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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: Free movies – in the theater - big lessons for small businesses, many recipes for one vital condiment, how NOT to pay a bill collector, and how to find a real estate agent.

1. How to watch movies in the theater for free

[Wise Bread] I already knew how to do this – it involves getting passes to advance screenings – and I already knew the downside: A pass doesn’t guarantee you get into the theater. This is one of those free items that requires a lot of your free time, but for movie buffs, it’s worthwhile.

2. 10 lessons I’ve learned as a small business owner

[The Digerati Life] As a business owner myself, I can tell you: These are sound, basic tips for anyone thinking about going into business for themselves. No. 3 may be the most important.

3. Make homemade tomato ketchup? Sure!

[Tipnut] I don’t cook, so I’m sure as heck not going to make my own ketchup. But my favorite DIY site offers more than a dozen homemade variations for every taste. Try the one with jalapeno.

4. Never pay a debt collector the full amount

[The Consumerist] When the folks at Consumer Reports tells you when not to pay a bill collector, that’s advice you can take to the bank. “Make an offer like 30 percent of what you owe.” Consumerist explains how and why.

5. How to find a great real estate agent you can trust

[Money Crashers] With home sales dropping, it may seem like a strange time to be giving advice on real estate agents. But you’re probably going to need to know someday, and this account offers the basic advice as concisely as you’re likely to ever see it.

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