despite repeated requests to the Minnesota Legislature, the share of the state’s General Fund committed to higher education has fallen by 47%. The most recent supplemental budget request submitted to the Legislature included...
    GIVING your home a makeover oftentimes seems like an expensive project - but according to one expert, that doesn't have to be the case. With a growing number of Britons searching for ways to make their properties look more expensive without breaking the bank, an interior guru revealed how you can turn your home from drab to fab with just a few inexpensive steps. 3Giving your home a makeover can be as easy as rearranging pieces of furnitureCredit: Getty Sharing her knowledge with The Express, Johanna Constantinou, Brand and Communications Director at Tapi, said: “Many Brits are looking for ways to cut down on their spending without compromising on things that give them joy, and that’s why we pulled together these top tips to make your home look expensive on a minimal budget. ''We hope these provide help and inspiration for anyone looking to vamp up their space without it costing the earth.” Rearranging furniture According to the pro, you can instantly make your home look more expensive by simply rearranging the room's layout and rearranging the placement of...
    With school back in session for the current year, teachers are scrambling to get all of the supplies and support they need to make it a successful year. However, most of the time, teachers have to resort to asking family, friends, community members, and even the internet for help to buy resources for their classrooms. Source: VICE News/YouTube The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, so why can’t we afford to pay our teachers a fair wage and make sure that students have the supplies and resources that they need? Teachers’ salaries continue to decline despite how essential their positions are. Teaching has consistently been ranked as one of the most stressful positions in the country. A recent study found that K-12 schools in the United States are underfunded by $150 billion annually. Many have focused on cutting teacher pay and defunding education, but it’s time to turn this around. Sign this petition to demand that all states increase budgeting for classroom resources and salaries for teachers! In the Richest Country in the...
    Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng.Dylan Martinez | Afp | Getty Images LONDON — British Prime Minister Liz Truss and her Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng are set to meet the U.K.'s independent monetary watchdog for talks on Friday. The Office for Budget Responsibility, which produces financial forecasts for the U.K. economy, has reportedly been asked to write a draft report for Oct. 7 which will be handed to Kwarteng.related investing newsIs the Fed on the right track? Wall Street veteran Ed Yardeni says this is what it should do nextZavier Ong6 hours agoThe talks follow a turbulent week for U.K. markets and the economy, after Kwarteng laid out a "mini-budget" on Sept. 23, with the pound plummeting to a record low, the Bank of England intervening as gilt yields skyrocketed and swaths of mortgage deals being pulled as banks feared rates would become unaffordable. Sterling has now recovered to a pre-mini-budget level, trading around $1.1118 early Friday morning. The OBR had prepared a general economic forecast ahead of the mini-budget on Sept. 23,...
    Time for calm IT is time for sanity to prevail over the mini Budget and the turmoil that followed. Most of the same left-wing politicians and pundits who campaigned to oust Boris Johnson are now convincing Britain that Liz Truss’s tax-cutting amounts to clueless right-wing extremism. 2Left-wing politicians are now convincing Britain that Liz Truss’s tax-cutting amounts to clueless right-wing extremismCredit: AFP Don’t fall for it. Our overall taxes have not been higher in 70 years. They were lower under ­big-spending Gordon Brown. Was he secretly of the hard right? No. Do crazed right-wingers borrow vast sums to protect millions from soaring energy bills, as Truss is? No. Do they trim 1p from basic-rate income tax, or reverse a misguided National Insurance rise, to put more money in workers’ pockets? No. Truss is copping flak because she has realised our future depends on urgently arresting decline by jump-starting our stagnant economy via lower tax and less regulation. The Left is aghast. The markets panicked and spooked the public. Most read in NewsTIME FOR ANSWERS Serena Williams'...
    Typically, a stopgap bill places spending levels on autopilot unless it is peppered with “anomalies” to address specific expenditures. It appears that the only anomalies in this bill are for foreign entities. The bill provides an additional $12.3 billion in spending for Ukraine, with no understanding of what we are getting for our investment aside from an energy crisis. American taxpayers have become Zelenskyy’s private piggy bank. And Congress is doing this at a time when the Nord Stream pipelines were sabotaged. Don’t our leaders want any answers as to who was involved before we send a blank check to that part of the world? Then there are the Afghan refugees. The bill allows a $3 billion transfer for the State Department to resettle more Afghans. Both the DOD and DHS inspector generals have identified known terrorists who have been evacuated to the U.S. When questioned by the IG’s office, CBP officials rebuffed the request to “immediately” identify all the Afghans in the U.S., provide proper proof of vetting, and then develop a contingency plan for vetting in future emergency...
