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Marketplace Money for Friday, December 23, 2011

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It's finally the holiday weekend. We look at two sides of this period of gifting: Giving and getting. We talk to two authors who have opposing views on spending: One doesn't think you can buy happiness and another argues that you can buy happines (and economic growth). All those deals websites make it seem like you'll never have to pay full price again -- but one commentator says she's sick of discounts. Wealthy philanthropists are pouring billions into the public education system. We look at the pros and cons of private money going into public education. And Jennifer 8 Lee shares how the average Joe can still make a big impact on their community too. Some are employing a new strategy: Deals websites. And we got our gang of personal finance experts to make their predictions for 2012.