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How to get your finances ready for a possible recession

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Homeownership feels out of reach for many Americans. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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As interest rates rise, the 'American dream' of homeownership fades for some

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Housing activists in Swampscott, Mass., on Oct. 14, 2020. A congressional report finds that four corporate landlords acted aggressively to push out tenants during the first year of the pandemic, despite a federal eviction moratorium and billions in emergency rental aid. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Corporate landlords used aggressive tactics to push out more tenants than was known

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What you need to know about preparing financially for a baby

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Tesla has pulled back from its $1.5 billion investment in Bitcoin, which it announced in early 2021. Here, a Bitcoin ATM is seen last year inside a New York City store. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Contractors work on the roof of a house under construction in Louisville, Ky. A new study shows the U.S. is 3.8 million homes short of meeting housing needs. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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There's a massive housing shortage across the U.S. Here's how bad it is where you live

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A worker at a Subway sandwich shop makes a tuna sandwich last year in San Anselmo, California. A lawsuit in federal court accuses the restaurant giant of not using 100% tuna in its offerings — and a judge has denied Subway's request to dismiss the suit. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Jeni Rae Peters and daughter embrace at their home in Rapid City, S.D. In 2020, Peters was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. After treatment, Peters estimates that her medical bills exceeded $30,000. Dawnee LeBeau for NPR hide caption

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She was already battling cancer. Then she had to fight the bill collectors

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The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates to combat inflation. It's having a trickle-down effect, resulting in higher mortgage rates, an increase in credit card interest and more. There are steps you can take to improve your financial situation as prices continue to climb. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Simple DIY maintenance tasks that will keep your car running smoothly — and save money

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How much more will your July 4 barbecue cost this year?

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Johnny Navarro sits on the hood of his recently purchased 2014 Lexus. Johnny Navarro hide caption

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Monthly car payments have crossed a record $700. What that means

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