Carnival of Money Pros

30th December 2013

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Cindy @ MidLife Finance writes Things Grandma Taught Me – Along with courage, determination and a certain amount of pigheadedness, Grandma also taught me…

Bargain Babe @ writes 5 Financial New Year’s Resolutions – The new year is weeks away and that means it’s resolution time. Gyms fill up, cigarette sales go down and promises to keep in touch slip from your lips. While fitting into your favorite swants…

Lindy @ Minting Nickels writes How to Navigate through a Personal Finance Crisis – At times, everything seems to be working in our favor.

Tushar Mathur @ Everything Finance writes 3 Ways to Get Your Financial House in Order for 2014 – If you’ve already crossed off “lose weight” from your New Year’s Resolution and are looking more toward finally getting control of your finances, then you’

Jacob @ AllPersonalFinance writes Money Saving Lessons You Must Know – The earlier you actually start to save, the better for your personal finances. There are a few lucky ones taught and raised in ways that they learn the value of saving money at an early age but for the rest of us, saving has become a struggle. Credit cards also tend to encourage and cultivate.

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes How to Save Money When You’re Living Paycheck to Paycheck – I know… I know… For a lot of our readers, the thought of saving money when you’re living paycheck to paycheck is a joke.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Five Tips For Frugal Living To Live Comfortably – Here are five tips on living a frugal life, frugal living, and pinching the most amount of pennies possible. You can save quite a bit of money, enjoy frugal living, and still live a comfortable life.

Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance writes Cheap or Free Ways to Get Together With Friends – There’s nothing like catching up with friends to boost your mood, especially with ones that you haven’t seen in some time. It tends to be a knee-jerk reaction when it comes to meeting with friends to suggest a meal.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Making Realistic Financial Resolutions – Read how we should all be making realistic financial resolutions. Why create a defeating situation where you are bound to disappoint.

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Budgeting in Your Happiness – Don’t let the rigidness of budgeting get you down! It can be fun, we promise. Use these tips to include some enjoyment into your financial plan.

Corey @ 20s Finances writes A Questionable Call: Life Insurance over the Phone – So you’re sitting down to dinner after a long day, allowing the sensory massage of the delicious meal before you waft away the stresses of the day on the fragrant aroma of garlicky marinara sauce. Just as you wind the first delicious mouthful to your lips, you hear the phone ring.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Setting Your Investment Goals for 2014 – Every New Year brings with it hopes and dreams and a fresh set of challenges. It is the perfect time to look back on the year that is coming to an end, and to look forward to the twelve months that are about to begin.

Tony @ We Only Do This Once writes 5 Reasons You’re Still Deep in Debt – There are many people who struggle with debt, and all for similar reasons Debt seems to be a problem for many people.

Mrs. Accountability @ Out of Debt Again writes Should Students Get a Credit Card for University? – We hope students learn a financial eduction by the time they get to college, so it begs to question if a student should get a credit card for university?

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Intermediatae-Term Bonds – When interest rates are uncertain, an intermediate-term bond can be a balanced solution for investors.

Lauren @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes On Being Single During the Holidays – To clarify: I wish everyone else the happiest, warmest, giving-est Holiday season possible. I’m just not going to go out of my way to torture myself with the ghost of Christmas past or future. It’s too painful. We can skip 2012, and if the world ends in two week or so, it really won’t have mattered if I boycotted Christmas or not.

IMB @ Investing Money writes Investing in Water – We need water to live, our bodies are 70% water. Without water we die. What else is water important for? Well, just about everything.

Tushar @ Earn More and Save writes How to Save Money on Housing Costs – One of the biggest costs everyone faces is housing. Whether you rent a home or own a home housing is a huge cost and can be a budget killer. If you’re smart about it though, you can save a lot of money on your normal housing costs with a few easy steps.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes 5 Ways To Save Money On Groceries This Christmas Season – Is your grocery budget busting at the seams this holiday season? Here are 5 ways to save money on groceries all year long.

Tushar @ Finance TUBE writes How To Save A Few Bucks When You Got Out Eating? – One of the easiest ways to save is by staying away from expensive restaurants and another way is to use coupons. Take a look into few other solutions. Firstly go out for lunch which lunch specials and easy menu, to the restaurants which have lunch specials.

Cat Alford @ Budget Blonde writes It Will Probably Be Forever Until We Buy a House – Buying a house is one of those complicated, awesome, and scary life events that I love thinking about.

