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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: how to treat summertime ailments, how to send the kids to free movies, how to send yourself overseas, how to paint your house, and how to avoid insurance mishaps.

1. 7 frugal ways to beat summertime woes

[Moneyning] Ah, summertime. Spending all day outdoors is refreshing. And sometimes annoying. Here’s a list of cost-effective ways to treat everything from sunburn to poison ivy to bee stings.

2. Free summer movies for kids

[Bargaineering] Speaking of summer activities, it’s a lot safer to stay indoors. But going to the movies can be an expensive inside activity. Here’s a list of 15 theater chains that offer flicks “absolutely free for the kids and a few bucks for the parents.”

3. 8 ways to volunteer abroad for free (or on the cheap)

[Money Crashers] If you really want to get away this summer, try volunteering overseas. “Before you go traipsing the globe, it’s important to ask yourself some questions.” Here are the most important ones.

4. How to paint the exterior of your home

[Wise Bread] Painting the inside of your house is an easy DIY project. But the outside? Mess that up, and not only does it look bad, it could damage the weatherproofing of your most valuable possession. But this is a thorough yet readable tutorial on how to do it right and cheap.

5. I’m not covered? 5 ways to trigger nasty insurance surprises

[Five Cent Nickel] What do throwing a big party at your house and living abroad for a few months have in common? Both can cause you big insurance headaches if you’re not careful. Consult this simple list to ensure you’re not going to suffer needlessly.

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