Carnival of Money Pros

Welcome to the Carnival of Money Pros! Let jump right in to some great posts about personal finance, investing and saving!


Steve Zussino @ Canadian Personal Finance writes Am I a bad Canadian for not supporting RIM? – RIM (Research in Motion) produced some UGLY numbers this week. Expecting a loss of seven cents per share—already a steep fall from last year when the Waterloo-based BlackBerry maker posted earnings of $1.33 per share—RIM actually posted an adjusted loss of 37 cents per share. The mayor of Waterloo, said every single Canadian should be looking for ways to support Research In Motion. Am I a bad Canadian for supporting Apple?

SB @ One Cent at a Time writes How to Shop for a Mortgage Loan – If you are shopping for a home loan, it is only natural that you want to find a low interest rate mortgage loan. The surest ways to find the best deal are to Be a prepared borrower and to Shop around. Read more to explore.

Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence writes Best Side Gigs to Earn Quick Cash – I was asked today what the best side job is to earn some quick cash. Sometimes this is necessary to pay off debts, to keep current on your bills, or just for some extra spending money. I have done a few things on the side like donating plasma, creating websites, and financial coaching (when I was working full time somewhere else).

Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes Benefits of an Online Checking Account – Online checking accounts have become quite popular the last few years. People are getting fed up with traditional banks and their fees. See the benefits to an online checking account.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Build a Home Series: Frame, Plumbing, and the First Inspection…Supposedly – The frame for our slab is finally down, the plumbing has been added, and we just had our first inspection. Our house is finally starting to be built!

BARBARA FRIEDBERG @ Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance writes 3 SUMMER WEALTH BUILDING TIPS – 3 Tips to build wealth and health.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes The Dollars and Cents of Your Bathroom – Employ a green approach to your bathroom and see respectable savings.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Professional Profiles: Angela, the Stay At Home Mom – Stay at home mom no more: after four years as a full-time caregiver to her two daughters, this mom is returning to work and hoping to avoid career suicide.

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes Tips To Boost Home Office Productivity – It’s always been a dream of mine to be my own boss and/or work from home, but working from home can be both a blessing and a curse.

L Bee @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes 10 things under $10 that make me smile…. – I am in a bad mood of epic proportions today. EPIC. So I’d been thinking of doing this post for awhile, and what better time than now to recap cheap (often free) things that put a smile on my face? In no particular order: 1) Iced Tea- 2.99 per gallon.

J.P. @ Novel Investor writes The Safety Of Brand Loyalty – Companies that have mastered brand loyalty offer some of the safest investments with the best profit and growth prospects available.

Greg Field @ NerdWallet writes How to get a Credit Card after Bankruptcy – A great article and explanation of how to build credit and get a credit card after declaring bankruptcy

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes How to Survive a Layoff – Surviving a layoff is no small feat. It takes patience and a long term goal horizon. One needs to always be checking for new jobs and opportunities.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes 20 Things I Should Have Known About My Finances At The Age Of 20 – I can’t really remember what got me thinking about this list of what I should have known better about my finances in my 20s. Maybe it was Corey’s list of 16 Ways To Improve Your Finances that make me think. Heaven knows that I have made a few financial mistakes along the way.

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes Could You Survive In A One-Car Household? – Changes to my husband’s job could make it more feasible than ever to become a one-car household. But does it really make sense to sell our second car?

Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes Freelancing Revenue Report: My First Three Months in the Trenches – I’m now in my fifth month of entrepreneurship, and things are going well so far. I’m really happy with some areas, and not too happy with some other areas.

YFS @ Your Finances Simplified writes Home Buying Tips That People Never Tell You! – I would like to talk about home ownership, in particular, mortgages. Now everyone tells you that home ownership is better than renting. Some people would say renting is better than home ownership. I don’t really care what you do-I just want you to do what’s best for you and your finances.

Tyler @ Poor Student writes Shorten Your Life With Debt – I recently wrote about how I am working at getting rid of days I have to work by investing to receive dividends. But I got to thinking again about a different way to think about things.

Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes 3 Ways to Teach Your Kids Financial Responsibility – Find out three simple steps to teach your kids financial responsibility.

Kevin @ Thousandaire writes Finances are Just One Piece of the Puzzle – You can be responsible financially, but if you don’t take precautions to address disasters then you might not live to enjoy all your money

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Money lessons from unexpected sources: the importance of time – Two money lessons we can take from teenage vampire fiction: money is necessary but not sufficient and getting rich is easy for immortals.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes The Tax Bomb Is Coming – It would be hard for me not to make some comment on the 5-4 decision last week in the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare.

