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This week: part-time jobs with benefits, a look at biweekly mortgage payments, how to get more enjoyment out of life, why you shouldn't co-sign loans, and dealing with a wayward dog.

1. 20 Best Part-Time Jobs With Benefits

[PTMoney] While there are many companies that don’t offer benefits to full-time employees, it turns out there are some that provide insurance to even part-time workers. Some on this list might surprise you, like JPMorgan Chase and The Home Depot. Check out the article for more.

2. Are Biweekly Mortgage Payments For You?

[Quizzle] Making half a mortgage payment every two weeks, rather than a full payment monthly, will result in an extra payment yearly. That, in turn, will shave about five years off a 30-year mortgage. But should you pay your lender for the privilege of enrolling in a biweekly payment program? I’ve been advising against it for years, and Quizzle agrees. If you want to pay extra, do so. But don’t enroll in a costly plan.

3. Change Your Lifestyle to Make Time for the Important Things

[Save Outside the Box] We did a post the other day called “Why You Shouldn’t Take a Staycation,” advancing the theory that staycations aren’t an adequate vacation. In this post, author Joel Laarsgard takes it a step further. He says we should take time every week for staycation-like activities, from enjoying the local scenery to relaxing with friends. Good thought, Joel.

4. Should I Co-sign a Loan?

[The Simple Dollar]  The answer, as you might imagine, is no. We agree, and have said as much in posts like “3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Co-Sign That Loan.” But I liked the way author Trent Hamm took on the subject, essentially pointing out that risking your credit for someone else has plenty of downsides and zero upside. It’s a good post. Check it out.

5. Training Your Dog: 9 Hazardous Habits (and How to Break Them)

[Wise Bread] I live with Lola, a 65-pound lab, so you can understand why this title caught my attention. If your dog pulls you along during walks, chews your stuff, jumps up, begs for food, digs in the backyard or does other things you’re not fond of, check it out.

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