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What Does 'Middle Class' Mean In America? We Asked, You Answered

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When your health insurer reclassifies a prescription drug you take from tier 1 to tier 2, it can sharply increase the portion of the drug's cost that you're expected to pay. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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With More Money In Consumer Pockets, Back-To-School Sales Give Retailers A Boost

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When the school year ends, lower-income families can't afford the costs of summer — and kids fall behind in learning. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Summer Isn't Always A Vacation For Families Who Can't Afford It

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Consumer advocates took to the streets of Phoenix recently to protest against an Arizona utility's efforts to bill customers using a so-called "demand charge." If approved, Arizona Public Service would be the first utility in the country to place most of its residential customers on that kind of rate plan. Will Stone/KJZZ hide caption

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Uber But For Energy: Utility Surge Pricing Threatens Summer Cool

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That First Paycheck Is An Exciting Moment ... And A Teachable One

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Tourists relax on Miami Beach last August. Travel experts had been predicting that this summer would bring out our desire to take vacations and have fun. The latest jobs report confirms it: Employers are hiring to help you enjoy the season. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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