As an aside in a recent guest post, my wife mentioned that I had purchased eight loaves of bread for an article I never wrote. Well, I’ve written it now.

Over at Get Fit Slowly, I’ve posted my examination of which whole wheat bread is best. I looked at cost, nutrition, and taste in an effort to find the best value. (Based on reader feedback, I picked up a couple more loaves today. I’ll post follow-up results on Thursday.) It’s fun to be able to combine frugality with fitness!

Here are some other personal finance articles I’ve enjoyed recently:

JLP at All Financial Matters has turned into the spreadsheet whiz of the personal finance set. I love what he does with numbers. Last week he ran some calculations to find out how much that 401(k) loan will cost you. He writes:

I have read in the news lately that more and more people are tapping their 401(k) plans in order to get cash to pay bills. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that in most cases, borrowing from your 401(k) is a bad idea. That said, I thought would be interesting to try to put some numbers to a 401(k) borrowing scenario to see how much a loan really costs.

His conclusion? If you must take a loan from your 401(k), minimize the amount and duration.

Meanwhile, Mike at Master Your Card shared five steps to a do-it-yourself LifeLock. LifeLock bills itself as a service that can help consumers prevent identity theft. Mike points out that everything LifeLock does, you can do for free on your own. This is a great tip.

Finally, in 2006 Venture Voice interviewed John Bogle of The Vanguard Group, one of the largest mutual fund companies in the world. Bogle is the inventor of the index fund. He’s a frugal fellow, and one of my personal finance heroes. Though I don’t usually listen to podcasts, I listened to this one — it’s excellent. This is highly recommended listening. HIGHLY.

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