    A BLACK puffer jacket is an essential for most during the colder months - but according to one elegance coach, it's time to ditch this winter classic. As the temperatures drop, many of us have already began to layer in cosy jumpers and thick coats to keep toasty and warm. 6The style guru listed ten ways to look elegant in winter without breaking the banlCredit: Youtube - Anna Bey 6According to Anna, it's time to ditch the black puffer jackets for a more elegant lookCredit: Youtube - Anna Bey But more often than not, the puffer jackets and Ugg boots also make it quite difficult to look classy and well-dressed. Fortunately to one elegance whizz, Anna Bey, there are ways to elevate your winter wardrobe without having to spend a fortune. Anna, who lives in Sweden where temperatures can drop as low as -20C, took to YouTube to reveal ten easy styling tips and shopping advice for garments that are a timeless must-have. Base layer When getting ready to head out for the day, start with '' a good base...
    End the drama NO ONE can deny the drama that has ­followed last week’s mini Budget. Some pension funds even came close to being wiped out yesterday, before the dithering Bank of England was finally moved to hit the panic button. 1Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng have kept a baffling near-silence when we need leadershipCredit: Reuters Mainly there has been a crazy over-reaction to what in most respects was a commendable effort to reduce our overall tax burden from its 70-year high. Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng rightly promised billions to help families and firms with soaring energy bills, as in other countries. He reverted National Insurance rates to their April level. He halted a business tax rise not yet even in force. He brought forward by a year a 1p basic-rate income tax cut. Good. What spooked the City was the five per cent cut for the richest — a smallish measure in itself but one PM Liz Truss had never mentioned — and the fact the plan is not yet properly costed. READ MORE ON KWASI KWARTENGROD LIDDLE...
    A FAIRLY interesting mini Budget, wasn’t it? Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has managed to infuriate half of the known universe. 6Kwasi Kwarteng couldn't have offended more people with his mini Budget if he'd delivered it in the nude 6Unless the Chancellor's gambit pays off by the next general election, the Tories will be sunk If he’d delivered it nude, while rogering a goat, he could hardly have outraged more people. The markets didn’t like the Budget one bit. The Pound dived quicker than Tom Daley. Never mind — it will recover. And other currencies are also tanking against the dollar. The International Monetary Fund didn’t like it either. That’s quite a good sign as they’ve never been known to be right about anything. It’s a pointless organisation. The Labour Party screamed blue murder, as you might have expected. They really hated Kwasi for cutting the top rate of tax from 45p to 40p. Immoral and wicked, they kept shrieking. They’ve clearly forgotten that the top rate of tax under the last Labour government was 40p, for all bar one solitary month...
    CRYSTAL chandeliers and long mahogany tables may be out of your price range, but that doesn't mean you can't make your home look expensive. YouTube's home hack and design ace Brittany Vasseur shared Amazon finds that will make your home "boujee on a budget." 9Design pro Brittany Vasseur shares her Amazon bargains that make her room look expensiveCredit: YouTube/Brittany Vasseur 9Instead of paying thousands of dollars, you can buy the paneling for wainscoting on AmazonCredit: YouTube/Brittany Vasseur Brittany understands what it's like to want your home to feel updated and elegant. While she has spent the money to make some improvements, Brittany has mainly used discount dupes, cheap tricks, and DIYs to give her home an expensive aesthetic. She posted a video detailing the Amazon bargains that gave her home a luxe feel. "Today, we're going to be boujee on a budget... First, let's talk about wainscoting," Brittany begins. READ MORE ON INTERIOR DESIGNIKEA GOLD I’m an interior designer - 10 Ikea gems that look expensive for cheapCHIC FOR CHEAP I’m an interior design pro...
    By Julie Watson | Associated Press SAN DIEGO — President Joe Biden on Wednesday kept the nation’s cap on refugee admissions at 125,000 for the 2023 budget year, despite pressure from advocates to raise it even higher to meet the need after falling far short of that target this year. Refugees advocates have been pushing the Biden administration to do more to restore the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The program suffered deep cuts under the Trump administration, which slashed admissions to a record low. Biden raised the cap to four times that amount this year, but so far fewer than 20,000 refugees have been admitted this budget year, according to the latest count in August. The budget year ends Sept. 30. Biden said in his presidential determination that the admissions should be earmarked for 40,000 refugees from Africa, 35,000 from South Asia and and 15,000 each from East Asia, Europe and Latin America. Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, head of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, said the Biden administration must act now to improve the U.S. Refugee Program with the United Nations...
    A BUDGET grocery shopper shared how he was able to buy a week's worth of food for less than $30. TikToker Benji, who goes by ItsBenjiMoose, was able to accomplish that at Kroger. 1By setting a budget of $30 at Kroger, you might have to stick with the essentials but you can still buy a full week's worth of groceriesCredit: TikTok-itsbenjimoose Benji often shares ways to save money to his 76,000 plus followers. Shoppers are stretching their budgets to the limits, and keeping your grocery spending low can be a key way to save as Americans face nationwide inflation. Recently, he participated in a $30 challenge at the grocery store chain Kroger. Benji was able to buy a week’s worth of food for just under the $30 limit. Read more about KrogerWORD GAMES Walmart & Kroger make shoppers ‘shadow work’ & that could mean legal troubleLANGUAGE BARRIER Self-checkout phrases to know to help you avoid accidental stealing With a little budgeting and affordable grocery stores, like Kroger’s and Aldi’s, shoppers can make the most of their money. The shopping cart...
