Marketplace Money for Friday, September 16, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, September 16, 2011

Piggy Bank Award: For a better financial future

This week's piggy prize goes to someone who wants to make smarter financial decisions.
Posted In: Personal Finance

How to DIY a degree

A bachelor's degree is almost a requirement to enter the middle class these days. But author Anya Kamenetz thinks that people can cobble together a "DIY degree" with a little ingenuity and hard work.
Posted In: Education

Marriott, Hilton... Or your home

Instead of staying at a hotel next time you travel, why not try a stranger's extra bedroom or guesthouse? We take a look at the pros and cons of this unusual arrangement.
Posted In: Travel

Getting Personal: Emergency funds, credit scores

Tess Vigeland and Marketplace's economics editor Chris Farrell answer listeners' personal finance questions.
Posted In: Personal Finance

More older, educated Americans filing for bankruptcy

More evidence that higher education doesn't necessarily protect you from financial disasters: The number of Americans with advanced degrees filing for bankruptcy jumped 20 percent over the last five years.
Posted In: Personal Finance

It makes sense to save to spend if...

We challenged our resident napkin artist Carl Richards to explain the logic (or lack of) behind "spend to save," with what else? A napkin drawing.

Suffering from discount fatigue

With a plethora of deals websites like Groupon out there, it's possible you may never have to pay full price for anything again. But comedian Kristina Wong is tired of all the discounts.
Posted In: consumer spending

Spain's foreclosure crisis

In Spain, an average of 300 homes are foreclosed daily. Former home owners not only lose their houses, but they must also continue paying the mortgage for homes they don't own.
Posted In: Housing

Getting caught in a mass layoff

Mass layoffs are still in force, more than two years after the recession started. The newly unemployed face stiff competition amongst their peers, but also find strength in their numbers.
Posted In: Jobs

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