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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: improving work days, a better way to achieve goals, the growing cost of college, gift card tips, and practicing financial skills.

1. 7 Ways to Have a Better Day at Work

[Wise Bread] Tisha Tolar shares ways to have more good days than bad at work. Some of these tips can help boost your paychecks too. She explains the importance of planning ahead, greeting co-workers, and effectively communicating your accomplishments to the people who matter. Check out her article for more.

2. 4 Commitment Devices to Help You Set & Achieve Financial Goals

[Money Crashers] Commitment devices are ways to keep yourself accountable when setting and reaching goals. Examples of these “devices” are making your goal public and enlisting online help. Writer Nick Kennedy urges goal setters to be creative and find a device that will complement their personality.

3. Do You Need a College Education that Costs as Much as a Home?

[Bargaineering] According to a CNN Money report, an increasing number of schools are charging more than $50,000 a year for room and board. Is the high price of college really worth it? In our recent story 10 Popular Money Questions Answered, we talked about the importance of prioritizing a good value college over a prestigious one. Read Bargaineering’s article for some additional ways to get the most out of a college you can afford.

4. 8 Ways to Prevent Getting Cheated on Gift Cards

[Dollar Stretcher] Did you know if you register a gift card, you can usually hold on to the card’s balance if the card is lost or stolen? Find out some more valuable ways to safeguard your gift cards. You’ll find that reading the fine print and organizing your cards can go a long way.

5. 5 Fundamental Financial Skills You Can Practice

[Consumerism Commentary] This article provides an interesting take on mastering your financial skills: It takes practice. As a consumer, things like building your resistance to marketing and thoroughly reading the fine print might not be something you’ll adapt to overnight, but with practice over time, it can easily become second nature.

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