New job numbers show a sharp decrease in unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Josh Levs reports.
As Dr. Jennifer Lickteig examines patients at the Linn Community Care Health Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she's also earning money from a second career that has nothing to do with medicine.
My grandmother had a saying: "People are funny when it comes to money." She could have been talking about me.
These days you can borrow almost anything. Experts share tips on when renting might be the best deal -- and how much you can save.
The town that Saturn put on the map is worried about its future and its residents hope the auto plant and jobs won't go the way of its most famous product.
A Phoenix, Arizona, woman finally buys a home with help from a government program that has started slowly.
In a housing market plagued by one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, finding and buying a home would seem to be an easy hunt, especially if you're armed with federal funding assistance.
If you are out of work, Washington had a tiny bit of good news for you this week. Congress is close to extending unemployment.
Two people from different backgrounds are both looking for work after being laid off. CNNMoney's Poppy Harlow reports.
Rachel Gold and Anthony Barberio don't have much in common.
Anderson Cooper, Ali Velshi and the CNN Money Team hosted a special "CNN Money Summit: Money & Main St." Thursday night, September 17. Here's a transcript of the show:
Two years ago, Dawn Warfield was drowning in debt.
CNN's Allan Chernoff introduces to us to a video store owner who has cut her $80,000 of credit card debt in half.
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Ali Velshi speak with a panel of experts to ask where to put your money in a shaky economy.
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Ali Velshi speak with a panel about ways to survive being laid off in today's economy.
Anderson Cooper and Ali Velshi profile a man fighting back against unemployment, and tell us how we can do it too.
CNN's Allan Chernoff introduces us to a family on a cost-savings campaign after the breadwinner lost her job.
Karin Kubacki no longer buys clothing or toys for her 7-year-old son, Max.
Anderson Cooper, Ali Velshi and the CNN Money Team held a "CNN Money Summit: Money & Main St." on September 17 on CNN. Here are the panelists featured on the show:
It may have a fairy tale ending -- a story of perseverance and second chances that's playing out live on the public stage of online networking.
Jeff Mann had already escaped one round of layoffs, just barely.
CNN's Richard Quest introduces us to two men in their 30s who have suddenly found themselves looking for work.
CNN's Gerri Willis introduces us to a bed and breakfast town on the rebound, thanks to help from fellow businesses.
Travel to Litchfield County, Connecticut, and you'll find a community dotted with bed and breakfasts like the one Dean and Jean Marie Johnson purchased five years ago in the town of Norfolk.
Ron Russell was a machinist at the Hav-A-Tampa cigar factory in Tampa for 3½ years.
John Zarrella reports on how one employee is helping others after a century-old cigar factory closes.
Susie Levitt's and Katie Shea's feet had had enough. Walking around Manhattan sidewalks between classes in their high heels was getting unbearable.
Small business owners with poor credit need not apply. CNN's Christine Romans reports on a new world of lending.
Want to create jobs? Restaurant owner Rob Redfearn says send some stimulus money his way and he would create 50 jobs within three months.
At the edge of a shopping center in midtown Atlanta, Georgia, several men have turned waiting into an art. They stand idly in the hopes of getting work.
Alas, our romance with shopping seems to be coming to an end -- or at least it's up for careful reevaluation.
Zakiya Williams had found a perfect fit at Spelman College. But when the tough economy hit the sophomore and her family hard, she packed her bags, ready to drop out.
A tough ecomony means difficult times for historically black colleges. CNN's Sandra Endo has the story.
When she fell into foreclosure, Angela Logan turned to baking an apple cake her family had loved to save her house.
Actress Angela Logan has played many roles off-stage to earn a living. She's worked as a teacher, model and hairdresser and is studying to be a nurse.
When commercial diver Kenny Woodside takes to the depths, he enters a world of murky low light and dangerous currents.
CNN's Reynolds Wolf talks with the owners of a Bounce U location who have been creative in getting customers in the door
John Spieker stood on the back porch of his newly rented Bailey, Colorado, home, thankful for his Good Samaritan landlord and worried that his previous home, parked in the driveway, wouldn't get him to work the next day.
