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This week: How to keep your kids learning during summer, how to set up a small business, how to save on water, how to stop obsessing over your credit score, and how to spot fake spices.

1. Stop the Summer Slide With These Great Online Educational Programs

[Wealthy Turtle] This post suggests a couple of online programs for kids under 10 that will keep them learning, and having fun, all summer long. One is K5 Learning, the other ABCMouse.com. Check out the post for costs and reviews.

2. Steps to Setting Up a Home-Based Small Business

[The Digerati Life] Thinking about permanently going out on your own or getting a side gig? I’ve been self-employed for 32 years and working from home for more than 20, so I know something about this topic. So does this author. It’s good information.

3. 10 Places You Don’t Need a Good Credit Score

[The Wisdom Journal] If you have a low credit score and are looking for a place to borrow, don’t read this article. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about something I’ve suggested in my writing: not becoming obsessed. Is your credit score important? Sure. But as this post points out, there are things in life that are way more significant.

4. 7 Best Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill

[Three Thrifty Guys]  Here in South Florida — as in many parts of the country — water is scarce and expensive. According to this article, some of the best ways to save include low-flow toilets, lawn sprinkling cycles and modern appliances. There are other ideas. See if there’s something you haven’t thought of.

5. Are Your Spices Fake?

[Wise Bread] Despite hosting dozens of Frugal Family Feast episodes, I’m no cook. So I was surprised to learn that when it comes to spices, we often aren’t getting what we’re paying for. And in some instances, we might even be getting ingredients that are not only fake, but dangerous. It’s a spicy post. Check it out.

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