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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: the cheapest places for generic drugs, 20 real work-from-home jobs, rental scams, getting the best life insurance, and saving on spring cleaning.

1. Save Money Spring Cleaning

[Bargain Babe] We’re not the only ones doing stories about spring cleaning!  Bargain Babe suggests a few cleaning chores that can help save money, from cleaning your refrigerator coils (saves electricity) to cleaning out your car (less weight means better fuel efficiency).

2. Popular Landlord and Tenant Rental Scams

[Yes, I Am Cheap] This post has good information for both tenants and landlords. Landlords should be wary of tenants not being who they say they are (identity theft) and tenants who seem in too big a hurry to move in (potential deadbeat). Tenants should be on the lookout for prices that seem too good to be true (nonexistent rental) and detailed online applications (identity theft).

3. Getting the Best Term Life Insurance Rates: Three Tips

[Money Under 30] I’m a proponent of term vs. permanent (whole life) insurance, so I’m all about these tips.  They include using an independent agent, understanding your health (get an exam), and avoiding policies that don’t require a physical. If you’re in the market, check it out.

4. 20 Real Companies That Will Pay You to Work From Home

[Christian Personal Finance] I get this reader question often: Are there legitimate work-from-home jobs? This post says yes, offering ideas including U-Haul1800Flowers.comBalanceYourBooks.comSylvan Learning, and 16 more.

5. The Cheapest Place to Buy Generic Drugs

[Wise Bread] We recently did a post about saving on prescriptions by using an overseas pharmacy, but if you want to shop locally for your generics, this is the list for you. This post quotes Consumer Reports as saying the cheapest generics are found at Costco, followed by HealthWarehouse.com, Familymeds.com, and Sam’s Club. There are more on the list. Check it out.

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