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From free credit scores thanks to a new law to how hitting the budget ceiling may affect you on a personal finance level, this week’s money management roundup looks at topics that hit close to home… and our wallets.

1. Thanks to a new law coming into effect this week, consumers will finally have access to free credit scores — including free FICO scores, if that’s what the lender used to make a credit decision. Mint digs into the details. (Last week, on our blog we told you why we think consumers should actually hope they don’t qualify for a free score per this new law.)

2. How would you like a $300,000 home for $16… or any home for such a small fee? One man took advantage of a little-known Texas law and got just that (and a whole lot of hassle from the new neighbors). While there’s no running water and electricity in the house just yet, The Consumerist shows how the man may pull it all off for less than the cost of a haircut.

3. Home improvements can be a hassle, but Moneyning points out five which can end up saving a lot of money–making them (maybe) worth the headache.

4. Netflix has been the blessing of cheap home entertainment. That may no longer be the case, as soon as they raise their prices by $6 a month: a change that enraged their subscribers as soon as it was announced last week. With consumer rage at its peak, Walletpop asks, “Is Netflix still worth it?”

5. The government has hit its credit limit. CNN Money shows how this fact may affect you.

6. Get back on track… whether it’s your money, your career, or your weight, Wisebread offers some practical steps to getting out of the rut and making your life what you want it to be.

7. The government’s in financial trouble, and seniors may be the ones to pay for it. Yahoo! Finance reports on the steps the government is taking to cut Social Security payments.

8. Are you a LILCRZY? No one cares. Little Miss Moneybags looks at the cost of personalization: what’s worth it, what isn’t.

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