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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: New Year's resolutions about eating instead of not eating, 37 ways to spend less and enjoy yourself more, paying taxes doesn't have to be complicated, stop blowing off online banking, and how to save on landscaping.

1. 8 frugal foodie New Year’s resolutions

[Mint] Everyone’s making New Year’s resolutions about not eating – that is, dieting – so this is a refreshing list of what you should eat. The easiest way to save on food? Eat what you pay for. “A scary stat: Americans throw away a quarter of the food they buy.”

2. 37 actionable tips for a better financial life

[Girls Just Wanna Have Funds] OK, I admit I was suckered in by the cute name of this blog. (For those of you who don’t remember Cyndi Lauper, watch this.) But this mega-list of New Year’s resolutions is a quick and fun read. My favorite: “Leave financial regrets in the past, as they took place in order to teach you lessons for the future.”

3. Calculating and submitting your quarterly estimated tax payments

[Dinks Finance] If there’s a personal finance blog for young single women, it only makes sense there’s one for childless couples. (DINK stands for Double Income No Kids.) And it also makes sense that, in this fragile economy, a lot more folks are freelancing for a living. In that case, you need to file quarterly taxes, and this is a simple and direct explanation of the process.

4. 10 myths about online banking

[Automatic Finances] I find it hard to believe that some folks are still suspicious about online banking, but for those who are, this is a brief and thorough reassurance. From convenience to customer service, online banking is the only way to go.

5. 5 ways to save money on landscaping tools and supplies

[$uburban Dollar] Not enough folks know that landscaping supplies operate a lot like groceries – you can buy in bulk and score great coupon deals. But unlike groceries, your city might even pitch in. “Did you know that some townships offer free landscaping supplies to residents? I was offered up to three free trees as long as I agreed to plant them on my own.”

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