econlife on ‘Ask Alexa’

  • Positive externalities can be created in the home by donating old clothes to people in need.

    Clutter Concerns

    Jun 11, 14 • 362 Views • Ask AlexaNo Comments

    Dear Alexa, My family and I are moving this summer. Packing up my closet, I noticed a lot of clothes that I no longer wear. However, these clothes—particularly my old sports gear—are hard to get rid of because they hold sentimental value. Alexa, I don’t

  • Return on Investment Braces

    Your “ROI” From Braces

    Apr 30, 14 • 372 Views • Ask Alexa, Behavioral Economics, Fashion, Financial Markets, Labor, LifestyleNo Comments

    Dear Alexa, At work, I have become ashamed of my less-than-perfect smile since I am surrounded by colleagues who had the luxury of wearing braces in their youth.  Should I get braces to perfect my smile, even though I am no longer in high school? Sincerely,

  • Broccoli

    Veggie Wars

    Apr 2, 14 • 207 Views • Ask AlexaNo Comments

    Dear Alexa, Every night is a struggle in our household come time for dinner. My eight year old son refuses to touch anything green, let alone eat it. This leaves my husband and me frustrated and concerned that he doesn’t have a well-balanced diet. Alexa,

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    S’ain’t Valentine’s Day.

    Feb 14, 14 • 334 Views • Ask AlexaNo Comments

    Dear Alexa, I dread February 14th.  When people have plans with their partners, I feel uncelebrated. How should I deal with my Valentine’s Day distress? Sincerely, Burdened Bachelorette   Dear Burdened Bachelorette, Being single need not be a negative

  • Pay the Rent!

    Rent Woes

    Feb 5, 14 • 395 Views • Ask AlexaNo Comments

    Dear Alexa, My roommate is my best friend. We met as freshmen in college and have been inseparable ever since. Unfortunately, she lost her job a couple months ago, and as a result she has stopped paying her portion of our rent. I have been paying the entire