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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: how to save at Amazon, eight free ways to volunteer, how to make saving fun, 75 reasons you're unhappy, and the five best coffee grinders.

1. 16 Secrets to Saving Money At Amazon.com

[Bargain Babe] From joining Amazon Mom to buying used items with Amazon’s Warehouse Deals to price checking with sites like CamelCamelCamel.com – if saving on Amazon is your thing, this post definitely has you covered.

2. 8 Ways to Volunteer Abroad for Free (or on the Cheap)

[Money Crashers] In addition to suggesting sites that might help you find a worthwhile, inexpensive volunteer project abroad – e.g., Go OverseasIdealist, and Volunteers for Peace – this post offers lots of other good advice, like thinking about what you’re trying to accomplish and aiming for a region rather than just one country.

3. 5 Ways to Make Saving Fun

[Credit Sesame] Did the title oversell the content? Maybe, unless you consider paying for sins, setting up automatic savings, or saving your change daily “fun.” Still, if you’re looking to beef up a savings account, here are some tried and true methods.

4. 75 Reasons You’re Unhappy (And 75 Solutions)

[Dumb Little Man] Surrounding yourself with unhappy people, being materialistic, comparing yourself to others, being afraid of failure, neglecting personal relationships, being a perfectionist – this post is full of things we all do now and then that make us unhappy.  Whether you’re smiling today or not, check it out.

5. The 5 Best Coffee Grinders

[Wise Bread] With the possible exception of instant, I’m not all that particular about my coffee. And I’d sooner chop off my foot with a dull ax than pay $5 for a cup of joe. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, however, this is the post for you.

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