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For the first Straight Story of 2009, Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell explore their personal and financial goals for the new year. Among the top priorities: health and organization -- including Chris's office.
Money might not grow on trees, but apparently it's all over the streets. Sally Herships reports on a New York family that's building a nest egg with small change they find just lying around.
If you're done drinking for a while, why not turn your extra libations into fuel? Rachel Dornhelm explores a machine that turns alcohol and sugar waste into food for your car, and whether it can save you money over the long haul.
With credit card companies charging out the nose in crisis time, it's hard to decide whether you're getting a deal. Tess Vigeland susses through the better options with Chris Fichera of Consumer Reports magazine.
Cash is usually a pretty motivating incentive when you want to get someone to listen to you. But does it work when parents try it on their kids? Kenny Malone explores whether this is a successful method of behavioral control.
A lot happened in 2008, and one man oversaw it all. Meet Father Time, who is the father of time . . . for one year. Wonder what that pays anyway? (If we're talking the year that just past, probably not that much . . . )
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