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Are You Ready to Pay 50 Cents for a Stamp? — Dollars and Sense

Facing huge budget shortfalls, the United States Postal Service has proposed solutions including closing hundreds of post offices and eliminating Saturday deliveries. Now it may be considering jacking up the price of stamps, too.

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Is the Economy Getting Better? – Survey of the Day

Over the last few months, there has been some data that suggests the sluggish economy could be improving. Mainly, the unemployment rate, which has dropped to 8.3 percent after reaching a 26-year high of 10 percent in late 2009. However, according to a new survey from Poll Postion, the public is split on whether America is entering into a period of economic recovery.

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Just ‘Cause You’re Freelance Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Get Full-Time Perks – Dollars and Sense

Freelancing allows you to make money on your own terms without permanent employment, but it also means you don’t have access to certain perks like group insurance, administrative support and job growth assistance. Though, since a reported 30 percent of the US workforce is now freelance, that has changed.

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Target Knew Teen Was Pregnant Before Dad
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Target Knew Teen Was Pregnant Before Her Dad

Target stores say they can tell when someone is pregnant based on their spending habits and recently knew before someone's father. One dad went to Target to yell at them because they were sending coupons for baby items to his daughter and he wanted them to stop mailing them. Come to find out, the teen was pregnant and he went back to the store to apologize.

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Can You Still See Movies Without Breaking the Bank? — Dollars and Sense

Ticket prices for movies recently hit an all-time high of almost $8.00, and with the current state of the economy, that’s meant a lot of people don’t head to cineplexes as often as they used to.

But that doesn’t mean folks aren’t seeing movies — they’re just finding more cost-effective ways to do it.

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Wondering Where Your Tax Refund Is? Don’t Check With the IRS

If you filed your taxes electronically, you may be wondering where your refund is. And, if you visited the IRS website’s “Where’s my refund?” page, you may have been given an error message that says the IRS has no information about your return.

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Which Cities Are the Best — And Cheapest — For Single People? — Dollars and Sense

Are you single and ready to mingle? You may want to head to the Midwest.

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It’s Getting More Expensive to Go to the Movies

Been to the movies lately? The price of movie tickets hit an all-time high in 2011 — $7.93 on average. While prices go up, profits at the box office go down.  So what’s going on?

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Family Won't Spend Money for the Month
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Family Won’t Spend Money For One Month

A family in California has decided not to spend any money this month, except to buy milk for the kids. Mom and dad were bothered by how much money they spent over the holidays so they decided to test this out as an experiment.

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Powerball Jackpot at $325 Million for Saturday’s Drawing

Tomorrow night's Powerball jackpot is $325 million dollars. That's a lot of moolah.
If you won, a lump sum payout would give you a check for just over $200 million. That would put you in the same tax bracket as Prince Fielder. After Uncle Sam takes his pound of flesh, you'll still have more than $100 million left over to try to eke out a living.

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Tax Filers Rush To Finish Returns
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Free Tax Help Available in Flint Area

It's income tax filing season, and the majority of Americans will get money back from the government. If you're not sure about filling out all those tax forms, and can't afford to pay someone to do it for you, help is available to most lower income taxpayers free of charge. The IRS has a Taxpayer Assistance Center at 815 S. Saginaw in Flint. You can get help and tax forms there Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.

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An Entire Town Shared In A $950-Million Lottery Jackpot — Except For One Guy!

How would you like to be that one guy? Forever known as the guy that didn't win any of the lottery money. About 70 households in Sodeto, Spain bought winning tickets for Spain's Christmas lottery. But one man was overlooked when a group made the rounds selling lottery tickets to raise money last year. Bad time to take a bathroom break.

More on how Mr. Lucky blew it after the jump.

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