Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

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1. 15 ways to have a frugal Friday

[Wise Bread] “Frugal” isn’t what I want to do on a Friday, but I can’t argue with the logic – from “Skip the Starbucks” (easier to do on Friday than Monday) to “see a local band.” But if there’s one that sounds like fun, it’s “Split dinner costs with a friend.” Doesn’t say anything about drinks, though…

2. 5 ways to save money with Foursquare

[Five Cent Nickel] If you don’t know what Foursquare is, read this. If you think you know what Foursquare is, read this. That’s because Foursquare has a reputation as a smartphone app that young people use to boast about where they’re hanging out. (You can “check in” to various businesses.) But those businesses offer discounts, and here’s an easy-to-digest summary of how to cash in on the savings.

3. 12 things to stop doing to save money…right now!

[My Dollar Plan] I got sucked in by the headline, and while there’s nothing really new here (“Buying stuff you don’t need”), this is a solid list of reminders all in one place – and sometimes we all need a pithy set of reminders.

4. Buy generic-brand products

[The Simple Dollar] Anytime I see anyone promoting generics, I’m ecstatic. I’ve been promoting generics for years, from 7 Things You Should Always Buy Generic to How to Get $4 Generic Pet Meds. So read this and add it to the list of arguments for going generic. What are you waiting for?

5. 14 easy summer slow cooker recipes

[Money Crashers] I don’t own a slow cooker, and by definition, I don’t know if I’d have the patience for it. But after reading this – with recipes for seafood pesto pasta and sausage-and-pepper sandwiches – I’m thinking of buying one.

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