Marketplace Money for Friday, November 23, 2012
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Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, right? Not exactly. We bust the biggest Black Friday myths. Plus, how many Thanksgiving leftovers are in your fridge? Reporter Nancy Marshall-Genzer on the economics of wasted leftovers. And a look at why the fallout rate for signed mortgage contracts is the highest it's been in more than two years, the reason why gas prices in Oklahoma are so low, and what a potential pilot shortage might mean for you.
Posted In: Retail, Black Friday, shopping, holiday shopping
True or false: Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. Purdue University professor Richard Feinberg says false. He debunks some common assumptions about the holiday shopping season and offers sound advice.
Posted In: mortgage, Housing
Some analysts believe home buyers' willingness to take out mortgages might be running ahead of banks' willingness to lend to them. But there are likely other factors at play.
Posted In: Thanksgiving, routine
Commentator Scott Huler says Thanksgiving traditions create routine, routine creates simplicity, and simplicity creates a stress-free environment -- something we should all be thankful for.
Posted In: letters
Is it worth holding off on a wedding until you and your fiancee get out of debt? Do you need a will if your spouse is your only family member? CBS MoneyWatch's Jill Schlesinger dispenses advice and tackles questions on finding the best contractor and getting a health savings account.