Dominique Brown @ YourFinancesSimplified writes 5 Tricks Retailers Use to Make You Overspend – We overspend because we don’t know the tricks retailers employ to cajole us into buying more than we need or things we don’t need at all!

Brent @ PersonalFinance-Tips writes Four Legal Blunders That Could Cost You Money – The steps you take immediately after a motorcycle accident will be crucial to your claim for compensation. Knowing what you need to do in the event of an accident will help you avoid these costly mistakes. Never Admit Any Fault Even if you believe that you may be partially responsible for the accident, do not admit to any fault or contributing factors to the event.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Three ways to minimise your waste and maximise your wealth – In this article three ways to minimise your waste and maximise your wealth are discussed.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Financial Abuse: Keeping Track of Your Elderly’s Financial Well-Being – Financial abuse is one of the fastest growing crimes. Unfortunately, your elderly are common targets. Read here to learn how to prevent this abuse.

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes 8 of the Most Unusual Charities I Would Recommend – A guide to some of the most unusual charities that I know of, what they do, and how you can support them, improving the methods you can use to support charities

Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes Roth 401K versus Traditional 401K – I was able to increase my deduction number. This has enabled me to increase my retirement plan contributions. Roth 401K versus Traditional 401K.

Ryan @ Cash Money Life writes When Whole Life Insurance Actually Makes Sense – Most people believe term life insurance is a better option than whole life insurance. But there are times when it makes sense to buy whole life insurance.

Eva Baker @ TeensGotCents writes Retirement Planning For Teenagers – Is retirement planning for teenagers important? More than you might think! Take a look at this chart and see what a difference saving early makes in life!

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes Business Blues: What Not To Do When Starting a Business – Many people have dreamed of owning their own business, but it’s easy to fail. Here are a few things that should not be done when starting a new business.

Moneycone @ Money Cone writes Unconventional Income From Uncommon Stocks – REITs – This is part III of the series, Unconventional Income From Uncommon Stocks. The series is meant to be an absolute beginner’s introduction to uncommon stocks.

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes 7 Unique Ways to Invest and make money in your spare time – 7 Unique ways to earn money that will give you additional streams of income and help you along your financial journey.

Don @ Money Reasons writes Tick, Tick, Boom: Insuring the Most Explosive Jobs – Do you need job insurance, is your job dangerous? Don’t you think it might be a consideration that you should take heed of?

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Cheap and Delicious Beer Bread Recipe! – My friend, Anne, bought a beer bread package from a crafts fair recently and we all LOVED it.

JP @ My Family Finances writes How to Afford Your Dream Car – Before you sadly sign away the idea of ever owning the kind of vehicle that makes you dizzy with delight, read our suggestions on how to save money without sacrificing quality or safety.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Money and Children: How to Say No to the Gimmes and I Wants – Are “gimme!” and “I want” too familiar? Children like toys, but you can’t buy them all. Here are steps you can take to avoid buying all your children want.

May @ Messy Money writes Do You Have a Dysfunctional Relationship with Money? – I have always wondered why my siblings and I have such different approaches, attitudes and dysfunctions where money is concerned. We were all born to the same parents and lived in the same household, so why are we so different? I suspect that birth order, gender and individual differences have played a role, but I am not convinced that is the whole story.

Mario @ Debt BLAG writes The lessons I learned paying off all $35,000 of my credit card debt in 2013 – I paid off all $35,000 of my credit card debt in 2013; in this post, I outline the most important steps I took and the lessons I learned along the way.

Lisa @ Secrets 2 Save writes My top 5 tips to save on a vacation – Who does not like to travel? I know I like to travel and I know it is kind of expensive to stay in hotels, airfare, cabs, etc. In this article I share with you some of the secrets that will help you save money when you travel. So your next travel trip can be significantly cheaper than your previous ones.

Daisy @ When Life Give You Lemons writes 5 Tips for Successful Investing – Simplicity is the your key to investment success. The easier, the less complicated, the better. The simplicity effect can be combined with a solid investment plan to ensure long term success.

Sarah @ BloggerPreneurship writes Posting Frequency: How Often Should I Be Posting On My Blog? – Bloggers want to know how often they should be posting, and whether or not their posting frequency will have an effect on their traffic, rankings, and search engine optimization. BloggerPreneurship addresses these questions and more.

Daisy @ Suburban Finance writes The Cost of Eating Healthy Food – People often cite the cost of eating well as being the reason they don’t do it. “A salad box from Pret-a-Manger costs £5.00 or I can get a sandwich and sausage roll for £2.00 from Greggs”. This is something I just don’t buy into (forgive the pun). We have an in depth calculation of the cost of eating healthy.

