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Why Could It Cost More to Eat at McDonald’s? — Dollars and Sense

During times of slow economic growth and high unemployment, business for cheap fast food restaurants like McDonald’s usually surges. It turns that out that profits may not be the only things skyrocketing at a McDonald’s near you, though.

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Have Higher Cigarette Taxes Driven People to Smoke Pipes and Cigars? — Dollars and Sense

Three years ago, a federal act meant to help reduce the number of people who smoke greatly increased the tax rates for cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and small cigars, counting on the fact that making smoking more expensive would prompt people to quit.

And while it may have caused some to do so, the move had an unintended effect: sales of pipe tobacco and large cigars, which aren’t taxed quite as harshly, have boomed.

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Is Getting a College Degree Worth the Money? — Dollars and Sense

As college tuition and contributions to college savings funds rise, experts are again examining the value of higher education and wondering if the cost is a good investment in someone’s future.

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How Much Do Women Earn Compared to Men? — Dollars and Sense

For decades, many groups have highlighted the pay disparities between men and women, and a new report from the American Association of University Women pointed out just how big the earnings gap is.

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Nearly Half of All Teens Think They’ll Never Be As Rich As Their Parents — Dollars and Sense

You might think teenagers worry about nothing more important than their Friday night plans, but it turns out they’re worried about their financial futures, too — and they’re already incredibly pessimistic.

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How Much Are Parents Spending on Their Children’s Proms? — Dollars and Sense

High school proms are getting mighty expensive — and we’re not just talking triple digits, either.

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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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Canada’s Money May Be on the Verge of Becoming Digital with the ‘MintChip’ — Dollars and Sense [VIDEO]

Canada has been making some interesting changes to its currency from ditching its penny to pushing pretty, plastic pesos. The latest may become one of the coolest forms of cash on the continent.

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