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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.

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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