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: investing in yourself, the future of Medicaid, when to buy in bulk, credit vs. the Super Bowl, and choosing an investment manager.

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1. Great Ways to Invest in Yourself

[Wise Bread] Read a book. Take a course. Teach others. These are just a few ways you can invest in yourself – and in your future. In turn, you’ll boost your skills, self-confidence, earning power, and more. Check out Carlos Portocarrero’s article for more good examples.

2. What Is Medicaid – How It Works, Opposing Views, and Future

[Money Crashers] Earlier this week, we discussed what to do if you can’t afford health insurance. Money Crashers writer Michael Lewis adds to the conversation by focusing solely on Medicaid’s current issues. He asks the questions: Is our country’s Medicaid program in danger? What does the program’s future hold? Read for some answers.

3. When Should You Buy in Bulk?

[Bargaineering] Earlier this month, we put the three big warehouse clubs – BJ’s, Sam’s Club, and Costco – up against each other to see which one was the best. Bargaineering writer Miranda Marquit addresses a related topic: When does it make sense to buy in bulk? Surprisingly, you can score deals buying things like airline tickets and gift cards in bulk. Check out her article to find out how.

4. 4 Ways Credit Is Like the Super Bowl

[Credit.com] Are there really similarities between the Super Bowl and credit? Credit.com writer Jeanne Kelly says so. Both take hard work, and both are won with small plays, she says. Read for some more parallels – as well as one major difference.

5. A (Former) Insider’s Guide to Choosing an Investment Manager

[Five Cent Nickel] Richard Barrington highlights key considerations to take into account when selecting an investment manager. For starters, decide on active vs. indexing. Also look for reasonable fees. But that’s just the beginning. Check it out for more factors to add to your checklist when seeking investing help.

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