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February 4th, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Any Money Questions? Just Ask

A new report released this week by credit bureau agency, TransUnion, shows a higher number of people are choosing to pay their credit card bills rather than their mortgage.

The most recent data from the third quarter of 2009 reveals 6.6% of consumers were delinquent on their mortgages, but current on their credit cards. That's compared to 3.6% of consumers who were behind on their credit cards, but current on their mortgages.

So if you were faced with the same dilemma, what would you do?

We also want to know if you're concerned about the Dow dipping this week.

Any money questions you have, please send them our way.

John Simons with Black Enterprise magazine will join us this Saturday in the 2pm ET hour to answer your questions.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 4th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

Is It Worth $2.5 Million?

Wanna buy an ad to run during the Super Bowl?  Well you are, whether you want to or not.  The  U.S. Census Bureau is buying a $2.5 million commercial in the third quarter.  That's on top of a couple 30-second spots in the pre-game show.  All with your tax dollars. 

Census officials say it's actually a  good deal for taxpayers since close to 100 million people will be watching Sunday's big game.  They say getting the word out to that many people will  save millions in the long run, by offsetting the cost of sending census workers to households that don't return their questionnaires.

Critics say it's a huge waste of money, and exactly the type of out-of-control spending that inspired the Tea Party movement. 

What do you think?  Money well spent, or a big waste?  Leave us a comment.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 4th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Whose Tea Party is it?

  This weekend, Tea Party leaders hold their first national convention in Nashville.  It's being billed as a chance to bring Tea Party leaders from across the country together to network and support the movement's goals.  But not everyone who considers themselves a member is on board.  The Tea Party movement grew out of people's dissatisfaction with spending in Washington from both Republicans, Democrats and independents, and some see the $549 ticket price for the convention as a contradiction to the groups grass-roots beginnings.  Last year's Tea Party Express put the movement on the map, but many believe the tea party is being taken over by the right wing of the GOP.  Has the movement been hijacked?  Tell us what you think.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 4th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Marijuana school easing financial pains?

You're out of work. Bills are stacking up. Time is running out. Could medical marijuana ease your financial pains?

We spent a day at the first medical marijuana school in economically-stressed Michigan, and talked to a recent graduate who's growing his own shoulder-high pot plants in his house in Detroit.

Do you think medical marijuana is a legitimate way to get an economy going?

Post your comments and Kyra will read some of them on CNN Newsroom 10a ET.


Filed under: Anchors • Kyra Phillips
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