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Many Food Workers Aren’t Making Enough to Feed Themselves — Dollars and Sense

Nearly one in five Americans employed in the private sector has a food industry job, and according to a new study, the vast majority aren’t being paid a living wage.

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American Airlines Sued After Canceling Unlimited Airline Passes — Dollars and Sense

Back in the 1980s, American Airlines decided to boost its corporate coffers by offering unlimited lifetime airpasses for $350,000. Only 66 people purchased them, but now that American has yanked the passes from some of those travelers, they’re suing.

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Would You Pay to Promote Your Facebook Posts? – Dollars and Sense

Posting a Facebook update and making sure it gets the maximum exposure could soon be as simple as opening your wallet, if you can believe it. The social media giant is rolling out a new program that will allow its members to pay a small fee to highlight or promote their posts.

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Many Americans Expected to Be Too Broke to File for Bankruptcy — Dollars and Sense

Some major companies and corporations such as MF Global and AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, have filed for bankruptcy.

In the process, they may have, directly or not, caused some people to go bankrupt.

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Senior Citizens Are Stuck with $36 Billion in Student Loans — Dollars and Sense

While educational debt is generally thought to be the problem of younger people, new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reveals a startling fact: Americans ages 60 and over collectively owe $36 billion in student loans.

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How Can You Win the Lottery? Here Are Some Tips — Dollars and Sense [VIDEO]

The jackpot for the multi-state Mega Millions lottery now stands at $363 million, causing even those who don’t normally play to throw their hopeful hats into the ring for Tuesday night’s drawing.

Are there things you can do to boost your chances of winning?

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Is It Smarter to Rent or Buy a House? — Dollars and Sense

The collapse of the housing market has led to historically low interest rates on mortgages, leading many renters to wonder if now is a good time to purchase a home.

If you’re mulling it over, consider this: new research says that in most areas, buying is now cheaper than renting.

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Does a Bad Economy Lead to Happier Marriages? — Dollars and Sense

While a depressed economy may be bad for your job prospects, a new study finds it could actually be good for your marriage.

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High Gas Prices Mean More Americans Use Public Transportation — Dollars and Sense

While public transportation was the primary way Americans got around in the 1940s, the boom in car ownership eventually meant fewer people on subways and buses.

But thanks to high gas prices and an improving economy, that seems to be changing.

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Redbox Offers Free Game and Movie Rentals — Dollars and Sense

You’ve likely seen the ubiquitous Redbox movie and game-rental kiosks all over the place. And if you haven’t yet tried them out, here’s a good reason to do so: the company is enticing you with a pair of freebies.

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Is Warmer Winter Weather a Boon for the Economy? — Dollars and Sense

People can argue about climate change, but they can’t argue with this: so far, 2012 has had some bizarrely warm weather.

And while that may be bad for snow-reliant ski resorts, it’s actually been good for a variety of other industries.

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