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Each week on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet. During the hour-long program, Ulrich 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.

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Last updated: Thursday, April 24 2014 02:19 PM

04/18/2014 Marketplace Money - Confidence

Friday, April 18 2014 05:17 PM

This week on Marketplace Money, host Lizzie O'Leary and personal finance writer Kristin Wong discuss budgeting when you're broke — yes, you can save money even when you don't have much of it. Personal finance expert Lauren Lyons Cole tackles questions from our listeners. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson dissects the latest when it comes to money and mobile technology. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of The Confidence Code, explain the importance of confidence for women in the workforce, and Airfare Watchdog's George Hobica tells us why it pays to be nice to your flight attendant.

04/11/2014 Marketplace Money - Tick-tock for taxes

Friday, April 11 2014 08:13 PM

This week on Marketplace Money, guest host Lizzie O'Leary and tax attorney Kelly Phillips Erb give tax advice for last-minute filers. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson tells us about the final days of Windows XP and why you should really, really upgrade if you still use it. Lizzie O’Leary and LA Times Consumer Finance Columnist David Lazarus answer questions from our listeners. Matthew Boesler, Business Insider reporter, tells us about the impact of food inflation on food prices, personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi gives us her tips for spring cleaning, and poet Doug Kearney tells us what he learned about money growing up.

04/04/2014 Marketplace Money - The costs of being cheap

Friday, April 04 2014 09:25 PM

This week on Marketplace Money, guest host Lizzie O'Leary and personal finance expert Jill Schlesinger tackle questions from our listeners. We're all trying to save money, but there are some times when being cheap costs you more in the long run. Personal finance writer Daryl Paranada tells us about times when spending can actually help you save. The latest monthly jobs report is released, more people are quitting their jobs but the unemployment rate continues to drop from the height of the recession. Good news or bad news? Tim Wu tells us about how the rise of convenience means we're spending more time than ever under the "tyranny of tiny tasks." And even if you write for one of the most successful shows in TV history, your parents are still gonna give you advice. "The Simpsons" writer Michael Price tells us about what he learned from being raised by parents who weren't exactly thrilled with the idea of a career in theater.

03/28/2014 Marketplace Money - Work in America

Friday, March 28 2014 07:39 PM

This week on Marketplace Money, guest host Lizzie O’Leary presents a special collaboration with the Your Money section of the New York Times called “Work in America.” Marketplace reporters Mitchell Hartman and Adriene Hill and Times reporters Tara Siegel Bernard and Paul Sullivan join the program to examine the personal finance issues surrounding young workers, temporary/freelance employees, gender discrimination in the workplace and mid-career workers who want to change professions. Also, Helaine Olen, author of “Pound Foolish” explores the challenges of being in the workforce at retirement age and Kimberly Palmer, author of “The Economy of You,” offers tips on how to successfully take on a side gig or start a second career.

03/21/14 Marketplace Money - Gentrification

Friday, March 21 2014 07:46 PM

This week, guest host Lizzie O’Leary and personal finance expert Lauren Lyons Cole answer listeners’ questions about money. Plus, we explore the tensions that arise in neighborhoods where gentrification has caused both economic and cultural shifts and discuss how raising the minimum wage would affect the day-to-day lifestyles of families and individuals. Also, who do you tip and why? A new Starbucks app makes it easy to add gratuity to your purchases, but just because it’s convenient, does that mean people will pay?

03/11/14 Marketplace Money - Privacy in the digital age

Tuesday, March 11 2014 09:18 PM

Guest host Lizzie O’Leary talks with Marketplace reporter Dan Gorenstein about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. With the March 31st deadline, what should you remember about coverage options and possible penalties? Also, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson checks in from the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX to talk about protecting your personal information in the age of data breaches. Actor Doug Jones reflects on how his family influenced his financial habits, personal finance expert Liz Weston answers callers’ questions, and we explore the implications of having an aggressive personality at work.  

03/07/2014 Marketplace Money - Personal Finance Party

Friday, March 07 2014 11:27 PM

This weekend, guest host Lizzie O’Leary and reporter Nancy Marshall-Genzer discuss the impact of President Obama’s federal budget proposal. How does the budget impact our wallets? Plus, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson discusses the latest tech in money. Personal finance expert Louis Barajas answers listeners’ questions about saving and spending. Also, musician Andrew WK contemplates the personal finance behind partying, we examine whether networking actually works for everyone and listeners tell us how their music buying habits have changed over the years.

