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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web.

1. 3 tax deductions you can never take

[Wise Bread] We’ve been running our Tax Hacks series, which tells you how to save on your taxes. Here’s a helpful list on some ways you shouldn’t try to save. My favorite: “Can I deduct my new interview suit or work clothes?” Uh, no.

2. Gourmet coffee on a budget

[Money Ning] “It seems that everyone is getting on the gourmet coffee fad,” Jamie writes. “You can get your fix at McDonald’s, and my church even has a café.” So here’s a quick nine-step process for doing it cheaply and efficiently yourself – plus two tasty variations.

3. Make sure the bank’s hours match yours

[The Simple Dollar] I do nearly all my banking online nowadays, so I’ve forgotten about the pre-Internet era when a bank’s hours was a real selling point. Here’s a timely reminder that times still matter in certain circumstances – especially when it comes to big-ticket transactions.

4. Want to save on groceries? Cook like a peasant

[Get Rich Slowly] I had no clue how a peasant cooks until I read this – and it sounds pretty darned tasty: ribollita and ratatouille, fajitas and frittatas, and bibimbap and…bacon?

5. 7 best kid-friendly family restaurants – how affordable are they?

[Money Crashers] So what’s the best casual chain dining for the kids? Red Lobster? Cheesecake Factory? Olive Garden? Turns out they all have their pros and cons – and here’s the detailed list.

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