Can you suggest any thoughtful analyses of why the costs of college tuition in the US consistently exceed inflation by a large margin? [more inside]
Are there good third-party software packages or tools that can be used to manage labor and material estimates during a project proposal process? It's a little bit of project management and a little bit of sales. Specific needs include... [more inside]
Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more? [more inside]
How much should I expect to spend on this little piece of freelance graphic work? [more inside]
How much would it cost to install an elevator in a five-story commercial building? [more inside]
How much does modern (non-CG) animation cost to produce? [more inside]
My 2004 Tiburon GT SE needs a clutch replacement but I can't decide if putting that much money into the car is worth it. How much can I expect to pay a mechanic to perform the work? I'm guessing in the $1K range but I don't know. And if so, does it make sense to put that money into car that's almost 8 years old? I bought it used a few years ago and still owe $5K on it, so dumping it isn't an option. It has only 54K miles and is otherwise in very good condition. How should I proceed?
After getting married, and starting a new (temporarily lower paying) job, money is tight. During the wedding planning, I thought, "Man, when I have the money again, I'd love to get back to rock climbing or take a French class". Well, the money is still tight, and looks to be for a while. What are some hobbies I can pick up that would cost very little to no money per month? [more inside]
'02 Honda Accord V6 timing belt/fuel pump. $$$ = :( [more inside]
I live in a house shared amongst 10 tenants, including 2 children, aged 12 and 8. We're trying to figure out a fair way to divide electricity/gas/water bills. Specifically, how much less utilities should the children be charged for, and until which age? [more inside]
How much would it cost, annually, to have a 1-800 number for a weekly, hour long public access show, so long distance callers can dial in? Let's assume that all the callers call the toll free number.
I am meeting with my boss for my annual review. I have not have a raise almost since I started four years ago. Is there an easy way to determine the NYC cost of living increase for 2011? I've tried to use teh google but no luck. Thanks.
How much should my fictional hacker charge to deactivate a tracking device? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: (TL;DR: "We're exceptionally poor and can't figure out our best options between birthing centers and hospitals in Portland, OR with Premera Blue Cross insurance.") [more inside]
What is the most efficient way to begin practicing medicine in the US? [more inside]
Looking for software for small cafe/restaurant: POSS, food costs, membership, ordering [more inside]
A question about an inexplicably inaccurate website. Luanda, Angola: world's most expensive city!? [more inside]
Looking for anecdotal data: when you switched to a time-of-use electrical meter for your residence, what happened to your bills in the first year, and what changes did you make that seemed to have the largest impact? [more inside]
We have an old barn in our backyard that we are currently restoring. It will be fully insulated when finished (though we're recycling old windows that are probably 100 years old, which are single pane, so it won't be optimally efficient.) I am trying to decide if we should heat it with gas or electricity. Because the barn has never been heated before, and we're changing it anyway, I'm having a hard time estimating costs. (See extended explanation for details.) [more inside]
What is the approximate cost of painting parking stripes on a typical American city block ? [more inside]
Looking for automation to monitor and control Amazon Web Service usage costs. [more inside]
Is there a site that lets you compare the cost of office visits for doctors/pediatricians in an area? I'm in Austin, TX, FWIW.
Green Printers and book-binders that are low cost? (preferably Europe) [more inside]
Just received a $1400 hospital bill for a ER visit I made OVER 14 MONTHS AGO. How is this okay, and what do I say to plead with them? [more inside]
My house siding was damaged in a recent hail storm. Currently I have aluminum siding, but I understand to replace aluminum siding cost more money than vinyl siding. Would anyone know approximately how much more a sheet of aluminum siding would cost verses a sheet of vinyl siding? Thanks in advance!
Can anyone recommend a good mental health professional or clinic in the Denver area that works on a sliding scale? [more inside]
What is the safest and cheapest way to ship 4-7 boxes (and possibly an iMac) overseas? [more inside]
How much should we expect to pay for Russian to English translation services? [more inside]
Toronto hotels filter: I'm coming to Toronto at the end of the month for a week and need to find a (very?) nice hotel no more than two blocks away from Bloor Street (at about Yonge or so - I think the area is called Yorkville but I'm not sure) at a reasonable price. We're two adults, one shopping and one working, and one baby and the prices we've found so far are quite insane ($500+ per night). Thanks!
