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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: how to hire a lawn care service, how to open a safety deposit box, how to make a tragedy less taxing, how to break your lease, and why a long life has a downside.

1. Should you hire a lawn care service?

[Cashmoneylife] This caught my eye for a weird reason: Exactly a week ago, Money Talks News asked, Is a Maid Worth the Money? This post is the outside version of the same question. And in both cases, the answer is: It depends. But here are the factors you need to consider first.

2. How to open a safety deposit box

[Everything Finance] If you have valuables, a safety deposit box is a good idea. Here’s how to find the best deal and figure out what to put in there. But here’s some great advice: Don’t lose your keys. “If you lose them, you will probably need a locksmith to make you new keys.” Maybe you should keep those keys in a safety deposit box…

3. Deducting losses from a theft, fire, or other disaster

[Five Cent Nickel] Here’s some good advice for a terrible situation, and I hope you never have to use it. But if you do, this will help you understand how to deduct your losses from your taxes.

4. How to break your rental lease legally

[Moolanomy] I own my house, but one of our writers has rented all her life. Angela Colley has written about 5 Ways to Spot a Bad Landlord and 9 Ways to Remodel Your Rental Without Breaking Your Lease. But what if you do want to break your lease? Here’s a list of your options, from subletting to transferring your lease to legal options. A must-read for all renters, including Angela.

5. Chances are you will live long enough to be broke

[Get Out of Debt Guy] There’s not a lot of helpful advice here, but there is a graphic warning – literally. There’s a graph showing how life expectancy is rising – but Social Security isn’t keeping up. “By 2036, there will only be enough money to pay 77 percent of scheduled benefits.” Yikes.

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