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: 6 reasons your start-up will fail, where to find free audio books, 45 things to spend money on, 44 things not to spend money on, and things you should sell on eBay instead of at a yard sale.

1. 5 Things to Sell on eBay Instead of a Yard Sale

[Dollar Stretcher] It’s probably occurred to you, but it hadn’t to me: Some things are best sold online and not at yard sales. Granted, online sites like eBay are more hassle and expense than selling at a yard sale you’ve already planned, but when it comes to things like kids pajamas, video games, name-brand toys, Christmas ornaments, and boots, the additional work is worth the effort.

2. 44 Things I Never Buy: What’s on Your List?

[Bargain Babe] We did a post a few months ago called 21 Things You Should Never Pay For, and I was wondering if Bargain Babe had even more stuff that fit the same bill. She had things on her list I didn’t agree with, like valet parking (sometimes there’s no choice) and hair cuts (are you kidding?) and others I did, like new cars and books. Check out her list and see what you think.

3. 45 Things I Spend Money On (And 32 I Don’t)

[Budgets are Sexy] Blogger J Money took Bargain Babe’s post above, along with a similar list from Blonde and Balanced, and listed things he agrees with, as well as where he doesn’t. While he also shuns valet parking and hair cuts (I’ve met him – he keeps his hair short and neon-colored), he admits to indulging in gourmet ice cream and iTunes – things the ladies won’t touch.

It’s interesting to see what people will and won’t do to save.

4. Where to Find Free and Cheap Audiobooks

[Living on the Cheap] While I haven’t done it in a while, I love listening to audio books – perfect for driving long-distance or bike riding. If you love audio books but hate paying for them, this is your post. Ideas include libraries, Open CultureBooks Should Be Free, and LibriVox.

5. 6 Reasons Your Great Start-up Business Is Doomed

[Wise Bread] As someone who’s worked several start-ups, I can relate to these reasons many fail. Among them, not having a business plan, inability to follow through, and lacking adequate funding. If you’re thinking of starting a business or know someone who is, this one’s worth a read.

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