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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: how to save your paint job, how to save on school supplies, and how to make your own power. Also: the stock market crash in pictures, and a funny story about customer revenge.

1. 9 ways to ruin your paint without knowing it

[Driver Side] I make a big deal about Why I Don’t Buy New Cars, but I like to keep my premium used vehicle looking like new. Driver Side provides a comprehensive (and depressing) list of everything that can chip away at your paint job – and offers advice on how to guard against these evils.

2. DIY back-to-school supplies & crafts

[Tipnut] Money Talks News has told you 9 Ways to Save on Back-to-School and has put together a handy chart telling you When to Save in Your State. But Tipnut cranks it up a notch with its usual clever list of BTS items you can make.

3. How to make your own power

[Wisebread] Talk about DIY. Wisebread reviews not only the obvious (solar power) but even the ancient (animal power). Even if you have no intentions of generating your own electricity – and I don’t until it becomes a lot easier and cheaper – this is an interesting read.

4. Stock market gloom & doom in pictures

[The Digerati Life] I’ve already written about the recent Stock Sell-Off, but my words of explanation can’t capture the emotion of these pictures – all of stock exchange employees from around the world cringing as values plummeted.

5. Time Warner calls back with sweet deal after man cancels

[The Consumerist] Many folks know this blog is run by Consumer Reports, which objectively rates hundreds of products a year. But my favorite parts of the blog are amusing little anecdotes like this one. Of course, there’s also some advice for the rest of us in these stories.

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