Scott and Julie Hamilton took their life savings and borrowed money from family and the bank to invest in their dream.
CNN's Reynolds Wolf talks with the owners of a BounceU location who have been creative in getting customers in their doors.
Andrew Sable wasn't in the market for new wheels, but he says the federal "cash for clunkers" program helped him get an offer he couldn't refuse.
Marleen Graham has been offered two different jobs in the past few months -- but both offers were retracted.
Find deals on everything from garden supplies and groceries to cell phone plans and school supplies.
In Money & Main Street, Stephanie Elam introduces us to a coffee lover on a quest to open her own shop.
Lucy Valena is hooked on coffee.
Amid ominous economic forecasts and repeated bleak reports about America's financial future, messages of hope can be hard to come by.
Lori Lawrence has been laid off twice since ending her 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force in 2001. But after losing her most recent job in February, she felt liberated.
A Georgia woman hopes to cash in on Americans' love for their pets by starting a dog grooming business.
Despite the recession, one rural community has hit the jackpot. CNN's Alina Cho reports.
A community that seemed on the road to becoming a ghost town has taken a turn toward prosperity despite the recession, thanks to an automaker.
An entrepreneur leaves a corporate job to start an organic baby food business. Tony Harris' series: "Survival of the Fittest."
Agatha Achindu's life-changing career move started out simply enough -- she wanted a healthy baby.
"What should I do with my used textbooks?"
Stephanie Elam reports on a company aimed at making the world a better place, one book at a time.
Kevin and Lucy Aikman are emerging from the financial scare of their lives.
The Aikman family has a game plan for surviving tough times. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports.
Kenneth Chancey is homeless in L.A., but he's determined to get to the Ivy League. Thelma Gutierrez reports.
Kenneth Chancey, 17, walks down the littered streets of Skid Row, one of the roughest areas of Los Angeles. Drug deals are made around him. A man screams at his girlfriend. The stench of the place is overwhelming.
Thirty-year-old Lisa Locascio is walking through what she hopes will soon be her new living room.
Thirty-year-old Lisa Locascio is walking through what she hopes will soon be her new living room.
CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to members of the Long Island Breakfast Club about job hunting during a recession.
Anderson Cooper, Ali Velshi and the CNN Money Team hosted a special "CNN Money Summit: Money & Main St." Thursday night, June 18. Here's a transcript of the show:
Yahoo! Hotjobs.com's Tom Musbach talks about how and where to get a job and how to spice up your resume.
Anderson Cooper interviews representatives from areas where unemployment is at the nation's highest rate and the lowest.
CNN's Anderson Cooper interviews businessmen from Kokomo, Indiana, about difficulties facing their industry.
If an e-mail popped up in your inbox promising a house for $100, you'd expect to see it sent from a guy in Nigeria asking you to wire him several thousand dollars first.
"Are you ready? Are you ready? Let's get it on!" screams the guy at the podium. It feels like fight night, and while this isn't a boxing match, people aren't pulling punches, either.
Landing a job is the aim of the Long Island Breakfast Club but its approach is unconventional. Christine Romans reports.
Sheila Bernus Dowd's two children attended so many camps last summer that she used spreadsheets to keep track of their whereabouts.
Procrastination rarely looks this good.
A Florida family is working hard to ensure their portable toilet business survives the recession. John Zarrella reports.
Swinging high in the air, a newly cleaned portable toilet is hoisted by crane to the nosebleed section of Orlando's new Events Center.
In Rialto, California, a poor economy has hit the local Little League hard.
The baseball diamonds and bleachers are filled with tales of moms and dads pitching in to put their kids on the field -- Foreclosureville's version of "Field of Dreams."
Join Anderson Cooper, Ali Velshi and the CNN Money Team for the next "CNN Money Summit: Money & Main St." on Thursday, September 17 on CNN.
This year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans will declare bankruptcy. Many people may chalk up that misfortune to overspending or a lavish lifestyle, but a new study suggests that more than 60 percent of people who go bankrupt are actually capsized by medical bills.