    Student loan borrowers stage an Aug 25, 2022 rally in front of the White House to celebrate President Joe Biden canceling some federal student debt.Paul Morigi | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images President Joe Biden's student loan cancellation plan will cost an estimated $400 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Biden last month announced a plan to forgive $10,000 in federal student loans for borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year (or have a reported household income of under $250,000 if filing jointly). Low-income Pell Grant borrowers are eligible for an additional $10,000 cut. In addition to the costs to forgive that debt, the CBO estimated the cost of Biden's pause on student loan payments from September through December 2022 will total to $20 billion. The CBO is a nonpartisan group that calculates the costs of federal revenue and spending plans for the U.S. Congress. Its latest analysis does not include the cost of adjustments to income-driven repayment plans. Biden's executive order lowered the cap a borrower would have to pay on their student loans to 5% of...
    WHEN it comes to make-up, prices range dramatically. You can end up spending £34 on a lipstick if you shop at Dior, for example, compared to £2 on one from Boots' 17 range. 3Make-up artist Hannah Martin, who was responsible for masterminding Princess Eugenie's wedding look, has revealed her top budget beauty buysCredit: Getty 3Hannah uses micellar water in her beauty kit and also uses it herself before cleansingCredit: Getty But how do you know which budget beauty buys are actually worth getting? Make-up artist Hannah Martin, who masterminded Princess Eugenie's wedding look, opened up to MailOnline about her top pics, starting with Simple's Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water. "As a make-up artist, micellar water has always been an essential in my kit," she said. "It allows for quick changes and effective tidying-up. Read more Beauty stories PRIMANIA Primark fans go wild over make-up line which is a dupe for Charlotte TilburyCOULDN'T MAKE IT UP Make-up pro on why Kim Kardashian’s bleached brows are a beauty no-no "But I use this one myself, too,...
    In this article WBD 6758.T-JPFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTViola Davis stars in Sony's "The Woman King."Sony"The Woman King" held firm at the box office during its second weekend in theaters. The Sony film is expected to generate $11.2 million in ticket sales domestically from Friday through Sunday, a 42% drop from its opening weekend. Typically, blockbuster films will drop 50% to 70% from their first weekend to their second weekend. "Proof that ''The Woman King' is in it for the long haul is reflected in its 42% second-weekend drop," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. "As expected, great word of mouth and awards season buzz has helped the film to become a must-see movie event." Box-office analysts expect "The Woman King" will easily recoup its $50 million production budget and has the potential to expand to a broader audience as word of mouth spreads, much like Paramount and Skydance's "Top Gun: Maverick" has in recent months. Additionally, Warner Bros.' "Don't Worry Darling," a film with a $35 million production budget, is expected to haul in $19.2 million during...
    A CLEANING enthusiast has created an ingenious way of rearranging the space with amazing results. Taking to Instagram the influencer who posts under the handle Little House on a Budget shared her space saving hack with her 96.8K followers. 5The Influencer took to Instagram to share her space saving hack that is proving to be a game changerCredit: Little House on a Budget - Instagram She captioned the reel: “How I tidy under my sink.” She then posted: “It’s so nice to have a clear out and reorganise under my sink. I love spinning organisers because they make it so much easier to find things.” First the cleaning guru cleared out all the items from under the sink and then cleaned out the space. She said “I had a lot of empty bottles and products that I don’t need or use anymore. I also found new homes for a few things. this is so much better” Read more cleaning storiesQUICK CLEAN I’m a cleaning pro and my five easy habits make tidying any home a breeze She then added some...
    A BARGAIN hunting shopper set herself a challenge to feed a family of four for a week with a budget of just £1 per day. Using the handle beckyexcell the budget food finding influencer shared the shopping hack with her 175.K TikTok followers after heading down to supermarket store Aldi 4Becky set herself a task to feed a family of four on a budget of £1 per dayCredit: TikTok/@beckyexcell She then posted a video reel that showed off her awesome haul. Becky's menu for the week looked absolutely amazing and it was hard to believe that she managed to put together each meal for just £1 per head. Her budget haul included, mince, chicken wings, loads of vegetables, tinned goods, rice and pasta and even a carton of soft cheese.  Then she decided to show off, by posting her delicious menu which she said would last her for the week. None the dishes served wouldn't have looked out of place at any high end restaurant. Monday was chilli con carne meatballs. Tuesday she offered up a mouth watering rosti topped veggie shepherds...
