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'How I'm using my tax refund'

From paying off student loans to hosting a crawfish boil in New Orleans, here's how six people are using this year's tax refund from the IRS.  More

Finally! I got a job

Six Americans share their success stories after being unemployed for months.  More

Priced out: 'I can't afford a home in my town'

These six househunters have been looking to buy a home in their city for months, or even years, only to be outbid.  More

Thankful for Obamacare

Many enrollees are thankful for Obamacare coverage. CNNMoney looks at some of the success stories.  More

State of my economy

Americans respond to President Obama's State of the Union address.  More

'I just want a job'

The job market has just started gaining momentum, but that's of little consolation to these Americans. They've been job searching for months with no luck.  More

My minimum wage isn't a living wage

Kevin Burgos makes $10.50 per hour at Dunkin Donuts, but his real cost of living is about $17 per hour.  More

How will a minimum wage hike hit businesses?

Thirteen states increased the minimum wage on Jan. 1, and President Obama supports raising the federal rate to $10.10. 4 small business owners weigh in on how an increase would affect them.  More

The hidden costs of a minimum wage hike

A minimum wage hike means an increase in employers' taxes -- and could mean higher costs from vendors.  More

I signed up for Obamacare!

Many Americans are thrilled that their Obamacare insurance plans kick in on Jan. 1.  More

The real low-wage issue: Not enough hours

Advocates say many employers don't give workers like Naquasia LeGrand sufficient hours to avoid paying benefits.  More

Help! My unemployment benefits just expired

1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday, after Congress failed to extend federal benefits.  More

I work every holiday

These workers clock-in when others are celebrating holidays... and they don't mind!  More

Meet the people who are getting hired these days...

With 11 million Americans still unemployed, the job market is far from fully healed, but we're happy to celebrate along with our readers who recently found new jobs.  More

We went shopping on Thanksgiving night!

Shoppers in Wayne, N.J. were thrilled to show off the deals they scored on Thanksgiving night.  More

My health plan was canceled

Many Americans with individual health insurance policies are getting termination notices. But not all are unhappy to go onto the Obamacare exchange.  More

I ditched med school to start a business

These five people were pursuing careers in medicine, until they found their true passion as entrepreneurs.  More

'How I saved $1 million'

Five 401(k) millionaires share their secrets to reaching their first million in retirement savings.  More

The safety net failed me

Unemployment checks to 80,000 Californians have been delayed after the state switched over to a new computer system. These people are still waiting on their checks.  More

'How I retired early'

Meet more than a dozen retirees who got a head start on their golden years -- and learn the secrets of how they did it.  More

Our family will lose $44 in food stamps

The cuts will be tough on families whose food stamps will be cut - families that already eat a lot of canned foods, beans and pasta.  More

Pensions ask retirees for paybacks

Some pension plans have overpaid retirees for years -- sometimes adding up to tens of thousands of dollars. And with little warning, retiree's pension checks are being slashed.  More

No thanks, Obamacare. I'll pay the penalty

CNNMoney readers tell us why they would rather pay the Obamacare penalty than buy health insurance.  More

Furloughed workers face unemployment claim mess

Tens of thousands of furloughed federal workers are now filing for unemployment benefits -- even though they will likely have to pay all of the money back.  More

Why I choose to not work

Last week, we wrote about why 26% of American women don't have a job and aren't looking for one. These readers explain why they've made the choice to not work.  More

Stuck in a part-time job

Americans are working fewer hours, partly due to the rise in part-time jobs. These people want full-time work, but can only find part-time gigs.  More

5 federal workers: What job cuts mean to me

Thousands of federal workers lost jobs, and millions will stay at home without pay due to budget cuts. Five workers share their tough choices.  More

'My pension is what I was promised'

Retired fireman Larry Newberry fears his pension could be cut in Detroit's bankruptcy.  More

The real budgets of McDonald's workers

These four McDonald's workers shared their monthly budgets to show how their spending stacks up to the controversial McDonald's sample.  More

I risked my life to pay off student loans

Thomas McGregor couldn't get a job when he graduated from law school in 2008, and he struggled to pay off $108,000 in student loans. So, he enlisted in the Army.  More

Student loan horror stories

Big decisions made in college about student loans continue to haunt these graduates.  More

Same-sex ruling: 'A huge relief'

Couples talk about what the Supreme Court's historic decision means for their money.  More

I'm signing up for Obamacare

These Americans can't wait until they can apply for health insurance under the new state-based exchanges, scheduled to open for enrollment in October. For some with pre-existing conditions, there are no other options.  More

How I found a job after graduation

These seven recent college grads bucked employment trends and landed great jobs after graduation. Here's how they did it.  More

Am I too old to be hired?

These workers in their 50s and early 60s are struggling to find an employer that will give them a chance. Blame the economy, or is age discrimination at play?  More

Executive by day, entrepreneur by night

These seven moonlighters are pursuing big professional careers -- and their entrepreneurial dreams.  More

I'm unemployed and hopeless

There's only so much rejection a person can take. Meet 5 unemployed Americans who want to work, but are beyond fed up with the weak job market and feel hopeless.  More

My master's wasn't worth it

Be careful what you study. Going to grad school isn't always worth the time, effort and money.  More

I had 10 jobs before 25

In the search for the ideal job, these millennials job-hopped often in their teens and early twenties.  More

Brazilians: What we think of the protests

Brazilians cite corruption and lousy government services as key reasons that more than 1 million citizens are protesting.  More

'What legalizing gay marriage means for our money'

Should the Supreme Court strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, same-sex couples will see big changes to their finances -- for better and for worse.  More

Men in female-dominated jobs

Nursing, child care and administrative jobs are still dominated by women. Meet 8 men who are proud to work in these fields.  More

Rejected: 'I was denied a bank account!'

Forget trying to get a credit card -- some people can't even open bank accounts. These four people have been denied basic checking accounts, often because past mistakes came back to haunt them.  More

5 federal workers: What job cuts mean to me

Thousands of federal workers lost jobs, and millions will stay at home without pay due to budget cuts. Five workers share their tough choices.  More

I can't find a nursing job!

Whatever happened to the nursing shortage? These new grads can't find jobs, after months of searching.  More

When unemployment runs out

Thousands of the long-term unemployed lost extended benefits this year when Congress modified the unemployment program. Another 2 million are set to lose them in January. How do people survive after checks stop coming? Readers share their stories.  More

How I finally got hired

These 5 newly employed workers faced a tough job market, but they found a way to get a foot in the door. Here's how they did it.  More

Debt busters!

Collecting cans and loose change, launching a get-out-of-debt fundraiser and taking on four part-time jobs are some of the creative strategies these six people have used to tackle their debt.  More

Transgender financial struggles: 'How we get by'

These six people are transgender and unemployed, homeless, living on food stamps or facing piles of debt.  More

Millennials: Don't call me 'entitled'

These millennials take issue with the 'entitled' stigma - and no, they aren't just whining.  More