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Why Has Tide Detergent Become So Popular with Thieves? — Dollars and Sense

Even the most cash-strapped among us still need clean clothes, which could explain why Tide laundry detergent has become the go-to item for shoplifters all over the country.

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What Do You Plan On Doing with Your Tax Refund? — Survey of the Day

The good news is that 67 percent of Americans expect to to get a refund from the IRS this year. The bad news is that much of this money is going to be spent taking care of other debts, rather than be used for something fun.

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High Gas Prices Mean More Americans Use Public Transportation — Dollars and Sense

While public transportation was the primary way Americans got around in the 1940s, the boom in car ownership eventually meant fewer people on subways and buses.

But thanks to high gas prices and an improving economy, that seems to be changing.

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Could You Live on $2 a Day? Lots of Americans Do – Dollars and Sense

There are a lot of celebrities that won’t get out of bed for less than a quarter of a million dollars, but a lot more Americans are surviving on much, much less.

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Recent College Grads Make Less Now Than a Decade Ago — Dollars and Sense

Since the economy took a turn for the worse, more and more young adults are moving back home with their parents after graduating from college, and this could be one reason why: recent grads are making less now than they did a decade ago.

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How Much Is Too Much to Pay for Gas? — Survey of the Day

With the average price of gas approaching four dollars a gallon, the question becomes whether Americans are going to start to seriously changing their current driving habits and vacation plans, in light of this hike.

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How Long Will It Take to Pay Off Your Credit Card Debt? — Dollars and Sense

Making minimum payments on your credit cards could cost you — big. And a new tool will show you just how much.

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How Are Stores Fighting Back Against Extreme Couponers?

Stores like Walmart and Kroger are sick of the practice of “staking,” in which frugal shoppers combine store and manufacturer coupons in a way that makes their items cost next to nothing — or even, in some cases, actually earns them store credit or cash back.

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CarbonNYC, Flickr
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Tax Refund Anticipation Loans Will Soon Become Ancient History — Dollars and Sense

If you’re one of those impatient people who gets a refund anticipation loan (RAL) from a tax preparer, enjoy it while it lasts — after this year, those loans are going away. And it’s probably for your own good.

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Not Again! Airlines Raise Fares for the Third Time This Year — Dollars and Sense

If booking an airline flight seems to cost more than it did just a few months ago, it’s not your imagination — many airlines have already raised prices three times this year.

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99 Percent Might Actually Have Proof That Rich People Are Unethical – Dollars and Sense

Many of the people who’ve taken part in Occupy Wall Street protests claim the wealthy — or, as they call them, “the one percent” — are selfish and unethical. And now a new study may have proven them right.

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Apple Named America’s Most Profitable Retailer, But Which Company Took Second? — Dollars and Sense

In news that would make Steve Jobs proud, Apple has been named America’s most profitable retailer, beating out other powerhouses like Tiffany & Co., GameStop and Select Comfort.

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