    KWASI Kwarteng’s bold Budget is the boost post-Brexit Britain so desperately needed. When this country voted to leave the EU it threw off the rigid shackles of Brussels. 1Kwasi Kwarteng’s bold Budget is the boost post-Brexit Britain so desperately neededCredit: PA Now the Chancellor is freeing us from the grinding tax-and-spend orthodoxy that has held sway for too long. Our economy has been weighed down by the twin evils of sky-high taxes and sclerotic growth. But now, as Mr Kwarteng says in our paper today, we have entered a new era. In an astonishing 25-minute statement he slashed taxes, tore up red tape and took an axe to EU laws. But he did much more than that. With his words he hung a giant open for business sign on Britain’s doors. Here was a Chancellor unafraid to put the pedal to the floor in the global race for business. To unleash a new can-do spirit of entrepreneurialism and enterprise. Our new revolutionary go-for-growth agenda will liberate this country’s pent-up potential. Many businesses are just waiting for someone to back them....
    PRIME Minister Liz Truss yesterday gambled the entire British economy on a bombshell tax revolution to boost growth and kill inflation. Her Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, stunned MPs and City money men with a big-spending emergency ­budget, sweeping away decades of dithering, stagnation and decline. 1Prime Minister Liz Truss yesterday gambled the entire British economy on a bombshell tax revolution to boost growth and kill inflation.Credit: Reuters This was the dawn of a new age of Trussonomics and the end of 12 years of timid Tory rule. One senior Tory MP said: “It’s sh*t or bust.” Markets watched cautiously as Kwarteng ripped up Gordon Brown’s spiteful 45p top tax rate, sliced the basic rate to 19p, scrapped business tax hikes and cut stamp duty. He confirmed £150billion in domestic and business energy cost cuts, limiting household bills to £2,500. This will slash five per cent off inflation, cutting the cost of index-linked pensions, welfare and other compulsory government spending. READ MORE FROM TREVOR KAVANAGHTREVOR KAVANAGH Truss' plans will enrage but they're designed to save us from winter crisisTREVOR KAVANAGH New...
    A PLUS-SIZE WOMAN has shared her recent Amazon clothing buy full of outfits for two key wedding events that cost as little as $35. The bride-to-be excitedly shared key fashion pieces for her upcoming wedding that do not break the bank and are incredibly trendy. 3Plus-size bride Carobi Parada shares a few of the wedding outfits that she got from Amazon for as little as $35Credit: Instagram/ carobiparada 3Parada shows viewers the chic tassel number she plans to wear for her bachelorette partyCredit: Instagram/ carobiparada Plus-size blogger Carobi Parada wows viewers in a recent shopping haul from Amazon Fashion that she plans on wearing for two important bridal events. In the Instagram Reel, she shares what she would wear for both her Bachelorette Party and her Bridal Shower. Those are two very important occasions in a glowing bride's life, next to the actual wedding day. Not one to overspend, the future bride made sure to ball out on a budget with Amazon outfits that all cost less than $50. READ MORE SHOPPING HAULSBARGAIN BODYSUIT I found a Skims...
    AMERICANS paid a record-high average of $48,301 for new vehicles in August. With no end to the auto inventory shortage in sight, knowing how to lower your car payment is more vital than ever. 2The auto industry’s inventory is motivating drivers to exercise more options to lower their monthly car paymentCredit: Getty Refinancing is the most obvious choice if you want to lower your vehicle’s monthly payment. Interest rates have recently increased — but your credit score likely has as well, The Penny Hoarder reports. Your credit score is a primary factor that lenders evaluate when generating your interest rate. Drivers with the highest credit scores are perceived as trustworthy when repaying debts. READ MORE ON CAR TIPSPLAYING FAVORITES I'm a car salesman - I found the perfect car for your LEAST favorite kidBUSINESS MECHANICS I’m a car repair boss - how to avoid four ‘shady’ mechanic ‘tricks’ Around 65% of cars financed were for drivers with a credit score of 661 or higher, NerdWallet reports. Alternatively, some lenders may allow you to restructure your loan to extend the borrowing term or reduce the...
    Two Florida lawmakers filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing Gov. Ron DeSantis's administration of violating regulations on immigrants' transportation. State Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Democratic lawmaker representing Miami, and state Sen. Lauren Book, the Democratic minority leader, claim in their lawsuit that the immigrants sent to Martha's Vineyard weren't originally in Florida, which disqualifies them from the state funds that provide transportation to "unauthorized aliens." The budget, which initially set aside $12 million toward transportation after being signed by DeSantis in June, clarifies that the transportation funds must be used to get immigrants "out of Florida." Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis are both listed as defendants in the lawsuit in Leon County's Second Judicial Circuit Court. Perdue was appointed by DeSantis, and Patronis is an elected official. FIGHT OR FLIGHT: BIDEN CHALLENGES DESANTIS TO COME TO DELAWARE HIMSELF AMID BORDER BATTLE "Now that the law that [Pizzo and Book] voted for is being implemented, and shedding light on the border crisis, Pizzo and Book have gone to their...
