Marketplace Money for Friday, December 16, 2011

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The holidays are almost upon us! Have you bought all your gifts, sent off your cards, and thrown all your parties yet? If not, you could benefit from Tess’ conversations on throwing a good -- and fiscally responsible -- party. Plus, get advice on whether to re-gift or not, and learn the tech gadgets on everyone's wish lists. Also, we tell you about new ways of paying that may put an end to the wallet -- and why the move to a cashless society doesn't mean the end of the world is nigh. And while many people are out spending during this holiday season, many families have cut back. We check in with one family as they struggle to cope with the holidays.

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How to have a happy holiday, from the Dinner Party Download

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Posted In: Money holidays christmas gifts personal finance

Tech toys for the holidays

From e-readers to video game consoles, find out what to look for and what to avoid when shopping for your tech-savvy friends and family this holiday.
Posted In: tech ereader gaming console holiday gifts, nintendo, wii, xbox, Microsoft, playstation

Cash-strapped Christmas

Unemployment and foreclosures have forced many more households to cut budgets to the bone this year. How some families are coping with the holidays now that they're no longer middle class.
Posted In: poverty, poor, holidays

Going cashless isn't the end of the world

Some people believe that as society uses less cash, we get closer to the End of Days. Tess Vigeland asks a priest whether we should be worried about credit cards and apps that allow you to spend freely without even opening your wallet.
Posted In: money apps cashless credit cards smartphone

The dog ate my paycheck

Commentator Rob Walker with an omnivore's dilemma. He doesn't eat everything in sight... but his dog does.
Posted In: Money dog paycheck self-employed

Effortless spending

Credit cards made spending easy. Now a number of new smartphone apps make it even easier. How to buy, buy, buy, without even reaching for your wallet.
Posted In: Money cashless apps smartphone

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Shuffle A Dream
Little Dragon
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies (original Trip Hop Remix)
Dopaminex
Airplanes [Feat. Hayley Williams Of Paramore] (Explicit Album Version)
B.o.B
The Wall Street Shuffle
10cc
Weapons VI (Alias Remix)
Son Lux
Oink, Oink Mambo (Digitally Remastered 95)
Chuy Reyes