Marketplace Money for Friday, June 14, 2013
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This weekend, we're talking about what we spend our money on, what we save it for, and who we give it to. More than 88 percent of households in the U.S. donate to charity, but all that money may not be going where you think it is. We offer a look at America's worst charities. Plus, how important is mindful consumption to you? We speak with two consumers who put their money where their morals are. Also, what's the cost of helping your kids stand out? Some parents are willing to spend anything. We explore the costs and benefits of investing in kids. And for the bargain shoppers: More dollar stores are popping up everywhere these days. But what's a good buy for a buck and what's not? Finally, a letter encouraging financial independence from a dad to his son in honor of Father's Day.
Posted In: Charity, giving, philanthropy
A new investigative report reveals that many popular charities Americans give to generously actually don't help the causes they claim to raise money for.
Posted In: consumer behavior, children, middle class
Is spending to give your kids a leg-up worth it? How much would you be willing to sacrifice?
Posted In: spending, children
Helping your kids to stand out in the eyes a college admissions officer takes a lot -- usually that means a lot of money. But before you spend beaucoup bucks on private tutors and athletic coaching, do a quick cost-benefit analysis of whether those investments will really pay off.
Posted In: Jobs, graduate debt, millennials, unemployement
Many of America's 8 million underemployed are young -- of the Millennial generation -- and they are just getting by by working several part-time gigs at a time.
From cameras to houses to children, it can be hard to know if we are making the best choices with our money when we buy things. Our new poll game helps you decide: is it worth it? Find out how to use it.