    Many homeowners think they have to spend tons of green to get green in their landscape, but that isn’t necessarily so. Homeowners can improve their landscapes without digging themselves into financial holes. These strategies can help anyone save some cash and still end up with attractive gardens and more. • Use stones or gravel for a walkway. If commercially installed pavers or cement walkways are not within your budget, there are some affordable alternatives. Flagstone or individually purchased and spaced pavers and pea gravel can be used to create pathways. Some construction sites even offer free stones when asked. Soften the look with moss or other plants on the perimeter. • Remove some lawn. Lawns can require hours of upkeep that may involve the application of expensive fertilizers and weed-killing products that are not always so eco-friendly. Reduce the size of a lawn by putting in a mixed planting bed of perennials or ornamental grasses, or use landscape fabric and mulch. • Look for free mulch. Municipal recycling centers may offer residents access to free mulch made from grinding up...
    THE cap on bonuses for city fat cats has been AXED by Kwasi Kwarteng in today's mini budget bonanza. Speaking in the Commons, the Chancellor claimed that scrapping the cap will turbocharge growth in the British economy. 1Kwasi Kwarteng has scrapped bankers bonuses in an effort to boost economic growthCredit: Reuters A limit on bankers' bonuses was introduced by the EU in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 financial crash. Currently, fat cats can only earn less than 200 per cent of their salary as an added goodie, but now the sky's the limit. The government thinks that axing the cap will speed up growth by luring firms to London rather than rivals New York, Frankfurt and Paris. READ MORE MONEY NEWSBUDGET PLAN Liz Truss to SCRAP scheduled corporation tax hike in major win for businessSWAP & SAVE I’m a budget-savvy mum 8 brand to swap on your shop to instantly save £15 Supporters also say that bonuses were taxable, so now more cash can be generated for the Treasury to spend on vulnerable Brits. In his mini budget speech, Mr...
    FEEDING a family of four is achievable if you stick to a budget and know where to shop. TikToker Tyfanny, who goes by BreakfastWithTyffany07, explained how she spent $35 at Aldi and Dollar Tree for a week's worth of groceries. 1Tyffany shared how viewers can pay $35 to feed a family of four for a weekCredit: TikTok / breakfastwithtyffany07 With inflation mounting, the weekly grocery run can cause intense stress for families strapped on cash. Tyffany regularly posts budgeting and mindset tips to her 80,000 followers. In her latest video, Tyffany shared with her followers she was on a tight budget this week after unexpected bills reared their head. “So, I was like, how can I make this fun and a little bit less stressful while I’m at the grocery store,” Tyffany said. Read more about Dollar TreeLEAF IT OUT I'm a Dollar Tree superfan - I made a dupe of a fall accessory with 3 itemsSPOOKY SEASON I'm a DIY pro - 12 Dollar Tree projects get you ready for Fall & Halloween To a $5 dinner challenge, Tyffany...
    Media mogul Byron Allen's $10billion racial discrimination lawsuit against McDonald's was given the green-light to proceed by a US court on Friday, nearly a year after it was dismissed last December. Allen alleges McDonald's intentionally chooses not to pay to place advertisements on black-owned networks - including his own AMG Entertainment Studios and Weather Group - costing the networks millions in potential annual revenue. He alleges that despite black people making up 40 percent of the fast food market, McDonald's relegates black-owned networks to an 'African American tier' and allocates them just $5million - .3 percent - of its $1.6billion advertising budget. Media mogul Byron Allen's alleges McDonald's allocates them just 3 percent of its $1.6billion advertising budget to black-owned networks McDonald's denied the allegations, and its attorneys pointed out that the green-lighting of Allen's lawsuit did not mean the accusations had merit Los Angeles US District Judge Fernando Olguin did not rule on the case's merits, but said he felt Allen had the right try to prove his case citing allegations that Entertainment Studios had since its 2009 founding tried...
    Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis decries 'Bidenflation' but fails to credit the billions from Biden's American Rescue Plan that helped create his state's budget surplus. Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted on Sept. 12 that first responders in the state would be receiving bonuses, announcing: "$1,000 bonus checks are in the mail for Florida's first responders. These checks are a token of our appreciation for all they do to keep our communities safe and secure. This makes two years in a row that we have delivered for our fire rescue and law enforcement communities." The bonuses, said the governor, will go to 100,000 first responders employed at any level of local government as of May 1, 2022. On Sept. 19, standing behind a podium adorned with a sign reading "FIRST RESPONDER BONUSES," DeSantis told an audience in Jacksonville that the bonuses were possible due to a historically large state budget surplus, a consequence, he said, of his administration's refusal to shutter the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.  "We're so happy to be here, to be able to do that, at...
