The economic indicator that uses egg-and-cheese sandwiches

Beyond sandwiches and soup, Pret A Manger offers insight to the global economy.

Rob Litterst • August 23, 2022

The ever-reliable $1.50 Costco hot dog combo

Costco has never — and likely will never — raise the price of its $1.50 hot dog combo.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 15, 2022

Inflation is coming for your cookout

The cost of a Fourth of July cookout is up 17% YoY.

Rob Litterst • July 1, 2022

Will a recession get people back in the office?

Will a recession lead to a return to the office? Or will WFH reign supreme?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 24, 2022

Bear and bull markets, explained

Bulls are good, bears are bad — but why do we use those animals to refer to markets?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 15, 2022

US household wealth hits a snag

The US household net worth dropped for the first time in two years.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 13, 2022

Where are all the pizza delivery drivers?

A delivery driver shortage is forcing pizza chains to make some big changes.

Rob Litterst • June 10, 2022

Digits: Harry Styles, Formula 1 inflation, and more

Plus: Ridiculous personal finances, and the queen’s 70th anniversary.

Jacob Cohen • June 6, 2022

Have we reached peak tipping?

Tipping has risen over the past two years, but recent data suggests it’s falling back to pre-pandemic levels.

Mia Sullivan • May 31, 2022

Do startup layoffs mean a recession is coming?

Codie Sanchez shares advice on how to prepare for a recession.

Codie Sanchez • May 27, 2022

Wedding party economics are getting out of hand

Macroeconomic factors have turned being a bridesmaid or groomsman into a costly affair.

Rob Litterst • May 26, 2022

Airfare prices are soaring past inflation

Several forces are colliding to push the price of airfare well beyond inflation.

Mia Sullivan • May 19, 2022

It appears Americans suck at guesstimating

Polling shows Americans have no idea how many millionaires there are, among other things.

Jacob Cohen • March 24, 2022

Lunchflation is real — and office workers are feeling it

Lunch prices have shot up several dollars due to labor, supply chain, and inflation issues.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 23, 2022

The shrinkflation phenomenon

Some brands are reducing the size of products instead of increasing the price.

Jacob Cohen • March 22, 2022

Digits: NJ’s gas debate, music revenues, 15-minute delivery flops, and more

Plus: Mumbai carbon plans and Europe’s thermostats.

Jacob Cohen • March 14, 2022

Recessions are rare. We still need to be ready for them

Recessions are becoming more and more rare, which might make them higher risk.

Morgan Housel, The Collaborative Fund • March 11, 2022

Why are gas prices skyrocketing?

Remember the good old days (a year ago) when gas was under $3?

Jacob Cohen • March 10, 2022

The babysitting boom is here

Babysitting rates outpaced inflation in 2021.

Jacob Cohen • March 4, 2022

Moving to Florida? Get ready to pay up

As more people flock to Florida cities, the average cost of rent is skyrocketing.

Rob Litterst • February 15, 2022

They don’t build ’em like they used to

Inflation is causing a massive spike in housing prices, and 1st-time buyers are getting burned.

Morgan Housel, The Collaborative Fund • January 14, 2022

The world is using fewer condoms than expected

Condom makers have been taken by surprise.

Jacob Cohen • January 11, 2022

The US government’s $10B small biz program, explained

The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) is a small biz program targeting disadvantaged groups.

Trung T. Phan • January 10, 2022

People are still quitting in droves

“The Great Resignation” is more of a national job swap than a communal cry of “I QUIT!”

Jacob Cohen • January 5, 2022

Turkey’s currency crisis made bread a political issue, and bakeries are losing dough

Turkey’s currency crisis has made bread a hot-button issue, and bakeries are in the middle of the crossfire.

Rob Litterst • December 20, 2021

Some findings on the world’s priciest spots

This year’s most expensive city is… (drumroll, please)... Tel Aviv, Israel! Congrats -- er, wait -- sorry?

Jacob Cohen • December 9, 2021

Why the Black Friday numbers were a little bit gray

While there was 1.4% dip in Cyber Monday sales, don’t be fooled -- sales this season are through the roof.

Jacob Cohen • December 3, 2021

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