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What Will Thanksgiving Dinner Cost This Year? — Dollars and Sense

The price of Thanksgiving is going up this year, but not as much as you might think.

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Facebook Makes You Spend More and Over-Eat — Dollars and Sense

Facebook may be giving people a false sense of self-esteem, leading to overspending and gluttonous behavior, according to new research.

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Credit Availability Is Up, but Credit Usage Is Down — Dollars and Sense

The American family is becoming a cash-only business.

The latest statistics indicates that while there has been a substantial increase in the amount of available consumer credit, people are simply not utilizing the convenience of credit cards to make their purchases.

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Another Airline Charging $100 for Carry-On Luggage (That’s Four Now)

Who in the heck is Spirit Airlines? Well, they are officially the fourth airline to start charging customers to bring aboard carry-on luggage, in this case $100.

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A Quick Look Back at the American Economy on Election Day 2008 — Dollars and Sense

Four years ago, during the last presidential campaign, the American economy was collapsing faster than it had since the Great Depression. Now, with the 2012 election upon us, most analysts agree that the economy is in a period of slow recovery—a bit too slow, according to just about everyone.

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Gas Prices Post Biggest Drop in Four Years — Dollars and Sense

Hurricane Sandy may have wreaked havoc on the Eastern seaboard, but its aftereffects are providing drivers all over the country with a bit of relief at the pump.

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California Woman Learns She Won $23 Million Lottery Just in Time

A little more than five months ago, a Los Angeles woman bought a lottery ticket at Michael’s Market & Liquor. She then left it in her car and forgot about it, obviously not that enthused with her 18 million-to-one odds of hitting the jackpot.

Unbeknownst to her, she hit that jackpot to the turn of $23 million.

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Will You Retire Before Age 80? — Survey of the Day

Financial struggles appear to be pushing the golden age of retirement back—way back. A recent survey indicates that the middle class does not plan to leave the workforce until they are in their 80s.

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What Type of Product Endorsement Do You Trust Most? — Survey of the Day

Thanks to the Internet, there is ample opportunity for you to research just about any product before buying it. However, according to a survey by Battery Ventures of 1,013 adults, the kind of product endorsement that matters most is one you won't be able to find on the World Wide Web.

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New Report Shows Wage Recovery Across the Board — Dollars and Sense

In a possible sign of further economic recovery, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that wages are making a steady recovery across the board, with a great number of companies now offering higher paying jobs.

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