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Our pedestrian excursion through the economy has helped me work up a ferocious appetite. I vote for a quick stop at the Mr. Market Super Food Discount Store where we can purchase a loaf of bread, assorted meats, and some cheese -- all for a luncheon tribute to the Earl of Sandwich. While a self-made tribute to the Earl is less expensive than any purchased from Manny Mustard's House of Sandwich, the ingredients from Mr. Market Super Food Discount Store still carry a hefty price tag. If you're hungry and have limited cash on hand, you might wonder whether food prices are higher than they need to be.
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September 28, 2014
$17,747,407,384,231.36
$55,616.47 per person: U.S. Debt Clock

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time looking for a downtown retail store seeking to buy either a replacement remote control for your stereo system or a computer that can play video games and burn DVDs. Be on the lookout for door-to-door salesmen.
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