Welcome to the weekly Yakezie Carnival. This carnival has grown since the last time that I hosted and I am proud to show you TONS of great articles.
Lance @ Money Life & More writes Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses: How I Made $443 in 5 Minutes – Toward the beginning of my blogging adventures I wrote about how I was in the market and shopping around for a new AC unit. Well I finally took the plunge and bought a unit. They aren’t cheap though so, per usual, I was looking for ways to take advantage of expending a large amount of money.
Shilpan @ Street Smart Finance writes How to Make Six Figure Income in Any Economy – Making six figure income remains a major milestone for most of us, especially in this tough economy. While six figure income may have lost its once elite status, there is no dearth of people who consider it as tough as climbing Mount Everest.
Mike @ Live the New Economy writes Living (Better) the Old Economy – In the midst of trying to establish new income streams, my wife and I redouble our efforts to get our existing finances in ship shape!
Roshawn Watson @ Watson Inc writes Authenticity In The Workplace – Moreover, it is hard to put your best foot forward if you are not sure what you even bring to the table. It was Leonardo da Vinci who said “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. Here are 3 reasons to be authentic with your chosen vocation.
John @ Married (with Debt) writes US Bank Internet Banking – US Bank Internet Banking is a great way to save money, time, and keep your finances organized. Click through for my personal review.
JP @ My Family Finances writes Is a Prepaid Debit Card a Good Way to Teach Your College Student about Credit Cards? – The average college student has over $3,100 in credit card debt. Is a prepaid debit card a good way to teach your child about how to manage a credit card and avoid the norm?
Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Be Prepared – Be Prepared is a post from: Broke Professionals if you enjoy it, please visit us and subscribe to the Feed. “Chance favors a prepared mind” – said Louis Pasteur, the French chemist, microbiologist and the pioneer of the germ theory of disease.
Hank @ Money Q&A writes Five Ways To Save Money At The Movie Theater This Summer – There are tons of great ways to save money at the movie theater this summer. Here are several of my favorites to save money at the movies.
Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Ways to Take Advantage of Back to School Sales (Even if You Don’t have Kids) – I opened up my Sunday paper this past weekend and saw that back to school sales have already begun.
Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Job Hunting Success – Job Interview 101: Preparation – A look at the first step in the job interview process, getting ready to go to the interview, preparing your questions to dressing properly.
YFS @ Your Finances Simplified writes Could You Survive At the Povery Line? – Sometime ago, very early in my blogging career. Ha, I’m writing this as if I didn’t start blogging in October of 2011. Time sure does fly..
Maria @ The Money Principle writes What you are worth and six strategies to increase your value – We are worth what people are prepared to pay for our labour. Learn how to calculate your worth and six strategies to increase it.
Luke @ Learn Bonds writes The Total Return Approach – Are you investing in individual bonds, bond mutual funds or bond ETFs to stabilize your portfolio throughout retirement? You are not alone.
BARBARA FRIEDBERG @ Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance writes CHEAP SUMMER VACATION TIPS – This year’s getaway is to Vegas! We are taking our daughter and mom on a four day, three night trip. The room and airfare for the four of us is $1,100.00.
Jason @ Work Save Live writes 5 Reasons to Buy a Home in This Market – Should You Buy a Home? It’s argued that buying a home is one of the best investments that one can make.
Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Is It Too Late To Begin Saving For Retirement? – You are 45 years old and it dawns on you that your college days are looking further and further in your review view mirror and you can see the exit sign for
Daisy @ Add Vodka writes Somebody Stole My Wallet – I was at the gym last Wednesday night when I should have been in class.
Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Should You Finance a Business Idea? – As I have been thinking long and hard about making a living on my own, I have come a difficult decision.
Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes How Often Should You Check Your Investment Accounts? – We like to be in control of our day-to-day finances and we want to keep tabs on our investments as well. But is checking constantly healthy?
Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes Is a Home Warranty Worth Having? – Find out if a home warranty is worth the costs. What are the benefits of a home warranty? The downsides?
Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Improve Your Credit Score – If you’ve embraced a new, responsible financial future, it can be troubling to find you’re still not getting the credit you need, when you need it.
Eddie @ Finance Fox writes Escape Living Paycheck to Paycheck Rut – It took me nearly three years to get a grip on my finances. There were many tough moments of anger, disappointment, and the thoughts of wanting to give up.
Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Do You Know Enough to Be a Successful Stock Market Investor? – For many people the obvious route to take when thinking about investing is to head for the stock market. But is this really the wisest route for everyone? There is certainly a lot of money to be made with stocks and shares.
Earth and Money @ Earth and Money writes Community Bonds – A Primer – Community bonds are just what they sound like – bonds issued by local, community organizations (either a non-profit or a co-operative) to local, community investors. The investment funds provide the organization with either money to pay down existing loans that they may have, or to provide start-up capital for a potential project, in exchange for a fixed rate of return.
PB @ Economically Humble writes My Lesson Learned: Get Speaker Consulting Details (and fee) In Writing – This post discusses the lessons I learned by not requesting a formal speaker contract when working with a non-profit that I regularly contract with. I explain what I learned and provide questions every speaker should ask in addition to links to simple and detailed speaker contracts. The post will publish on Jul 21, 2012 @ 2:03AM MST.
J.P. @ Novel Investor writes How To Avoid Securities Fraud – People fall prey to investment scams, Ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, and IPO scams all the time. Here are the best ways to avoid it.
Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes When To Consider Life Insurance – When you are young and starting in the work place, life insurance is probably not something you even want to consider and you certainly don’t want to add another monthly expense to your long list. However, there are certain life milestone that should make you want to review the need for life insurance as it can play an important role in family finances.
ETZ25 @ Entertainment Timez writes Why Establish A Dividend Money Stream For Entertainment? – This article explains why a dividend money stream for entertainment is good especially for kids and young adults, and even older adults.
Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes Why We Lie About Money – People tend to lie about money. I have yet to meet a person who would never say a lie, even a small lie. Some of us choose to conveniently omit truth. Some of us choose to tell so called “white lies.” Some of us blatantly make up stories to make ourselves look good. Some of us lie to avoid trouble.
Kanwal @ Simply Investing writes When is the best time to buy stocks? – When is the best time to buy stocks? Should you try and time the market? No, market timing doesn’t work. It is always a good time to buy quality dividend paying stocks when they are undervalued. No one can predict the future. Analysts, financial experts are no good at predicting the future than you and I.
Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes The Power of Dollar Cost Averaging – Dollar cost averaging is when you decide how much money you are going to invest each month and then chunk it into the market each and every month no matter
Tyler @ Poor Student writes Internetoholic – First off let me say that I find it very annoying when people create words like “chocoholic” or “shopaholic”. What is chocohol? Shopahol? We have people who really like chocolate or shopping but do not understand word endings.
krantcents @ KrantCents writes The 3 X’s of Success – The 3 X’s of Success is the twenty-fourth in a series of articles to help you reach your goal.
Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Is Your Television Making You Poor? – Does television lead you to make poor spending decisions?
SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes My Dirty Mortgage Qualification Secret – Despite the fact that I’m in the market for a new home, I’ve yet to secure a mortgage qualification. No, I’m not lazy – I’m just self-employed.
PPlan @ Provident Plan writes Is Self Employment a Viable Career Option? – Find out if self employment or running your own business is the right thing for you.
PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes Saving Up for a Rental Property – Find out how saving up a down payment for my first rental property will provide me extra security in quitting my day job.
Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes Are People Shooting Themselves in the Foot With Income Reports? – I’ve always had fun looking at the income reports of others, as it’s so interesting to learn how people are doing, how about you?
MR @ Money Reasons writes Progress On Financial Independence – Still Swimming to Shore – This is the third update on my progress toward financial independence. Hopefully in five years I’ll break through the financial independence threshold!
Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Myths and Truths About Long Term Care – There are many myths and truths about long term care. Let’s iron things out and get the truth out about long term care and what you need to know!
Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes College Debt – Why It’s a Problem – College debt is getting worse and worse over time. Find out why it’s a problem and what it could prevent you from doing.
MMD @ My Money Design writes How to Read and Evaluate Basic Stock Metrics – Have you ever looked at a stock online and wondered what all the metrics represent? Which ones are good and what is their significance? This exercise walks through a stock page on CNN Money and explains the importance of each of the metrics to you.
Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes Moving in July-Escaping the Crappy Apartment – July is turning out to be a crazy month for us. The craziness is bringing change, both good and bad—and it’s really stressing me out. One of the biggest changes is that we are moving out of our apartment in July.
Jeff Rose @ Good Financial Cents writes Credit Score Scale: What is a Good Credit Score? – You know that your credit score is one of the most important bits of financial information about you. Where you fall on the credit score scale is often considered to be a way of determining what kind of person you are when it comes to managing your money.
