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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: DIY bankruptcy, Amazon Prime gets less prime, why you should greet the dawn, how to find extra money, and last but not least: how to be happier.

1. How to Do a One-Day, Do-It-Yourself Bankruptcy

[Wise Bread] We just did a story about bankruptcy (Bankruptcy is a Time of Celebration, Not Despair) and here’s an article about how to do it yourself in one day. With the cost of bankruptcy attorneys routinely exceeding $1,000, this advice may be critical for those in need.

2. Amazon Prime Changes for the Worse: Haven’t You Noticed?

[Bargain Babe] You pay $79 annually to be an Amazon Prime member, but for that you get free two-day shipping. Or do you?  According to Bargain Babe, you still get free two-day shipping, but only if your order totals $25 or more. Lower-priced stuff, even if eligible for Prime, are now “Add-on” items, so they only ship free if added into an order of $25 or more. What a rip!

3. 5 Reasons to Become an Early Riser

[Life Optimizer] I’m an early riser so I really liked this one. Why should you greet the dawn? More time to get things done, it’s better for your health, fulfilling dreams (more quiet time means more time to figure out how), more time to exercise…you get the picture.

4. 12 Ways to Make Extra Money for Debt Repayment or Emergency Savings

[Wealthy Turtle] We’ve certainly covered this topic many times, in articles like 25 Simple Ways to Save an Extra $1,000. But it never hurts to see other people’s ideas. Theirs include cashing in coins, selling outgrown clothes, temporarily giving up restaurants, and getting a side job, among others.

5. Be Happier: 10 Things to Start Doing Right Now

[Marc and Angel Hack Life] Everyone wants to be happier – here are 10 reminders of how it happens. While there’s not a lot new here, it never hurts to refresh. Examples: “Be present in this moment,” “be ambitious enough to fail, and be OK with it,” “help others when you’re able,” and “let go of needless worries and old wounds.”

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