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This week: how to use your retirement savings to buy a house, how to stay wealthy, why men make more than women, how to start a business with no money, and a comprehensive list of savings for seniors.

1.  How to Use Retirement Savings to Buy a House

[Dough Roller] If you’re ready to buy a house but don’t have the down payment, tapping your retirement might be one way to get it. This post explains the pros and cons of taking money from a 401(k) or IRA to buy that first home.

2. Got Wealth? 6 Strategies for Protecting It

[Financial Highway] The vast majority of articles you see on personal finance sites are about making or saving money. This one’s about protecting what you’ve got. Ideas range from umbrella insurance to “Don’t get too cocky.”

3. The Real Reasons Women Make Less Than Men

[The Frugal Model]  In this post, model/blogger Ashley tackles the problem of women working in careers that pay less than male-dominated jobs. She suggests that women earn less than men because of values, job perception, confidence and negotiating skills. It’s an interesting read.

4. How to Start Your Own Business With No Money

[Generation X Finance] The message behind this post: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. So how do you start a business with nothing? Here you’ll find suggestions for building a free website, building a social media following, and other ideas that can get you started on a shoestring.

5. Big List of Senior Discounts

[Wise Bread] From Arby’s to Verizon, here’s a list of dozens of deals for those with a little snow on the roof. (Can you guess why I was interested?) If you’re not over 50, you know someone who is. Share this list with them.

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