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Where Are the Best Places to Buy a Home? — Dollars and Sense

With 15-year mortgage rates at an all-time low of just 3.11 percent, many people are thinking about making a home purchase. But where you buy could determine how good the investment will turn out to be.

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Huge Blunder Drops Price at Gas Station to One Dollar Per Gallon — Dollars and Sense

A lot of people are hurting these days because of the slow turn of the global economy. Few places are making them feel the pain of painfully slow growth more than the gas pump.

But that doesn’t mean relief can’t unexpectedly happen.

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Who Got Rich When Facebook Bought Instagram? — Dollars and Sense

News broke on Monday that Facebook had acquired the popular photo-sharing service Instagram for the princely sum of $1 billion in cash and stock.

It’s the biggest purchase in the history of the world’s largest social network, and it made new multimillionaires of Instagram’s chief executive and the company’s handful of employees.

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What Important Steps Should You Take After You Win the Lottery? — Dollars and Sense

Odds are you don’t possess one of the three winning tickets in the $656 million Mega Millions lottery, whose numbers were drawn on Friday.

But if you are, or if you have the good fortune to come into a fortune by hitting a jackpot in the future, there are some things you need to know.

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Best Buy to Close 50 Stores and Lay Off Hundreds of Employees — Dollars and Sense

In recent years, electronics retailer Best Buy has struggled to find its footing — and now the chain has announced it will close 50 stores and lay off scores of employees.

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How Much Has the Housing Market Improved? — Dollars and Sense

Seems there’s a bit of a bright spot on the decimated horizon of the real estate market — it looks a lot better than it did a few years ago. But how long before we see a full recovery?

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4 Subtle Tricks Restaurants Use to Get You to Spend More — Dollars and Sense

When you eat at a restaurant, do you notice things like the size of the straws or the way the menu is laid out? You should — they could be costing you money.

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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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How Can You Teach Your Kids About Money? — Dollars and Sense

According to a new poll, many parents don’t talk to their children about financial matters the way they should — and as a result, kids aren’t getting the crucial lessons about money they’ll need later in life.

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Political Gaffe By Mitt Romney’s Camp Helps Etch A Sketch Sales Skyrocket — Dollars and Sense [VIDEO]

During an interview earlier this week, an advisor to Mitt Romney inadvertently made a comment that is now likely to stick with the GOP hopeful for the duration of the campaign season, and it’s lead to a boom in sales for a very old and largely forgotten toy: the Etch A Sketch.

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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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Man Gets Refund from T-Mobile After ‘Email Carpet Bomb’ to Executives — Dollars and Sense

Having a service-related issue that no one can seem to do anything about? You don’t have to take it lying down. Sometimes you just have to escalate matters yourself.

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