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I've been bad about doing a link roundup lately, so I thought I'd give it a go and catch up on some great posts that I've read from fellow personal finance bloggers.

Give these a read and consider subscribing to their blogs as they have great personal finance advice and stories.  But, as always, make sure to come back to Money Beagle!

  • Money Reasons gave his thoughts on what he would do if he struck it big in “If I Were Rich Today” – This inspired me to do a similar article.  I think this is something we all dream about so go ahead, think of what you might do if you found a pot of gold!
  • Monevator gives the opinion that we are not in for a lost decade in “No Lost Decade: Why We're Not Japan“.  The Japanese economy has not been anywhere near levels that it was even in the 1980's and 1990's, but this article gives opinions on why our situation, though it shows many signs of moving towards a ‘lost decade', isn't the same.
  • Mrs. Nespy's Frugal World included a post called “8 Interesting Uses for Chalk” and I have to say, these are very interesting and extremely useful.  I think that my next trip to the dollar store (where I'm guessing they have chalk) will include some white chalk, as it appears to have a lot of great uses especially in the laundry and cleaning areas!
  • We try to be frugal when doing laundry, but Fabulously Broke takes it to an extreme I've not heard of as she admits her “Laundry Secret: I Don't Use Laundry Detergent 99% of the Time“.  She says that the agitation gets her clothes clean that aren't stained or spotted.  I'm not sure if I'm tempted to go this far, but for those daring enough, try it!  At the very least, it's a great reminder that most people probably use way too much laundry soap.
  • Everybody Loves Your Money has seen “Impromptu Garage Sales” popping up a lot more frequently, and wonders if they are becoming more from desperation than from trying to raise a few extra bucks.
  • Sweating the Big Stuff asks “Are Social Shopping Sites Too Enticing?”  If you find yourself buying GroupOn deals just for the sake of buying them, you might be getting a little too caught up.  Remember, you're only saving if you are getting money off on something you would buy anyways.  If ‘buying a deal' means you spend money you wouldn't have otherwise spent, you are not saving!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the reading!