Efficient Basements and Financial Help From Parents

Bloggers weigh in on summertime topics.

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Here are my favorite stories from around the blogosphere this week:

• From Get Rich Slowly: Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown. You can save money and avoid long airport lines.

• From the Money & Fitness Blog: Being Efficient and Frugal in Your Basement. Tips on what to look for in a washer and dryer, and in lighting.

• From Money Under Thirty: Should You Take Financial Help From Your Parents? This blogger makes a persuasive argument for why 20-somethings should not accept money from Mom and Dad.

Also, remember that to join the Alpha Consumer Book Club, you just have to check out the book, Buying In, and send me your comments and questions for the author, Rob Walker. (Either post them below, E-mail me at alphaconsumer@usnews.com, or join the book club on Facebook.) Rob Walker suggests this site for readers looking for an overview of the book.