A Korean barbecue taco truck has thousands of loyal customers who find it on Twitter. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports
Patrons at Mat and Naddie's restaurant in New Orleans may start with mouth-watering shrimp and crawfish croquettes. Or if they are feeling a tad more adventurous, they might try the artichoke, sun-dried tomato and roasted garlic cheesecake.
In New Orleans, restaurants fight the recession, counting on word of mouth and hard work. Sean Callebs reports.
The clock is ticking for Ray O'Bryhim: he has less than a week to sell his last 40 cars.
General Motors idled its Spring Hill, Tennessee, facility as part of its bankruptcy plan Monday, leaving hundreds of employees -- and thousands of residents who rely on the plant's economic thrust -- in limbo.
The economic crisis continues unabated: the stock market is at its lowest in twelve years, unemployment is at its highest in decades, and nobody knows how bad it's going to get. Your 401K might be tanking, but canned food will always be valuable. And so will the shoulders of those you love and who love you back, even if, at this moment, some shoulders have to bear a greater weight than others.
Finding one of the newest hot spots for dining in Los Angeles may require Twittering and a GPS, because the locations of the Kogi trucks are always changing.
CNN's Susan Candiotti follows a foreclosure auction bidder as he and his family finally move into their new home.
Diana Adam, 35, and her husband wanted to have a second child this year. The timing just seemed right. She had a job as a software engineer at a big market research company near San Francisco, California, and it had good benefits -- including paid maternity leave. He was looking for a faculty position after finishing his Ph.D. in sociology but had a steady job as a lecturer at a state university. Their first child, a boy, was three.
Ryan Taylor's thriving business centers on selling clothes before he makes them. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.
As millions of people enter the job market and business owners struggle to entice consumers, Ryan Taylor may be better positioned than most to weather the economic crisis.
iReporter Zennie Abraham comments about housing and the stimulus package on CNN's Money & Main St.
Ben Lewis' company "Give" Water donates a dime to charity for every bottle he sells.
For Victor Guevares, winning a bid at a raucous foreclosure auction two months ago was just the first step toward achieving his dream of home ownership. And after getting through several obstacles along the way, he finally moved his family into the two-story, three-bedroom house in Queens.
What does it really take to dress someone as fashion-forward and in the spotlight as Michelle Obama?
New York is about to get a new street vendor with a sweet twist. Watch out, Mister Softee; the new kid on the block is a dessert truck calling itself "New York's first mobile cupcake shoppe."
Maria Calderon owed $21,000 on nine credit cards with interest rates as high as 29.99 percent. John Zarrella reports.
Chrysler and General Motors announced this week that they would shrink their dealer base in the U.S.
Last summer, Maria Calderon was so overwhelmed by credit card debt, she couldn't sleep. She owed $21,000 on nine cards with interest rates as high as 29.99 percent.
Residents of North Platte, Nebraska, explain why they refused stimulus money during CNN's Money & Main St.
Anderson Cooper, Ali Velshi and the CNN Money Team hosted a special "CNN Money Summit: Money & Main St." Thursday night, May 14. Here's a transcript of the show:
CNN contributors debate whether the housing market is a benefit or burden during CNN's Money and Main St.
California homeowners talk about being hurt and helped by the housing bubble during CNN's Money & Main St.
Some residents of a North Carolina town say they are being forced to retrain for new job fields during CNN's Money and Main St.
CNN contributors talk about areas where jobs are growing and how to find them during CNN's Money & Main St.
Residents in Summit, New Jersey, talk about how they are dealing with the recession during CNN's Money and Main St.
Doug Ward drives through a subdivision made up of rows of trailers. You can hear the sadness in his voice as he says, "This just doesn't feel like home." He longs for the life he lived before devastating floods destroyed his Cedar Rapids neighborhood.
CNN's Ed Lavandera reports on how hard economic times are making it even more difficult for flood victims in Iowa.
Getting creative in this economy, one woman puts pasta on wheels. CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports.
CNN's Randi Kaye looks at how couples are cutting back on the cost of weddings in this economy.
Dry weather, high costs of farming and an anemic market for wheat. It's tough being a farmer. Sean Callebs reports.
