Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: free stuff to do in national parks, plants that clean and purify your air, dirty tricks for salary negotiations, why you should be concerned about recycled bank account numbers, and six ways to make perfect eggs.

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1. 11 Free Things to Do in National Parks

[Living on the Cheap] Caution: Reading this list may make you jump in the car and head for your nearest park. From hiking to stargazing to doing amateur geology, it all sounds like fun to me.

2. Does Your Bank Recycle Checking Account Numbers?

[Mint Blog] According to this article, if your bank uses an eight-digit account number for your checking account, that allows for 81 million different account numbers. When they’re all used up, the bank has two choices: move to a nine-digit number (expensive) or simply reuse old account numbers. The problem arises if the person who closed that old account still has their checkbook. One more reason (as if we needed one) to keep an eye on our account activity.

3. 6 Indoor Plants That Can Clean and Purify the Air in Your Home

[Money Crashers] This post starts by saying the air in your house could be 100 times more polluted than the air outside, then offers a simple solution: plants. It suggests you check out English ivy, spider plants, peace lilies and three others. And no, silk and plastic versions won’t work.

4. 5 Lowdown, Dirty Tricks for Salary Negotiations

[Money Under 30] I’m not convinced all these tricks would work on me, but some might. They include playing the sympathy card, finding out what co-workers make, pretending to hate offers you love, starting a rumor you might be leaving, and badgering the boss. It’s pretty funny. Check it out.

5. 6 Ways to Make Perfectly Cooked Eggs

[Wise Bread] Whether you like your eggs scrambled, poached, in an omelette, hard-boiled, over easy or sunny side up, this post has you covered with videos from well-known chefs about how to do each flawlessly.

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