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Wednesday, March 12, 2021

If you’ve been thinking about going on a diet soon, you now have extra incentive coming from your pocketbook: Food prices at the grocery store are going up at the fastest rates since 2003.

And since it’s hard to do without sustenance, that means other economic sectors will get short-changed:

Escalating food costs could present a greater problem than soaring oil prices for the national economy because the average household spends three times as much for food as for gasoline. Food accounts for about 13 percent of household spending, compared with about 4 percent for gas.

And consumers spending more on food have less disposable income to spend on items that keep retailers happy – from electronics to dining out. Food prices are rising while home values fall and the stock market falters – all of which can shake consumer confidence.

Maybe it’ll turn out cheaper to start eating and drinking petroleum products…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 03/12/2021 05:22:39 PM
Category: Food, Business, Society
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fear and douching in las vegasPerhaps as a nod to its allure among the greasier segments of American male society, Vegas.com is running a “Welcome, Douchebags!!” travel promotion, complete with $25 discount when entering code DOUCHEBAG at checkout. And for extra good measure, they’ve staked out MySpace territory for this campaign.

Want to take advantage of those savings for your next stint in Sin City, but unsure as to whether or not you properly qualify? No sweat — just take the provided Vegas Douchebag Quiz:

- Do you know where to get the best spray-on tan?
- Do you like to show off your nipple ring in public?
- Do you know the difference between beer and malt liquor?
- Do you wear your chain inside or outside your shirt?
- Do you own more than 5 different trucker hats?

Thankfully, I’m not even close to a “fo sho” on any of those questions. Never hurts to do a personal inventory, though.

Even more than the unconventional approach, I’m surprised that Vegas.com didn’t engage Hot Chicks with Douchebags — which is of course the douchebaggiest blog on the Internet — as a partner in this marketing effort. Missed opportunity all around.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 03/12/2021 08:50:46 AM
Category: Bloggin', Advert./Mktg., Comedy
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