Does anybody know of an entry level architectural drafting course or introduction to architecture course being given in New York City (or near NYC) during the summer for a reasonable price? [more inside]
Beer! Specifically the low carb kind. The Scandinavian beer industry demands a premium for this kind of beer, anywhere from $.50 or $1 on each half liter. Are there actually extra production costs for the everyday, run of the mill lower carbohydrate type flavored water? Or is this just extra profit in the brewers pocket? The science behind would be appreciated.
How can I ensure that my Amazon Web Services bill (specifically EC2 usage) doesn't exceed a certain dollar value? Is there a tool that will kill off my instance(s) at after a given amount of resources have been used? [more inside]
Say I use half an onion. The only available storage option for the other half is to wrap it in cling film. Is it more wasteful and or/environmentally damaging to use some plastic to save the onion or to just throw the remaining onion away? [more inside]
What is the best way to move from Boston, MA to Santa Barbra, CA? Cost is the major issue. [more inside]
Hi, within planning to build an eco house within the UK, would it possible to get some recommendations for woodburners that have a good efficiency rating or a reputable brand that makes woodburners. (Also possibly considering over woodburners as well as standared ones.)
What would be involved in building a driveway / basement-level garage for a house in Seattle, WA with respect to zoning, estimated costs, etc.? Specifically, it would be for a house that currently has on-street, city-zoned parking only.
7 friends and I are going on a road trip. At restaurants we usually have one person pay by credit card, and have everyone paying for what they ordered to the individual. Oh, and not everyone is gonna be at every event, so having one individual pay for everything on the trip is impossible. And it should redistribute debts so at most each person only needs to make 1 payment to another person. What is the best free method for calculating who pays whom? [more inside]
How do I calculate if getting a car is worth it? [more inside]
How much money is Apple actually making per iPhone? [more inside]
Help me find a pair of decent, grown-up shoes to wear to work, that will last me more than six months. Preferably for less than $100 a pair. [more inside]
CostOfLivingFilter in Sydney: I am 35 year old, professional in Sydney with a salary around AU$100K. I have no dependents, leading a normal modest life with no extravagant expenses. Why do I still feel the life is out of my reach? [more inside]
What are ways to estimate what a car and car insurance would cost me if I moved to San Francisco? [more inside]
In terms of energy usage, how much would you estimate that it costs for a bit to travel over the internet? [more inside]
Okay, I'm designing a web application with a minimalist look-and-feel. I want a simple, clean, cute logo, and a simple, clean, cute front page. What's a ball-park figure as to what this may cost? [more inside]
Had a beautiful baby girl a few months ago. Previous baby due to excellent insurance cost exactly $0. This baby, with crappy Aetna insurance close to $4k. This is after deductible, and using a doctor that was non-preferred (which we paid more for) I am still puzzled how I ended up getting charged this much. Anyway I got to thinking. Why is my out of pocket cost $4k for a birth with no complications? Why is the total cost for this birth $17 - $18k? [more inside]
Shenzhen, China cost of living questions. [more inside]
Last minute Japan travel: after making an error with timing I need to arrange one-way travel from Tokyo to Kumamoto quite quickly. What are the cheapest options? I have looked into flights and trains (for the 17th of August) and both seem expensive (about £200-£250 a ticket). I am in the UK at the moment. Would it be worth waiting until we arrive in Japan? Perhaps trying to get last minute flights at the airport? [more inside]
My 18 year old son went to Express Oil Change to have a new battery put in his 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. His battery was dead and when jumped off, it would not hold a charge. They put an MTP-65 Interstate battery in and charged him $146 for the battery alone. With installation, charging system testing fee, and taxes, the total cost was $208.93. Does that sound high? I was expecting to pay half of that.
How long do you think a ~$8000 car will last? [more inside]
How much do you have to make to in order to have a "basic" living? Secondary question if you don't mind sharing: Where do you live? Bonus question: How much do you feel like you have to make in order to have a "comfortable" living and wouldn't have to worry about personal finances? [more inside]