Marketplace Money for Friday, February 1, 2013

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We have a hunch how you're spending this Super Bowl Sunday -- and how you're spending your dough. And just when you thought there were no more possible credit card fees, a new one is in our midst. Plus, can bailing out underwater homeowners help the housing market recover faster? We ask a banker how you can make your re-fi and loan mod requests stand out. We've also got stories on a credit card for former substance abusers and dancing during lunch.

Advice on applying for a re-fi or loan modification

Straight talk from a banker on what makes an application for a re-fi or a loan modification stand out in the eyes of a bank.
Posted In: mortgage refinance, Mortgage modification, mortgage, Housing

New credit card swipe fees could hit consumers

Merchants can now pass the credit card processing fees they pay on to consumers.
Posted In: Credit Cards

Fannie, Freddie to let some underwater homeowners walk away

Mortgage heavyweights Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have announced a bailout program for struggling homeowners who are current on their payments. If there's a pressing need to leave their property, they can just walk away.
Posted In: Housing, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, underwater, mortgage

The Super Bowl: Pizza's biggest payday of the year

Domino's Pizza expects to sell over 11 million slices of pizza on Superbowl Sunday. What do stores do to prepare for this? David Lazarus went to a Domino's to take a look.
Posted In: Domino's, pizza, Super Bowl

Drug use and debt: A credit card for recovering addicts

A new prepaid debit card targeted at former substance abusers aims to keep the holder's spending on a very short leash.
Posted In: recovery, addiction, Credit Cards

Home prices start to climb again

Home prices are starting to climb again, particularly in certain cities -- such as Phoenix, Los Angeles and Miami. The news may be good for the housing industry, but some aspiring homeowners find themselves priced out.
Posted In: housing prices, los angeles, real estate

It's lunch time... let's DANCE!

Lunch is a necessary part of any workday. But often people return to work feeling sleepier than when they left. Well, there's a new way to beat that post-lunch laziness in Berlin -- hit the dance floor!
Posted In: Germany, lunch, dancing

Letters: Do retirement calculators work?

How do you know when it's time to retire? How much do you need to retire? These are some of the questions you asked... we've got answers in our weekly letters segment.
Posted In: letters, Getting Personal

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Quiet Houses
Fleet Foxes
Ruben Blades
Are You Ready
Aloe Blacc
Money In The Bank (Explicit) [Explicit]
Swizz Beatz

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