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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: saving for retirement, landing a job quickly, designing a lucky life, recession takeaways, and unusual investments.

1. How Much to Save for Retirement – Are You on Track?

[Money Crashers] We’ve all heard the basics about saving for retirement, but this cool infographic breaks down how much you should be saving based on your age. If you’re 25 years old, you should be aiming toward  $8,083 as your year-end balance, according to this post. Age 40? $88,132. The infographic also compares investment options to see what’s the best strategy for you. Check it out to see where you stack up – and what you should do about it.

2. 14 Proven Strategies for Landing Jobs

[Wise Bread] Cleaning up your resume and practicing your interview skills is common advice, but this post goes on to reveal some other tactics for success in today’s job market. Consider LinkedIn, Twitter, and giving your Facebook profile a makeover. Read on for some helpful ways to stay up-to-date and marketable.

3. Designing a Lucky Life

[The Simple Dollar] Who wouldn’t want to lead a lucky life? While luck isn’t always predictable, this article has some promising suggestions. Do the task in front of you as well as you can. Never eat alone, and never speak negatively of others. Read on for some more interesting tips about ways you could increase your chances of finding luck in life.

4. 5 Life Takeaways from the Great Recession

[20Something Finance] Amidst all the gloom and doom of the recession, there are some important lessons that many have learned. This post reminds us that fear is not useful and that emotions and investing don’t mix. But that’s not all. Check out the post for some other important takeaways that could help you prepare for the next financial challenge you may encounter.

5. 5 Unusual ‘Investments’ You May Not Have Considered

[Five Cent Nickel] Have you ever considered exercise equipment as an investment? How about a pre-paid tuition plan? This article includes some off-the-beaten-path suggestions for investing your money and reasons why the return on these investments might be well worth it.

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