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Marketplace Money for Friday, June 14, 2013
Jun 14, 2013

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.

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Writing a better college essay

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Millennials face uncertain future with part-time work

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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.

Dear Son: A father's financial wisdom

Jun 14, 2013
New Jersey CPA Tom Corley, author of the book "Rich Habits," graciously shared the words of wisdom he gave to his son about how to achieve financial independence.

Inside the minds of mindful consumers

Jun 14, 2013
Mindful consumers put their money where their morals are, but it's not an easy task for those with limited financial resources as two of our listeners reveal.

Dollar store deals: The do's and don'ts

Jun 14, 2013
Are you a dollar store deal hunter? Turns out, even though the products are only a buck, they're not always good buys.

Calculating the cost of getting kids to college

Jun 14, 2013
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.

Middle-class parents weigh the costs of getting their kids ahead

Jun 14, 2013
Is spending to give your kids a leg-up worth it? How much would you be willing to sacrifice?

The worst charities: Get information before you make a donation

Jun 14, 2013
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.
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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.