Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: Working from home is often a scam, home repair can be easy, how to feed a family for $100 a week, how to pay for college in three years, and a personal story about two dads.

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1. 5 ways to spot home-based job scams

[Second Act] While this site is for people over 40, some advice is good for everyone. Before replying to any of those “work from home” ads, check this out.

2. 4 money-saving home maintenance tips anyone can do

[Bargaineering] Dryer vents. Air conditioners. Chimneys. Tree trimming. If you don’t do some easy regular maintenance on these items, rest assured you’ll be paying an expensive pro later.

3. How to grocery shop for 5 on $100 a week

[Wise Bread] Here’s one family’s story of feeding five mouths – and two cats – on one C-note. And none of the advice here involved extreme couponing.

4. How the typical family pays for college

[Free Money Finance] Can you really pay for one-third of college with grants and scholarships? Apparently so. The secret is to have a three-year plan.

5. My real life ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’

[Doughroller] Here’s a compelling personal story of a man whose birth father was rich and his step father was poor. What did he learn? Among the four big lessons, this is my favorite: “Take ‘Smart’ Risks.”

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