Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: working with samples, saving as a wedding guest, retirement changes are coming, how to save too much for retirement, and preparing for your own layoff.

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1. Side Hustle series: I’m a sample passer-outer

[Budgets are Sexy] Everyone’s talking about holiday temp work (including us – Holiday Jobs: 6 Tips to Get and Keep Them), but this blog has a wonderful series of posts called Side Hustles. It features readers who do some fascinating moonlighting, and this one especially caught my eye: My official title is “product demonstrator” but I prefer to call it “sample passer-outer.”

2. How to be a wedding guest on a budget

[Bargaineering] There’s no shortage of advice on how to save for your own wedding (check out our own How Not to Plan a Costly Wedding) but this is the first I’ve seen about saving as a guest at a wedding.

3. 11 retirement benefit changes coming in 2012

[Second Act] When you retire, your job may be over, but you may still have to work at your retirement. Here are the big changes, from the good (bigger Social Security checks) to the bad (higher Social Security taxes).

4. Can you save too much for retirement?

[Pop Economics] Speaking of retirement, can you save too much for it? Not sure I agree with this article, but hey, the author got me to read it – and think about it.

5. What to do when laid off – 5 ways to prepare for job loss

[Finance for a Freelance Life] Many freelancers, including many of the most successful, were forced into the lifestyle when they got laid off from their full-time jobs. Acknowledging that fact, this blog gives you the short course for preparing if you think your own layoff is right around the corner.

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