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How Much Money Do You Have in Your Savings? — Survey of the Day

In these tough economic times, it's more important than ever to have a chunk of money squirrelled away somewhere. Of course, these tough economic times also make it really, really hard to actually do that.

So how is the typical American dealing with this paradox? 

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President Obama Signs The Middle-Class Tax Cut Bill
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Your Taxes Will Almost Certainly Go Up in January, and Congress Won’t Stop It — Dollars and Sense

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, starting January 2013 some 163 million workers across the United States will be slapped with a significant tax increase.

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Gloomy Economic Sign: People in China Are Eating Less McDonald’s — Dollars and Sense

Fast food sales are on the decline in China, as many popular junk food retailers in that part of the world have reported puny earningsin the third quarter.

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Selling Something Online? Use Pinterest, Not Facebook — Dollars and Sense

Marketers all over the world are using social media more and more to sell their products, but new research shows that it may be more advantageous for them to utilize Pinterest rather than Facebook to lure in clientele.

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Shoppers Spending More on Themselves This Holiday Season — Dollars and Sense

While many analysts predict that holiday shopping will remain on the conservative side yet this year, a new survey suggests that more people intend to give the gift of giving to none other than themselves.

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Would You Rather Have Better Pay or a Better Boss? — Survey of the Day

Not being paid enough and having a difficult boss are two of the more common complaints of the employed. But which of these problems bothers working folks more?

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Now It’s a Trend: Target Jumps on the Price-Matching Bandwagon — Dollars and Sense

Earlier this week, Target announced that, like Best Buy and Toys R Us did recently, it would be joining the price-matching game this holiday season. The company said it plans to match the prices of online retailers as a way to stay competitive during the holiday shopping season.

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What Are the Best 529 College-Savings Plans — Dollars and Sense

Earlier this week, the investment ratings firm Morningstar released their annual list of the year’s best 529 college-savings plans.

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Walmart’s New Pre-Paid Debit Card Is Basically a Free Checking Account — Dollars and Sense

Walmart plans to unleash a new no-fee prepaid debit card by American Express later this week called Bluebird that will be offered nationwide at some 4,000 Walmart stores and through the Bluebird website.

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Stamps Getting More Expensive Again

While the cost of postage will increase by one penny next year, the U.S. Postal Service says that the 46-cent “Forever” stamp will remain valid currency for mailing letters across the country, even as rates get higher.

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