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This week: How to get free or cheap Internet, how to organize your bills, splurges that make sense, top money questions and answers, and why sometimes when it comes to gasoline, cheaper is more expensive.

1. How Cheaper Gasoline Ultimately Costs You More

[Len Penzo dot Com]  The bottom line of this story isn’t new, but the way it’s told is. In this post, Len Penzo explains that there’s no point driving all over town for cheaper gas. But he also sprinkles in a bunch of tidbits from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Check it out. It’s pretty cool.

2. Top 8 Luxuries That Make Financial Sense to Splurge On

[Money Crashers] Author Mary McCoy has different ideas about luxuries to splurge on than I would have. Her list includes leather boots, personal trainers, night nannies, personal or marriage counseling, tailored suits and a cloud-based personal assistant.

There were only two things on her list that would show up on mine: a great bed and grocery delivery. But check out her article, then make your own mental list of things you’d splurge on.

3. Organize Your Bills in 6 Easy Steps

[MoneyCrush] This post offers a brief breakdown of the best way to address your bills by keeping the process simple and customizing it to your needs. For example, here’s step one:

Decide whether you prefer to handle your bills electronically or using the paper method. If you prefer paper, invest in a small bill organizer and a file cabinet or file box. If you prefer paying them electronically, sign up to do so online.

The remaining steps are just as straightforward. Check out the post for more.

4. Top 10 Money Questions People Always Ask

[Money Q&A] We’ve done similar stories (“10 Popular Money Questions Answered“) and many of these questions and answers are similar. But it’s interesting to get another person’s take.

This post tackles questions like whether it’s too late to invest in gold (yes), whether term or whole life insurance is best (term), how to save for your kid’s college (529 plan) and whether you need umbrella insurance (probably). See the post for more Q&As.

5. How to Get Free or Cheap Internet Access

[Wise Bread] This is another story we’ve done in the recent past (“You Can Now Get Free Internet at Home and Away“) but the Wise Bread version offers different resources and advice. Their recommendations include dial-up, using your cellphone, and using free Wi-Fi hotspots. It also includes resources for low-income Americans.

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