Stu @ Poor Student writes Creating a Plan to Pay Back Your Student Loans – When you leave college you might find that the good times feel like you left them behind. The one thing you didn’t leave behind? Your student loans. You need a plan to tackle them as soon as you are done college, otherwise you’ll be drowning in debt for years to come.

Nicole @ How to Avoid a Cashtastrophe writes Mixed Money Emotions – Do you have mixed money emotions? I think a lot of people do. Personally, I have an internal struggle with money on and off all the time.

Sarah @ Earn More Cash writes Should I Be Saving More for Retirement? – I am very fortunate that I have a great job with a company pension, and I still save in my RRSPs. I’m looking for advice as to whether my savings allocation is too heavily focused on my retirement.

Dee @ Color Me Frugal writes 8 Ways to Save Money in the Shower – Start your day right- save money in the shower! Discover 8 innovative ways to save water, money, time, and natural resources.

saverspender @ Save. Spend. Splurge. writes How I reached a “No Gift” Minimalist Christmas – How I reached a “No Gift” Minimalist Christmas

PFC @ PF Carny writes Does Couponing Really Save Money? – Depending on how you do it and how into it you get, it can be either bad or good. Does couponing really save you money? It can, but it can also cost you money at the same time.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes Small Changes For Getting On Top Of Your Everyday Finances – Getting on top of your everyday finances doesn’t have to be difficult. Wouldn’t it be nice to get a handle on things and start achieving your financial goals? You can, we all can—but it takes a little work.

Ben Luthi @ The Wealth Gospel writes 5 Lessons from Classic Christmas Movies – Christmas movies have the power of bringing together families and helping them get in the Christmas spirit. They also can teach important life lessons.

Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes Want to make smarter money decisions? Use these tips from Economist Noreena Hertz – Noreena Hertz advises people in power, including presidents, prime ministers and CEOs, about international debt and globalization. She also wants to help people like you and I make better financial decisions.

Oscar @ Money is the Root writes Financial Moves to Make before Year’s End – While many of us are concentrating on holiday shopping, football and getting ready to celebrate, this is also the time of year to get your financial life in order and be financially ready for 2014.

Jay @ Daily Fuel Economy Tip writes Popular Mechanics magazine puts the smack down on fuel saving gadgets – Popular Mechanics is one of the best magazines on the market for not only learning about new gadgets and gizmos but also getting the lowdown on what works and, more importantly, what does not.

Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Make Budgeting Easier with these 3 Excellent Tips – Nobody really likes to budget, let’s be honest. Most of us would love to be able to just spend money on whatever we want or need without having to think about the consequences.

Matt @ Budget Snob writes If you haven’t started thinking about your year-end finances, now’s the time to get started – As we move towards the end of the year it is definitely time to start thinking about your year-end financial planning. Things like taxes, open enrollment options at work and reassessing your overall financial plan should be done before January.

Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes Holiday Travel Tips 2013 – If you are planning to travel this holiday season? If so, you definitely should start making plans as early as possible because, as most of us know, traveling during the holidays can be expensive, tiring and stressful.

Amy @ Money Mishaps writes Online and Mobile Retail make Black Friday practically obsolete – Ladies and gentlemen, here is a certifiable fact; marking down prices for Christmas is an American tradition. Here is another fact that is a bit newer; today, those markdowns and bargains come right to you at home so there is no need to actually go to the store to get them.

Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes Practically Guarantee a Loan Application Approval with These 5 Steps – Getting your loan approved is not as easy as it used to be. Lenders across the UK, and the world, have become much more strict since the financial crisis, and loan applicants must work harder than ever before if they want their loan application to be approved.

Hadley @ Epic Finances writes Why did the Founder of Barnes & Noble suddenly sell so much of his own stock? – Recently the founder of one of the world’s biggest of booksellers, Barnes & Noble, who happens to also be the largest shareholder of the struggling company’s stock, decided to sell nearly $28 million worth of those stocks for what was described as “tax planning purposes.”

Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes Considering Lending Money to a Family Member? If so, follow these 3 Basic Rules – While this may sound a bit harsh, the best rule of thumb when considering lending money to family or friends is simply this; Don’t.

Katie @ IRA Basics writes Benefits of a Budget – Budget. It is a dreaded word, not one that instills ideas of grandeur and immense fun. It is also a word that’s often neglected, an idea that most of us would rather not think about.

