Jane Wells, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

It’s the one night candymakers and dentists come together, preparing to cash in. One will make a killing now, the other … later. Happy Halloween. The National Confectioners Association (I wanna run for president of that!) predicts this year Americans will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween. That’s $8 for every man, woman and child. Why …

America has been going to the dogs for years. There are hotels for dogs, vegetarian gluten free treats for dogs, and there has even been airlines for dogs! You know, a dog’s life is now a good thing. On average, we spend $1,600 a year on Rover (does anyone still name their dog Rover? Apparently the …

Tony Dighera was working long hours, losing sleep and running low on money. But the organic farmer from California had a Great Pumpkin Dream. The dream was to grow pumpkins into shapes, using molds, and become rich harvesting the Frankenfruit and selling it for top dollar. “I couldn’t make it work,” he said. “I tried …

Young Americans love Las Vegas. But there’s a problem. Their idea of gaming isn’t the one Vegas was built on. Millennials prefer videogames over slot machines. They like daily fantasy sports leagues — which technically aren’t considered gambling, so casinos can’t play. This week at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, the industry is …

The last time Adawn Wood saw her home and winery was a week ago, in the rearview mirror of her open-air Jeep as she fled for her life. “Everybody was screaming and yelling,” she said. Flames were racing down the mountains toward her property outside Middletown, California. “It started to sound like a freight train …

Today, mortgage rates are still very low, about 4 percent, and with the Fed planning to eventually start raising rates again—maybe this year—it may be time to finally move up to the biggest house you can afford.

Automation was supposed to make everything better, but when it comes to customer service, hunting online for help or punching through a robotic menu on the telephone to find a real human being can be more tortuous than a Donald Trump comb over. Consumer Reports is out with the best and worst industries and companies …

Suburbia was built on sod. The post-World War II housing boom in California saw row after row of tract homes pop up with lawns in front and back. This is a region of the country where you need your lawn mowed every week, where grass feels cool under your feet in August, and where it’s …

Remember when being an intern meant you ran around getting everyone coffee and handling their dry cleaning, without getting paid, all in the hopes of learning something? Intern have now become more like apprentices at many firms, and kids these days get compensated. Like, a lot. Glassdoor has the average wages for company internships, and …

We’re living in the “freelance economy,” where people can work for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Most people still go to the office, but more Americans are opting to work from home or remotely (like at a table inside Starbucks). Recently my son had an emergency appendectomy–he’s fine—but the surgeon didn’t have an office, just a phone …

The higher your age, the lower the price. Kinda makes getting older sound better. Even as companies chase millennial spending dollars, they recognize that older Americans ACTUALLY HAVE MONEY. They know baby boomers appreciate a good value. Here are some of the Top Best Most wonderful discounts for seniors. By the way, can we pick …

Up a winding mountain road in California gold country, hidden by groves of redwood and pine—along with pockets of humanity living off the grid—is a reservoir with the cheapest water in America. For every 100 cubic feet of water—a standard measure that equals 748 gallons—customers pay 42 cents in Oroville, California. (Tweet This) That’s cheaper than …

In California, water may be increasingly difficult to come by, but it hasn’t gotten harder to pay for. Californians are being forced to slash their water use as some predict that yet another year of drought could empty the state’s reservoirs. The massive Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), serving nearly 19 million customers, has …

The drought in California is so severe, no solution is considered too far-fetched. Not even using recycled toilet water to irrigate the nation’s most prestigious wine grapes in Napa Valley. Call it effluent for the affluent. “California has a lot of growing up to do on how to use water well,” said Will Nord, a …

First, let’s be clear. The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight Saturday night in Las Vegas will be the most lucrative boxing match in history. Mayweather will earn at least $120 million (he says it’s closer to $200 million), giving him the highest single annual payday for an athlete. Pacquiao will earn at least $80 million. Uncle …