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This week: getting paid to save, habits that kill your productivity, why free apps aren't free, how one person doubled her net worth in five years, and five interview tips for recent grads.

1. 5 Work-From-Home Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity

[Time Management Ninja]  “At home, nobody is watching you and your schedule is yours. This also means that you need to make sure you’re not wasting time on distractions. If you want to maximize productivity, you need to squash the distraction bug and regain your focus.”

I’ve been working at home for more than 20 years, so I had to check this out to see which bad habits I’ve developed. As it turns out, not too many. They include spending too much time on Facebook and other social media and watching TV. Check out the post for more.

2. People Spend More Money on ‘Free’ Apps Than Paid Apps

[Wealthy Turtle] ” … according to eMarketer, in-app purchases within free apps produce the overwhelming majority of revenue in app sales.”

Ever wonder how people who give away free programs and apps make a living? Now you know: They entice people to buy things within the apps. Forewarned is forearmed, so before you download your next free app, check out this article to see the types of free apps most likely to get you to spend.

3. How I Doubled My Net Worth in 5 Years on a Crappy Salary

[Yes, I Am Cheap] “Back in 2009 the only thing that I owned was my debt and two degrees … and a lemon of a newish car that I had to have constantly repaired at the dealer. … Let’s fast-forward five years later and work with the numbers as of Feb. 1. Even though I now owe $123,333.89, my net worth is actually $122,084.12.”

How did this blogger turn things around? While it’s true she earns more today than she did in 2009, that’s not what’s behind her success. She gives the credit to five actions she’s taken, including side hustles and investing in real estate. Check out the post for more.

4. 5 Interview Tips for Recent College Graduates

[Young Finances] “It’s really easy to make mistakes and lose a position because of something you said or the way that you came off. To help you make the best first impression, let’s look at five interview tips for you as a recent graduate.”

While this blog is specifically directed to young people, these interview tips are useful for anyone and everyone interviewing for a job. They include being on time, practicing answering common questions, researching the company, dressing for success and following up.

5. 6 Ways to Get Paid for Saving Money

[Wise Bread] “You can make money by saving money, apart from interest, dividends and investment earnings. These methods deliver bonuses in ways you may not have recognized as getting paid to save.”

You can probably guess one way to get paid to save: collecting matching money by contributing to your employer’s 401(k) plan. But there are others as well, including the Saver’s Tax Credit, cash incentives for opening some brokerage accounts, and websites that pay bonuses when goals are reached. Check out the article for more.

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