Discretionary spending

In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, photograph, Danny Aguilar poses from his office in his home in Lakewood, Colo. Aguilar, like nearly half of Americans surveyed in a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center Public Affairs Research, said they will not be taking a vacation this summer because they can not afford it or can not get time away from the job. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
June 15, 2017 - 12:21 pm
Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can't afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The new AP-NORC survey,...
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This Wednesday, April 26, 2017, photo shows Google's web address, in Philadelphia. Google is keeping an eye on what you’re buying offline in addition to monitoring your online shopping in its latest attempt to sell more digital advertising. The offline tracking of most credit and debit card transactions will help Google to automatically inform merchants when digital ads appearing on its vast marketing network translate into sales at a brick-and-mortar store. Google plans to unveil the store-sales measurement tool Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in San Francisco at an annual conference it hosts for its advertisers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
May 23, 2017 - 8:12 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google already monitors online shopping — and now it's keeping an eye on physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising. The internet company said Tuesday that a new tool will track how much money people spend in merchants' brick-and-mortar stores after clicking on...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Brianna McGurran, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. "Ask Brianna" is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
May 16, 2017 - 9:58 am
"Ask Brianna" is a Q&A column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2017 file photo, Ja Rule attends City Harvest's 23rd Annual Gala, "An Evening of Practical Magic" in New York. Organizers of the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, produced by a partnership that includes rapper Ja Rule, have canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)
April 28, 2017 - 4:14 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Organizers of a much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel. Fyre Festival organizers announced the cancellation of what they previously billed...
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April 22, 2017 - 2:47 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Lawmakers are walking away from a proposal to spend state money on a memorial to mark the 2011 shooting that targeted then-Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six people. The proposal to spend $2.5 million over five years was approved by the House in February and had been sitting in two...
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