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What does economic security mean in 2014?

Sep 9, 2014
A new book looks at the different ways Americans define their economic standards.

Public school families hit with fees as kids go back to school

Aug 7, 2013
Public school is supposed to be free, but around the country families are being asked to foot the bill for laptops and tablets for their students.
School teacher Liza Gleason shops for back to school supplies at a Target store in Daly City, California.
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McDonald's tries to help employees budget

Jul 16, 2013
McDonald's teamed up with Visa to create an online budget guide assisting employees with money management.

The costs of raising a child

Aug 22, 2012
Breaking down the numbers of raising a family. The Department of Agriculture estimates middle-income families will spend about a quarter of a million dollars raising one child.

Prom spending keeps rising

Jun 8, 2012
Would you spend $1,000 to go to prom? Many do. The recession, if anything, is a bigger motivator to go big for a high school dance party.
Students dancing at prom.
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Shooting for the stars, learning to manage debt

Mar 21, 2012
A Seattle family learns the hard way how to manage its finances.
Karawynn Long and Jak Koke had a moment of clarity, when a mountain of credit card debt nearly tipped them over the edge. The Seattle couple is flanked here by daughters Claire and Michaela.
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Pain at the pump

Feb 24, 2012
Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale discusses how rising gas prices are hurting consumers, enough to get the president's attention.