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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: how to make money with your friends, how the Internet can make you richer, how to save at baseball games, how to improve your home for less than $100, and how five guys became famous investors.

1. Most Famous Investors (and Why They Are Famous)

[20sFinances] I read this to see if I was on the list. Nope. Maybe next time. The guys who made the cut: Peter Lynch, George Soros, Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn and David Einhorn. They all have something to teach us little guys. (If you want to see how I invest, check out my portfolio here.)

2. Home Makeover for Under $100

[And Then We Saved] We did a post recently called 9 Places to Pay Less for Original Art, and that was one of the suggestions in this post — cheap art. But author Anna also added inexpensive ways to hang art rather than traditional (and expensive) framing. She also suggested using plants, investing in lighting, and trying new furniture covers.

3. How to Save Money at Baseball Games

[Bargaineering] My wife’s a huge baseball fan. To me, it’s like watching paint dry. At least next time she drags me to the park I might save a buck or two. Tips in this post include bringing your own snacks, using public transportation, and going during promotions.

4. 3 Ways the Internet Can Help You Improve Your Finances

[Being Frugal] Author Miranda Marquit suggests using the Internet to help with organization (tracking spending, paying bills), saving money with comparison shopping, and earning extra cash with a side hustle — like blogging about money, for instance.

5. 7 Ways to Make Money With Friends

[Wise Bread] This post had some interesting ideas. For example, Rent a Friend is a service that allows you to charge by the hour to be someone’s friend. (Really? That’s depressing.) Other suggestions included getting together with friends and doing secret shopping, pooling your money and investing together, and starting a business together.

Warning regarding the last idea: Over the years I’ve started several businesses with friends. In all instances but one, it marked the beginning of the end to our friendship.

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