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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: good junk mail, cheap tickets, healthy snacks, homemade Frappuccinos, and slow-cooked yogurt.

1. 10 uses for junk mail

[The Dollar Stretcher] From coupon-holders to bookmarks to decoupage, junk mail apparently has more uses than I ever imagined.

2. How to beat the Ticketmaster and StubHub monopoly on concert tickets

[Queercents] You don’t have to be gay to learn a lot from this personal finance site. (Motto: “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping without coupons.”) In this case, everyone benefits from these tips to get around the outrageous fees that these two huge ticket brokers charge to concerts and cultural events.

3. 7 fresh ideas for healthy road trip snacks

[Wise Bread] I don’t have kids, but I can’t imagine they’d nibble on roasted chickpeas and sip sun tea on long excursions. Then again, this advice may be too good for children – I want to try some of these tasty ideas myself.

4. Make a Starbucks Frappuccino for $0.32

[Squawkfox] This site takes its coffee seriously. Not only can you get an easy homemade recipe that emulates a Starbucks Frap, the savings are documented in colorful pie charts.

5. Tricia’s savings with slow cooker yogurt

[$5 Dinners] I don’t eat a lot of yogurt, and I certainly don’t know how to make it. But with a crockpot? And without sugar? And storing it in pimento jars? Where do people come up with this stuff?

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