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Marketplace Money for August 28, 2004

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Marketplace Money for August 28, 2004

Back to School Finances

Is there a way to prevent your kid from blowing their entire budget during the first month of college? Marjorie Savage is the author of "You're on Your Own: Mentoring Your Child During the College Years." She shares her advice with Kai.
Posted In: Jobs

Dancing for Dollars

It's fair to say there's more to higher education that just classes and grades. Budgeting your time is one example. And just plain budgeting is another. We thought it might be time for a peek into student finances. Hilary Frank has our story of one option for making more cash.
Posted In: Jobs

"Straight Story": Airline Pensions

It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. Airline pension plans are flying away. Chris wants them grounded.
Posted In: Jobs

"Day in the Work Life": A University Professor

It's back-to-school season, and college faculty are busily photocopying their trusty syllabi, ready to instill knowledge in another crop of young minds. On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our weekly look at how folks trade their time for money -- we audit the first day of classes with a university professor.
Posted In: Jobs

From The Money Matters Desk: A Consumer Report on Buying Wine

On this week's "Money Matters" - our regular look at how to improve your bottom line-- we've got some beverage tips just in time for your Labor Day celebration. If you are sick of picking up a six-pack when the invite says BYOB, why not choose a bottle of wine instead? Kai asks Randy Clement, the co-owner of Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, for help in selecting wine.
Posted In: Investing

"The Buzzword": Help Wanted Index

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance: "Help Wanted Index." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
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Mailbag for August 28, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on investing in bonds, finding financial websites, and choosing between a 401k and term insurance.

Drug Importation

Are drugs cheaper in Canada? Several states want to import prescription drugs from Canada, and some are even considering suing the federal government over the drug import ban. Host Kai Ryssdal gets to the bottom of this issue with health economist, Uwe Reinhardt.
Posted In: Retirement

Opting Out of Health Insurance

The number of self-employed Americans gambling on life without health insurance is growing. So we decided to ask if it ever makes financial sense to take a calculated risk and pocket the cost of health insurance premiums? Marketplace reporter Bob Moon has the answer.
Posted In: Jobs