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Smart savings, kids’ cell phones and retiring with buckets of money


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The weekly roundup of recommended reads about money, health, family, working life and retirement:

Smart ways to save on utility bills
If you’re finding your finances a bit stretched at the moment, the offers some clever ways to cut costs at home that can save you a bundle over the long-term.
How to save money on utility bills
Maybe our kids don’t need as much sleep as we thought
While admitting there are no hard and fast rules, says studies show 16- to 18-year-olds may do better on tests when they’ve had about 7 hours sleep.
How much sleep do kids really need?
Is your kid begging for a cell phone?
One of the most common things parents wonder about says is: “What is the appropriate age to get a kid a cell phone?”
Cell phones or no cell phones for kids? That’s the question
Better Google your name before your next job interview
Deborah Sweeney, CEO of  tells that when hiring someone, doing a quick Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google search prior to the first interview can be highly beneficial.
Assume you’ll be researched
How to retire with buckets of money
Jim Yih of says the best time to retire was back in 1981. But for those of us who weren’t so lucky, he recommends using the “bucket strategy” to create retirement income.
Creating retirement income with buckets of money

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