Marketplace Money for May 30-31, 2009

Episode Description 

Final week: 30-day financial makeover

A month ago, Gail George signed up to have us track her finances for 30 days. In her final week of tracking, we welcome credit counseler Gail Cunningham to analyze George's spending and advise on her next steps in starting a savings fund.

Day in the Work Life: Magician

Gary Flesher (aka Glenn Gary), a professional full-time magician, talks about what it's like to make a living through trickery.

Bracing for hurricane season

The cost of hurricane insurance has been sky high since Katrina ravaged the South in 2005. Some homeowners even have to forego insurance because it is unaffordable. Dan Grech reports from Miami about how people are coping.

It pays to live within your means

The birth of a new daughter motivates a family to be more proactive in handling their finances. Cathy Duchamp reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Jobs, Savings

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell answer listeners' pressing questions about starting a new business, social security stimulus checks and buying a home right before it goes into foreclosure.

Dave Ramsey talks debt-free living

Paying off debt can be very difficult, but it's not impossible. Tess Vigeland talks to Dave Ramsey, author of "Total Money Makeover," about how to get rid of debt forever.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, Savings

Straight Story

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell talk about whether it's risky to take a vacation in such a tumultuous economic climate.

Good credit not immune to cuts

Banks continue to cut credit lines, even for people with almost perfect credit histories. Stacey Vanek-Smith talks to one couple caught in their bank's blanket credit policy.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings

Home appraisal sites track decline

Web sites that estimate housing value are all over the Internet, but what good do they do? Tess Vigeland talks to Nic Retsinas, director of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, about what role these sites play in the housing market.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Investing

Music from this show

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Return of the Bastard
Tommy Guerrero
The Tipping Point (Edited Version)
The Roots
Back in Baroque: The String Quartet Tribute to AC/DC
Vitamin String Quartet

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