Rob Sellard's young wheat field is a stark reminder that no matter how bad the economy, farmers are always at nature's mercy.
Credit cards are as much a part of the American economy as $20 bills, but a fervent subset of consumers has sworn off plastic money altogether.
The Murdock family is struggling to survive in a tiny town that has lost 2,000 jobs. CNN's Gerri Willis reports
Like most parents, Vickie and Keith Murdock worry about providing for their family. With three teenage daughters, that can be a big challenge, but these days it's more difficult than ever.
Sherry Pierce, who works at a fast food restaurant that doesn't offer health insurance, needs a dentist to look at three broken teeth that may be abscessed.
A Chicago restaurant owner is expanding despite a struggling economy. CNN's Ali Velshi reports.
A California priest uses the power of the pulpit to fight foreclosures. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports.
Steve Carlotta's family-owned camera store is struggling along with other mom and pop stores. But he's found a way to compete with Internet stores and big-box chains.
Father John Lasseigne has never owned a home, but he's become one of the key saviors for those who face losing their house. As banks move in to take over homes in foreclosure, this priest is stepping in to stop them.
Cheap houses pull investors to Detroit. CNN's David Mattingly reports.
Some people living in Atlanta have found a way to get goods and services without spending their hard-earned cash.
The high-end specialty coffee industry isn't immune to the effects of a recession, but many companies are still doing well.
Baristas from around the world pulled espressos, cappuccinos and specialty drinks in Atlanta to compete for the 2009 World Barista Championship title.
College sophomore Nick Philliou admits he's not in the best financial shape these days.
With consumer credit ratings plummeting, more American car owners could soon be driving around with an electronic Big Brother on board.
Megan Cavallari looks up from her stack of hundreds of faxes and documents, proof of her efforts to try to save her home from foreclosure. She's been on hold for over an hour, trying to get details for a loan modification.
An entrepreneur hopes a high-end cheese factory can turn around a struggling farm community. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.
Is cheese the answer for Cayuga County, New York?
Here are some nuggets of wisdom from top experts about how to get through your current financial crisis:
Tax day is an annual stress test for millions of Americans, but Wednesday's Internal Revenue Service filing deadline may be the toughest one yet for many who can't pay their mortgages or rent, let alone a big tax bill.
Everybody's got a hungry heart, but when bad times hit, it can become positively starving.
The saying goes, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." But the current troubling economic times has even the "death" industry feeling a bit lifeless, as families look to cut funeral costs.
For Sherrie Muldoon, the credit card debt was $46,244.
The two-story homes on Fir Circle in an upscale Lake Elsinore, California, neighborhood tell two stunningly different tales.
CNN's Christine Romans looks at whether the country is in a true "depression" and what the term even means.
CNN's Lola Ogunnaike looks at how men are dealing with job loss and how it affects their psyches.
Many young people choose to be uninsured rather than pay high health insurance premiums. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.
"Coupon mom" Stephanie Nelson says the average family of four can save $100 a week by clipping coupons.
"The Ultimate Cheapskate" Jeff Yeager offers tips on five ways to save $20,000 a year.
CNN's Ted Rowlands introduces us to a road worker whose struggling to get by and a highway project that could help him.
Phoenix is offering a cash incentive to residents who buy foreclosed homes. KNXV reports.
CNN photojournalist John Bena visits a local auction house where cash-strapped people part with precious items.
CNN's Alina Cho reports that candy sales are soaring despite the recession.
Is the economy forcing the U.S. military to lay off American troops? Chris Lawrence reports.
CNN's John Roberts speaks to Sam Lippert who lets customers pay what they can at his restaurant.
Lansing, Michigan, Mayor Virg Bernero says now is the time to fly the flag and buy American.
Lawmakers want food stamps and unemployment recipients to take random drug tests. CNN's Christine Romans reports.
Leslie Gage knew it was coming, but that didn't take away the pain.
Susan Lanier has always enjoyed getting out of her urban home in Chicago, Illinois.
Madame Alexander was one of the great innovators in the doll industry.