Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. 4 Reasons Why You Should Check Your Credit Report

[Money Crashers] This week, in 8 Little-Known Ways to Raise Your Credit Score, we explained how you can boost your credit score just by checking your report, identifying what to look for, and knowing how to dispute errors. But those aren’t the only reasons to refer to your credit report. According to Money Crashers’ recent article, it’s also smart to check it periodically to find out if you’re a victim of identity theft and especially if you’ve agreed to co-sign a loan. Check out this interesting read for more helpful tips.

2. 7 Inexpensive Lifestyle Habits That Can Add Years to Your Life

[Wise Bread] A headline promising to reveal cheap ways to help boost longevity brings high expectations. And we weren’t let down. While many of these tips were what we’d expect – sleep more, eat healthy, quit smoking – it was interesting to see how many years each habit could add to your life. Check out the article to see which lifestyle change has the potential to add 25 years to your life, and more tips that follow.

3. 5 Money Discussions to Have Before You Marry

[Bargaineering] This article provides some valuable discussion points about money and marriage for couples thinking about tying the knot. These tips also apply to married couples that may have swept financial issues under the rug. There are the obvious suggestions, like know your significant other’s credit score, but the article also recommends having a conversation about how your parents handled their money and what each of you believes is acceptable free money spending. Check it out for more.

4. 30 Free and Relatively Free Activities

[Dollar Stretcher] We’re often telling you what you shouldn’t pay for – from audio books to kids’ meals. So when we came across Dollar Stretcher’s article about 30 inexpensive activities, we couldn’t help but take a peek. Why are we paying to go out to dinner or to a movie when there’s plenty we could be doing for free (or close to free)? There’s something here for everyone, whether you’re athletic (sign up for a free sports clinic), literary (check out a poetry slam), or a foodie (organize a pot luck dinner).

5. 7 Ways People Make Their Money Troubles Worse

[Five Cent Nickel] Whether it’s misplaced anger (you get mad at the credit company when you don’t pay on time) or trying to hide money problems, certain tendencies carry destructive powers when it comes to your finances. Read this article to make sure you don’t fall into these common traps, and if you have, find out what you can do to turn your situation around.

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