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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: best Craigslist buys, how to do stuff that doesn't cost anything, nothing is sadder than unused vacation, how to stop junk mail, and whether this blog is worth $1 million.

1. The 25 best things to buy on Craigslist

[Wise Bread] We all know now that if you’re not careful, Craigslist can cost you – your life. (See: Craigslist murders: Purported chaplain’s criminal past includes managing prostitutes.) But here are the proven items that can save you cash – from guitars to gas grills to toilets.

2. Finding things to do that don’t involve continually spending money

[The Simple Dollar] OK, most of these are obvious and you already know them (play a board game, read a book) but it’s always good to revisit the list. Plus, there are some I never considered (“Do volunteer work for a political campaign”).

3. Why Americans take fewer vacation days

[Consumerism Commentary] This is depressing news: “Americans earned 14 vacation days this year but used only 12.” Even more depressing: “In France, Spain, Denmark, and Brazil, workers receive 30 vacation days on average, and they take each of those vacation days.”

4. How to stop junk mail with free and paid services

[The Digerati Life] Everyone talks about email spam, but what about good old-fashioned junk mail? Here’s a complete primer on how to stop most of it. This is also something I just wrote about a couple of weeks ago in Ask Stacy: How Do I Stop Junk Mail and Spam?

5. List of personal finance blogs that have sold for $1 million or more

[The Dough Roller] Maybe this interests me more than most folks, but a personal finance website can sell for seven figures? Yup. While I have no immediate plans to sell this site, it does make the thought of starting a blog more attractive. See the recent post Ask Stacy: How Do You Start a Blog?

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