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Americans Are Optimistic About Economic Recovery — Dollars and Sense

According to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index, we’re all feeling a bit more optimistic about the economy these days. In fact, the group’s December survey shows consumer sentiment is up for the fifth month in a row.

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Credit Card Debt Soars After Black Friday — Dollars and Sense

Retailers reported robust numbers on Black Friday last year, which surprised some analysts because the economy is still struggling and unemployment is high. But new data from the Federal Reserve shows where much of that money came from: credit cards.

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Is the Rift Between Rich and Poor Growing in America? — Survey of the Day

Spurred on by the recent “Occupy” protests, class conflict has become an increasing part of the public discourse.

This is reflected in a new poll from the Pew Research Center, which finds the percentage of Americans who see conflict between the rich and poor as a problem has jumped significantly over the last two years.

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Pennies, Nickels and Dimes, Oh My! Coins on the Rise in the US — Dollars and Sense

Officials at the US Mint have spotted a sign they say is indicative of an improving economy — coin shipments are increasing.

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What to Teach Your Kids About Money, and When You Should Do It — Dollars and Sense

A solid education is important for kids. But while you’re busy making sure their reading and math skills are up to par, don’t forget to teach them about money, too — it could keep them from falling into bad habits later on.

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Gas Prices Could Hit Record High This Year — Dollars and Sense

If it seems like it’s costing more and more to fill up your gas tank, it’s not just your imagination.

On average, a gallon of fuel costs 22 cents more than it did at this time last year. Worse yet, experts think it’ll climb higher still.

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A New Generation of Shoppers Is Taking Over the Internet — Dollars and Sense

A new survey finds the number of people who leave the house for a day of shopping are dwindling, replaced instead by a new breed of “net-savvy” shoppers.

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Airlines Don’t Want You to Know How Much Flights Will Really Cost — Dollars and Sense

If you’ve ever bought a plane ticket and wound up paying far more than the touted fare, the Department of Transportation is here to help.

Starting January 24, airlines will be required to include all government taxes and fees in their advertised prices.

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Disability Costs Could Reach to 77.2 percent of Household Income

If you are living with a severe disability, it could be taking up the majority of your household income.

A study from the University of Salamanca in Spain found 90 percent of the population who live with a serious disability in the country of Spain is suffering from moderate poverty, and 56 percent live in extreme poverty.

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Credit Card Interest Rates Hit Near-Record High — Dollars and Sense

If you have a new credit card, chances are good you’re paying more for the privilege now than ever before — interest rates have reached an almost unparallelled high.

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