1.) Free shipping – it’s been a part of Amazon.com for as long as we remember. With a minimum purchase of $25 dollars, you qualify for free super saver shipping – at least you used to. Without any fanfare or big announcement, Amazon has increased that minimum by more than 30%. The next time you order on Amazon.com, if you want to qualify for free super saver shipping, you’ll need to spend at least 10 dollars more – a minimum of $35 dollars.
2.) There’s a new favorite car color. For the past decade, according to PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints, silver has been the world’s favorite car color. However, over the past 12 months, 25% of the vehicles they’ve supplied for the 2013 model year were white, which is up 3 percent over the previous model year. Silver and black tied for second, with 18 percent each. White is favorite in the United States, Europe and Asia, while silver remains the king in South America.
3.) It’s expensive to live in New York City, particularly if you have a family. But it’s even more expensive if your “family” is a dog rather than a child. In fact, the annual Cost of Raising a Child report estimates that a middle-class, two-parent family spends between $12,600 and $14,700 each year to raise a son or daughter. However, factoring in dog food, kennel visits, dog walkers, grooming, and visits to the vet, the average price for raising man's best friend in the Big Apple is approximately $16,800.