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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: coffee grinds, college cars, used items, stuffed wallets, and new jobs.

1. 21 creative uses for used coffee grinds

[Tip Hero] I often think of these kinds of articles the same way I think about extreme couponing: Is it really worth the effort? But you can’t deny it’s an alluring headline. And I never knew coffee grinds could repair scratches in wood furniture and repel ants.

2. 10 best affordable cars for college students

[Money Crashers] Of course, many parents will tell you the most affordable car for their college-age child is no car at all. And this list of new cars flies in the face of my previous advice, Why I Don’t Buy New Cars. But I understand that some parents want to give their kids a new car, so this list is thorough and well done.

3. 5 home and family items to avoid buying used

[Wise Bread] Speaking of buying used items… Here’s what not to do. The surprise here isn’t the advice to avoid used tires (safety issues) and used mattresses (hygiene issues) but that businesses sell them and people buy them.

4. What’s in YOUR wallet? (Or purse?)

[Budgets Are Sexy] What a clever idea. We all have stuff in our wallets that reveals something about us. This feature asks readers to reveal the contents of theirs.

5. FCC promises 100,000 new jobs…at call centers

[The Consumerist] If there’s any good news in this headline, some of these call center jobs will be “home sourced,” which means less commuting costs for what are traditionally low-paying jobs with high turnover.

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