Dec 23, 2011

Marketplace Money for Friday, December 23, 2011

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It's finally the holiday weekend. We look at two sides of this period of gifting: Giving and getting. We talk to two authors who have opposing views on spending: One doesn't think you can buy happiness and another argues that you can buy happines (and economic growth). All those deals websites make it seem like you'll never have to pay full price again -- but one commentator says she's sick of discounts. Wealthy philanthropists are pouring billions into the public education system. We look at the pros and cons of private money going into public education. And Jennifer 8 Lee shares how the average Joe can still make a big impact on their community too. Some are employing a new strategy: Deals websites. And we got our gang of personal finance experts to make their predictions for 2012.

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More private money entering public schools

Dec 20, 2011
Taxpayers spend about $600 billion a year on K through 12 education. Philanthropists only spend around four billion. But they get a lot for their money.

Getting Personal: A look back over a long, hard year

Dec 23, 2011
A rare treat for listeners! Tess discusses the ins and outs of 2011 with all four of our regulars, Chris Farrell, Kathy Kristof, David Lazarus and Liz Weston.

Magnifying Your Money

Dec 23, 2011
Micro grants turn a tiny amount of donated money into something big. Commentator Jennifer 8 Lee describe how it works.

What makes us open our wallets

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.
Consumer spending is up, but we can't just shop our way to a recovery.
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Embrace your inner spender

Dec 23, 2011
Tess speaks with author James Livingston, who argues that consumer culture is good for the economy, the environment, and your soul.
A man swipes his credit card. In a new book, author James Livingston argues that consumer culture is good for the economy, the environment, and your soul.
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Buy here, pay here? - Beware!

Dec 23, 2011
If you've ever passed a used car sale and seen phrases such as "No Credit, No Problem," chances are it's offering on-the-spot financing. And it could well be a scam.
A used car lot.
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Overdoing the discounts

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.

Nonprofits using deals websites to find new donors

Dec 23, 2011
Nonprofits need money, deals websites e-mail people who want to spend money -- it's a natural combination.

It’s finally the holiday weekend. We look at two sides of this period of gifting: Giving and getting. We talk to two authors who have opposing views on spending: One doesn’t think you can buy happiness and another argues that you can buy happines (and economic growth). All those deals websites make it seem like you’ll never have to pay full price again — but one commentator says she’s sick of discounts. Wealthy philanthropists are pouring billions into the public education system. We look at the pros and cons of private money going into public education. And Jennifer 8 Lee shares how the average Joe can still make a big impact on their community too. Some are employing a new strategy: Deals websites. And we got our gang of personal finance experts to make their predictions for 2012.