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No Such Thing as Free Money?

Will your wish for free money be granted? Don't count on it.

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Q: In a past column, you wrote "Grants for starting a business are few and far between." However, plenty of resources tout that the government, by law, has to give approximately $350 billion in grants for a variety of purposes (think Matthew Lesko). So once and for all, I need to know whether there are actual U.S. grants or if this is just a ploy to sell a directory.

A: There are grants-monetary aid that a recipient does not have to repay-they are just few and far between. Here's what author and infomercial guru Matthew Lesko had to say when we put your question to him:

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