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Small Change: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Lessons From My Mother

Today's edition of Small Change comes to you from Houston, where I am helping my mom celebrate her 60th birthday. I flew down to surprise her, and one of the first things she asked me was, "Was your ticket on...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Shopping Tips from the D.C. Goodwill Fashionista

Now that I'm on a budget, I can't shop like I used to. I have to admit that I did buy a couple of dresses that I found on sale or had coupons for (only with cash, not a credit...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 25, 2009; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bargains , Nancy Trejos  
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Demand High for Skilled Workers

Clearly, great minds think alike. The New York Times had a story today about the demand for highly skilled workers, even in this recession. I knew I should've listened to my mom when she told me to go into health...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 24, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Now Hiring: Finding a Job in a Recession

As of this week, Marcus Ozuna of the District can officially get off unemployment. He is one of about 330 people hired to work at the new W Hotel in Washington, one of the few companies actually hiring during this...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 24, 2009; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Another Recession Road Trip

A good friend of mine, Christina Davidson, has decided to take a four-month journey across America chronicling the strengths and struggles of ordinary Americans as they adapt to our new economic reality. Christina, a D.C-based writer and book editor, started...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 23, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Saving on Groceries

The last time I went grocery shopping, I was shocked at how expensive some items were. I mean $7.99 for a small package of pine nuts? Eager to figure out how to cut down on my grocery bills, other than...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Readers Respond: Resisting the Urge to Splurge

Thanks for all your helpful responses to our post on resisting the urge to splurge. I definitely employ some of your techniques -- throwing catalogs in the recycling bin immediately and steering clear of the mall in the first place....

By Ylan Mui  |  June 22, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New Poll Shows that Americans Are Spending Less

Americans are optimistic that the economy — and their personal finances — will improve in a year, but that’s not keeping them from clamping down on their spending. In a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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