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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: what you can learn from the Olympics, what you can do with aloe vera, what your teen has to pay in taxes, what tech can teach you about money, and how you can save a few minutes every morning.

1. 12 ways the Olympics teach you about money management

[My Dollar Plan] The Olympics have never really taught me much. It doesn’t make me want to work out, for example – it just makes me want to sit on the couch and watch the Olympics. But here are some good lessons that you can draw, from “Sports are expensive” to “Age is just a number.”

2. 15 clever uses for aloe vera

[Bargaineering] We all know aloe vera is great for sunburns and bug bites. But how about relieving hemorrhoids and preventing stretch marks? And those are just the external applications. You can actually eat the stuff – and it’s good for you.

3. Does your teen have to pay taxes?

[PT Money] So your teen landed a summer job to pick up some spending money and learn some good money habits. Simple, right? No, because nothing is simple when it comes to taxes. So here’s a quick study guide on withholding, “dependency and minimum income threshold,” and other key topics.

4. 6 online financial management applications to help you reach your money goals

[Moolanomy] I love the first one (Mint.com), and I’ve heard of the others. But this is a helpful list for those looking to lean on some tech to wean themselves off bad financial habits. And four of them are free.

5. 10 easy ways to save 10 minutes every morning

[Wise Bread] These are all good ideas, but I’m not too keen on some of them – especially “cold brew your coffee” and “leave early.” But others (“limit clothing selections,” “prep the night before”) are downright clever.

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