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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: what every kid needs to know about money, what parents need to know about saving at Disney, what all of us need to know about getting motivated, how to send free faxes, and why car seats never fit.

1. 5 lessons every child should know about money

[MoneyNing] Whenever I see a headline that begins, “What Every Child Should Know…” I know this: Adults need the advice as much as the kids do. Whether it’s “Losing money is a part of life” or “Saving is essential,” this is really what everyone should learn.

2. 5 ways to save at Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks

[Money Crashers] Speaking of children, there’s nothing that drains a parent’s bank account like a trip to Disney theme parks. Money Talks News has told you 4 Ways to Save Big at Disney, and this post offers all those same tips. But the last one is something that never occurred to me: “Dinner might be the most popular character meal, but breakfast and lunch give you the same interaction with a cheaper menu.” Well done.

3. 25 ways to get motivated today

[Wise Bread] Is it bad that I read this while surfing the Web because I was being lazy and avoiding work? In fact, at the time I was reading this, I was already following the first piece of advice: “Drink coffee.” But I didn’t do No. 5 (“Get more sleep”) and I refuse to do No. 6 (“Take a cold shower”).

4. FaxZero review: send 3-page faxes for free

[Bargaineering] Here’s an interesting business that combines new tech with old tech. FaxZero lets you send a limited number of free faxes, as long as you don’t mind the first page being an ad. How do you send them without a fax machine? You do it from your computer. Clever.

5. Your car’s design is probably why it’s hard to install a kid’s car seat

[The Consumerist] If you ever wondered why it’s damn near impossible to secure a child’s car seat in the back of your vehicle, it turns out the seat may not be to blame – it might be your car. “Research done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that just 21 of 98 top-selling 2010 and 2011 model year vehicles include seat designs that don’t make it a hassle to install a car seat,” The Consumerist reports.

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