>> Curbly: This story could save you thousands of dollars in real estate commissions <<
For those of you buying a house, the DIY Maven explains how to save thousands of dollars by making a purchase without a real estate agent.

>> What is a sound financial lifestyle? <<
Over at the Mint blog, Cap surveyed seventeen different personal finance bloggers, asking them what they thought a sound financial lifestyle meant. The three top answers: living within one’s means (10 mentions), having a content life (8), and saving and investing for the future (8 mentions).

>> Self employed? Know your retirement options. <<
My series on Roth IRAs has prompted a lot of questions from people who want to know about retirement planning for the self-employed. I was going to write something up, but this article at Ask the Advisor offers a better introduction than I would have written.

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