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One economist's take on popular advice for saving, borrowing, and spending

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Traveling for the holidays? 7 tips to help you keep your cool

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Due to high inflation this year, NPR's Business desk shares cheaper dishes to substitute for Thanksgiving stables. Maansi Srivastava/NPR hide caption

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Inflation won't win Thanksgiving: Here's NPR's plan to help you save on a meal

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Jake Thacker in Portland Ore. had about $70,000 worth of investments in his account on FTX. He may have lost it all. Jake Thacker hide caption

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FTX investors fear they lost everything, and wonder if there's anything they can do

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The carbon coin: A novel idea

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Many hospitals are now partnering with financing companies to offer payment plans when patients and their families can't afford their bills. The catch: the plans can come with interest that significantly increases a patient's debt. sesame/Getty Images hide caption

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The display panel advertising the tickets for the Monday Powerball drawing with an annuity value of at least $1.9 billion, are shown at a convenience store, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Renfrew, Pa. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Even though higher mortgage rates are starting to curb housing prices, the share of first-time homebuyers has fallen to a historic low, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Want to get into credit card points? Here's what you should know

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From behind the lottery counter at a Pick 'n Save store in Madison, Wis., Djuan Davis hands Powerball tickets to Arpad Jakab, a retired utility worker who said it's his first time buying them. Harm Venhuizen/AP hide caption

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A CarMax lot holds hundreds of used cars and trucks in Gaithersburg, Md. on April 12. Used car prices have fallen from their recent peaks, but they remain extraordinarily high compared to just a few years ago. And other costs of car ownership are rising, too. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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It's not just buying a car — owning one is getting pricier, too

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A customer is handed Powerball lottery tickets to purchased at Lichine's Liquor & Deli in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. The jackpot for Monday night's drawing soared to $1.9 billion after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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'Predatory gambling' has helped the lottery reach sky-high jackpot, critics say

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The Treasury's website kept crashing as investors scrambled to buy government bonds. Andrea Hsu hide caption

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The bond that broke the internet

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