    A movie like Meet Cute, a time-travel rom-com now streaming on Peacock and starring Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson, can’t come with expectations. Ask one person if this premise and cast sound good to them, and they might look at you like you just crawled up out of a sewer drain and started moving toward them at an uncomfortably fast pace. Ask another, and you’ll get an eyebrow raise of anticipation: “Hm! That sounds fun. I love Kaley in The Flight Attendant. Is Pete still dating Kim Kardashian?” Ultimately, not knowing what or how to feel about the movie works in its favor. Like its two leads, Meet Cute has constant frenetic energy pulsing through it that makes it difficult to nail down. But while it spends its runtime vibrating on such a uniquely high frequency, the film still feels almost bizarrely familiar. Just like its time-traveling characters, I was sure that I had already seen this movie before. Meet Cute is the kind of film that has all but fallen by the wayside, as the space for mid-budget...
    WITH the cost of living rising exponentially, there's no better time to start thinking and shopping smart to shave money off the weekly food shop. And whether you're shopping for a large family or just yourself, it's not as hard as you might think to start really looking after the pennies and noticing a real difference. 6Mum-of-two Gemma has plenty of clever money saving tipsCredit: Supplied From brand swaps to clever shopping hacks, here Fabulous columnist and 40-year-old mum-of-two Gemma Bird shares her thrifty top tips to have you saving in no time… Own brand bargains One way to dramatically slash your food shop bill is to swap from big name to own brand items. And as Gemma - who is known as Money Mum to her 298k Instagram followers - demonstrates below, you can shave nearly £15 off instantly with just eight simple swaps. Gemma says: "You may think you won’t like them, but with food prices skyrocketing, it's worth giving own brands a try, and many of them taste just as good! 6Swapping to a supermarket...
    New York (CNN Business)The New York State Comptroller said Tuesday that several of New York City's fiscal challenges could result in a budget gap nearing $10 billion by 2026 — potentially affecting essential services in the future. Total revenue is expected to decline by $10.5 billion in fiscal year 2023, according to a new report titled "Review of the Financial Plan of the City of New York."The city's fiscal position "significantly improved" last year, the report added, but that was due to several one-time factors, including higher than expected tax revenue, extraordinary federal COVID relief aid, and record pension returns due to the stock market's gains. Many of those factors have begun to reverse, the comptroller said."While the City's published gaps are manageable by historical standards...these factors may create risks that worsen the City's budgetary volatility substantially and could put the City on a path to structural budgetary imbalance if left unaddressed," the report said.New York City Mayor Eric Adams said during a press conference on Monday that the city is getting ready to "enter a financial typhoon." Read More"If...
    More than 50 House and Senate Republicans are joining in an effort to disenfranchise “lame duck” Democrats in the House and Senate to prevent them from voting on critical budget legislation, but not trying to apply the same standard to their fellow GOP lawmakers. In a move that sounds somewhat like what Senator Mitch McConnell did to derail Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court appointment, the far-right Republicans are urging their colleagues to block any budget bill until a new Congress is sworn in, hoping Democrats lose control of one or both branches of Congress.“ The Monday letters come as Congress has 10 days to take action before government funding runs out at the end of the fiscal year after Sept. 30,” The Hill reports. READ MORE: Biden Approval Soars as Trump’s Sinks “We must not accept anything short of a ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution (‘CR’) that contains no additional spending or extraneous policy riders,” writes Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the Senate GOP’s letter. “At a minimum, any agreement on a clean CR must carry over into the beginning of the 118th...
    "The transition away from fossil fuel-powered economies is critical to the survival of people and the planet." A first-of-its-kind public database launched Monday estimates that burning all of the world's known fossil fuel reserves would spew 3.5 trillion tons of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere—more than all of the emissions released since the Industrial Revolution. The new database, known as the Global Registry of Fossil Fuels, also warns that emissions produced by combusting all of the planet's oil, gas, and coal reserves would exceed the world's dwindling "carbon budget" seven times over, underscoring the urgency of keeping fossil fuels in the ground to avert climate catastrophe. "The science is crystal clear," Inger Andersen, under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, said in a statement Monday. "The transition away from fossil fuel-powered economies is critical to the survival of people and the planet." "For this to happen we need to deploy every solution in our toolbox to decarbonize our economies," Anderson added. "The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels is an important step in providing...
