Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: the best big box, the worst car-dealer tactics, the crap you don’t need, the home repair advice you do need, and why it doesn’t matter how much it costs to live in your city.

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1. Trader Joe’s vs. Costco: what’s a better place to shop?

[Wise Bread] Here’s the most controversial article on this week’s list. Why? Because these two big-box discount chains have fans as rabid as any college football team. The verdict? This author leans toward Costco, but faults both chains for this: “Trader Joe’s and Costco have the world’s most horrific sushi platters.”

2. Running the gauntlet that is the new car dealership

[PT Money] All the advice here tracks, especially, “Don’t even go to the dealership until you have a price.” How do I know this? Because Money Talks News just last week ran an article called 6 Little-Known Ways Car Dealers Rip You Off – from a former car salesperson.

3. Cut crap you don’t use and sell your stuff

[Moolanomy] I admit it: The headline grabbed me. But the advice is sound: “Do you have a gym membership you never use? Or a magazine subscription you don’t have time to read?”

4. Learn how to do simple home maintenance tasks

[The Simple Dollar] The best tip here: Everything you need to fix, someone is showing you how on YouTube.

5. Calculating cost of living: where you live matters

[Bargaineering] While I agree this is an important stat, I also have a theory: Most people don’t choose where to live because of the cost of living. Most of us live where we do because of our jobs or our family. Still, there’s a link to a cool calculator that can tell you the cost of living where you are.

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