Marketplace Money for December 19-20, 2009

Episode Description 
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.

Is a partridge in a pear tree affordable?

What would it cost to deliver everything mentioned in "The 12 Days of Christmas"? Sean Cole tries to find out.

Putting Santa on a budget

Christmas is just around the corner, but a lot of families are still trying to set realistic gift expectations. Janet Bodnar, author of "Raising Money-Smart Kids," gives Tess Vigeland some advice.

Economy leads kids back home

A new study from the Pew Research Center says nearly one in seven parents with grown children had a "boomerang" kid move back home this past year. Apryl Lundsten reports on what it's like for young adults to return to the nest.

Getting Personal

Money Magazine's Penny Wang joins Tess Vigeland to answer questions from listeners.

Celebrating Christmas debt free

Russell and Kandy Hildebrandt speak with Tess Vigeland about celebrating Christmas after paying off $100,000 worth of debt.

My favorite SkyMall purchase

Listeners weigh in on impulse buying and everyone's favorite airline catalogue: SkyMall.

Where God and ETFs meet

An investment firm called FaithShares is bringing religion to the world of Exchange Traded Funds. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains.

Gold fever is global. Should we trust it?

It seems everyone is crazy about gold these days, so is it a good time for you to get in on the action and invest? Jeff Tyler investigates.

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The Winter Solstice
Sufjan Stevens
It's Christmas and I'm Home
The Hot Rods