Personal Finance Roundup

5 Reasons Why It’s OK to Get a Tax Refund [Wise Bread] “You may end up feeling a little less guilty when you collect your refund check this spring.”

6-Step Guide to Renting Out a Room in Your House [Money Crashers] “Here are six steps to ensure a comfortable boarder situation where everybody wins.”

How to make the case for a merit raise [CNN Money] “To get a formerly routine pay hike, you now have to ‘exceed expectations,’ says a new study. Here’s how to make your pitch.”

Do Programmable Thermostats Really Save Money? [Get Rich Slowly] “In theory, programmable thermostats are a great way to save on home energy costs.”

The 5 worst pieces of financial advice [MSN Money] “Here are five examples of bad financial advice — and how you really should be looking at the numbers.”