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IRS scams to look out for

Jun 20, 2014
IRS scams are on the rise. Here's what to look out for.

Sweeping the World Cup office pool

Jun 13, 2014
So you and everyone else picked Brazil to win the World Cup. What next?
Posted In: Sports, World Cup

Six expert secrets to a successful Social Security strategy

Jun 6, 2014
Perfecting your Social Security strategy in six (pretty) easy steps.
Posted In: Social Security, benefits, personal finance basics

The tip jar gets a digital makeover

Jun 6, 2014
Technology is making us better tippers but not without an extra dose of awkwardness.
Posted In: tipping, gratuity, tips
San Francisco housing

The resurgence of HELOCs

Jun 6, 2014
Home equity lines of credit were popular before the recession, and now they're making a comeback.
Posted In: home financing

How the recession shaped a more humble generation

May 30, 2014
A new study says that individuals who grow up during a recession temper traits of narcissism.
Posted In: millennials, narcissism, psychology
Best Buy Online

The best days of the week to shop

May 30, 2014
Forget the weekends. Spend your money mid-week in order to get the best deals.
Posted In: shopping, spending, consumer

A scam-free way to consolidate your debt

May 30, 2014
TV ads often promise to get you out of debt for free. But are any of them legit?
Posted In: debt, debt conslidation
Search engines

Data brokers set the price tag on your head

May 28, 2014
Now, the FTC wants them to give us some personal information.
Posted In: big data
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Getting the most out of LinkedIn

May 22, 2014
Wherever you end up this summer, odds are that you’ll be posting about it on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. But what about LinkedIn?

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About this collection

Did you know Doritos were born in a Disneyland dumpster? Or that the Slinky was the happy accident of a naval engineer?

At Marketplace, we’re always curious about the brains behind the products that have become synonymous with American life, so we’re starting a new series called “Brought to you by…”

As part of our Innovators project, we’ll track down the minds and muses behind the stuff you use every day and tell those stories on the radio and our website.

We’re starting with stuff that Americans buy up and bring out every summer, from sunscreen to pool noodles to popsicles.