Lily @ Paying Debt Down writes Money Saving Holiday Shopping Tips 2013 – Did you go so far over budget on your holiday spending last year that you didn not pay off your bills until the Fourth of July? If yes, then this post is definitely for you.

Sam @ The New Business Blog writes How to Build a Brand People will Adore – Many people outside of marketing think of a brand as sort of this false cover that is given to a product or service in order to con them into buying something that they do not actually want or, even worse, do not need.

Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes How to spot a good mortgage broker from a bad one – How can you decide if a mortgage broker is a good one or a bad one? The best way is to learn the answers to these questions.

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes The Joys of Freelancing – One of the things that I really enjoy doing is mentoring freelancers. I work in the start-up world, and freelancers are a big part of that. I get to see the ups and downs of that world every day. It is fascinating to see how people price their time, and creative abilities.

Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes Where’s the Best Place to Store Your Emergency Funds? – One of the most commonly heard rules of thumb in the financial world is that every person should keep at least 6 to 12 months worth of expenses in an

Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes How to stay safe when transacting online – As e-commerce sites and online transactions have become more popular the opportunities for fraud and scams have also increased. Just like any other type of fraud, online scams look for vulnerabilities or weak points and exploit them to walk off with your hard earned cash.

Monica @ Monica On Money writes Which Flooring Is the Best Financial Decision? – It is time for new flooring. What is best? Hardwood, Tile, or Carpet?

Holly @ Club Thrifty writes Body Language in the Workplace – What do you think about body language in the workplace? Read this post to find out what Mitchell Pauly thinks.

Larry @ KrantCents writes Why It May Be best to Keep Working after Winning a Lottery – You purchased a winning lottery ticket and now you are a sudden multi-millionaire and your first thought as you calculate the winnings is that you will never have to work another day in your life.

Natalie @ Debt and the Girl writes Finding Ways NOT to Worry about Money – I have been on a mission to try and redefine myself again. I know that seems cliche but since things changed a few months ago, I have been trying to decide what would make me feel really happy at this time while finding what I want to do.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes How to Find a Good Real Estate Agent – I used watch shows like Flip this House and Moving Up religiously. I love the possibilities of finding an old home fixing it up and then trying to sell it for profit. I did it once and am itching to do it again.

Graham @ Moneystepper writes 10 year government bonds vs FTSE performance – Government bonds vs FTSE performance – which performs better over the long run? The market offers a premium for – is it currently worth taking?

Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes 5 Common Options for Getting Out of Debt – There is no one size fits all for debt pay off. If you are just starting out on your debt pay off journey here are some common options for getting out of debt.

Jason @ The Money Makers writes Olivia Wilde is Having a Baby: What are the first-month expenses? – Olivia Wilde recently announced her pregnancy with fiance Jason Sudeikis as she is due with her first child in the coming year. Although the couple have declined to reveal their due date, they likely are expecting to set aside a budget for their baby, even with their high incomes.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes How to Limit Materialism During the Holidays – This time of year, it seems as though materialism is ratcheted up a notch. Kids see toys everywhere, and they are encouraged to ask Santa Claus and just about everyone else for more things – things that they probably do not need.

David @ Financial Nerd writes The Solution To Expenses – How coupons can help people financially afford necessities.

Kathleen @ Frugal Portland writes My ideal working situation – What does a workday look like in an ideal world? My ideal working situation turns out to be not so far from my real life.

Adam @ Money Bulldog writes Where Does Paul McCartney Get All His Money From? – The amazing financial perks of being a world-known celebrity.

Adam @ Money Rebound writes Who Are the Richest People in History? – Meet some of the wealthiest people whom have ever walked the face of the earth.

Adam @ The Cheapest Cars To Insure writes The Steps to Getting the Right Car Loan – Achieving the best car loan to fit your long term financial goals.

Jerry @ writes The Holiday Bonus Dilemma – Holiday bonuses have become less commonplace, but for those who do receive one, a bonus can create a dilemma: how to spend it.

Taylor @ Motive Finance writes What Car Does Warren Buffet Drive (and What You Can Learn from it) – Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest men, drives a much more modest car than you might expect–and he’s not alone in doing so among America’s uber-rich.

GenY @ Gen Y Finances writes Do you want to help the world but can’t give money? – This is a personal finance blog where we can be real about money. Even though you are on a budget, it does not mean that you can’t help others. You may not be able to financially help others, but you can help them in other days, which usually go a lot further.