    Fabio Formaggio / 500Px | 500Px Plus | Getty Images Last year, I moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. At 28, I was living alone for the first time. It was tremendously exciting, but I also had a problem: I had no furniture. For weeks I slept on an air mattress that would be mostly deflated by the time I woke up. After almost a decade living with roommates, when everything felt shared and temporary, I longed to make the new space feel like my own. I wanted each item, even my wine glasses, to say something about me. But I was soon intimidated by the high costs of couches and tables and considered going into debt. Instead, I spent a lot of time wistfully scrolling online through all the beautiful things I couldn't afford. More from Personal Finance:Inflation forces older Americans to make tough financial choicesRecord inflation threatens retirees the most, say advisorsTips for staying on track with retirement, near-term goals With inflation hitting furniture prices of late, many other people are also likely finding it harder to...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) gave a rambling answer during a press conference on Friday when asked to defend why his state’s tax dollars were used to fly migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. The exchange began with a reporter noting that the state’s budget allocation of funds to relocate migrants “says that you have to use it for and get them out of this state. How do you justify using the money if they started in Texas?” DeSantis’s response was a true word salad: Because they’re — most of them were intending to come to Florida. They are coming to Florida. We are taking them from Florida to sanctuary jurisdictions. But the issue is, if you want to do it effectively, you just can’t police. If you have two people in a car and there’s a hundred different cars that come in a different week because it looks like your car or anybody else. So we put a lot of emphasis in this. There’s been a lot of investigations to try to figure out how this is going to....
    \u201cFlorida Rep. Anna Eskamani voted for the FY 22-23 budget, which included $12 million to transport illegal aliens to sanctuary jurisdictions.\u201d — DeSantis War Room (@DeSantis War Room) 1663275790 "Ron DeSantis' puzzling decision to spend money from our state budget to send migrants to Martha's Vineyard is lacking in compassion and it may even violate state law," claimed Sen. Laruen Book, who also voted for the budget. \u201cFlorida Sen. Lauren Book voted for the FY 22-23 state budget, which included $12 million to transport illegal aliens to sanctuary jurisdictions -- like Martha's Vineyard.\u201d — DeSantis War Room (@DeSantis War Room) 1663282594 Some lawmakers attempted to defend their votes. State Rep. Angie Nixon (D) said that the budget is "complex" and that Democrats "vote in favor of the good aspects of it," presumably holding their nose for the provisions they oppose. \u201cThe budget is complex. And we don\u2019t want to risk even more harm to our communities because y\u2019all are vindictive so we vote in favor of the the good aspects of it. Don\u2019t get on here with...
    The Facebook post stated that if the mayor's budget cuts were approved, four Blue Mound Police Department employees would be out of work. It said that two of the dispatchers who would lose their positions have worked for the city considerably longer than "anyone involved in making these decisions." Several citizens attended the Thursday city council meeting to voice their concerns about the budget cuts. Residents praised the police department and Steele for cracking down on drug houses in the area. They also expressed concern that outsourcing dispatch could lead to longer wait times. In addition to eliminating the city's dispatch team, Mayor Copeland's proposed budget cuts would prevent the department from providing employees with raises for the second consecutive year. "There is no money to give raises and no money to sustain them. You cannot pay out more with the same amount coming in," Copeland stated. The mayor argued that neither she nor anyone else on the city council was attempting to defund the police. "There has been no discussion whatsoever about defunding the police department,"...
    The Minneapolis City Council this week began its review of Mayor Jacob Frey’s proposed $3.3 billion budget, unveiled last month, which emphasized efforts to bolster the police department’s ranks and improve public safety.  The biennial budget proposal – Frey’s first after Minneapolis voters denied a ballot measure in November that would have replaced the police department with a new department of public safety – features nearly $400 million over the two-year life of the budget — 2023-24 — for the police department. As the council begins its review via hearings throughout the fall before adopting the budget in December, the public will have opportunities to weigh in on the plan and whether more money for the Minneapolis Police Department can solve its staffing woes. Article continues after advertisement Staffing public safety The new Office of Community Safety – which will be headed by Commissioner Cedric Alexander – consolidates the city’s police, fire, 911 and emergency services departments alongside a new neighborhood safety department that includes the existing Office of Violence Prevention. The proposed budget includes about $2.4 million over two...
    WHETHER it's from headlining UFC cards or through his Proper No 12 Whiskey, Conor McGregor has made millions in his career. He is no stranger to flashing the cash through his collection of stunning watches or his array of fancy yachts. 2Conor McGregor enjoyed a hot drink with his two sonsCredit: https://www.instagram.com/thenotoriousmma/ 2The UFC star sipped from a £2.50 mugCredit: https://www.instagram.com/thenotoriousmma/ But the Irishman has showed no matter how much money people make, the love for a bargain never goes away. McGregor, 34, posted a picture to Instagram of himself lounging on the sofa at home with sons Conor Jr, five and Rian, one. And the Notorious was seen sipping his morning coffee in the snap from a £2.50 mug. UFC icon McGregor enjoyed a hot drink out of a mug bought from Irish budget retailer Dunnes Stores, according to the Irish Mirror. Read More In UFCMAC-SPIRATION McGregor reveals what inspired his controversial career ahead of UFC return McGregor's mug had a personalised "C" for Conor on it so his young family know to keep their hands off it. Proud...
