Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

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1. 5 Things to Sell on eBay Instead of a Yard Sale

[Dollar Stretcher] It’s probably occurred to you, but it hadn’t to me: Some things are best sold online and not at yard sales. Granted, online sites like eBay are more hassle and expense than selling at a yard sale you’ve already planned, but when it comes to things like kids pajamas, video games, name-brand toys, Christmas ornaments, and boots, the additional work is worth the effort.

2. 44 Things I Never Buy: What’s on Your List?

[Bargain Babe] We did a post a few months ago called 21 Things You Should Never Pay For, and I was wondering if Bargain Babe had even more stuff that fit the same bill. She had things on her list I didn’t agree with, like valet parking (sometimes there’s no choice) and hair cuts (are you kidding?) and others I did, like new cars and books. Check out her list and see what you think.

3. 45 Things I Spend Money On (And 32 I Don’t)

[Budgets are Sexy] Blogger J Money took Bargain Babe’s post above, along with a similar list from Blonde and Balanced, and listed things he agrees with, as well as where he doesn’t. While he also shuns valet parking and hair cuts (I’ve met him – he keeps his hair short and neon-colored), he admits to indulging in gourmet ice cream and iTunes – things the ladies won’t touch.

It’s interesting to see what people will and won’t do to save.

4. Where to Find Free and Cheap Audiobooks

[Living on the Cheap] While I haven’t done it in a while, I love listening to audio books – perfect for driving long-distance or bike riding. If you love audio books but hate paying for them, this is your post. Ideas include libraries, Open CultureBooks Should Be Free, and LibriVox.

5. 6 Reasons Your Great Start-up Business Is Doomed

[Wise Bread] As someone who’s worked several start-ups, I can relate to these reasons many fail. Among them, not having a business plan, inability to follow through, and lacking adequate funding. If you’re thinking of starting a business or know someone who is, this one’s worth a read.

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