Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

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1. How to crash a party

[Neville’s Financial Blog] After three decades working in the financial industry – as a CPA, stockbroker, and journalist – I thought I’d heard about all the ways to save money. But here’s one that never occurred to me: crashing fancy parties to meet rich folks. Or as Neville says: “I wanted to be a rich person one day, so I figured going to these parties and being AROUND other rich people would help. The problem was these parties were always fundraisers for whatever charity, and oftentimes this was $300 or even $1,000 for ONE ticket!” A fascinating and funny read – if not exactly ethical.

2. 4 Ways to donate without spending money

[Sense to Save] Yes, you can donate without donating. And you don’t have to do anything but tap your computer mouse. “These sites work by generating advertisements when you click,” Sense to Save explains. “You view the ad, the site gets a small bit of advertising revenue, and the ad money goes to the charity.”

3. How to build credit without a credit card

[Fine-Tuned Finances] Credit cards are so commonplace these days – and competitive (check out our credit card search tool) – that it seems impossible to build up your credit without one. Not so, says Fine-Tuned Finances: “There are several other ways… unfortunately, most people do not know how to build credit without a credit card and struggle.”

4. Frugal things to hang and frame: plates and platters

[The Family CEO] I love blogs like this, even though I’ll never follow their advice – not because I don’t care, but because I don’t excel at crafts. Still, these posts fascinate me because of their detail and cleverness. It’s sort of like watching the Food Channel and knowing damn well you’re never going to make that coq au vin. In this case, I never thought about doing anything with plates except eat off them.

5. The money sandwich

[Well Heeled Blog] OK, this won’t teach you anything about saving money. And it’s just weird. The entire premise is this: “We can build a sandwich with all the slang terms we have for money.” I won’t spoil it for you.

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