Dec 23, 2011 What is it about consumers that drives us to want so much stuff? You could blame Madison Avenue, but marketers alone can't make us open up our wallets to spend. Tess talks with author James Roberts about why we buy.
Dec 23, 2011 Who doesn't love a discount? Commentator Kristina Wong has benefited from group discounts on everything from meals to shoes to massages. But even she has a limit.
Dec 19, 2011 We often forget how creative people are at coming up with solutions to problems. Retirement is no different. Many retirees find that they can make significant cuts in expenses without slashing their standard of living.
Dec 15, 2011 Consumers will almost $6 billion dollars on holiday decorations this year - the most in seven years - according to new data from the National Retail Federation
Dec 4, 2011 Researchers at Yale are wondering if spending behavior has something to do with genetics. We learn how monkeys and humans are similar -- and different -- when it comes to plunking down cash.
Nov 25, 2011 Tess Vigeland and Marketplace's economics editor Chris Farrell answer listeners' personal finance questions.
Nov 3, 2011 David Brancaccio was in Los Angeles last week to guest host Marketplace Money. The theme: Borrow or spend? If we don't spend, life gets drained...
Nov 3, 2011 Into the teeth of this economic gale, I had to make quite a spending decision this week. It wasn't a frivolous purchase - not the $5,000 carbon-f...
Sep 21, 2011 This final note today, from the Marketplace Desk of I haven't gotten my wife anything for Valentine's Day -- and I'm not gonna either, just on...