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This week: money-saving advice from Grandma, why you should be careful when you tweet about your job, how to end trolling and online hate speech, cheap natural products for personal care, and 15 ideas for a Halloween party.

1. 5 Easy Steps to End Trolling and Hate Speech

[Economag] This post caught my eye because we’ve recently been discussing this topic here at Money Talks News. For those who don’t know what “trolling” is, the term refers to readers who leave hateful, bigoted or inflammatory comments on Web stories. Sites from YouTube to The Huffington Post are changing their policies to reduce these types of comments.

This is an interesting topic for both websites and readers. Check it out to explore the issues, form your own opinion, then leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

2. Could Tweeting About Your Job Get You in Trouble?

[Financial Highway] You probably already know the answer: Yes, saying bad things about your job could get you fired. Simple rule of thumb? Don’t say anything through social media you wouldn’t say directly to your boss.

The post even cites a case in which an employer sued a former employee for using social media to solicit people in the previous workplace. Check out the post for more.

3. 20 Old-School Tips: Money-Saving Advice From Grandma

[The Frugal Model] I wrote an article a couple of years ago called “Everything I Needed to Know About Money I Learned From My Mom.” Since my mother was probably of the same vintage as The Frugal Model’s grandmother, I was expecting the advice to be similar. It wasn’t. My mom’s advice was general; this was very specific, from how to tell if eggs are bad (they float) to using windshield wiper fluid in place of Windex.

There’s some good stuff here. Check it out.

4. Best Cheap Natural Products for Personal Care

[Living on the Cheap]  Tired of paying big bucks for shampoo, hair conditioner, face and body soap, skin moisturizer, deodorant and toothpaste? Here are the cheapest natural ingredients to get the job done.

Example: Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 1 cup (8 ounces) hot water and stir or shake until dissolved. Transfer to a squirt bottle, and you’ve got yourself a natural shampoo. Check out the post for more.

5. 15 Theme Ideas for a Memorable Halloween Party

[Wise Bread] It’s almost time for Halloween. If you’re having a party, this post is for you.

Among the suggestions: pumpkin-carving contests, murder mystery parties, couples costume contests, Halloween-themed cocktails. You get the idea. Check out the post for more.

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