MainStreet’s Most Popular Stories of the Week


By Ben Pappas & Stephen Dalton

In case you missed anything, here is a recap of our 5 top stories from this week:

Story #1 - Cramer: My Response To The White House

The Internet was buzzing this week when our own Jim Cramer defended himself after the White House laid into him this week. With more than 1,728 of your remarks (and climbing) in the comments section, this piece and its accompanying multi-media slideshow just made it into the MainStreet Top Stories Hall of Fame.

Story #2 – Recession Ready Tech: The Netbook
Consumers are looking around every corner for ways to save, but few realize what a waste of resources a high-end laptop is becoming. In this story we show how a new wave of mini-laptops, known as netbooks, can get the job done at a fraction of the size and cost. We also get your product search started with a list of the Top 5 Netbooks on the market right now.

Story #3 – No Cash, No Problem: Bartering Booms Online
In January, the U.S. personal savings rate rose to 5% of disposable income - the highest in more than a decade. So how can folks acquire goods and services without spending cash? The answer is bartering. In addition to highlighting barter sites such as SwapGiant, FavorPals, FriendlyFavor, and Swaptree, MainStreet personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi shares 5 Ways to Be a Better Barterer.

Story #4 – Lessons from the Depression: Take That Job
Surviving an extreme economic downturn is one thing. Succeeding and meeting your financial goals during such a time is another. This month MainStreet launches a new column where we turn to those who lived through the Great Depression for money and career lessons we can use today.

Story #5 – 5 Tips to Recession Proof Sports Betting
March Madness (think office pools), and fantasy baseball drafts (think league entry fees) are heating up. But can you afford to be the same sports fan you were last year? Here are some tips for staying in the game without your better half throwing a technical.

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