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This week: how to get work experience without having a job, whether you should let your insurance company track your driving habits, car insurance myths you should be aware of, exercises you can do at home, and a bunch of ways to earn extra money.

1. 40+ Passive Income Ideas and Ways to Make Extra Money

[Moolanomy] Passive income is money that doesn’t require you to actively work for it. Finding it is one of the goals of this article. It offers ideas from earning interest to investing in real estate, then lists a bunch of ways to actively earn more money, from bulk candy machines to making and selling T-shirts.

2. 11 Bodyweight Leg Toning Exercises You Can Do at Home

[Money Crashers] We’ve all been brainwashed to believe that getting in shape requires specialized and expensive equipment and facilities.

Nonsense. You don’t have to pay big bucks for a buff bod. There are plenty of simple exercises to get you in tiptop shape without weights, equipment or even leaving home. This story lists 11. We’ve done a similar story: “Getting in Shape Without the Gym.”

3. 7 Car Insurance Myths You Need to Know

[MoneyQ&A] Is your computer covered if it gets stolen from your car? Will your car be covered if you’re using it for business purposes? Is the cost of coverage higher for a sports car? These and other topics are addressed in this article.

4. Do Telematics Devices Really Save You Money?

[Money Ning] This post is about those little black boxes you can plug into your car’s computer that can theoretically reduce your car insurance bill based on your driving patterns.

When we did this story several years ago, I said there was no way I would consider letting an insurance company track the speed I drive, the miles I log and the times of day I’m behind the wheel.

Of course, the idea is that by letting your insurance company see what a great driver you are, you’ll pay less. This post calls that concept into question, suggesting you might actually end up paying more.

5. How to Get Work Experience Without Having a Job

[Wise Bread]  You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job. What do you do? Read this article for tips on getting unpaid or other types of work to beef up your resume.

Suggestions included internships, volunteer work, and starting your own business, as well as taking specialized classes. Check out the post for more.

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