May 13, 2011

Marketplace Money for Friday, May 13, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, May 13, 2011

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What's in your wallet, Sarah Harris?

A Texan in Alabama shares the mementos she collected one summer when she toured with a band across the U.S.

Piggy Bank Award: Saving for a job loss

May 13, 2011
This week, host Tess Vigeland sends her weekly Piggy Bank Award to a Twin Cities Spanish teacher bracing for a layoff due to budget cuts.

Is home ownership still part of the American Dream?

May 13, 2011
Owning your home used to be a symbol of stability. But since the housing market crashed, some people are questioning whether owning a home is worth the trouble.

What is the tipping point for gas prices?

May 13, 2011
It's depressing standing next to the pump watching the dollar figure climb higher and higher for less and less gas. But one professor explains why he thinks $5 a gallon will be less shocking for consumers than $4 a gallon.

Getting Personal: Planning for a lay off and saving for taxes

May 13, 2011
Host Tess Vigeland and Kiplinger's Kathy Kristof discuss whether it's a good idea to accept an offer to hold the mortgage on your home loan, how to plan for an impending lay off and how much money an independent freelancer should save for taxes.

Tweet, don't call, for better customer service

May 13, 2011
We used to write letters to complain about bad service, but these days the best way to get a company's attention is to tweet them. A listener shares her story.

The confusing world of tipping etiquette

May 13, 2011
Technology has made calculating gratuity easier. But in some ways, technology has also made tipping more confusing than ever.

How safe are credit cards now?

May 13, 2011
The Credit Card Act was intended to crack down on some of the banks' more egregious behavior. A new Pew report says it worked. We learn where the credit card world is today and some issues card users should know.

Minding your financial p's and q's

May 13, 2011
Emily Yoffe, aka Slate.com's "Dear Prudence," gives tips on how to broach touchy subjects like spreading the word of your impending foreclosure to friends and family, and what to tip your delivery man.

FARRELL: Now is the time to buy a house

May 14, 2011
Housing prices are still falling. But Marketplace's Chris Farrell thinks you should buy now instead of waiting for prices to hit rock bottom.