Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: how to save at Amazon, eight free ways to volunteer, how to make saving fun, 75 reasons you're unhappy, and the five best coffee grinders.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. 16 Secrets to Saving Money At Amazon.com

[Bargain Babe] From joining Amazon Mom to buying used items with Amazon’s Warehouse Deals to price checking with sites like CamelCamelCamel.com – if saving on Amazon is your thing, this post definitely has you covered.

2. 8 Ways to Volunteer Abroad for Free (or on the Cheap)

[Money Crashers] In addition to suggesting sites that might help you find a worthwhile, inexpensive volunteer project abroad – e.g., Go Overseas, Idealist, and Volunteers for Peace – this post offers lots of other good advice, like thinking about what you’re trying to accomplish and aiming for a region rather than just one country.

3. 5 Ways to Make Saving Fun

[Credit Sesame] Did the title oversell the content? Maybe, unless you consider paying for sins, setting up automatic savings, or saving your change daily “fun.” Still, if you’re looking to beef up a savings account, here are some tried and true methods.

4. 75 Reasons You’re Unhappy (And 75 Solutions)

[Dumb Little Man] Surrounding yourself with unhappy people, being materialistic, comparing yourself to others, being afraid of failure, neglecting personal relationships, being a perfectionist – this post is full of things we all do now and then that make us unhappy. Whether you’re smiling today or not, check it out.

5. The 5 Best Coffee Grinders

[Wise Bread] With the possible exception of instant, I’m not all that particular about my coffee. And I’d sooner chop off my foot with a dull ax than pay $5 for a cup of joe. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, however, this is the post for you.

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