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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the web. This week: Starbucks pays big to a barista with dwarfism, great gifts for guys, curing oily skin with food you don't eat, find out what Social Security will pay you one day, and prepare for a move with your eyes open.

1. Starbucks pays $75,000 to settle EEOC lawsuit over barista with dwarfism

[The Consumerist] If this blog wasn’t run by the folks who publish Consumer Reports, I probably wouldn’t believe some of the stories they come up with. Like this: Starbucks fired a barista with dwarfism because she need a stool to do her job. “Starbucks’ denial of a stool or stepladder — and the employee’s dismissal — violated the Americans With Disabilities Act,” The Consumerist reported. Just so you know, the ADA requires employers to accommodate those with disabilities unless it creates an “undue hardship to the business.” And what hardship is letting a barista use a stool?

2. 10 best gift ideas for men for under $100

[Money Crashers] Whenever I see a headline like the one above, I try to predict what some of the items will be. In this case, there were several that shocked me (in a good way). A flying lesson? A sports car rental? As a man myself, I can vouch for this list.

3. 10 natural oily-skin treatments from the pantry

[Tipnut] This site always astounds me with its recipes for food that have nothing to do with eating. In this case, they’ve devised a way to use ingredients like buttermilk, tomatoes, and apple cider vinegar to cure oily skin. I suppose if it doesn’t work, you can eat your mistake.

4. Surprises on your Social Security statement

[My Dollar Plan] It’s not fascinating reading, but you really should inspect those Social Security Estimated Benefits statements that come in your mailbox. This blog writer did, and he sums up what he learned in a very succinct way.

5. Five house moving expenses you don’t want to overlook

[Finance for a Freelance Life] Moving is such a chore, and Googling how to do it right is even a bigger chore – there’s no shortage of good advice. (We’ve told you about 6 Tips to Avoid Moving Scams). But sometimes it helps just to peruse a short list of the biggest expenses you should keep in mind. Here’s one such list.

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