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Each week on Marketplace Money, host Tess Vigeland looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet. During the hour-long program, Vigeland and her guests help listeners map out the course to financial well-being, offering advice on topics like how to pay for college and whether to buy or lease a car as well as the individual impact of national stories.
Latest Stories from Marketplace Money
Last updated: Sunday, May 26 2013 07:45 AM
Friday, May 24 2013 06:32 PM
It's time to take control of your finances -- and take control of your life. This week we talk with a young man looking for a way to get out of his parents' house and explore the financial burden parents face when their adult children live at home. And meet a listener who has finally found a job after six years of unemployment, but needs help handling her paycheck. Also, if you have questions about money -- as so many of you do -- it could be time to seek professional help. We answer all of your questions about hiring a certified financial planner. Plus, we check in on Moore, Okla., to see how the town is doing after it was devastated by a tornado and explore how difficult it could be for residents to navigate the insurance claims process and start rebuilding.
Friday, May 17 2013 04:50 PM
Debt. Don't let it ruin your life. Even if you feel like you're swimming in student loans or can't get ahead of what you owe to credit card companies, we've got some advice on what to do when you've got a mountain of debt. One tip: as much as you'd like to, don't hang up when a bill collector calls. And don't take your personal relationships for granted when money enters the mix. Debt doesn't have to destroy your ties with friends or family. Plus, a special report on why struggling military families opt to do business with risky payday lenders over low-interest government loans.
Friday, May 10 2013 05:37 PM
Do you ever look at your bank statement at the end of the month and wonder where your money went? From morning lattes, to lottery tickets and lunch dates, we'll talk about how your money trickles away on little things as well as big ticket items, like medical procedures. We'll share tips for how to save at the hospital and at college, and offer some advice on how to stop up other spending leaks. Plus, it's Mother's Day weekend. Comedian Paula Poundstone joins us to discuss why she doesn't want any gifts. And if you still need to get a gift -- eek! --we have some ideas for how to shop on a budget.
Friday, May 03 2013 04:20 PM
Does paying for getaways get you down? We welcome the challenge of finding the best summer travel deals and we're passing on some expert advice to you. Even if you're working in a trip around your kids' school calendars, aren't sure what kind of cash to carry abroad and live nowhere near a hub city, we have helpful tips for taking a vacation on the cheap. Plus, if it's lodging that's eating up your travel expenses, check out some of our suggestions for scoring a comfortable place to stay that won't part you from all your cash. All that and an update on the latest unemployment numbers and helping "housewives" qualify for credit cards.
Friday, April 26 2013 05:54 PM
'Fess up: You've been the victim of a scam. Whether it's losing money to someone with a sob story on the street, answering bogus emails, or getting swindled into donating to a fake charity -- scams are all around us. We're here to help you recognize when you're dealing with a con artist and help you steer clear of swindlers. Plus, remember the sequester? We prefer not to as well. But, sequester-related furloughs are happening -- and leaving unpleasant effects on people's personal finances in its wake.
Friday, April 19 2013 08:03 PM
How can you help victims of the Boston bombings? We have tips on choosing charities. Plus, it's time for some spring cleaning. We're not asking you to go through your piles of old clothes or do the windows. We're looking at how to clean out your financial portfolio and tidy up your budgets. And it's time to reassess where your cash is going and straighten up the money issues we have with people in our lives -- like exes, siblings, children and more. Finally, what you're really getting for your money when you buy products 'Made in the U.S.A.'
Friday, April 12 2013 05:03 PM
Taxes are most often associated with death. How about a happier spin? We combine taxes and... poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Enjoy our listener-submitted tax poems. Plus, have you ever wondered how U.S. taxes compare to what people pay in other countries? And is it time to get rid of joint filing altogether now that many Americans are in non-traditional families? Also, property taxes are a big problem for some filers, especially low- and moderate-income families who have taken on the financial risk of buying a home to take advantage of the housing market's low interest rates. We examine the decision to buy when it's tough to get by. Finally, advice on how to make better decisions and choosing the college of your dreams without taking on loads of debt.
Friday, April 05 2013 04:29 PM
Ahhhh, life on the job. First, we have tips on how to get one. Sound advice from a career counselor on how to ace your next job interview. Hint: choose your words carefully. Also, should your resume reveal your race? The hiring process can tread on some very sensitive ground. And, the crime scene better known as the office kitchen -- what missing food and dirty dishes say about workers and management. Plus, how to cope with the office meanies and what monkeys can teach us about how to behave in the boardroom.
Friday, March 29 2013 07:35 PM
What role do your emotions play when it comes to making financial decisions? In a special collaboration with the New York Times, we examine how our feelings influence our personal finances -- from the choices we make about the pets we care for to deciding who we spend the rest of our lives with. We look at why a realtor is sometimes a homebuyer's emotional partner, why some rich folks are giving away their wealth, and how some seniors are piling on debt to help their families. Plus, Kai Ryssdal examines what happens when chasing your dream doesn't work out. Tune in this weekend to hear our special broadcast.
