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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: saving on prom, saving after prom, saving on baby showers, Mother's Day gifts to get right now, and teens being banned from malls.

1. 4 ways to save money at prom

[Bargaineering] It’s that time of year again. And wow, have proms changed from my day. Saving money by renting a dress online? That’s the most interesting idea here, but not the only good one.

2. Open letter to a high school graduate

[PT Money] Sticking to the end-of-the-school-year theme, here’s some solid advice most 18-year-olds probably won’t follow – “Beware of credit cards” and “Begin saving” topping the list. The most important suggestion is to find a mentor. “Don’t think you’re too smart to learn from others.” But what 18-year-old doesn’t?

3. 5 unique “financial” baby shower themes to help new parents

[Money Crashers] Baby showers often have themes. But “Freezer Meal Shower”? “Gas Card Shower”? Yup, they’ve actually been done. The details are fascinating, even though I have no children and have never been to a baby shower.

4. 7 last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day

[Wise Bread] If you’re reading this because you actually need a gift, well, you have 48 hours to find out how to buy wine, matching aprons, or “Chocolate-Covered Yum-Yums.”

5. Mall now requires teens shop with parents after 6:00 p.m.

[The Consumerist] When I was a teenager, I would’ve hated this rule. Now? After seeing the mall packed with high schoolers clogging the food court, I’m more sympathetic.

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