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Weekly Blog Roundup, Cleaning and Packing Edition

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For your reading enjoyment while I clean and pack this weekend, here are some interesting articles from my colleagues in the MoneyBlogNetwork as well as from other personal finance blogs.

Would You Drive a Car That Cost Only $2,500 New? Mighty Bargain Hunter wonders if this price point is too low to cover quality engineering, labor and parts in the manufacturing process.

Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs: Invest in Both to Diversify Your Tax Risk. Free Money Finance quotes previous commenters on his website on the topic of Traditional and Roth IRAs. Just remember that the limit for 2007 is a combined $4,000, which can be divided up between Traditional and Roth however you like.

My First Experience With the New Bank of America ATMs. Nickel is a fan of the new cash machines that allow depositors to have instant access to their funds through scanning technology. The down side to this new technology is that it is slow.

S&P 500 Rolling Period Total Real Returns. JLP from AllFinancialMatters crunches the numbers, as he is wont to do, and comes up with how well the S&P has performed in various 5, 10, and 20-year holding periods.

Can You Negotiate Mortgage Loan Interest Rates? Jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity sort of tackles this question from a reader, and other readers chime in to say that the rate is definitely negotiable.

The Power of Yes: A Simple Way to Get More Out of Life. This article from Get Rich Slowly is about much more than money, it’s about how having a positive attitude and willingness to do for others can all contribute to a better state of being.

To Clean or Not To Clean? Since Trent from The Simple Dollar’s time is worth more than $8 an hour, he feels justified in hiring someone to do the work. It’s a good idea, as it leaves Trent with more time to write, which provides a better payoff emotionally if not financially.

Here are a few more:

* 10 Tips for Dealing With Car Salesmen
* Are Mutual Funds for the Poor?
* How We’re Rebalancing Our Investment Portfolio

Have a great weekend!

Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published June 15, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes, also known as Flexo, is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about him and follow Luke Landes on Twitter. View all articles by .

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