02/28/14 Marketplace Money - Stormy Weather

Friday, February 28 2014 04:41 PM

This week, guest host Lizzie O'Leary and financial education expert Beth Kobliner explain how to talk to kids about money at every age. Dan Kadlec, contributor to TIME magazine, joins Marketplace Money to discuss Oklahoma’s mandate to add financial literacy courses to their high school curriculum. Lizzie and finance expert Jill Schlesinger answer listener questions. Digital producer Raghu Manavalan discusses what’s happening in social media and we see how bad weather hits the wallets of people across the U.S. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson talk about the future of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, have we seen its demise? And comedian Maria Bamford looks back on her life for our Family Money series.

02/21/2014 Marketplace Money - Millennial Malaise

Friday, February 21 2014 08:09 PM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, guest host David Lazarus talks to Erin Lowry of about how students are paying more in student loans than they did just four years ago, and how the debt affects other aspects of their lives. Also, David Lazarus takes a look at why people should read the fine print of the terms and conditions of consumer goods and services if they want to protect their wallet. Rene Alegria, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mamiverse, a digital platform devoted to Latina moms and their families, tells us how his upbringing and family affect how he views money today. David Lazarus answers listener questions along with personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi, and he talks to Lisa Gerstner of Kiplinger about how to complain the right way in order to get what you want. Digital producer Raghu Manavalan updates David Lazarus on what’s happening on social media and we take a look at airline fees: Why they exist and how to avoid them.

02/14/2014 Marketplace Money - Tax psychology

Friday, February 14 2014 10:09 PM

This week on Marketplace Money, guest host Lizzie O’Leary gets the latest news on Obamacare from Marketplace reporter Dan Gorenstein. Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson gives us a lesson in the volatile currency Bitcoin. Lizzie O’Leary and personal finance columnist Liz Weston answer your questions, and now that most people have their W-2s, we’re looking at the psychology and the practicalities behind taxes and refunds. Indian-American politician Reshma Saujani reflects on how her family’s approach to handling money influenced her own financial habits and digital producer Raghu Manavalan looks at the conversations we're having out in social media.

02-07-2014 Marketplace Money - Cash is king?

Friday, February 07 2014 08:02 PM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, guest host David Lazarus, columnist for the LA Times, gets the latest news on consumer data breaches. Is there a real benefit to buying everything with cash? Rob Wile of Business Insider joins him to talk about the cons of cash and what consumers can do to protect themselves while shopping. Also, Marketplace reporter Noel King explores the state of wealth in the African-American community and what small businesses are doing to take advantage of black buying power. Plus, we take a look a the trend of commercial ads "keeping it real" with diverse casting and subject matters, and Indian-American politician Reshma Saujani reflects on how her family's approach to handling money influenced her own financial habits.

01-31-14 Marketplace Money - Preparing for unemployment

Saturday, February 01 2014 02:18 AM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong explores the experience of being out of work and knowing your last unemployment benefits payment is on the way. Marketplace reporter Mitchell Hartman joins her to talk about what you can do to prepare – financially and mentally – for more hard times. Also, are women more reluctant to talk about their accomplishments in the workplace? Guests Jessi Smith, a psychologist at Montana State University, and author Peggy Klaus discuss how gender stereotypes affect the earning potential of women when it comes to tooting their own horns on the job. Plus, we look at who’s chipping in to the big pot of money being gambled on the Super Bowl and science writer Mary Roach talks about how her family influenced her financial habits.

01-24-2014 Marketplace Money - Credit Card Collection

Saturday, January 25 2014 12:25 AM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich provides a crash course on credit with a look at consumer spending, credit reporting and more. Credit expert John Ulzheimer talks about how your credit score may be affected by your use of social media. Plus, relationship coach Andrea Syrtash discusses the etiquette of bringing up money in dating, and when it’s appropriate to ask your love interest to divulge their credit score. Also, personal finance journalist Liz Weston helps answer listeners’ questions about getting into debt by using plastic and we explore the costs of living off the credit grid.

