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Every week I take a look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. What I found this week: treasure hunt with a Treasury hunt, the dark side of 401(k) plans, Suze Orman's debit card, more money resolutions, and steps to change your financial habits.

1. How to find matured and unredeemed Treasury bonds

[Bargaineering] Maybe Aunt Agnes bought Series E savings bonds for you years ago, then forgot about it. This article will tell you how to do a search to find out, and maybe grab your share of billions of unclaimed money.  Check out this article, then use TreasuryDirect.gov’s Treasury Hunt Tool to do your own treasure hunt!

2. 5 reasons to beware 401(k) retirement plans

[Consumerism Commentary] Everybody from personal finance bloggers to your boss sings the praises of 401(k) retirement plans. But nothing’s perfect. Check out this article to see five potential chinks in your retirement armor.

3. Does Suze Orman’s prepaid debit card make sense for you?

[Get Rich Slowly] Suze Orman’s new foray into the plastic jungle has created a lot of press and a lot of controversy. Here’s a popular blogger’s take on whether this is a card you should leave home without.

4. 3 money resolutions parents can share with their children

[Mint Life] Give them an allowance and teach them money management. Talk to them about the difficulty of saving and how to persevere. Then give them resources tailored for them that will show them how things work.  Three ideas that can create a solid financial foundation – if you’ve got kids, read this.

5. 3 steps to changing your financial habits

[Moneyning] Anyone who’s tried to change any habit – financial or otherwise – knows how tough it can be. This post starts at the beginning and suggests confronting your roadblocks, making a plan, and creating the time in your schedule to bring it all together. It’s good stuff.

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