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Do Americans Use Cash or Credit More? — Dollars and Sense

Credit card debt may have jumped during the holiday shopping season, but a new report indicates good old cash is still our first choice when we pay for smaller, everyday items.

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Mild Winter Means Amazing Prices on Cold Weather Gear — Dollars and Sense

NASA scientists recently announced the earth’s surface temperature is slowly rising — and now it seems that phenomena is affecting the prices you’ll pay for winter clothes and gear.

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Americans Are Optimistic About Economic Recovery — Dollars and Sense

According to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index, we’re all feeling a bit more optimistic about the economy these days. In fact, the group’s December survey shows consumer sentiment is up for the fifth month in a row.

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Credit Card Debt Soars After Black Friday — Dollars and Sense

Retailers reported robust numbers on Black Friday last year, which surprised some analysts because the economy is still struggling and unemployment is high. But new data from the Federal Reserve shows where much of that money came from: credit cards.

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Pennies, Nickels and Dimes, Oh My! Coins on the Rise in the US — Dollars and Sense

Officials at the US Mint have spotted a sign they say is indicative of an improving economy — coin shipments are increasing.

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The Public Agrees, About $150,000 a Year Makes You ‘Rich’ — Survey of the Day

In light of the Occupy Wall Street movement focusing attention on the “one percent” and the debate over raising taxes on the wealthy, Gallup asked 1,012 adults how much money they would need to make a year in order to consider themselves rich.

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Is Money Really the Most Important Part of a Job?

The second annual Simply Hired Job Seeker Survey reveals that when it comes to our jobs, some things truly are more important than money.

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Man Donates Suit To Goodwill And Loses Life Savings[VIDEO]

An elderly 80-year-old Illinois man decided to be generous this holiday season and donate some clothes to the local Goodwill in Moline, Illinois which include a suit coat the only problem is the elderly man  doesn't  trust banks, had kept his life savings of $13,000 sewn inside the lining of one of his suits. He is currently appealing for the money's return so that he can care for his wife, who has Stage 4 cancer. If ever there was a need for a holiday miracle this would be it. Hopefully the money will be returned

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Bank of America Will Not Charge Monthly Fee for Debit Card Usage

In September, Bank of America announced it would soon begin charging customers a $5 monthly fee for using their debit cards, saying it was recouping losses from new laws that limited how much it could charge merchants when debit cards were swiped during transactions.

But after a firestorm of negative publicity, BofA waved the white flag of surrender and scrapped the controversial plan.

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Samuel L. Jackson Is the Highest-Grossing Actor of All-Time

When it comes to the box office, the number one actor of all-time is none other than Samuel L. Jackson. And this isn’t just a guesstimate, it’s an actual record recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records. Jackson’s movies have made $7.2 billion.

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Michael Jackson Is the Top-Earning Dead Celebrity of the Year [PICTURES]

Michael Jackson is one of those celebrities that earned a lot of money during his lifetime and keeps racking it in well after. Just because a celebrity dies it doesn’t mean that their work or the fan interest goes away.

Every year around Halloween, Forbes reveals their list of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities over the past year (October 2010 to October 2011), and Jackson is clearly tops.

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One in Five Americans to Get Second Job for the Holidays – Survey of the Day

The holidays can be expensive, and this year 21 percent of Americans plan to get a second job to help pay for all the gifts and travel costs that go with the season.

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