Marketplace Money for Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday, January 17 2014 11:37 PM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich explores the aftermath of the big consumer data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers. Consumer advocate Bob Sullivan explains how shoppers can prevent getting hacked and what to do if your credit or debit card has been compromised. Plus, Marketplace reporter Dan Gorenstein checks in on how consumers are finding their experiences with the Affordable Care Act, and we get an update on the traditional retirement savings rules from David Blanchett of Morningstar. Also, student loan expert Heather Jarvis helps out some listeners who have questions about financing higher education and musician John Roderick shares how his family influenced his financial habits.

01/10/14 Marketplace Money - Burning bridges

Tuesday, January 07 2014 09:57 PM

This weekend, host Carmen Wong Ulrich explores what seems to be a growing trend of publicizing tense employer-employee relations online. She speaks with law professor David Yamada about why workers choose to take their departure from a job public and the implications of that. Plus, certified financial planner Greg Fisher helps answer listeners’ personal finance questions and comedian W. Kamau Bell shares how his childhood experiences with money shaped his current financial habits.

01-03-14 Marketplace Money - Resolution Roundup

Friday, January 03 2014 07:51 PM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich celebrates a new year with four devoted listeners determined to make and keep important financial resolutions in 2014. We meet Nina, a single mother in Oakland, Calif., who wants to retire abroad; Melissa and Joshua, a couple in Portland, Ore., who want to keep their newfound financial stability and stay off government assistance; Eric, a college student in Williamsburg, Va., who is striking out on his own for the first time this year; and Destie, a nonprofit worker in Bath, Maine who wants to plug her family’s budget leaks. Plus, Marketplace reporter Mitchell Hartman discusses the new software employers are using to screen applicants and how job seekers are working around it.

12/27/2013 Marketplace Money - New Year's Edition

Friday, December 27 2013 10:08 PM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich revisits the year in news with a look at stories from 2013 that affected our wallets. Joining her is Marketplace’s David Gura, David Lazarus of the LA Times and NY Times reporter Tara Siegel Bernard. Plus, we help listeners prepare for the fast-approaching tax season with end-of-year planning tips and Marketplace reporter Stacey Vanek Smith explains why returning your unwanted holiday gifts may be harder this year. Also, blogger Joe Udo of the site gives us inspiration for keeping our new year’s financial goals by reflecting on a resolution he made at the start of 2013.

12/20/2013 Marketplace Money - Holiday Etiquette

Thursday, December 19 2013 10:23 PM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich gets into the spirit of giving with etiquette expert Thomas Farley, who offers tips on holiday tipping. Plus, Harvard professor Michael Norton and Eileen Heisman of National Philanthropic Trust talk about why we give and how to donate charitable contributions in the most effective way. Plus, whether you’re giving gift cards over the holidays or will receive some from loved ones, journalist Bob Sullivan shares some important rules and restrictions on the popular presents that you should be aware of. Also, Brian Hoyt of offers ideas on how to find the best coupon deals online and personal finance expert Lauren Lyons Cole dispenses advice to young listeners about student loan debt.

Marketplace Money - 12/13/2013

Thursday, December 12 2013 05:06 PM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich explores why new car sales are soaring and what that means for the used car inventory and consumers. Plus, the holidays are a great time for folks to earn extra cash through sites like Taskrabbit, where freelancers can bid for odd jobs. Carmen and a guest expert answer questions about saving for retirement from listeners working in the gig economy. Also, feeding your family can be an expensive feat during the holidays, particularly if you want to make meals that are nutritious. Stic of the rap group Dead Prez joins the show to talk about how to “eat good on a hood budget.”

12-06-13 Marketplace Money - Money and psychology

Friday, December 06 2013 05:50 PM

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich explores the psychology of self-control leading up to the time of year when people make resolutions – financial and otherwise. She’s joined by Maria Konnikova, author of the forthcoming book “Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes” to talk about willpower, determination and rewards. CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger also joins the program to help answer listeners’ questions about personal finance, plus Carmen digs into the topic of financial gifts in a special “Lightning Round” of Q&As. Also, we check back in with a former guest who had $1,000 riding on a weight loss competition to see what the outcome was.