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This week: how to preserve old photos, how to buy an inexpensive mattress, how to make a month of lunches for $7, five habits for success, and are prepaid cards worse than direct deposit?

1. An Illustrated Frugal Lunch

[Clever Dude]  Here’s a post from a guy who not only pays less than $7 a month for his lunch, but makes each one in less than two minutes! Curious? I was. Here’s how he does it: He takes two loaves of bread, makes 24 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches all at once, then freezes them. For an illustrated guide with tips on mass sandwich assembly, check out the post.

2. Debit Card Pay: Extra Fees or Money-Saving Opportunity?

[Consumerism Commentary]  Many employers, as well as some state agencies, are substituting prepaid debit cards for checks or direct deposit when handing out money. Because of the fees found on many prepaid cards, the practice has resulted in many complaints, and even lawsuits. This post explores the plusses and minuses of paying by prepaid card and brings up some interesting points.

3. 5 Habits for Financial Success

[Credit Karma Blog] Just in case you wanted financial success, this article tells you how to find it. Nothing earth-shattering, but a good checklist for those starting out or a good reminder for those already on the path. Advice includes setting specific goals, paying more than the minimum on payments, and paying yourself first. See the post for more.

4. Don’t Pay Full Price for That Mattress

[Creditcards.com Blog]  “Inner spring, waterbed, organic, orthopedic, pillow-top, gel, air bed, latex and memory foam.” And those are just the primary types of mattresses. There are also subcategories. This post describes what happened when the author went searching for a better night’s sleep with a budget of only $500. The secret to lower prices? Playing stores off against one another.

5. Maintaining Memories: How to Save Old Photographs

[Wise Bread] This author consulted the Library of CongressMinnesota Historical Society and American Museum of Photography for advice on how to preserve — and digitize — those old family photos. If there’s a shoebox full of photos on Grandma’s top shelf, or yours, it’s a must-read.

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