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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: Piggy banks for macho men, how to lose it big on Broadway, building muscle while saving money, going to college without going away, and home repair for those with short attention spans.

1. 10 awesomely manly un-piggy banks

[Budgets are $exy] I’ve been helping people live wealthier for a couple of decades now, and in all that time, I never thought about money being macho. Until now. Here’s where you can buy piggy banks that resemble grenades, skulls, and a pirate’s treasure chest. Hey, anything that makes you save is fine with me.

2. How to invest in a Broadway show

[Consumerism Commentary] OK, here’s a good read and a bad idea. If you’ve ever wondered how investing in a Broadway show really works, here’s a breezy yet detailed description. But as this article warns, you must have “money you don’t mind losing” – and I always mind losing money.

3. Building a budget-friendly home gym

[Bargaineering] I’m a healthy guy but no gym rat, so the idea of an affordable home gym is intriguing. And in this case, it involves some items I never considered before. Like a ladder. But you’ll never catch me on a yoga mat…

4. The 35 best online colleges and universities

[Dough Roller] We’ve written a lot about saving for college and saving while you’re at college. (My favorite is still 25 Bizarre Scholarships.) But what if you want to go to college without going anywhere? Here’s a nice, compact list of your online options. Some you’ve probably heard of (Kaplan, University of Phoenix), but most you probably haven’t (Herzing? Miller-Motte?).

5. 10 home DIY projects you can do in one day

[Wise Bread] Any project I can complete in a day appeals to me – I hate home-repair that isn’t done when I go to sleep at night. Here are some easy ones, from the obvious (paint the front door) to the unusual (spray-paint a light fixture).

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