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Can You Still See Movies Without Breaking the Bank? — Dollars and Sense

Ticket prices for movies recently hit an all-time high of almost $8.00, and with the current state of the economy, that’s meant a lot of people don’t head to cineplexes as often as they used to.

But that doesn’t mean folks aren’t seeing movies — they’re just finding more cost-effective ways to do it.

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Just ‘Cause You’re Freelance Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Get Full-Time Perks – Dollars and Sense

Freelancing allows you to make money on your own terms without permanent employment, but it also means you don’t have access to certain perks like group insurance, administrative support and job growth assistance. Though, since a reported 30 percent of the US workforce is now freelance, that has changed.

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Why Kia Just May Be the Best Car to Buy — Dollars and Sense

Kelley Blue Book’s first-ever ‘Total Cost of Ownership Award Winners‘ considered factors like purchase price, fuel expenditures and expected maintenance and depreciation to come up with the cars it says have the lowest-projected overall cost of ownership.

The big winner in the brand category? South Korean automaker Kia.

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Giving Kids an Allowance May Do More Harm Than Good — Dollars and Sense

For years, the prevailing wisdom behind doling out allowances to kids has been that the practice helps children learn about budgets, which, in turn, leads to better spending habits when they grow up — assumptions that may not be true.

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Why Does It Cost So Much to Go to the Movies?

The price of movie tickets hit an all-time high last year — $7.93 on average, a four-cent increase from 2010. At the same time, box office earnings sank a full four percent. So what’s going on?

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Survey Shows Most of Us Switched Service Providers Last Year — Dollars and Sense

If you’re so happy with your bank, wireless provider and pay TV service that you didn’t switch providers last year, a new study says you’re in the minority.

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Katy Perry Divorce: Russell Brand Doesn’t Want Singer’s Money

The Katy Perry divorce drama continues as TMZ releases a new report stating that Russell Brand is no gold digger. Despite the fact that the songstress and her soon-to-be ex-husband did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement prior to their October 2010 wedding, Brand isn’t looking to capitalize off of their split.

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Just How High Will Gas Prices Go in 2012? – Dollars and Sense

Remember the summer of 2008 when the highest gas prices on record occurred and the price for a gallon of fuel hit $4.11?

Hate to break this to yah, but a warm winter and tensions in the Middle East have some analysts predicting current prices will top $4 by this spring — and could even climb as high as $6.50.

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Proposed Housing Rule May Mean You Won’t Be Able to Afford Your Dream Home — Dollars and Sense

If you had to put 20 percent down to buy a house, would you be able to do so?

A new study from the Center for Responsible Lending at the University of North Carolina says most people wouldn’t — and it could have dramatic and negative effects on the struggling housing market.

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Is Cheating on Your Taxes Okay? More Americans Say ‘Yes’ — Dollars and Sense

Tax day is right around the corner — but that doesn’t mean we’ll all pay our fair share.

An IRS survey last year found the percentage of people who thought it was acceptable to cheat “as much as possible” on their returns doubled compared to 2010.

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Americans Are Spending Money Again — Dollars and Sense

Economically, it’s been a rough few years. But things seem to be improving — a new survey says that for the first time since 2009, Americans aren’t pinching pennies quite the way we used to.

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Poor People Pay More for Auto Insurance — Dollars and Sense

As if it wasn’t tough enough for low-income people to make ends meet, a new study indicates they may be paying more for car insurance than wealthier folks, too.

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