Michelle @ Diversified Finances writes Should You Hire a Virtual Assistant? – In the past few weeks, I have had three people specifically ask me whether or not they should hire help for their business. Two were fellow bloggers in the personal finance niche, and one was a client that I recently had a meeting with.

Chad @ The Stock Market and I writes Too Much Diversification? – Individual investors are getting a new investment group to utilize for an added level of diversification. The problem is: you might not want to use it. Alternative investments are making their way into mainstream with some notable changes catered to the smaller investor. They are meant to imitate the much more complex investments of hedge funds

FI Pilgrim @ FI Journey writes FI 101: Two Stages Of Debt – For the financial independence seeker, getting out of debt is only the first stage of our debt-elimination journey, there are TWO stages of debt lead to FI!

Jon @ Increase Credit Limit writes How You Can Increase Your Credit Limit – Even if you might know that you should increase your credit limit, that information will do you no good unless you know how to get it done. So, here are some tips for how you can increase your credit limit.

Glen @ Glennalicious writes How To Prepare For A Career Change – The end and beginning of each new year brings about many changes. If you are planning a career change, here is a guide with steps on how to manage your finances and prepare for success.

Christopher @ This That and The MBA writes Understanding the Interest Rate Risk in Your Portfolio – Interest rates greatly affect many personal finance choices. From refinancing mortgages for more affordable payments to transferring credit card balances for faster payoffs; historically low interest rates are helping Americans improve their finances.

Dollar @ Easy Extra Dollar writes Can Everybody Do Money Online Easily – Well, in my opinion the answer is no of course no, because in first place nothing is easy and those websites that claim that you can earn millions by doing nothing …. if you believe in them please buy some new brain and close this site, you learn by yourself.

Taylor @ GWAF writes Your First Car…How Much Should You Spend? – When it comes to your first car, you should eschew anything fancy in favor of affordable, reliable transportation that costs just 10-30% of your yearly income.

John @ Frugal Rules writes Betterment Review: A New Investing Option to Consider – Investing in the stock market is vital to building wealth and with the variety of options available of where to invest it can be confusing. Choosing a good brokerage that has good offering and low fees can be a great way to help grow your retirement portfolio and get your investing on the right foot.

Jon Haver @ Pay My Student Loans writes 5 Private Student Loan Consolidation Tips – It is easy to apply for loans while you’re in school, but once you graduate, repayment can be complicated, especially if you borrowed from multiple lenders. Loan consolidation can help make paying back loans a little easier.

Justin @ Root of Good writes Running Out Of Money In Early Retirement – Depleting all your assets during early retirement is a common fear for those seeking financial independence. Here are five reasons why it’s unlikely you’ll run out of money and four tips to avoid depleting your investment portfolio in early retirement.

Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes Financial goals update 5 – Here is the third review of my financial goals update. You can check the January-February one here and March-April there May-June there July – August there.

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes What Fundamentals Affect Commodity Prices – Troy continues the investing for beginners series, and now he talks about what fundamentals affect commodity prices.

Jefferson @ See Debt Run writes How to Save on Winter Energy Expenses – With the cold winter in full gear driving up our utility expenses, here are some tips for keeping your bills under control.

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money writes Gift Cards: A Guaranteed 20% Return on Your Money? – One of the other things that you might not realize is that gift cards aren’t promotions. They are as good as cash. So they can be stacked with other coupons and promotions. I’ll give you a real world example of how I used this to my benefit recently.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Don’t Pay Interest on Your Holidays – The Holidays are joyous, cheerful and even sometimes stressful. BUT don’t add to that stress by racking up your credit card debt.

Brock Kernin @ Clever Dude writes Why is the Grass Is Greener On the Other Side of the Fence? – If you’ve ever wanted what someone else has, you need to read this post!

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Wait, Don’t Buy That Yet – I learned late in life that there are best times to buy certain things. Sure I knew about the ‘White sales’ – the ones stores used to have in January on sheets and towels and such, but I really hadn’t a clue that there is a best time to buy many other things!

Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Do men and women influence each others shopping habits? – Men and women may influence each others shopping purchases depending on the couple. When you are out with your significant other keep your ears and eyes open and listen to the both of you talk next time you are out shopping together.

Connie @ Savvy With Saving writes What To Do With Your Unwanted Gifts – I’ve gotten my fair share of unwanted gifts and while it’s always the thought that counts, I just can’t help but think ‘oh great…what am I going to do with this?’ If you find yourself with an unwanted gift, here’s what you can do.

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