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Is Getting a College Degree Worth the Money? — Dollars and Sense

As college tuition and contributions to college savings funds rise, experts are again examining the value of higher education and wondering if the cost is a good investment in someone’s future.

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How Much Do Women Earn Compared to Men? — Dollars and Sense

For decades, many groups have highlighted the pay disparities between men and women, and a new report from the American Association of University Women pointed out just how big the earnings gap is.

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Nearly Half of All Teens Think They’ll Never Be As Rich As Their Parents — Dollars and Sense

You might think teenagers worry about nothing more important than their Friday night plans, but it turns out they’re worried about their financial futures, too — and they’re already incredibly pessimistic.

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How Much Are Parents Spending on Their Children’s Proms? — Dollars and Sense

High school proms are getting mighty expensive — and we’re not just talking triple digits, either.

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Where Are the Best Places to Buy a Home? — Dollars and Sense

With 15-year mortgage rates at an all-time low of just 3.11 percent, many people are thinking about making a home purchase. But where you buy could determine how good the investment will turn out to be.

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Danny Howard, Flickr
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Have You Ever Gone a Week Without Using Cash? — Survey of the Day

Could cold hard cash soon be about as necessary as a pay phone?

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Huge Blunder Drops Price at Gas Station to One Dollar Per Gallon — Dollars and Sense

A lot of people are hurting these days because of the slow turn of the global economy. Few places are making them feel the pain of painfully slow growth more than the gas pump.

But that doesn’t mean relief can’t unexpectedly happen.

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Who Got Rich When Facebook Bought Instagram? — Dollars and Sense

News broke on Monday that Facebook had acquired the popular photo-sharing service Instagram for the princely sum of $1 billion in cash and stock.

It’s the biggest purchase in the history of the world’s largest social network, and it made new multimillionaires of Instagram’s chief executive and the company’s handful of employees.

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Car Buyers Paying $2,000 More for Vehicles Than They Did a Year Ago — Dollars and Sense

As gas prices rise, consumers often consider switching to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.

But while those cars are usually less expensive than their bigger counterparts, increased demand has resulted in higher sticker prices.

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Could Virtual IRS Audits Someday Be a Reality? – Dollars and Sense

Finding out you’re being audited by the IRS can be pretty scary, especially when you have to meet with an auditor in person. But what if you could deal with the whole mess via video-conferencing from the comfort of your own home?

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Senior Citizens Are Stuck with $36 Billion in Student Loans — Dollars and Sense

While educational debt is generally thought to be the problem of younger people, new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reveals a startling fact: Americans ages 60 and over collectively owe $36 billion in student loans.

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Are Days of the Paper Check Numbered? [POLL]

Are the days of paper checks numbered? According to several news reports it seems that to be the case. For example, a new pilot program in Georgia is mailing debit cards to people instead of tax checks in attempt to phase-out paper checks.

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