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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: avoiding regrets, when to get a safe deposit box, nine bad money habits, who should pay on dates, and five questions to ask before buying a used car.

1. 13 Things You Can Do Right Now to Avoid a Lifetime of Regrets

[Vivid Ways] We’ve all done things we regret. But the worst regrets, in my opinion, are those arising from things we didn’t do. Either way, this post offers reminders like following your dreams, valuing your health, trusting your intuition, and expressing yourself.

2. Should You Have a Safe Deposit Box?

[NarrowBridge Finance] Speaking of regrets, on the two times I’ve been burglarized, I’ve definitely regretted keeping my valuables at home.  This post tells you what to keep in them (like wills, deeds, and titles) and what not to (like passports).

3. 9 Bad Money Habits (and How to Break Them)

[Quizzle] While we’ve done many similar stories (10 Money Mistakes Everybody Makes) it never hurts to see if other bloggers have fresh ideas. This post had a couple: failing to invest in yourself, as in getting educated and staying that way, and failing to upgrade your career, as in continually looking for new opportunities.

4. Who Should Pay on Dates?

[Young and Thrifty] I thought this post was funny. The (presumably young) woman writing it seemed to take the whole “who pays” thing more seriously than I ever have.  Maybe that’s because she “feels really guilty and bad whenever a guy pays for things” – something I rarely saw in my dating life.  To me it’s simple: The person doing the asking out pays.

5. 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car

[Wise Bread] Have I Done My Research? How Much Can I Really Afford? What Best Suits My Lifestyle? What Will the Maintenance and Repair Costs Average? Is the Dealership Reputable? All excellent questions. Read the post for more.

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