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This week: Free software to speed up your computer, how to get anything you want, 12 habits that lead to wealth, how to save on holiday gifts, and bodily fluids you can sell for cash.

1. FREE Software That Can Save You Headaches and Money

[Clever Dude] “[My dad] got a phone call one day from someone claiming to be from Microsoft telling him that they had been getting errors reported from his computer. If my father would follow some directions to grant them access to his computer, they would look around. Even though his computer had been running fine at the time, he complied. Within a minute they delivered the bad news. His computer was full of viruses, but he was in luck! They were willing to sell him the software to clean his computer for $99.”

This blogger’s dad didn’t pay the $99, but he did end up with a computer full of malware. Fortunately, there are free programs out there that can clean your computer. This post provides links to a couple. If your computer is running slow, check it out.

2. How to Get Anything You Want in Life

[Club Thrifty] “Write it down. Repeat it aloud to yourself several times a day. It is going to feel corny at first, and you’ll probably get all sorts of pushback from your own poorly conditioned mind. Replace those negative thoughts with positive affirmations and keep moving. The more you focus your thoughts and your energy on your goal, the more you will begin to believe it will happen.”

This article reminded me of one of my favorite expressions (partially because I coined it myself): “Be aware of where your mind takes you, because that’s eventually where you’ll be.”

I’ve always believed that, both financially and in other aspects of life, the way we picture ourselves ultimately shapes our reality. If that makes sense to you, check out this post for some inspiration and information on how to use affirmations.

3. 12 Tiny Habits That Can Lead to Incredible Wealth

[Escaping Dodge] “Obtaining incredible wealth is rarely a byproduct of luck. In fact, statistics show that roughly half of people who are ‘lucky’ enough to win the lottery will lose it all within five years. So it follows that if we don’t have the life, health or wealth we desire, it isn’t because we’re unlucky; instead, it’s likely because our habits have lead to our current condition.”

What 12 habits can lead to major money? Many of these you’ve probably read here before, but they include believing you’re worthy, paying yourself first, shopping one service provider yearly, asking for discounts and buying used. Check out the post for more.

4. How to Save Money on Holiday Gifts: Great Present Ideas for Your Family and Friends

[Finances Online] “Sometimes the key to the perfect holiday present has less to do with your ability to pick it out, and more with your ability to give the person you’re shopping for options to pick out what they want.”

I’ve never been a fan of things like gift cards, but there is some logic to giving what people want to receive. This post includes ideas like museum memberships, grocery store gift cards and favor books. Check out the story for more,

5. 5 Bodily Fluids You Can Exchange for Cash

[Wise Bread] “If you haven’t done it, it might sound pretty extreme — and pretty gross — but there’s a booming business in bodily fluids.”

Not a post for the squeamish, but you can’t deny the headline is an eye-catcher. Since the number of bodily fluids is limited, you can probably guess most of them. They are plasma, milk, eggs, sperm and urine. Who’s buying and how much will they pay? Check the article to find out.

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