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5 things to know: 8-9-12

By Crissinda Ponder · Bankrate.com
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Posted: 8 am ET

Wouldn't it be nice to get paid to drop pounds? We know of a few celebrities who are racking in the dough. Also on Bankrate.com today, find out how to reevaluate your financial goals and guard your heart and wallet from dating scams.

1. While they may not have always stuck to their diet and exercise regimens, these six celebs have no doubt profited from their weight-loss journeys.

2. You have more than six months' worth of savings and a low-interest student loan. Bucci says: Now, work on short-, medium- and fun-term financial goals.

3. Watch out for Internet dating scams. You may think the gal or guy of your dreams is stealing your heart, but your money could be the real target.

4. Tomato, tom-ah-to; potato, po-tah-to. Paperless savings bonds are virtually the same as their tree-killing predecessors.

5. If you are looking for a new car or truck, check out these winners from the 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards.

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