I was shocked to read about another recent victim of the economic crisis. Mother’s Cookies filed for bankruptcy last month, closing its doors and turning off the ovens. Why is this sad news? Mother’s manufactured those iconic cookies: Circus Animals.

All is not lost, however. The Naked Loon did some emergency grocery shopping and located two alternatives to Circus Animals: Keebler Frosted Animal Cookies and Franz Frosted Animals. The former weren’t any good, but the latter were almost as good as the real thing.

Though comments on cookies are an added bonus, I know that you really come to Get Rich Slowly for personal finance stories. Here are some of my favorites from around the web:

There seems to be nothing but bad financial news lately. Businesses are failing. Unemployment is up. The stock market is like a roller coaster. Things haven’t seemed this grim in 25 years. But Ethan Trex at Mental Floss has posted a reminder that sometimes it’s the darkness that produces the brightest lights. He’s listed 7 wildly successful people who survived bankruptcy, including Walt Disney, Henry Ford, and Abraham Lincoln. Inspiring stuff.

Readers often write to me looking for legitimate ways to find money in a hurry. Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity has come up with a list of 13 ways to make a quick buck, which includes some usual suspects (donate plasma) and some creative ideas (put advertising on your car). Well-worth a look if you’re trying to generate some extra cash.

As Christmas season approaches, people are looking for ways to save money while still giving meaningful gifts to family and friends. We discussed 34 ideas for home-made gifts last week, but for those who plan to do traditional Christmas shopping, check out Kiplinger’s holiday buying guide, which includes:

Finally, a quick note that Tip’d has moved from beta to public release. Tip’d is a community for sharing financial news, ideas, and tips. It’s sort of like Digg, but exclusively for financial topics. If you crave more personal finance news, go check it out!

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