Marketplace Money for Friday, November 18, 2011

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Social media have changed the way we do pretty much everything, including spending money. We'll hear about the birth of "cash mobs" in Cleveland. And, forget those daily deals and sales. There's another way to get a bargain on that thing you want. Turning old into gold. Plus, if only you could go online and get help finding a parking space before you arrive. Also, we learn how to test whether you can handle using a credit card or not.

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'Cash Mobs' try to boost small businesses

A group in Cleveland is organizing crowds to ambush local businesses with sales.

San Francisco tries to take the headache out of parking

The SFpark app will help drivers find parking in a city where spots can be hard to come by.

Getting Personal: Social Security checks, choosing how to save

Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus, consumer columnist for The Los Angeles Times answer listener questions.
Posted In: Wall Street, Retirement, Credit card, Jobs

Holiday shopping: Will you choose debit or credit?

The debate over credit versus debit has been raging for years. Guest blogger Gerri Detweiler gives three reasons on each side of the argument.
Posted In: Credit card, debit card, debt, budget

Piggy Bank Award: Dumpster diving for diamonds and platinum

A husband slogs through a dumpster to recover a lot of monetary and sentimental value.

The high price of running

For commentator Jen Miller marathon training is totally worth the sweat, blood and tears -- and the money. She says it's a different kind of investment.
Posted In: Running

A Simple way to bank

The new website Simple wants to consolidate all your financial products -- like checking and savings accounts, CDs -- to help you avoid fees and maximize interest rates for savings.
Posted In: banking

To buy or not to buy refurbished?

Marketplace's Nancy Marshall-Genzer looks at the pros and cons of buying refurbished items, as she shops for a new (or refurbished) phone.
Posted In: consumer spending

Can you handle a credit card?

They look like innocent pieces of plastic, but high interest rates and fees can ravage your wallet and your credit score. We talk to a financial expert about how to deal with credit cards responsibly.
Posted In: Credit Cards

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Take Me Back
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Like Foxes Through Fences
The American Analog Set
Oink, Oink Mambo (Digitally Remastered 95)
Chuy Reyes

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