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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: signs you need a vacation; prepaid tuition plans; should you buy a starter home?; dating co-workers; and 52 weekend projects to improve your life.

1. 11 Signs You Need a Vacation ASAP

[SavvySugar] Author Lisette Mejia offers tell-tale signs I can relate to, even as I write this. My favorites: “You get sick often and never get enough downtime, you’re easily irritated with co-workers, clients, or customers and you suffer from gadget overload and can’t put down your smart phone…”

Can you relate? Call your travel agent.

2. Are Prepaid College Tuition Plans a Good or Bad Idea?

[Cash Money Life] Helpful tips if you’ve got a youngster and are wondering if you should start one of these plans.

In short, they’re a bad idea if you’re not sure your kid will go to college, or at the other end of the spectrum, might get scholarships and attend free. They’re a good idea if you want to essentially prepay tomorrow’s tuition at today’s prices, or if others – like grandparents – might be persuaded to contribute.

3. Should You Buy a “Starter Home” or Wait?

[Money Under 30]  Author Sarah Davis offers some decent insight into whether it’s best to buy what you can afford now, or wait until you can afford your “forever home.” While the answer obviously depends on factors like finances and needs, she thinks starting small is better than not starting at all.

I wholeheartedly agree. That’s why last August we did the story Housing Has Bottomed – It’s Time to Buy.

4. Handling a Relationship with a Co-Worker

[20s Finances] Since I work at home, starting a relationship with a co-worker would probably attract my wife’s attention. Still, good advice here for those of you reporting to an office. The upshot – make sure your company allows it, don’t hide it, and most important: Think about what can happen if you break up.

5. 52 Great Weekend Projects to Improve Your Life

[Wise Bread] While many of these “projects” are actually nothing more than chores (clear your desk clutter, clean out a closet, update your resume), others offer more promise: Go on a road trip, host a potluck, and learn to interpret your dreams.

How about just sleeping in – is that a project?

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