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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: how to sell a used car safely, how to argue about money and happiness, how to save at thrift stores, how to save in the supermarket, and how to drink weird but tasty concoctions at home.

1. How to Sell a Used Car – Tips for Pricing & Advertising

[Money Crashers] A solid summation of time-honored advice, with this all-important warning: “When you finally connect with the interested parties, do not invite them into your home.” And don’t forget this, which happens all too often: “When selling a car, don’t forget to cancel your insurance.”

2. More Money, More Problems

[The Simple Dollar] Just last week I wrote a post called 10 Common Misconceptions About Money that included a similar theme: Money doesn’t buy happiness. My thought was sometimes money adds to worries, because when you get a bunch of money it introduces a new worry: losing it. This author suggests that missing out on your life in pursuit of a buck isn’t a great idea.

3. Getting Thrifty with Shopping

[PT Money] Thrift stores have exploded in popularity these past few years, so here’s some handy advice. And I’m always surprised by otherwise savvy shoppers who forget this key tip: “Most thrift stores do not accept credit cards.”

4. How I Save Money on Food & Groceries

[The Digerati Life] I support any save-on-shopping articles that offer this advice: “Use generic ingredients.” I’ve been touting generics for years, from 7 Things You Should Always Buy Generic to How to Get $4 Generic Pet Meds.

5. Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home

[Wise Bread] I’d like to think I’m an educated man, but I didn’t understand some of the titles in this fascinating how-to article: Horchata? Agua Fresca? Mango Lassi? But upon reading the details, they sound delicious.

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