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This week: how your personality affects your money, quick home improvement projects, jobs you're least likely to stick with, saving on weddings and free stuff from the government.

1. 14 Things You Can Get for Free From the Government

[Credit.com] “You’re probably familiar with the various forms of government assistance that are available in the U.S.: Medicaid, student loans, the GI Bill, food stamps. But there are many benefits available to the average person that you might not be aware of.

Although I was aware of many of the government-sponsored freebies in this article, like a free credit report and free income tax filing, there were others I hadn’t heard of, like free child car seat installation, a free written presidential greeting for those over 80 and a free web-based course on Active Shooter Safety Training. See the post for more.

2. 20 Ways to Have a Less Expensive, More Meaningful Wedding

[The Dollar Stretcher] “Most brides (and their families) wouldn’t mind shaving a few dollars off of their wedding budget, but not at the expense of having a less desirable wedding. But what if by reducing your costs, you could make your wedding even more special?”

This is definitely a topic we’ve covered many times before, but there’s always something new to learn. One suggestion that I particularly liked: “Ordain someone who is close to you to be your officiant.” I was on the receiving end of such a request last year. I was honored to officiate the wedding of Money Talks VP Dan Schointuch in Paris last year. What fun!

Got a wedding in your future? See the article for additional unique ideas.

3. We Profiled 4 Different People to Show How Personality Affects Your Finances

[Credit Sesame] “Do introverts or extroverts spend more? Our personalities influence important decisions in our lives, including how to handle money. Does that mean some people are naturally inclined to be richer than others?”

This article refers you to a personality test you can take, as well as introducing you to various people with different traits and explaining how they confront various money-related situations. Not an earth-shattering story, but an interesting one.

4. 4 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day

[Debt.com] “To the uninitiated, home renovations sound daunting and conjure painful images of burning cash. But don’t let that scare you. Many projects can be done in a day, if you’re smart about it … ”

The four simple home improvement projects include upgrading your house numbers, switching hardware, brightening the lights and painting your front door.

As it happens, I’ve done all these things at my house in the last year or so. What about you?

5. The 4 Jobs People Quit the Most

[Wise Bread] “Having a job right now doesn’t mean that you’ll be holding that same job within the next year or so. And if you hold one of the four following jobs, high turnover rates indicate you’ll be leaving a lot sooner than that.”

Before you start looking for your next job, better check out this article. The author says the jobs most likely to be left in the dust include anything Amazon-related, registered nurses, and jobs in the life insurance and hospitality industries. Reasons for the high turnover in these businesses range from low pay to too much stress. Check out the post for more details.

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