    LOOKING to revamp your space but don't want to spend too much doing so? One experienced interior designer said her five tips save you money while making your space look like you splurged. 6Interior designer Bri suggests five tips for making your space look expensive on a budget 6First, always buy your most used furniture in neutrals A fresh perspective may be all you need to break free from the design rut you feel like you're in. Decorating your home to look more luxe doesn't have to cost as much as you think. Interior designer and DIYer Bri posted a video sharing five suggestions for how you can make your space look expensive on a budget. "After spending five years in the interior design industry, here are five tips to help you elevate your space without breaking the bank," she says. READ MORE INTERIOR DESIGNTACKY TRENDS I’m an interior design pro - 10 mistakes which make your home look tackySINFUL STYLE I’m an interior designer – 3 common mistakes which make your home look tacky...
    In comes McConnell and company, and they plan to strategically have the CR expire on Dec. 16, right before Christmas while members are rushing to leave the Capitol but before Republicans control the House. This will allow Democrats to permanently control the FY 2023 budget and every policy of the federal government all the way through next September, thereby undercutting the entire purpose of Republicans winning back the House. This lame-duck omnibus will not only fund all of the current odious policies but will likely add new ones to the mix. Republicans are willing to fund all the current bad policies in the short-term CR and are only fighting over how much new funding for Ukraine and COVID they are willing to accept. But in any lame-duck omnibus, there is no limit to what Republicans are willing to accept. Thus, Democrats long for power as a treasure to be immediately harnessed and used, whereas Republicans shun the opportunity to control power, particularly the key leverage of the budget process. They are deathly afraid of a February 2023 budget...
    Russia’s budget surplus shrank sharply in August, according to new data from the central bank, due in large part to a drop-off in energy production and Western sanctions that have cut deep into its revenues. According to preliminary figures released by Russia’s finance ministry on Monday, the country’s budget surplus narrowed to around $2.3 billion in August, less than half of the roughly $8 billion reported from January to July. Oil and gas revenues, which made up roughly half of Moscow’s total budget revenues so far in 2022, were also down 18% compared to the same period last year, according to the data. The news comes as Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom has suspended nearly all of its gas deliveries to Europe, which are currently down to just one-fifth of preinvasion levels. Russia said last week that it would not resume natural gas flow to the European Union until sanctions are lifted, all but acknowledging that Russia is intentionally inflicting an energy crisis on Europe as a means of countering Western economic punishment for Russia's invasion...
    Hartung and Gledhill: How the Arms Industry Scams the Taxpayer Yep, you’ve read this before, haven’t you? Once again, heat records were set over Labor Day weekend from California to Colorado as the West, in a historic megadrought, continues to burn, with fierce fires bursting out and some areas experiencing temperatures 20 degrees above the norm for this season. Yawn… And ho-hum as well: With Covid officially more or less over, masking in this country largely left to the dead, and a mere 380 or so of us a day (yes, you read that right!) still dying from the disease that’s slaughtered more than a million Americans, with a new booster arriving but sure to be underused, and another nearly 40,000 of us hospitalized by the pandemic at any moment, all’s well in this nation, right? Oh, and then there was that state capital, Jackson, Mississippi, which, after massive floods, couldn’t provide its inhabitants with drinking water for days on end, thanks in part to decades of deferred maintenance on a failing water treatment plant. But, honestly, no big deal,...
    A MOM has revealed a way to create a meal for her family for just a few dollars.  Alex Mac, who posts under her TikTok channel “mac.larena,” often creates content on cooking meals, Costco shopping hauls, as well as providing advice on how consumers can save money at the grocery store.  2TikTok mom Alex Mac has two kids 2You'll need seveal ingredients to make what she calls "hot dog hash" This time, Alex has built a cheap meal, buying one of the main ingredients from Walmart.  She noted that this is her “go-to budget meal on tight weeks.”  According to one recent video from the TikToker, Alex has two kids aged three and five.  Here is the full list of ingredients that you’ll need to make a meal for just $3 as she pointed out in a separate post.  READ MORE ON BUDGETINGSTOCKING UP I'm an Aldi worker - see my $72 grocery haul that feeds my family of fourGREAT VALUE I bought $96 of groceries at Walmart to feed my family of four for a week The ingredients needed The main one that you’ll need is chicken wieners....
    THE best smart plugs can help you control your household appliances from afar, connecting to gadgets that aren't WiFi enabled. We explain what they are and round up the most popular options. What are smart plugs? Essentially, their job is to turn things that are plugged into your wall sockets on or off. In a nutshell: if it can be plugged in, you can control it. Smart plugs are generally operated through Wi-Fi (although Bluetooth is sometimes an option). Controlled by an app on your phone, you can programme your smart plugs to do their job throughout the day without you having to lift a finger. This means you wake up to find the kettle already boiled or even the lamp turning on as you return from work. They’re also great for making your home more energy efficient, ensuring all your gadgets are switched off when not in use. There are many other ways a smart home platform can work for you. Families, for instance, often take advantage by programming kids’ screen time to end at a scheduled time. No...