Marketplace Money for March 6, 2004

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Marketplace Money for March 6, 2004
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"Your Money or Your Life": Workaholics

How many hours did you work this week? 40? More than 40? Over 60? Even 80?! Are you a workaholic, or is someone you love? Don't worry, we're here to help. This is the first week of a new segment on Sound Money -- it's called "Your Money or Your Life." And in it, our love and money mavens, advice columnist Dan Savage and financial consultant Amelia Tyagi, will suggest some steps to take -- maybe not exactly 12 -- but enough to help.
Posted In: Jobs
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Energy factoid

This week, some of the cheapest and most expensive gas in the United States.
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A primer on gas prices

Filled your car up lately? It's hard to miss the rising gas prices at the pump. Are high prices here to stay? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to energy expert Michael Lynch about what we should expect, and why.
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"Straight Story": Say it isn't so...Social Security

This and every week, we have our Economics Editor Chris Farrell here to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." This week, Social Security. Is Social Security on its last financial breath? Chris has a different take.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings
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"Day in the Working Life": Parking attendant

Each week in our "Day in the Working Life" segment, we take a closer look at the way some of us make a buck. In this installment, we hear from an often-unnoticed, but invaluable, member of the L.A. workforce: the parking attendant.
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"The Buzz Word"

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news, like obstruction of justice. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy
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Mailbag

Each week, we pick a few of your burning money questions for our very own Chris Farrell to answer. This week, Chris explains how to invest in real estate (or a REIT fund). He talks to a couple ready to make a friendly wager on whether to invest in a fixer-upper or stay in the stock market.
Posted In: Savings
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Tax Factoid

Find out who filed and who didn't so far this year.
Posted In: Economy
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Audits-R-Us

First comes taxes, and then if you are unlucky, the dreaded "A-word." Michael Martin, an enrolled agent, dishes the dirt about what to do and what not to do when the taxman cometh.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs
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Tax Time

April 15th is mere weeks away! The tax countdown has begun. So, how do you decide whether to hire an accountant or do it alone? Reporter Amy Scott navigates the two routes: hiring an accountant or filing with online software.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

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