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: getting the kids out of the house, getting yourself out of town, getting your stuff recycled, getting gas for less, and getting down to business with Pinterest.

1. Cheap and unique ways to get kids outside in the summer

[MoneyNing] How do you get your kids to drop the video-game controller and get out of the house? Here’s some advice for doing just that – without spending very much.

2. 10 best US cities to visit on a budget

[Money Crashers] Continuing on the summer theme, here’s a list of cities broken down by “travel,” “accommodations,” and “attractions.” And there are some solid choices you might not otherwise think of – like Pheonix, Houston, and Kansas City.

3. 10 places you can recycle your electronics, household goods, and clothing

[Bargaineering] You can’t recycle electronics like you do newspaper and aluminum cans – by dropping them into a blue bin and having someone fetch them from your curb. But you can recycle online, and you can even profit from it. Here’s how.

4. Find cheap(er) gas with your phone

[Five Cent Nickel] Think of anything you need, and there’s an app for that. (Money Talks News has written about a lot of them, although my favorite is 4 Free Tasty Apps for Foodies.) Given the summer driving you’ll probably do, read up on the app-tly named “Find Gas Near Me.”

5. Tips for using Pinterest to promote your business

[Generation X Finance] Speaking of tech, ever heard of Pinterest? If you’re a guy, maybe not – the social media site estimates up to 80 percent of its users are women. So what is it, exactly? Pinterest is Facebook for photos. But you can use it not only to share photos, but also to conduct business. Here’s an introductory crash course.

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