By Linsey Knerl

Welcome to Wise Bread’s Best of Personal Finance roundup. In this article, we tell you what you should and shouldn’t consider buying at mega-retailer Walmart, how you can walk out of Vegas a little bit less of a loser, and how to fix your relative’s terribly buggy PC (because you know it will drive you crazy this holiday).

Top 5 Articles

Things You Should and Shouldn’t Buy at Walmart — Yes, we know you can get just about anything there, but should you? Find out if you’re better off getting “Call of Duty” for Xbox 360 or the newest Oprah book selection at the mega retailer this season. CBS MoneyWatch via MSN Smart Spending

How to Fix Your Relative’s Terrible Computer — How they’ve gone so long without noticing how bad it has become is anyone’s guess, but if you’re destined to spend a good portion of your next holiday visit “cleaning up” the sluggish and buggy PC owned by an aunt, grandpa, or sibling, this is the guide to consult first. LifeHacker via their Most Popular How-To Features of 2009

Going Deep for the Cheap in New York — With suggestions for slashing costs on most every aspect of a New York vacation, this is the travel guide you’ve been waiting for all year. New York Times: Frugal Traveler

8 of the Craziest Illegal Tax Deductions Ever Claimed — Before you start up that marijuana business you’ve always dreamed of, consider the fact that it may not offer awesome tax benefits. (It’s just one of many really out-there deductions people have actually tried to claim.) TurboTax Blog

How to Walk out of Vegas a Winner. Seriously — There are some ways to improve your odds of winning the next time you enter a casino (or at least losing less). Read on for details. Dough Roller

Other Essential Reading

‘Tis the Season to Be Thrifty: A Collection of Older, Cheaper Gadgets that Still Make Great Gifts in 2009 — There are plenty of people who would be thrilled with a first generation Kindle. So save yourself some cash, and embrace the spirit of this unique piece that combines tech-savvy and frugal chic. Slate

A Brief Guide to Holiday Tipping — This is the abridged version of who you should tip this holiday season, and how much you’ll be shelling out. (Print it out and laminate it. It’s totally wallet-sized on a smaller font.) Get Rich Slowly

Crappy Deals of the Week: Heart Pounding Edition — We just don’t even know what to say about this list of items that are really not a good deal. (speechless) Stop Buying Crap

Almond Vanilla French Toast — At $4 a meal, this delicious version of my favorite breakfast is sure to be a hit at your house. (Cost includes eggs and fresh fruit, too!) $5 Dinners

Make a Car Donation and Get Tax Relief! If your ride is costing you more to keep than it would to give it away, consider the tax benefits of an automobile gift. The Digerati Life

Win an HP TouchSmart 600 — Just share how you’d use this next generation of PC’s, and you’ll be entered to win! Parenting Squad

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