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This week: why you should declutter your life, why you should find a job you like, why rich people should tip more, why you should think twice before buying a pool, and why you should never visit a rent-to-own store.

1. Is Rent-to-Own Ever a Good Idea?

[ThreeThriftyGuys]  We’ve done this story before, but in case you missed it, here’s a refresher from a different source. The answer to the question “Is rent-to-own ever a good idea?” is a resounding “no.” Check out this post for the reasons why, and for reasons why the same logic might apply to many other financed purchases, whatever the source.

2. The Real Cost of Owning a Pool

[Wealthy Turtle]  This post took me back to the first house I bought with a pool. It was in Tucson, Ariz., back in 1978. At the time I thought pools were, to quote the Beverly Hillbillies, “cement ponds” that required little maintenance. Boy, was I wrong.

This post is about a small, $250 above-ground pool, but still illustrates that while you’re soaking in that pool, it’s soaking up major money in chemicals, accessories and electricity.

3. Should Rich People Tip More?

[Yes I Am Cheap] This was an interesting post concerning a Chili’s server and baseball star Melky Cabrera. Cabrera apparently left a 13 percent tip not long after landing a $16 million contract. The server was so offended, she took to social media to call Cabrera a cheapskate. She later removed the mentions, but the controversy remains. So check out the post and weigh in.

What wasn’t mentioned but should have been, at least in my opinion: The question isn’t really, “Should rich people tip more?” After all, servers can’t tell if you’re rich. The question really being asked here is, “Should famous people tip more?”

4. Why You Need to Enjoy Your Job

[20s Finances] When I complained about my various jobs as a young man, from McDonald’s to pumping gas, my father was fond of saying, “That’s why they call it work!” I understand why he said it: He worked for the federal government. But that’s really a dumb way to rationalize a bad job.

You’re already spending a third of your life sleeping. Don’t spend another third of it doing something you hate. That’s the topic of this post, and it’s a good one. Check it out.

5. 12 Ways a Deep Declutter Can Improve Your Life

[Wise Bread] I’m a neat-freak. It’s hard for me to focus when my desk, room or house is a mess. If you’re like me, but live with someone who isn’t, here’s a nice list of reasons that might help persuade that other person to straighten up. Among them: creating good karma and extra cash by donating or selling your stuff, finding stuff you forgot you had, and eliminating storage bills. Read the post for more.

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