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Knowing Your Co-Workers’ Salaries Makes You More Productive — Dollars and Sense

Discussing salaries is taboo in many workplaces, but maybe it shouldn't be. New research suggests that knowing how your pay compares to your colleagues' pay may make workers more productive.

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Is It OK to Keep Money You Find in the Laundry-Big Jim & Stacy Lee Disagree!

Big Jim had a friend who lost $21 in the laundry because he left it in his pants pocket. The man's wife did the laundry, found the money and kept it. Jim thinks she should give it back because it was over $20. I, on the other hand, disagree.

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Toys R Us Announces New Price-Matching Offer — Dollars and Sense

In an attempt to be a forethought on the shopping lists of parents this holiday season, Toys R Us has announced plans to match the prices of their competition. The company’s new “price-match guarantee” will be extended to all products from Toys R Us and Babies R Us retail outlets.

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‘Insufficient Funds’ for You, Big Business for Your Bank — Dollars and Sense

Consumer error appears to be greatly benefiting the financial industry, as a new banking report finds that charges to checking accounts caused by insufficient funds generated $31.5 billion last year. That is up from $30.8 million the year before, marking roughly an overall 2 percent increase.

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1943 Penny Sells for $1 Million — Dollars and Sense

How much is a penny really worth these days? Well, if it happens to be a 1943 Lincoln, it is likely worth a pretty penny, as one has reportedly just sold for $1 million.

Experts say the reason this rare coin is so valuable is because back when it was manufactured at the San Francisco Mint, it was mistakenly produced with bronze rather than the typical zinc-coated steel that the majority of the currency is made with.

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Attend Our Free Charter BOSS Event: How to Hire & Keep the RIGHT People

Business owners must often expand their workforce or replace someone in the company.  How do you find the right people for the job? How (and where) do you look?

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Discover Misleads Cardholders, Will Issue $200 Million Refund — Dollars and Sense

Do you have a Discover card? If so, you can expect to receive a refund.

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You Won’t Believe How Many Families Do Not Have a Bank Account — Dollars and Sense [POLL]

It might seem almost impossible to operate in today’s economic world without the use of a bank account, but a new survey suggests that many Americans are actually doing it, opting to finance their daily lives with quick cash services and prepaid credit cards.

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Are You Lower, Middle or Upper Class? — Survey of the Day

There has been much discussion and debate about how much damage the great recession did to the middle class. According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center it has certainly affected at least the way Americans view their financial standing.

Pew asked 2,508 adults if they were in the upper class, upper-middle class, middle class, lower-middle class or lower class. T

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What Are the Most Expensive Hotels in the World? — Dollars and Sense [PHOTOS]

Would you consider spending an extra couple hundred dollars a night to avoid staying at a dingy hotel full of circus pimps and other sleazy variations of the dark side trading company? Perhaps. But even that extra cash wouldn't come close to getting you a room at the most expensive hotels in the world. A night at of those would cost you much, much more.

How much more?

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Do You Use Coupons? — Survey of the Day

Thanks to the bad economy and shows such as ‘Extreme Couponing,’ coupons should be as popular as ever. But how many people actually use them while shopping?

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How Much Is the Tooth Fairy Paying These Days?

Some of us can remember a time when losing a tooth meant that we might find some spare change underneath our pillows the following morning.

However, according to a recent survey by credit card company Visa, the days of a fallen chomper being worth chump change are long gone.

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