Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: online shopping hacks, saving on seafood, refinancing student loans, learning to relax and in-flight amenities that are worth the cost.

1. 8 Online Shopping Hacks Everyone Should Know

[Credit.com] “If you’re like me, you love the convenience of shopping in your PJs. But how do you find the best deals? The following tips will help you score the very best price on everything, from books to the shelves that hold them.

We recently published something similar, “10 Ways to Get a Discount on Every Online Purchase,” so I wanted to see if Credit.com had something we didn’t. As it turned out, the articles are slightly different, and both have good information. Read ’em both!

2. Buying Better Seafood for Less

[The Dollar Stretcher] “Some seafood is available year-round while other seafood is only available at certain times. However, most seafood is available frozen throughout the year. Here are some dynamite tips to use when buying seafood any time of the year.”

Saving on food is another popular topic here, but I don’t think we’ve done anything specific to seafood, at least not recently. Tips in this article include how seafood should look, how it should be displayed, what labels mean and ways to save, such as shopping just before closing time.

3. How I Figured Out If I Should Refinance $56,000 in Student Loans

[Credit Sesame] “How do you actually know if refinancing will save you money? Luckily, it’s not rocket science, but there are a few things to know. I’ll walk you through the process to show you exactly how I figured out if refinancing my private student loans was right for me.”

This article, written by someone with massive student loans, describes how to find out if your loans are ripe for refinancing and how to go about it. If you’ve got a ton of student loans, or even a little, it’s a good read.

4. Work, Rest, Play

[Nav.com] “I once read an essay called “What There Is to See at the Zoo,” by Marianne Moore. In it, she makes the interesting suggestion that animals are as centered as they are because they work when they work, rest when they rest, and play when they play.”

If you’re self-employed, or live with someone who is, you know how difficult it is to ever be 100 percent in play or rest mode. This post serves as a reminder that all work and no play makes Jack a stressed out boy. It offers suggestions that include setting a routine and mentally making play and rest the same priority as work. Easier said than done, but worth trying.

5. 7 In-Flight Amenities Worth the Cost

[Wise Bread] “Now that travel is a necessity more than a luxury, we’ll take whatever quality of service we can get (right down to being stuck on the tarmac for hours). So, to make your travel experience a more pleasant one, try any combination of these in-flight amenities. Even if they cost a bit, they are worth the added comfort.”

I rarely buy anything in-flight, although I do try to bring stuff in my carry-on to make the experience less painful. This author suggests that while crammed in economy, you should consider treating yourself with things including Wi-Fi, special meals, cocktails and headphones. They also suggest something I always try to do: purchasing extra leg room. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the biggest luxury of all.

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