Marketplace Money for Friday, April 20, 2012

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Well, Happy Financial Literacy Month everyone! Not quite sure how to celebrate? Maybe start with a little reflection. We'll visit a middle school where kids are learning to make smart money decisions. But, you don't have to be in a classroom to get a finance lesson. Money-savvy Girl Scouts can now earn personal finance badges. And, the national parks are free this week. So grab the kids, pack a lunch... We've got your guide on how to prepare for your weekend in the great outdoors.

Financial literacy: No time like the present

Commentator Chris Farrell thinks there's no time like the present to get smart about your finances.
Posted In: financial literacy, Personal Finance, Investing, Saving, planning

Spending your windfall: What to do with found money

Deciding how to spend inheritance or a sudden windfall isn't as easy as it may seem. CBS MoneyWatch's Jill Schlesinger helps a listener make some important decisions.
Posted In: letters, jill schlesinger, Personal Finance, Inheritance

Food deserts: Just a mirage?

The New York Times' Gina Kolata reported this week on a series of recent studies debunking the idea that all impoverished areas are "food deserts."
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, wealth gap, food desert, New York Times

'Be prepared' ... financially

A new Girl Scout merit badged is aimed at preparing young women for their future with personal finance.
Posted In: financial literacy, Girl Scouts, Education, Saving

Teaching kids to be financially literate

Launched in the aftermath of the riots that tore Los Angeles apart in 1992, Operation Hope has been educating young people about money and its power to elevate us.
Posted In: financial literacy, kids, Savings, Education, Wealth and Poverty

Living without money

Heidemarie Schwermer is taking thriftiness to an entirely new level.
Posted In: thrift, cashless, Money, spending

Conversations with a fraud specialist

Reporter Stacey Vanek Smith shares details about her Italian vacation and more to a credit card fraud specialist.
Posted In: credit card fraud

National parks brace for record crowds

Yosemite ranger Kari Cobb talks about how the national parks are preparing for their upcoming week of free admission.
Posted In: National Park Service, yosemite, vacation

Saving one park at a time

California is planning to close one quarter of its state parks, but if volunteer Carolyn Schoff has her way, Pio Pico Park won't be one of them.
Posted In: state parks, budget crisis, california

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