Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. Watch Out for These 5 Holiday Scams

[Bargaineering] From insincere social media deals to fake classified ads, there are a variety of traps to watch out for this holiday season. Check out the post to see which scams are out there and how to identify them so you don’t become a victim.

2. 5 Quick Tips to Save Money in the New Year

[Generation X Finance] Who wouldn’t want to be richer in 2013? Check out this post to find out how you can benefit from using a budget-tracking site or keeping a list of things you’ll eventually need to buy. There’s also advice about how investing in yourself can really pay off.

 3. 9 Ways to Maintain Motivation When the Going Gets Tough

[Wise Bread] Sarah Winfrey provides a list of ways to overcome a challenge, whether you’re cutting back financially or enduring a difficult job. She says you should remember what you’re passionate about and celebrate small steps. She also explains the importance of telling the truth. Read on for some interesting advice that might not occur to you when you’re stuck in a rut.

4. How Simple Money Visualizations Will Help You Change Your Life

[MoneyNing] Here’s a unique approach to reaching your financial goals: visualize yourself with money to spend, with savings in the bank, and with an impressive nest egg. Supposedly “your brain will grow increasingly alert to the things you must do to render your dream into a reality.” Do I think it’ll work for everyone? I wouldn’t bet on that, but it’s interesting food for thought.

5. How to Eat Healthy & Inexpensively

[The Digerati Life] We at Money Talks News have been thinking about cheap ways to prepare dinner, especially since the rollout of our new cooking series, Frugal Family Feast. Want some more budget-friendly tips? Check out The Digerati Life’s post for some good pointers.

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