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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web.

1. Trade in your old car or sell it yourself?

[Five Cent Nickel] I’ve written before about Why I Don’t Buy New Cars, so I enjoyed most of this article – which is really a personal tale of one man’s negotiations to get the car dealer to pay him more for his trade-in. But my follow-up advice would be to buy a used car from the same dealer and apply your trade-in value that way. If the dealer balks, go to another dealer. After all, there are plenty of them out there.

2. The AT&T/Verizon duopoly (infographic)

[The Simple Dollar] Sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000 words. And this one graphically (no pun intended) shows what you get for your steep cell phone bill. Did you know that AT&T and Verizon control nearly 65 percent of the market? And according to this graphic, it’s not because of their excellent customer service.

3. The costs and benefits of the family dog

[Get Rich Slowly] The cost of a dog is tangible, but the benefit is impossible to explain to someone who doesn’t have and love a dog of their own. To that person, $900 a year might seem like an extravagance. But I have a dog, and it’s not about the money. Still, if you want to save a few bucks, here’s how to make your own dog food.

4. 10 home staging tips & tricks

[Money Crashers] With home sales finally making a slow and steady comeback, time to brush off those home-presentation skills that can help you eke out a little more cash than you’d otherwise get by leaving you house in its typically lived-in condition. Here’s a handy list of what to do.

5. Tips on using a headhunter or job recruiter

[The Digerati Life] “If you’re a professional or if you’ve got management experience and find a need to change your job, it may be in your best interest to contact a professional placement agency.” Or it may not. Read this first before signing up.

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