Friday, March 22 2013 04:09 PM
Congratulations! You've just won a "foreign lottery," which means you've also won a chance to be scammed out of your savings and your safety. Exposing con artists targeting elderly Americans. Plus, it's never too soon to start thinking about saving for retirement, right? We talk to a trio of millenials about gearing up for the Golden Years. And if you're having trouble saving, perhaps you're in "present shock," a modern state of only focusing on the now, according to theorist Douglas Rushkoff. Also, we get the scoop on why there are so many short sales in Santa Barbara, Calif., and take a look at the tough decisions that death forces people to make about money.
Friday, March 15 2013 04:42 PM
How much do you know about immigration? For example, many immigrants to the U.S. bring ideas and customs that give them a financial leg up over Americans. Learn about community credit clubs, creative ways to earn money for an education and what some foreign-born folks would pay for a taste of home. Plus, we explore the challenges of throwing a wedding when the bride and groom come from different culutres. Also, after being hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, Atlanta's real estate market is starting to turn around. Hotlanta indeed! And a new documentary looks at how some American families have been left out in the cold after the Great Recession.
Friday, March 08 2013 06:07 PM
Who had the best week ever? The Dow. Wall Streeters are high-fiving each other, but what does a record high mean for you? Also, whatever happened to the good ol' days when a degree from a decent school could land you a gig pretty much anywhere you pleased? These days employers want experience. And what's a movie monster worth? Plus, your reactions to a viral video on income inequality, a warning about the varying prices of generic drugs, how to sell yourself, and the cost of living with HIV.
Friday, March 01 2013 06:15 PM
Sequester. Sequester. Sequester. We have everything you want to know about government spending cuts and some sound advice for planning your sequester survival strategy. Plus, the zip code you live in can have a big impact on your economic destiny. That notion is at the heart of a number of local and federal anti-poverty initiatives called "residential mobility" programs. Also, why Houston has the healthiest housing market, the French art of seduction, and why it's important to achieve financial intimacy.
Friday, February 22 2013 06:44 PM
Is a diamond really forever? We look at what determines the worth of diamonds on the open market and share tips on buying that special jewel... and reselling it if your significant other says no. Plus, how to get the most out of general use gift cards and advice on how to win at online gambling now that Internet casinos are legal in Nevada. Also, why one man says the student loan crisis is a myth, how Cape Coral's real estate market is thriving while the rest of Florida faces a foreclosure crisis, and the controversy over streaming funerals online.
Friday, February 15 2013 05:43 PM
The Federal Trade Commission says more than a quarter of credit card-carrying Americans have at least one "potentially material error" in their credit report data. Speaking of errors, some con artists are taking advantage of all the vacant homes out there that are caught in limbo. Also, we take a look at the housing market in Las Vegas. Plus, should seniors stop getting discounts? And the art of the sign-off. What "XO," "Sincerely," or "Regards" says about you. - All the best, your team at Marketplace Money
Friday, February 08 2013 05:10 PM
How is snowstorm Nemo affecting the Northeast? One store owner tells us what's flying off the shelves as people prepare for the blizzard. Also, things are looking up for the housing market, especially if you're a seller in Omaha, Neb. And just how much would you pay to find love online? There's a lot of money in membership dues for online dating sites, but are they worth it? Plus, stories on bonds, a new financial literacy app, a push for more manbags, and why you should draw your debt.
Friday, February 01 2013 07:18 PM
We have a hunch how you're spending this Super Bowl Sunday -- and how you're spending your dough. And just when you thought there were no more possible credit card fees, a new one is in our midst. Plus, can bailing out underwater homeowners help the housing market recover faster? We ask a banker how you can make your re-fi and loan mod requests stand out. We've also got stories on a credit card for former substance abusers and dancing during lunch.
Friday, January 25 2013 05:38 PM
Housing is making its way back into the headlines, and most of the news is good. We take a look at whether the real estate market is making a comeback. And boy does guest host David Lazarus have a story for you! It starts with a cat bite and ends with a $55,000 hospital bill. We've got a medical bill explainer. Plus, teaching your kids to be financially independent starts with good manners. And stories on the retireless and technological changes to your church's collection plate.
Friday, January 18 2013 02:06 PM
Got a question about the flu? We've got answers -- debunking your flu myths. Plus, a timeline of some of the worst flu pandemics in history. And if you're in the market to buy a used car, we have some advice to make sure you don't get stuck with a flood-damaged lemon. We also look at health technology, the costs of quinceaneras, how looming budget cuts in D.C. are reverberating across the classes, and the presidential inauguration.
Friday, January 11 2013 09:04 PM
Attention college seniors, we have an awesome college essay topic for you: money. Also, it pays to read the fine print on your cell phone and cable bills. We take a closer look at all those little charges that hike up the total you pay. And crowdfunding is more than fundraising, it's become a global phenomenon. But why? Plus, money lessons from Monopoly, how some people make use of gray water, and a commentary on romanticizing poverty.