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: today’s investing landscape, sneaky fees, credit card spending, beating gas prices, and how to negotiate pretty much anything.

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Better Investing

1. Do We Live in the Golden Age of Investing?

[Mint] With a title like that, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But writer Matthew Amster-Burton quickly redeemed himself with the one-liner: “Moronic question, right?” He goes on to recognize that the S&P 500 sits at about the same level as it did five years ago and calls out gloomy market predictions. However, he looks at the bright side of today’s investing landscape and emphasizes some areas where the glass is certainly half full – like price cuts on many ETFs.

2. 3 Investment Fees that Could Be Draining Your Wealth

[MoneyNing] Miranda Marquit takes a look at potential money leaks in your budget, and identifies three investment fees that could really sneak up on you. Luckily, some of these charges are in your control. You can start by learning how to recognize them. Then, find alternative options to keep these fees from eroding your returns.

3. Killer Gas Prices: Six Ways to Fight Back

[Five Cent Nickel] Ed Avis recommends lifestyle tips that can help combat rising gas prices. Some are obvious – like carpooling – but others are not as widely known. For example, think about what’s in your trunk: Hauling around 100 pounds of tools, toys, or other clutter can reduce gas mileage by 2 percent, according to the EPA. Read on for more ways to feel less pain at the pump.

4. Why We Spend More When We Pay With Credit Cards

[Wise Bread] This article explores the psychological quirks associated with credit card spending. When we use credit, we’re more likely to distance ourselves from the cost – which in turn makes us less likely to feel negative implications. Fortunately, there are some strategies available to use credit but keep spending under control.

5. How to Successfully Negotiate Lower Prices in Any Situation

[Money Crashers] These practical negotiating tips can go a long way for the average consumer. Many times, we don’t even realize we have the option to negotiate – and as a result, we leave money on the table. Read on to learn about interesting tips, like why you shouldn’t be “reasonable” and when to “be quiet.” I suspect some of these strategies can really pay off.

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