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Marketplace Money for Friday, November 18, 2011

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Social media have changed the way we do pretty much everything, including spending money. We’ll hear about the birth of “cash mobs” in Cleveland. And, forget those daily deals and sales. There’s another way to get a bargain on that thing you want. Turning old into gold. Plus, if only you could go online and get help finding a parking space before you arrive. Also, we learn how to test whether you can handle using a credit card or not.

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The high price of running

by Jen Miller Nov 17, 2011
For commentator Jen Miller marathon training is totally worth the sweat, blood and tears -- and the money. She says it's a different kind of investment.

To buy or not to buy refurbished?

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Nov 17, 2011
Marketplace's Nancy Marshall-Genzer looks at the pros and cons of buying refurbished items, as she shops for a new (or refurbished) phone.

Can you handle a credit card?

by Tess Vigeland Nov 17, 2011
They look like innocent pieces of plastic, but high interest rates and fees can ravage your wallet and your credit score. We talk to a financial expert about how to deal with credit cards responsibly.

A Simple way to bank

by Tess Vigeland Nov 17, 2011
The new website Simple wants to consolidate all your financial products -- like checking and savings accounts, CDs -- to help you avoid fees and maximize interest rates for savings.

'Cash Mobs' try to boost small businesses

by Tess Vigeland Nov 18, 2011
A group in Cleveland is organizing crowds to ambush local businesses with sales.
Makin' Money

Holiday shopping: Will you choose debit or credit?

by Gerri Detweiler Nov 18, 2011
The debate over credit versus debit has been raging for years. Guest blogger Gerri Detweiler gives three reasons on each side of the argument.

San Francisco tries to take the headache out of parking

by Casey Miner Nov 18, 2011
The SFpark app will help drivers find parking in a city where spots can be hard to come by.
Ask Money

Getting Personal: Social Security checks, choosing how to save

by Marketplace Contributor Nov 18, 2011
Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus, consumer columnist for The Los Angeles Times answer listener questions.
Piggy Bank Award

Piggy Bank Award: Dumpster diving for diamonds and platinum

by Tess Vigeland Nov 18, 2011
A husband slogs through a dumpster to recover a lot of monetary and sentimental value.

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