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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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‘Back-to-School Saturday’ Is the Newest Shopping Holiday — Dollars and Sense

You know about shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but how about Back-to-School Saturday?

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Many Consumers Now Using Credit Cards for Basic Needs — Dollars and Sense

Once upon a time, people used credit cards as back-up funds, tapping into them only when an unforeseen emergency arose.

But now, thanks to the current state of the economy, a staggering number of consumers are using their cards for routine bills like mortgages and groceries.

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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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Boo! New Parking Meter Erases Remaining Time When You Leave — Dollars and Sense

It’s always a nice surprise to pull up to a parking meter and find time left over from the previous driver. But in Denver, new sensors could keep it from happening.

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How Much Will People Spend on Graduation Gifts This Year? — Dollars and Sense

Student loan debt may be skyrocketing, but the students themselves will likely leave school with some nice presents — a new survey shows Americans will spend almost $5 billion on graduation gifts this year.

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Robocalling Company Fined a Staggering $65,000 for Badgering Man with Unwanted Calls — Dollars and Sense

No means no — on a date and when it comes to telemarketing.

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How Much Does It Cost to Host the Olympics? — Dollars and Sense

Cities that vie to host the Olympics know being chosen involves a big cash outlay to make the events happen in the grand fashion expected.

But just how much money is involved?

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