Review of the week in personal finance

Each week, WalletPop will do a look back on the week's top personal finance stories as it joins with CostRefuge. Here are some from last week from mainstream publications and the blogosphere.

Trent from The Simple Dollar looks at the mindset behind grocery store purchases from his own personal experiences and provides some tips on how best to navigate the sometimes overwhelming number of choices to make informed decisions on what products will be most valuable to you and your family.

With the amount of applications & services tied to today's cell phone plans, costs can add up in a hurry. DoughRoller helps shed some light on whether or not some of these features are really necessary for most people and gives 15 tips on how to help bring down the cost of your monthly cell phone bill.

While many entrepreneurs and investors know the importance of developing a healthy rapport with their banker(s), most consumers don't know how much they themselves can benefit from developing this same relationship. The Financial Blogger takes a look at some of the ways people can help build this relationship and get a better, more personalized experience to help them reach their financial goals.

Is doing it yourself always the best way to save money? Not quite, says MoneyNing. They provide 10 scenarios where the DIY mentality might actually cost you money in the long run, which should help provide readers with a rough guide to determining whether or not it makes sense to roll up your sleeves or just call a professional.

Last but not least, the passing of tax day marks the end of most of the tax-related content around the Web. CBS MoneyWatch took a look at the First Family's tax return and provides five lessons to learn from the Obamas' example.

Be sure to check back next week for more of the best financial content from around the Web and visit (or follow us on Twitter @CostRefuge) for the latest news affecting your finances.
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