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: eating cool, cleaning cleverly, camping frugally, laughing scornfully, and celebrity-watching graphically.


1. Turn off the oven: 25 no-cook meals

[Wise Bread] It’s a scorching summer, so this is an appealing concept: Eating cool foods in a cool kitchen. While some sound tasty (Chicken Pesto Croissant, Asian Noodle Salad) others don’t really appeal to me (Cold Russian Beet Soup, Cool Veggie Pizza). But with 25 on this list, something will make your mouth water.

2. Cleaning out: the “have I used this in 12 months?” philosophy

[Moolanomy] This is a good philosophy, but I’m even more extreme – how about six months? But the first step is an inventory, which is time-consuming but beneficial for more than just cleanliness: “An inventory is also helpful for your insurance coverage.”

3. 35-plus camping tips, tricks, and treats

[Tipnut] Camping seems like it’s frugal, but you can spend more than $600 on a tent for four – more than you’d spend on a hotel room for a long weekend. So if you’re camping out this summer, here are ways to save on everything from homemade mosquito repellant to “toilet paper roll protectors.”

4. Chase to disabled veteran: sorry for making you do all that paperwork for a loan we don’t offer

[The Consumerist] As if we needed any more reasons to hate banks. The headline sums it up, but the details are even more infuriating.

5. Frugal and famous (infographic)

[Frugal Dad] Web graphics are all the rage, and here’s a funny one: Who’s thriftier, Gabrielle Solis or Eva Longoria?

Stacy Johnson

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