Marketplace Money for Friday, February 8, 2013

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How is snowstorm Nemo affecting the Northeast? One store owner tells us what's flying off the shelves as people prepare for the blizzard. Also, things are looking up for the housing market, especially if you're a seller in Omaha, Neb. And just how much would you pay to find love online? There's a lot of money in membership dues for online dating sites, but are they worth it? Plus, stories on bonds, a new financial literacy app, a push for more manbags, and why you should draw your debt.

Digital mating: The costs of online dating

Are subscription sites like Match.com worth the price? What do people lie about? How important is a person's listed job or salary? Two online dating experts share their views, experiences, and online dating tips.
Posted In: online dating, match.com, love

Can drawing what you buy help you avoid debt?

Visual artist Kate Bingaman-Burt draws one thing she buys every day to help her be more mindful of her spending habits. Her new book encourages others to do the same.
Posted In: shopping, drawing, consumer, art

How to get a vacation for 'free'

You don’t have spend big to earn enough reward points for a free trip. But there are risks to getting credit cards just for their bonus points.
Posted In: Travel, discount travel, vacation

Omaha: How's the housing market where Warren Buffett lives?

On paper, Omaha looks like a pretty great place to live: It's consistently rated one of the most affordable cities in the country. Why is it doing so well?
Posted In: Nebraska, Housing, real estate

Why stormy weather makes us panic... and purchase

Jeff Klein, a shop owner in Massachusetts, talks about why customers buy everything from firewood to ice when bad weather makes the news.
Posted In: snow storm

New app teaches financial literacy to young people

Mindblown Life, a new mobile app, is designed to help young people achieve financial literacy by helping players make tough financial decisions.
Posted In: mobile apps, app, financial literacy

A bond bubble?

When fears about the stock market boiled over during the economic crash, investors turned to bonds. More than a $1 trillion has gone to buying bonds since 2009, but things are turning around again. Are we on the verge of a bond bubble burst?
Posted In: bonds, Investing

The mojo of a 'man purse'

Most guys, when they go shopping, stuff their wallets and keys in their pockets. Maybe a cellphone. But sometimes you need more than your pockets. Commentator Scott Huler has a suggestion -- a man bag.
Posted In: accessories, men

Letters: How can an immigrant build credit?

How can you build credit if you've just moved to the U.S. from abroad? What resources are out there to help with student loans? Author and journalist Carmen Wong Ulrich tackles these questions and more.
Posted In: letters, Personal Finance

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Bag Lady
Erykah Badu
I'm Real
Jennifer Lopez
Download [Explicit]
Lil Kim
Big In Japan (Original)
Alphaville
Draw The Stars
Andreya Triana