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: making a career switch, affordable ways to have fun, portfolio tips, money and marriage, and raising the minimum wage.

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1. How to Make a Career Switch Without Going Back to School

[Wise Bread] Focus on what you can offer, not what you can gain. Use the skills you already have and present them in an interesting way. Apply at fast-growing companies… Find out more secrets for success if you’re contemplating making a career transition without more education.

2. 13 Affordable Ways to Have Fun on a Tight Entertainment Budget

[Money Crashers] We recently shared 14 Valentine’s Day Dates for Less Than $50 – ideas that can be used all year round. Check out more options for fun on the cheap with Money Crashers’ article. Here, you’ll get suggestions on finding affordable local events, going to budget theaters, and knowing where the “kids eat free” dining deals are. Click on the link for more details.

3. Is Your Portfolio Truly Diversified?

[Bargaineering] Diversifying your portfolio isn’t as simple as dividing your portfolio between stocks and bonds. You need to look beyond asset class and consider: Are the stocks you have diversified across sectors and industries? Are you using funds? Do you have geographic diversity? Check out the article for some more helpful investing tips.

4. How Real Couples Resolve Their Money Differences

[Credit.com] This article highlights three couples at different points in their lives and their tactics for dealing with money. It isn’t always easy, but their differences actually help bring them closer together. Read on for three examples, and see which practices you’re currently putting to use and which strategies might be worth borrowing.

5. Raising the Minimum Wage to $9

[Consumerism Commentary] President Obama recently called for an increase in the federal minimum wage during his State of the Union address. He also wants the wage to be indexed to the cost of living. Read on for his argument about why a minimum raise jump would be beneficial in more ways than one, according to Consumerism Commentary.

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