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Reader poll

About the same.
23% (49 votes)
Better off.
22% (46 votes)
Much worse off.
20% (41 votes)
Much better off.
19% (40 votes)
Worse off.
16% (33 votes)
Total voters: 209

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Amanda's Take Five for Wednesday

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Amanda's Take Five for Monday

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Amanda's Take Five for Wednesday

Lessons from a $200K mistake; Early retirement extreme; Too poor for our houses; Women in finance; "No strippers please, we're economists"

Amanda's Take Five for Tuesday

10 lessons from Einstein; Dealing with stress; What's your net worth?; Frugal travel; Catering to the rich

Amanda's Take Five for Monday

Life inflation; Taxation by stealth; Superfrugality savings strategies; Buy the home you love; five economic concepts consumers need to know

Amanda's Take Five for Friday

Ostentatious parsimony; Don't let your son grow up to be a gamer; The 7 step investment programme;  Over-achievers no happier;

Amanda's Take Five for Tuesday

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Take Five for Friday

Courage in the face of a downturn; Five productive places to park cash; Emerging markets; Good things come to those who ask; 40 ways to be frugal

Take Five for personal finance

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