Marketplace Money for Friday, January 11, 2013
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Attention college seniors, we have an awesome college essay topic for you: money. Also, it pays to read the fine print on your cell phone and cable bills. We take a closer look at all those little charges that hike up the total you pay. And crowdfunding is more than fundraising, it's become a global phenomenon. But why? Plus, money lessons from Monopoly, how some people make use of gray water, and a commentary on romanticizing poverty.
Posted In: bills, fees
Journalist David Cay Johnston, author of "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' To Rob You Blind," exposes how Americans are being nickle and dimed by little fees and surcharges on bills for everyday services.
Posted In: water, greywater
Homeowners can directly recycle water from showers or washing machines by installing what are known as greywater systems, which divert wastewater to mulch beds in the yard.
Posted In: college, college admissions
College admissions officers say that more high school seniors than usual are writing their college essays about money issues.
Posted In: poverty
When money is tight, people are all too aware of every cent. Commentator Kristin Wong grew up this way and she says it's shaped both how she thinks about money and how she thinks about herself.