Back To School Not Such A Retail Boost This Year

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Americans Pay The Price Of Getting Things 'Cheap'

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Fed Ready To Act If Economy Falters

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Kelly Christensen and her ex-fiance, Joel Nerenberg, sit outside their home in Burnsville, Minn. Despite their broken engagement, the two are living together because they can't afford to sell their house for what it's worth now. Courtesy of Kelly Christensen and Joel Nerenberg hide caption

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Housing Market Woes Bring Familial Strife

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Fahiya Rashid, who attends the University of California, Irvine, says she got some wise advice from her father. When he went to college he took on too much debt, and he's still paying it back. Ariel Edwards-Levy/Youth Radio hide caption

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How To Make College-Bound Students Financial Pros

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Devalued Homes Anchor Prospective Job Seekers

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Era Of Homes As Piggy Banks May Be Over

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A salesman hands a customer a Mega Millions ticket in a New York deli last August. Despite the recession, national lottery sales were up $1 billion over the past year. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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More People Buying Lottery Tickets Despite Recession

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Andrew Lowenthal (left) receives his $50 gift card from Red Velvet Cupcakery employee Lauren Knight at the company's store in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 customers purchased the cards for $25 through a deal with LivingSocial. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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Half-Off Cupcakes And More: The Lure Of Web Deals

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Even State Pensions Aren't Safe Anymore

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