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Sure, we could survive without jobs, but for this couple they make pretty good sense.

By doubleace Mar 10, 2011 2:02PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.

 

A CNBC video has some revealing numbers, and a very seductive title: "Grandma's stealing jobs."

 

Steve Leisman's report -- see video below -- notes that since October 2008 the number of working Americans ages 16 to 55 has plummeted by 7.5 million, while the over-55 workforce has grown by 1.7 million. The conclusion: Older workers are not only putting off retirement, they are rejoining the working world, and maybe taking jobs away from younger people.

 

Starbucks is giving away its new mini confections to celebrate its 40th birthday. At Dairy Queen, it's free … (we'll let you know when we find out).

By Karen Datko Mar 10, 2011 1:14PM

Happy 40th birthday, Starbucks, and thanks for the gift you're giving us: free mini confections with the purchase of a drink today through Saturday (March 10-12).

 

The giveaway will run each day from 2 to 5 p.m. local time. You'll get a choice of one of the eight "petites" -- a new product line Starbucks has rolled out, along with cocoa cappuccino and the new Starbucks Tribute Blend.

 

Think the trendiest hotels in the country are out of your price range? Not if you're smart.

By Stacy Johnson Mar 10, 2011 10:09AM

This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News.

 

What do Richard Branson, Tiger Woods and Beyonce have in common? They've all stayed at the hotel voted trendiest in America.

 

The W Fort Lauderdale hotel recently received that distinction in TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice 2011 awards. The W was also No. 4 on the list of the world's trendiest hotels. Out of your league? Not necessarily. Because whether it's the trendiest hotel in the country or the local Motel 6, there's always a way to save a few bucks.

 

AARP says change to federal rule is forcing surviving spouses out of homes.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 9, 2011 7:44PM

This post comes from Amy Hoak at partner site MarketWatch.

 

MarketWatch on MSN MoneyFacing foreclosure, the surviving spouses of three reverse-mortgage borrowers are suing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the AARP said in a news release this week.

 

In the lawsuit, three plaintiffs ranging in age from 69 to 79 say that HUD changed long-held federal rules that protect a surviving spouse when the reverse-mortgage borrower dies, and as a result they are "facing imminent foreclosure and eviction," according to the release. AARP Foundation Litigation and the Washington, D.C., law firm of Mehri & Skalet PLLC, are representing the plaintiffs.

 

Switching to dollar coins would be cheaper in the long run, but Americans seem to prefer the paper version.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 9, 2011 6:38PM

This post comes from Seth Fiegerman at partner site MainStreet.

 

Washington has come down with a case of fiscal fever as the Obama administration proposes everything from spending freezes on domestic programs to selling off unused government property to bring the budget back in line.

 

Now, one study argues that the government can save billions of dollars simply by making a change to the currency itself.

 

Sales of $1 million-plus homes soar. Even with prices at rock bottom, only the wealthy can act.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 9, 2011 5:40PM

This post comes from Marilyn Lewis of MSN Money.

 

Wealthy homebuyers are scooping up real estate like there's no tomorrow.

 

Chortles CNNMoney, in a story this week about the phenomenon:

The rich are different from you and me: They're buying real estate.
After four straight years of declines, sales of million-dollar homes and condos rose last year in all 20 major metro areas, according to DataQuick Information Systems. On average, these cities saw an 18.6% jump in high-end home sales.

Otherwise, sales fell last year by 2.8%.

 

On the other hand, they're paying a lot more in California and Great Britain, or maybe even across town.

By doubleace Mar 9, 2011 2:05PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.

 

You just shoved 16 gallons into your Subaru in San Diego this morning, spending $62 in about three minutes. How do you stack up with the rest of the United States -- or even the world -- when it comes to paying for gasoline?

Well, in Casper, Wyo., where gas is $3.07 a gallon instead of the $3.93 it is in San Diego, that fill-up would have been "only" $49. Of course, the temperature will be 75 in Southern California this afternoon, but just 41 in high-altitude Wyoming, so it might be worth the extra $13.

 

No sense in getting held up at the pump when we can hold the line through good habits and common sense.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 9, 2011 1:13PM

This guest post comes from Lou Carlozo, Green Dad columnist at dealnews.com.

 

These days, frustrated pump patrons spin various conspiracy theories as to what's "really" behind the high price of gasoline. Is it Big Oil, Russian cartels using Libya's turmoil as cover, or some price-fixing scheme cut behind closed doors?

 

Or is it, perhaps, a more prudent, practical theory: Oil and gas are natural resources, now consumed in record quantities even as the planet's nonrenewable supply vanishes. Meanwhile the U.S. must compete with developing nations such as China and India that have an unquenchable thirst for the stuff.

 

These factors may loom far beyond our control -- but we're not powerless.

 

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