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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: how to make sushi and baby wipes, what you can learn from overseas investing and farm work, and why I don't like the list of best cities to live in.

1. Affordable entertaining: how to make sushi

[Wise Bread] I like steak, but I’d never shoot a cow and carve out a T-bone. I also like sushi, but I never considered making it myself. Till now. This is an easy-to-follow guide, and it doesn’t require any special skills. It does, however, require some tools that deter me – like gloves, a bamboo rolling mat, and “a dull cleaver.” I don’t know. My next California roll might be made right here at home in Florida…

2. 10 best US cities to live in

[Money Crashers] Speaking of where I live, this article bugged me – because none of the top 10 are in the Sunshine State. But Boise (Idaho), Omaha (Nebraska), and Kansas City (Missouri) made the list. What’s up with that? I can agree with the other picks, starting at the top with the hip town of Austin and including San Francisco, Portland, and San Diego. But I’m typing this in my shorts in early March with the sun shining. Isn’t that worth something?

3. Make your own baby wipes

[The Simple Dollar] What do sushi and baby wipes have in common? Until this week, I didn’t know how easy it was to make both at home. There are only four ingredients (water, baby bath soap, baby oil, and cloth or paper) and potentially big savings – more than $400 a year if you have an infant in diapers. That’s literally a kick in the butt to try it.

4. 4 frugal tips picked up from the farm

[MoneyNing] I’m a city boy, but farm living apparently teaches you more than how to milk a cow or plow a field. My favorite: curing a cat’s hairball.

5. 4 reasons to invest internationally

[Get Rich Slowly] If you check my public stock portfolio – something I wish more personal finance experts would do – you’ll see that I’m not investing much overseas. I certainly have nothing against it, and like this post suggests, it’s good to diversify your own portfolio as long as you recognize the risks. It’s a big topic you need to research thoroughly, but this post is a good place to start.

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