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Great Personal-Finance Advice From Around the Web

A weekly look at personal finance tips and insights others are offering.

Your faithful columnist Cameron Huddleston is on a deserved vacation this week. Loyal readers know that her Wednesday Kip Tips column each week is filled with links to compelling personal-finance content from across the web.

In her absence, her colleagues across the Kiplinger.com editorial team share these favorites they've spotted this week:

Tacky or Thrifty? Couponing and First-Date Etiquette [Coupon Sherpa] Tackiness is always a fun topic, and here it's all the more engaging in debate form. The blog suggests the coupon-on-the-first-date-or-not debate is "more appropriate now than ever" because of "trendy. . . printable restaurant coupons and group-buying sites." Single folks, what do you think?

20 Lazy Ways to Save Money [Investopedia.com] The site serves up 20 "relatively simple ways to keep an eye on your pennies while you're waiting for that brighter economic future to arrive." For many people, it's surely not so simple to "pay off the credit card" (tip #4) or "quit those bad habits" (#19), but the list is full of good reminders such as using your group-buying privileges from AAA, AARP, your local credit union or other membership organizations (#9).

Hide Your Money From Yourself [Budgets are $exy] The squirrels are busy burying the fall crop of acorns. Can you take a savings tip from this bushy-tailed rodent? It might just work.

Bargain Shopping Gone Berserk! [Get Rich Slowly] This column hits hard at the bargain-hunting culture: "Shopping for bargains has become a social disease." Um, OK. Bottom line: Make sure the shopping deals you score are for real; just because something’s on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good bargain, especially if it’s something you wouldn’t have bought in the first place.

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