Liz Weston: Feel out of control? These money moves can help

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely and his colleagues at Duke Universitys Center for Advanced Hindsight have a pact. Every week, the group of 50 people picks one small business in Durham, North Carolina, and each person spends $100 there.
A one-time $5,000 infusion wouldnt make a difference to Amazon, Costco or any other large retailer, but it could be enough to keep a local business afloat, Ariely says. Taking this action helps the group feel that theyre making a difference when so much of the wo…

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