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Your Taxes Will Almost Certainly Go Up in January, and Congress Won’t Stop It — Dollars and Sense

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, starting January 2013 some 163 million workers across the United States will be slapped with a significant tax increase.

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Walmart’s New Pre-Paid Debit Card Is Basically a Free Checking Account — Dollars and Sense

Walmart plans to unleash a new no-fee prepaid debit card by American Express later this week called Bluebird that will be offered nationwide at some 4,000 Walmart stores and through the Bluebird website.

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Why Are Dry Cleaning Prices About to Go Up? — Dollars and Sense

If you have a lot of your clothes dry-cleaned, you might want to set aside a little more of your monthly budget for the expense. Prices are about to go up, and — with our apologies to ‘Mommie Dearest’ — you can blame it on those darned wire hangers.

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US Theme Park Attendance Is Soaring Higher Than a Roller Coaster — Dollars and Sense

Americans may have fewer entertainment dollars to spend these days, but according to new attendance estimates, they seem to be spending more of them at theme parks — and the Harry Potter phenomenon has a lot to do with it.

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Walmart Rolls Out Smaller ‘Express’ Stores — Dollars and Sense

Because Walmart doesn’t yet blanket enough of the US (and beyond), the retailer is now rolling out smaller versions of itself called Walmart Express stores. And they already seem quite profitable.

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Is Your Credit Score Good Enough for the Best Rates? — Dollars and Sense

Here’s the good news: Americans have better credit scores now than we have in the past few years. But there’s bad news, too: credit standards are now so high that it may not matter much.

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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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Do Women Pay More than Men for Credit Cards? — Dollars and Sense

According to a new study by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, men and women aren’t equal when it comes to credit cards. It says that, on the average, women pay half a point higher on credit card interest rates than men do, even when income and level of education are factored in.

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How Much Would Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Pay in Salary? — Dollars and Sense

While one might think that women in the workforce command more respect and big salaries, it turns out, stay-at-home moms are worth quite a bit themselves when you factor the tangibles and intangibles.

But exactly how much is being a mom worth?

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New Study Reveals Breastfeeding May Hurt Moms’ Income — Dollars and Sense

The benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child have been well-documented. Among other things, it can boost a child’s immunity and help protect moms from several different types of cancer. However, a new study by the American Sociological Review says breastfeeding may hurt mothers in an unexpected way – in the pocketbook.

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Would Single People Rather Be Rich or Have Love? — Dollars and Sense

According to a new survey from dating site Chemistry.com, love truly does conquer all — even money. But once singles are in a relationship, how do they handle the financial aspect of things?

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Nearly Half of All Teens Think They’ll Never Be As Rich As Their Parents — Dollars and Sense

You might think teenagers worry about nothing more important than their Friday night plans, but it turns out they’re worried about their financial futures, too — and they’re already incredibly pessimistic.

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