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This week: how to learn something new every day, 15 books that will help you live your dreams, what to do with extra money, how to make money without a job, and part-time jobs with benefits.

1. 10 Part-Time Jobs With Benefits

[Being Frugal] “Health insurance is a touchy subject these days. It’s expensive and often not available unless you work full time for a company. Is there any hope for people who neither need nor want to work full time? The answer is yes, if you work for the right employer. Believe it or not, there are still employers who offer benefits to part-time employees.”

So, what companies offer benefits to part-time workers? They include Starbucks, Costco, Target, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, UPS and sometimes Walmart. Check out the post for more.

2. How to Make Money Without a Job and Why You Should

[Brip Blap] “To be truly rich, one thing is certain: For every ‘stream’ of income you have, you should have an alternative. Alternative income is the key to wealth.”

This post is more of an inspiration to find and develop additional income sources than it is a list of specific possibilities. But it does mention a few, including lending money on peer-to-peer lending sites, eBay sales, developing your own blog and using affiliate links to monetize that blog.

The author makes a compelling case for engaging in a business outside your normal job. If you need some incentive to get in gear, this one’s for you.

3. What Do You Do With Your ‘Extra’ Money?

[Budgets are Sexy] “That was an EXCELLENT question I got from a reader recently, and it’s one most of us wonder about. And one that usually means we’re doing pretty well too :)”

So what does author J. Money do with his extra cash? Contributes the maximum to retirement plans, including a Roth, then does any number of things from his “Wild Card” list. They can be anything from paying down the mortgage to funding causes he believes in. It’s an interesting look at what to do when you finally have more money than month. Check it out.

4. 15 Must-Read Career Books to Uncover Your Passion and Live Your Dreams

[Careful Cents] “If you ever … read interviews from millionaires, the most common piece of advice you’ll hear them talk about is how many nonfiction books they read each year (and how little TV they watch).”

I often find myself watching way too much TV and not reading nearly enough. It’s a bad habit, and that’s especially true if you’re trying to get ahead in life. In this article, the author — a former accountant turned online entrepreneur — shares titles that will convert your TV time into a new career.

I’m going to download a few and check them out. You should, too. Beats being glued to the boob tube.

5. 11 Ways to Learn Something New Every Day

[Wise Bread] “I felt smarter, and not just in the sense that I knew something I hadn’t known before. I realized I was starting to see things more clearly. I was able to connect the dots faster and process and evaluate information more efficiently.”

If there’s a way to stay sharp, count me in. This article has some good ideas to do just that, including going back to school, keeping up with the news, reading, watching the History Channel and expanding your vocabulary. I felt smarter just reading the article.

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