Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. The vending machine that makes crisps? Yes please!

[Bitter Wallet] This is a British website, so “crisps” are potato chips. And while vending machines have been doling out, er, crisps forever, this one requires you to insert your own potato. Seriously. Can’t wait till this concept crosses the pond. Reminds me of the gold-dispensing vending machines that came over from Japan in January.

2. 12 recipes for healthy baked veggie chips

[Tipnut] If you don’t want potato chips from a vending machine, here’s a recipe for making veggie chips at home. You can use zucchini and sweet potatoes – even beets. Perfect for holiday party munching. Speaking of…

3. How to throw a fabulous (and frugal!) dinner party

[Wise Bread] A “frugal” holiday party can come off as “cheap” if you’re not careful. Here’s how to walk that fine line, with everything from the drinks to the appetizers to the games to the invitations.

4. Fine Print Friday greatest hits: KinderCare enrollment agreement

[Pro and Contracts] Thank God for sites like this one, which help consumers understand contracts by breaking them down in plain English. Pro and Contracts has a neat feature called Fine Print Fridays, and this episode shows how even getting your kid into daycare isn’t child’s play. My favorite line: “KinderCare does not give any tuition breaks or refunds due to holiday closures, closures due to severe weather, or any other scheduled or unscheduled closures. Yikes.”

5. More Americans getting their medical care at retail locations

[The Consumerist] It’s not only the convenience of getting your medicine where you buy your groceries, according to this report. “These retail clinics cost consumers 30-40 percent less than going to a doctor’s office,” The Consumerist reports, and they’re “80 percent less expensive than going to the emergency room.”

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