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Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus, consumer columnist for the Los Angeles Times, about whether teeth whitening can be listed as a business expense on your taxes, what alternative refinancing options are out there for private held mortgages and where retirees should be putting their money.
In an economy where more people are temporary employees or going the freelance route, checks are the way to pay people. But depositing that check doesn't mean instant money in the bank account.
If you live in California, cashiers can no longer ask for your zip code at the register, the state Supreme Court ruled this week. But that means the end of a big business for retailers.
A reverse mortgage converts some of the value of your home into cash and doesn't have to be repaid until you move out of your house or die. The popularity of these reverse mortgages has risen a lot over the past few years, but they can be confusing and potentially costly.
The dating scene can be a challenge if you're out of work. Even dinner and a movie can add up. And the stigma of being jobless might lead some to think you're not a worthy mate.
Marketplace Money for Friday, February 11, 2011