Weekly Wrap-Up: What people spend on food, retroactive late fees and computer recycling

Earlier this week, Simply Thrifty http://www.simplythrifty.com/what-people-spend-on-food/ linked to this site that looks at what families around the world spend on food per week — with pictures of what they spend their money on. The photos are from Hungry Planet, which is a fantastic book and a sequel to another book about people’s possessions. I recommend both books highly – voyeurism and globalism all in one interesting package!

 

Get Rich Slowly talked about Citibank’s retroactive late fees with one example dating back two years. I thought credit card companies had shaped up their act by eliminating two-month finance charge cycles, but this is a new one: http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/11/06/beware-of-citibanks-retroactive-late-fee/

 

And the same blog this week published a piece about Costco recycling electronic components. It’s an interesting read: http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/11/06/the-costco-trade-in-and-recycle-program-for-old-electronics/

 

Now, does anyone want our old dishwasher?