Feb 25, 2011

Marketplace Money for Friday, February 25, 2011

HTML EMBED:
COPY

Marketplace Money for Friday, February 25, 2011

Segments From this episode

Work benefits going down? Start saving more

Feb 25, 2011
Governors around the country are struggling to close budget deficits. High on the budget list in most states is cutting public employee wages and benefits, which employees are protesting. Marketplace Money's economics editor Chris Farrell believes there's a personal finance message in the turmoil.

Dealing with finances before going to war

Feb 25, 2011
At a time when it's easier than ever for military service men and women to have their identity's stolen or lose a home to foreclosure, military officials are trying to make sure troops have their financial affairs in order before shipping out.

Getting Personal: Confused identities, how to give back

Feb 25, 2011
Tess Vigeland and Kathy Kristof of Kiplingers Personal Finance answer your personal finance questions.

The pros and cons of home downpayment assistance

Feb 25, 2011
Sometimes the biggest hurdle for home buyers is the down payment. There are non-profits and state home finance agencies that can help. But in the wake of the housing crisis, though, when many home buyers got in over their heads, this raises a big question: If you can't save enough money for a down payment, should you be buying a home at all?

The future of pre-paid tuition plans

Feb 25, 2011
Pre-paid college tuition plans were created to help save parents' bank accounts from the inflation of college costs. But several states are abandoning the pre-paid programs or making big adjustments to them -- and parents are wondering what happens next.

Trying to get a mortgage modification

Feb 25, 2011
A month ago we heard the story of Karin Andreen. She and her husband were struggling through the maze of mortgage modification red tape, and this week we'll hear about the new developments.

Applying 'Spousonomics' for when there's a baby on the way

Feb 25, 2011
Last week host Tess Vigeland talked to Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, co-authors of the new book "Spousonomics." This week, they offer some "Spousonomics" counseling to one couple.

A crash course on how to get your kid into college

Feb 25, 2011
Figuring out how to pay for college -- that's certainly tough, but it's only the first step. Eventually, your kid has to be accepted to go to college. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Andrew Ferguson, the author of the new book "Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College."

And the nominees for Best Money-Themed Picture are...

Feb 26, 2011
Top movie critics weigh in on their favorite movies that have a financial slant