Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

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1. How Joe Mihalic Paid Off $90K of Student Loans in 7 Months

[Wise Bread] In 2011, Joe Mihalic set a goal to pay off $90,000 in student loans in 10 months. He ended up doing it in just seven months. In this inspirational Q&A, he explains how he saved 75 percent of his income (even if it meant bringing a flask on nights out to cut down on alcohol expenses), and how he found extra work. Read the details of his frugal success story.

2. 5 Crucial Life Skills to Teach Your Children for Success

[Money Crashers] What can you do today to help your children become leaders of tomorrow? We all know the importance of confidence – it can make or break your career. But there are some other unexpected qualities that writer Michael Lewis says are crucial for success. Read on to see why strengths like bilingualism and musical intelligence are more important than ever.

3. The Power of Proclaiming Your Frugality

[Get Rich Slowly] Are you on a budget? Consider this: Instead of being ashamed of your financial situation, feel proud – and let those around you know you’re committing to financial goals. For example, if there are things you just can’t afford, be honest about it – and you’ll find that your social life won’t suffer, but improve. Check out the post for more benefits that come from proclaiming your frugality – from gaining friends’ support to exchanging money tips.

4. Credit Card Fraud: It Can Happen to You

[Five Cent Nickel] Think credit card fraud can never happen to you? Think again. Writer Richard Barrington explains how he found a suspicious charge on his statement and then details his experience. Read on to hear which “smart” and “dumb” moves he made, so you can be better prepared if caught in a similar situation.

5. 7 Real-Life Holiday Movie Homes You Can Visit

[Business Insider] To finish off this week with a little post-holiday cheer, let’s take a look at popular movie homes – from the apartment where Buddy’s dad lives in “Elf” (New York City) to the “Home Alone” house (Illinois). One is even open to the public as a house museum. Can you guess which one? Click the link to find out and to take a tour.

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