Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

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1. An Organized Year: A Month-by-Month Guide

[Wise Bread] Most of us have been thinking about resolutions this week. At Money Talks News, we’ve shared many suggestions to get into financial shape in 2013, from sticking with a budget to saving more and getting rid of debt. Wise Bread offers another approach: a month-by-month guide of steps you can take to get your financial house in order this year. Click the link for a checklist of things you can start doing today.

2. 6 Resolutions for Bargain Hunters

[The Dollar Stretcher] Whether you’re already a successful bargain hunter or have made deal-seeking a resolution this year, Diane Schmidt suggests simple ways to find low prices. She reminds readers to think twice before buying anything online and to keep track of rebates. Read on for some more advice.

3. 11 Six-Figure Jobs Without a College Degree

[Money Crashers] You don’t need a college degree to earn six figures. Real estate brokers, fire chiefs, and construction managers can pull in some impressive salaries – and they’re not the only ones. Read on for some surprisingly lucrative careers.

4. Could Fighting Over Money Be Good for Your Finances?

[Bargaineering] According to Miranda Marquit, the answer is yes: “Disagreeing about money forces both members of a couple to re-asses their priorities, and to maybe even get out of their comfort zones a little bit,” she writes. Check out the post to read her tips on how to fight about money “the right way.” Did you know there was such a thing?

5. States With the Lowest Cost of Living by Category

[Moolanomy] Here’s an interesting roundup of areas where the cost of living is low. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Tennessee has the lowest cost of living overall. And the list delves deeper into subcategories, such as the lowest housing prices (Michigan), real estate taxes (Louisiana), and health insurance costs (Alabama).

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