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Sad People Make Poorer Financial Decisions — Dollars and Sense

If you occasionally fall victim to the holiday blues, you'd better learn to shake it off. A recent study finds that the sadder a person is, the more likely he is to head down the road to bankruptcy.

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There Is Still Time to Save on Last-Minute Holiday Airfare, but Not Much — Dollars and Sense

There is still time to find a few holiday travel deals before Thanksgiving weekend. However, with last-minute flights costing as much as $200 more than those booked in advance, it's hard to say just how good those deals will be.

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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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Two Million Americans Could Lose Unemployment Benefits — Dollars and Sense

Federal unemployment benefits are set to run out this holiday season for over 2 million Americans out there still looking for work. Their only chance for survival is if Congress decides to extend the deadline for them to file for an extension for those benefits. However, with amendments to the program made already earlier this year, the outcome appears very bleak.

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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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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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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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Fraudulent Credit Card Charges Really Do Happen All the Time — Dollars and Sense

Recent reports indicate that the majority of the time when your credit card company calls you to inquire about potentially fraudulent activity on your account, it is not an attempt to sell you additional products and services. Rather, it is a real security warning. and going forward you might want to start answering those calls.

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