For another point of view on the merits of credit counseling, we asked Gail Cunningham of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling to respond to Liz Pulliam Weston's assertions. She insists counselors are there to help, but don't work magic.
Millions of Chinese consumers are just now getting wealthy enough to buy certain appliances. And lately the government has been encouraging them to spend. Scott Tong explores how a rebate program is getting villagers to stores.
President Obama is considering a plan that would require companies to open up and contribute to 401ks for their employees. Kai Ryssdal talks with Duke professor and behavioral economist Dan Ariely about why Americans have such a hard time saving money.
Eli Finkel of Northwestern University recently did a study showing that when it comes to financial styles, opposites attract. Tess talks to him about why spenders are drawn to savers and vice versa. We also hear from people on the street about the fiscal dynamic with their partners.