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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: how to buy women's clothes instead of invest in them, how to fix up your home so it makes you money, how your last name might cost you, how to make concrete leaves, and financial advice from a Founding Father.

1. The investment piece: one investment that’s no investment at all

[Get Rich Slowly] Sometimes I’m glad I’m a guy. I never have to hear this from a salesperson: “This jacket is a little pricey, but it’s a classic – an investment piece.” April Dykman cuts through the crap that women have to deal with when clothes shopping.

2. Property renovations that can affect your home’s value

[The Digerati Life] This has been written before, but Stacey Doyle does an excellent job summing it all up and updating it for today. Bottom line: “You’ll get the biggest bang for your buck if you clean and declutter your home before you show it – a 586-percent return on investment.”

3. How your last name affects your spending habits

[Wise Bread] I’m still not sure I buy this, but Wise Bread always comes up with some fascinating ways to look at new financial topics. Check it out and see what you think: Does having a last name that starts with the letter Z really cost you more in life?

4. How to make concrete leaves

[Tipnut] I already don’t have a green thumb, so I doubt I have a concrete one. But my favorite money-saving crafts site has come up with this intriguing way to save on garden decorations.

3. Top 5 famous Benjamin Franklin quotes on money – personal finance wisdom and lessons

[Money Crashers] I’m a sucker for historic quotes about saving money, so I loved this list of quotes, complete with background on them and advice for today.

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