Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: surviving IKEA, enjoying the beach, savoring happy hour, thinking about salaries, and what Benihana can teach you.

1. How to survive a trip to IKEA

[Squawkfox] My first reaction when I saw this article: There’s no way to survive a trip to IKEA. You will buy stuff, and too much of it. Resistance is futile. But there are some solid tips here – from never going on a Saturday to hitting the “as-is department” first.

2. 15 frugal ways to enjoy the beach

[My Dollar Plan] Go fly a kite. Seriously. Or collect shells and play Frisbee. But I’m not sure I’m going to “dig for sand crabs.”

3. 5 tips to help you take advantage of happy hour

[Gen X Finance] “What’s there not to love about Happy Hour?” Indeed. Here’s a quick list of must-haves, from live music to discounted (or even free) food to go along with those 2-for-1 drinks.

4. Would you rather have better perks or a higher salary?

[Moolanomy] This is more of a thought exercise than a suggestion. How much is telecommuting worth to you? How about flexible hours? Unpaid leave? Or, “Would You Rather Have the Money?”

5. The Benihana effect: lifestyle inflation in action

[Get Rich Slowly] I live near a Benihana, which is the famed Japanese steakhouse where the chefs cook at your table and flip the food onto your plates or even in your mouth. This is an interesting tale of how we place value on what we pay for. I won’t ruin the rest of it for you.

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