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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: products you don't really need, job interview mistakes, hidden hotel fees, retail therapy myths, and Valentine's Day spending habits.

1. 25 Products You Think You Need, but Really Don’t

[Wise Bread] Do you own aftershave, body scrub, dryer sheets? Writer Paul Michael argues these – along with many more products – are a complete waste of money. From cleaning products to baby supplies, read on for his list of products he believes we can all do without. Then, decide if you agree.

2. 7 Common Job Interview Mistakes

[Money Crashers] “What would you say is your biggest weakness?” It’s a question most of us have heard before. But rather than taking the conventional advice to turn the weakness into a positive, Jacqueline Curtis suggests being honest and demonstrating a proactive approach to how you resolved it. After all, the question isn’t only revealing your weaknesses, but your ego. Read on for more common interview blunders and how you can avoid them.

3. Will You Be Surprised by Hidden Hotel Fees?

[Bargaineering] Some hotels are adding “resort fees” or other hidden charges to customers’ bills. From cleaning charges to Wi-Fi fees, there are a slew of sneaky add-ons to look out for. Always ask for an itemized bill upon checkout, and then do your due diligence by making sure hidden fees haven’t landed on your bill. If they have, dispute them. Check out the article for some more advice.

4. Why Retail Therapy Doesn’t Work

[Frugal Nation] Here’s good news for the budget-conscious: A new survey reveals that buying stuff doesn’t provide lasting happiness. But are you really surprised? Click the link to get some more perspective on why those with materialism on the mind tend to think new purchases will boost their self-esteem and outlook on life.

 5. Are You a Valentine’s Day Cheapskate or Spendthrift?

[Credit.com] This year Americans are expected to spend $18.6 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts, including candy ($1.6 billion), flowers ($1.9 billion), and jewelry ($4.4 billion), according to the National Retail Federation. What’s more, Americans are expected to spend about $226 each on celebrating and gifts, which is more than twice as much as last year. Find out where you rank when it comes to showering your loved one with special gifts.

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