Kevin @ Thousandaire writes Skills, Not Education, Make You Money – You don’t need a college education to get a great job and make money. You just need valuable skills.
L Bee @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes Ebay is your frenemy. – Like, no really. Ebay is the best and the worst. It is the friend in high school who held your hand when your first boyfriend dumped you, the sister in college who held your hair while you got sick at the frat house, the mid-twenties confidant who listened to your quarter-life crisis woes over too many margaritas …
Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes A Company’s Stock Price May Have Very Little To Do with The Size of the Company – I think there is this common misconception that must be addressed for those that don’t have any interest in “the market.” A Company’s stock price on a particular day does not provide information in of itself of the size of the company.
Victoria Lindsay @ Lend Not Borrow writes Lend Not Borrow – Is the state of unemployment hopeless or are there things we can do to better our outcome? 10 quick tips that may help the unfortunate unemployment situation
Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes How to Negotiate Anything – The Negotiation! You negotiate with your friends and family all of the time over countless topics, such as what movie to watch or whose turn it is to wash the dishes. When it comes to negotiating with strangers, however, you may fall apart.Negotiation is a skill anyone can learn. Like anything else, some are better at negotiating than others.
A Blinkin @ Funancials writes How I Got Engaged: A Love-Love Story (Part II) – If you’re already sick of reading about my blossoming love then come back tomorrow as I’ll have some fresh new content focusing on how you can improve the relationship between you and your money.
Beating Broke @ Beating Broke writes Vote for Beating Broke in the Personal Finance Olympics – Go Banking Rates, a website that puts together a bunch of rates on savings, checkings, and loans along with some pretty good content too is holding the Personal Finance Olympics. They’re doing it in collaboration with the Financial Bloggers Conference. Personal Finance sites, like Beating Broke, were offered a chance to submit articles that we had written in four categories.
Cash Flow Mantra @ Cash Flow Mantra writes Everybody Is Getting Into Real Estate – Maybe I am exaggerating a little, but it seems like every blogger that I read is getting into real estate. As a landlord myself, I can’t help but notice these things. It makes me wonder what the implications might be.
Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes 5 Ways to Earn & Save Money on College Costs – Your college tuition bill offers you four ways to earn money.
Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes When It’s Time to Assist the Parents – It’s not easy for parents to ask for help, and it’s not easy for kids to accept the possibility of a role-reversal. I know this first-hand because I’ve been confronted with an ever-looming possibility that I might need to step in and offer some assistance very soon. Yet, knowing my own parents, I have to do it graciously or else be chided for interfering in a matter I “don’t understand.”
Corey @ 20s Finances writes How to Get a Promotion – Managing your career in this economy can be a difficult thing. With companies going out of business and people being laid off left and right (or so it seems), thinking about advancing within your organization may seem like a stretch. I know what you’re thinking: It’s one thing to keep your job and quite another to get a promotion.
Mr. Money @ Smart on Money writes Can You Get a Mortgage If You’re Self-Employed? – Even with the tighter lending standards, you can be approved for a home mortgage loan, even if you’re self-employed and running a home business. Just be prepared to show a lot of documentation.
Ryan @ Early Retirement Investments writes A Few Ways to Save Money Around the House… – Read my ways to save a money around the house!
Shawanda @ You Have More Than You Think writes Innovative Money Saving Tips – With the recession showing few signs of abating, more and more people are being forced to tighten their belts.
Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy writes A Candid Look At My Finances – Once every few months I peek at my finances to crunch some numbers and receive an overview of my financial well-being, and I’m tickled pink to share with you. Ready? Here’s how my July numbers are shaking out…
Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Job Hunting Success – Three Job Application Methods – Hunting for a new job! Learn these Three Job Application Methods to help you out!
Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Should You Buy a Pool? – Should you buy a pool? Make sure to consider the costs of a pool and whether it is teaching your children good spending habits.
Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes Family Finances – Tips for Avoiding Conflict – Discussing the family finances causes more arguments between couples – 3 per month on average – than any other topic. So what causes most arguments about finances? The majority of couples state that misunderstandings between needs versus wants are at the root of most disagreements.
Jake @ I Am 1 Percent writes Networking To Increase Your Income Potential – How to build, maintain, and leverage your network to increase your income potential.
Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey @ My Personal Finance Journey writes Why Renting Works for Me – There are plenty of articles discussing the pros and cons of buying vs. renting in today’s market. There is no right or wrong answer, as very situation is different. This post describes one authors’ choice, and why renting, in the end, is the best financial situation for her.
Young @ Young And Thrifty writes How To Get Your Employer to Pay For School – The decision on whether or not to go back to school to upgrade your skills (whether you are talking about a graduate degree, a diploma, or a certificate program of some kind) often hinges on the financial viability of it.
Teacher Man @ My University Money writes Hidden Costs of Owning a Dog or Cat – It’s interesting to see how blind we often are to expenses that are tied to emotional attachments. Some people “love” their sports team and wouldn’t think twice about multi-thousand dollar season tickets.
SB @ One Cent at a Time writes Forex Trading Pros and Cons – Forex trading and stock trading are two different forms of financial trading. They may both represent two different ways to make money from the financial markets, but they have some subtle differences
SB @ Finance Product Reviews writes Barclays Online Saving Account Review – Barclays Saving account product targets US consumers with an instant access saving bank account and longer-term CD products. Read if it is good fit for you
Steve Zussino @ Canadian Personal Finance writes Why Kickstarter is overrated as an investment – Have you heard of Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a crowd funding website for creative projects. I wanted to share some thoughts why it is a poor investment.
PK @ Don’t Quit Your Day Job… writes The Roth IRA Loophole for Absurdly High Contributions (And No Income Limits) – Ever get mad at the Roth IRA contribution limit, or the income limit? Yes? Well, have I got just the financial hack for you…
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Six Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Grocery Bags – If you hate waste, then these bags probably drive you nuts. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do with plastic grocery bags to give them a second life.
Jason @ Live Real, Now writes The Story of Sammy – If we can take a few hundred dollars, and help launch Sammy into a business that will help him, his family, and a circle of kids with few prospects, I think it’s the right thing to do.
Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence writes Budget & Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products – Did you know that the average household (spends) between $1,800 and $3,600 a year on cleaning products? Try these green products which are free from bleach, phosphates and ammonia. Get rid of those toxic cleaners and start fresh with these easy on your budget and better for the environment products.
Marie at FamilyMoneyValues @ Family Money Values writes All Star Game – Do you dream of going to the next MLB All Star game? Better start saving now. Here’s a break down of what it would have cost you to attend this years game in Kansas City!
Robert @ My Multiple Incomes writes Women Are Getting Into the Mortgage Industry – The type of individual launching a mortgage broker franchise today looks quite different than the middle aged man of yesterday. The MFAA reports that while the association’s current body is comprised of seven males for every three females, it’s starting to see a shift toward more females entering mortgage broking; new membership rates show only six males for every four females.
Philip @ PT Money Personal Finance writes I Don’t Teach Anymore. Should I Keep Money in the Teacher’s Retirement System? – PT writes from personal experience (his wife was a teacher and now is a stay-at-home mom) and answers a reader’s question about what to do with their retirement funds now that they have left teaching.
Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes Why You Need a Small Business Credit Card – There are many great reasons for a small business owner to have a small business credit card. See why and how it can help you run your business.
Robert @ The College Investor writes Should You Consider Tuition Insurance? – The biggest danger of a private student loan is that the cosigner is also liable for the debt. So, should something happen to her daughter, and she can’t graduate and earn income, she will be on the hook for the debt.
Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes When Women Make More than Their Husbands – I make more money than my husband. And according to 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, I’m not alone. Almost 40 percent of U.S. working wives are out-earning their husbands.But what happens to the dynamics in a marriage when a wife makes more money than her husband?
Mich @ BeatingTheIndex writes Pinecrest Energy: Highlighting One of the Best Junior Oil Stocks in Canada – Pinecrest is one of a few light oil stocks (99% oil) that enjoys a healthy balance sheet, top tier netbacks, high growth and a lot of running room in a proven low risk light oil play.
Emily @ Evolving Personal Finance writes Double Check that Your Meal Plan Isn’t Screwing You – In my senior year of college, I discovered that my school’s meal plan was screwing over the students. Find out what to look out for.
Steven Zussino @ Grocery Alerts writes How to turn a $23 dollar pork leg into 45 meals – Meat is one of the most expensive items we buy at the grocery store. I have no skill nor do I know how to butcher a whole leg of pork but within 30 minutes the whole leg was cut up into roasts, pork cutlets and pork stew. We managed to create 45 servings approx. for $22 and 30 minutes of work.