Marketplace Money for Friday, February 25, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, February 25, 2011

And the nominees for Best Money-Themed Picture are...

Top movie critics weigh in on their favorite movies that have a financial slant
Posted In: Entertainment

A crash course on how to get your kid into college

Figuring out how to pay for college -- that's certainly tough, but it's only the first step. Eventually, your kid has to be accepted to go to college. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Andrew Ferguson, the author of the new book "Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College."
Posted In: Education

Applying 'Spousonomics' for when there's a baby on the way

Last week host Tess Vigeland talked to Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, co-authors of the new book "Spousonomics." This week, they offer some "Spousonomics" counseling to one couple.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Trying to get a mortgage modification

A month ago we heard the story of Karin Andreen. She and her husband were struggling through the maze of mortgage modification red tape, and this week we'll hear about the new developments.
Posted In: Housing

The future of pre-paid tuition plans

Pre-paid college tuition plans were created to help save parents' bank accounts from the inflation of college costs. But several states are abandoning the pre-paid programs or making big adjustments to them -- and parents are wondering what happens next.
Posted In: Education, Savings

The pros and cons of home downpayment assistance

Sometimes the biggest hurdle for home buyers is the down payment. There are non-profits and state home finance agencies that can help. But in the wake of the housing crisis, though, when many home buyers got in over their heads, this raises a big question: If you can't save enough money for a down payment, should you be buying a home at all?
Posted In: Housing

Getting Personal: Confused identities, how to give back

Tess Vigeland and Kathy Kristof of Kiplingers Personal Finance answer your personal finance questions.
Posted In: Credit Cards, Housing, Personal Finance

Dealing with finances before going to war

At a time when it's easier than ever for military service men and women to have their identity's stolen or lose a home to foreclosure, military officials are trying to make sure troops have their financial affairs in order before shipping out.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Work benefits going down? Start saving more

Governors around the country are struggling to close budget deficits. High on the budget list in most states is cutting public employee wages and benefits, which employees are protesting. Marketplace Money's economics editor Chris Farrell believes there's a personal finance message in the turmoil.
Posted In: Jobs, Personal Finance

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