Survive This Economy


High Gas Prices Spark Spike In Metro Ridership

As gas prices rose quickly this year, Angelenos took to public transportation in higher numbers, according to ridership data released Friday by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.


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Survive This Economy: Keeping Pet Costs Down

Pet adoptions were up 25% last year, according to the SPCA – LA, but at the same time they’ve also taken in more animals because families have lost jobs and homes.

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The online site Toygaroo lets parents rent, instead of boy, children's toys. (credit: CBS)

Online Site Lets You Rent Toys Instead Of Buying

Parents weary (and wary) of holiday toy shopping have never appreciated a child’s ability to play with something a few times and then become bored with it.


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How To Put Faith To Work For Your Finances

Michelle Alanis has a new job and a new home after her landlord’s foreclosure forced her and her children out of their house. Alanis credits the positive outcome to the power of prayer.


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How To Say ‘No’ To Your Kids When They Want More

Every kid has said it. “I want that.”


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Mothers Forming ‘Mommunes’ To Save Money, Time

You probably have heard the proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” and now a group of single moms are doing just that — combining families into “mommunes.”


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Consumer Savings Expert Andrea Woroch Shares Holiday Layaway Tips

Want to get a way to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, but haven’t quite filled your piggy bank yet? Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch says layaway programs are making a comeback. She visited the KCAL9 studio to share some tips.


Nosy Neighbors May Sell Their Homes Faster

In a tough real estate market, sellers have to be proactive to get a leg up on the competition. One industry expert says the secret to success may be spying on your neighbors.



Homeowners Fall Victim To Loan Modification Scam

In the current economic climate, desperate homeowners who have fallen on hard times can become easy prey for scam artists. Knowing the law is the first step to avoid falling for a predator’s schemes.


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New App Puts Best Bargains At Your Fingertips

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, a new application for the iPhone and iPad helps shoppers save time and money.


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KFC Offering Real Treat Leading Up To Halloween

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Colonel Sanders wants to help you survive this tough economy. KFC is offering a real treat leading up to the Halloween – double the sides. If you purchase an eight piece […]



Experts Offer Tips To Help You Stretch Your Dollars

The Commerce Department’s latest report shows consumer spending increased over the last three months, but have savings decreased.


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Is The Food You’re Eating Really ‘Artisan’ Or A Lotta Hype?

It’s the new go-to, buzz word in food marketing. To call a product “artisan.”


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Food Pantries Strapped By High Demand, Low Donations

Food pantries are places of last resort for many people down on their luck, trying to survive in this economy. But the L.A. Regional Food Bank reports that many of the agencies that provide free food for those in need are in need themselves.

CBS2 / KCAL9–10/26/2011

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Stores Offering Price-Matching Guarantees For The Holidays

We have learned that many big stores like Walmart, Target, Sears, Staples and Bed Bath & Beyond are offering price-match guarantees this holiday season.