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Marketplace Money for Friday, November 15, 2013

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This weekend, Marketplace Money’s host Carmen Wong Ulrich calculates the cost of homeownership with a first time home buyer.  Jennifer wants to buy, but does the math and her motive align with the investment?  Plus, what do you do with $500,000 in a savings account?  When you meet a fee-only financial planner, how do you prepare yourself to get the most out of that conversation?  Author Amy Tan talks pickles and soup.  Eating out shaped the way she lives money.  And Carmen also gets a guide to rating charities. 

Ask Carmen: Home-buying checklist

We get a lot of questions on when to buy a home. Carmen Wong Ulrich shares some tips to make sure you're ready.
Posted In: buying a home, real estate, advice

How to find reputable charities

When disaster hits, a lot of people want to give back and support those in need. But how do you make sure your money is going where it needs to go?
Posted In: Charity, donation, Typhoon Haiyan

No magic number for retirement

Want to retire early? Make sure you properly plan ahead with these tips.
Posted In: Retirement, advice, Personal Finance

3 tips to survive this year's crazy holiday travel

Jason Clampett, cofounder of travel news website Skift, joins the show to talk holiday travel planning.
Posted In: holiday travel, Travel, advice

Family finance lessons: Author Amy Tan

"Joy Luck Club" author Amy Tan tells us what money lessons she learned from her family, growing up in China.
Posted In: Family finance lessons, advice, Immigration

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Play Dis Only At Night
Pete Rock
Chillin In Miami Bitch (Instrumental hip hop rnb rap 2010)
M aster Hit
Young Wonder
Young Wonder
Tennis Court
Heavy Soup
Cornershop
[Get Off Your] High Horse Lady
Oasis
I'm Good, I'm Gone
Lykke Li