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Ideas to Save Money on Video Game Addictions – There are four video games I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime: Mario Brothers, Tetris, Sim City, and The Sims.

Corey @ 20s Finances writes Financial Influence of Government on Young Adults – I am continually reminded of the many ways that governmental policy affects our finances. While we are encouraged to challenge and question the laws put into place, we are often forced to accept certain regulations that have a direct influence on our lives.

Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes July 2012 Net Worth Update – From June 2012 to July 2012 my net worth increased 4.12% Year to Date my net worth has increased 26.78% From January 2011 to July 2012 my net worth has increased 119.05%

Mr. Money @ Smart on Money writes Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable care act Health Care Law. What Does It Mean for You? – So with the Affordable Care Act law being upheld, what does the decision mean and how will it affect health care and the economy in the U.S.?

PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes Key Traits of Passive Businesses – Find out what makes businesses with passive income so successful.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes Earn Money Online: Swagbucks – Swagbucks is my favorite way to earn money online, I’ve earn hundreds of dollars from them so far and couldn’t imagine life without it. Different ways to earn..

Peter @ Bible Money Matters writes How to Avoid Flight Cancellation and Change Fees and Get a Refund for Your Air Travel – Cancellation and change fees tend to vary quite a bit. You can have different change fees from airline to airline (see above), from ticket to ticket (restricted vs unrestricted tickets), and depending on where you book (directly versus with a third party site). So here are a few tips to help you avoid paying large change fees like we just did.

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes Choose ImpulseSave Instead of Impulse Spending – It is funny how sometimes something so mundane and boring like saving money can suddenly become fun, creative and even change one’s perspective on spending. No, I am not a reborn saver. I am still an impulsive spender, but something has changed me. Just a little bit.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Best Approach to Retirement Planning – Find out how your approach to retirement planning can affect your entire life.

Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes Saving for Retirement is Like Going on a Road Trip – What if I woke up one Tuesday morning and decided to take my kids to Disneyland that day? Now, I live in Phoenix.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes An Envious Life – Money & Success Isn’t Always What It Seems – Money and success isn’t always what it seems, read more to find out what I mean.

Beating Broke @ Beating Broke writes Four Years and Counting – Just a little over four years ago, the first post on Beating Broke sprung to life. I thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the statistics of the site over the four years.

Jason @ Live Real, Now writes Charity – As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a bit busy cleaning out a hoader’s house. Last weekend, we tackled one of the stashes of toiletries. We came out with several cases of soap, shampoo, blankets, towels, and sleeping pads. For the right charity, an unopened case of bar soap is better than gold.

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money writes Spending a Million in a Weekend. . .or When Crazy Calls You Crazy – I can’t imagine what “Pacman” Jones’ life was like. He estimated that 90 percent of his childhood friends in Atlanta are now either dead or in jail. I wish I could have connected with him and said, “Hey, here’s a chance to use that money to save some of those friends.” I’m betting that a few people tried to tell him that along the way, but he might not have listened.

Daisy @ Add Vodka writes Celebrity Tax Avoidance – One of the most infuriating things about saving, particularly if your frugality has been inspired by the current economic climate, is knowing that there are extraordinarily wealthy people out there not paying their dues when it comes to tax.

Cash Flow Mantra @ Cash Flow Mantra writes Self-Employment and Tax Advantages – It’s great to start a business of your own – it could provide some extra income and you might even be able to retire earlier because of it – just make sure that you’re starting the business for those reasons and not strictly for the tax shelter. Many times, avoiding taxes can actually do more harm than good. Keep your focus on earning an income and worry about sheltering your earnings later.

Penny Thots @ Penny Thots writes Cash Only Living – Over the last several years, my family has adopted a cash only lifestyle, a decision that ultimately freed us by ensuring we stayed accountable for managing real money.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Logical Tricks to Find More Money to Save and Invest – Logical Tricks to Find More Money to Save and Invest on Start Investing Money. See if you benefit from these logical tricks

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes The First Three Things You Need To Do If You Lose Your Job – Millions of Americans are out of work. Take these tips to find out what you should do if you suddenly lose your job.

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Job Hunting Success – Alternative Job Finding Techniques – Check out these alternative job finding techniques for job hunting success

Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Frugal Bike Challenge For Me and My Son – Frugal biking challenge for father and son on the weekends.

Shawanda @ You Have More Than You Think writes How to Make Razor Blades Last Longer {Video} – A free and easy trick to make your razor blades last longer. No oil, vinegar or any of that other nonsense is necessary.

krantcents @ KrantCents writes The 3 V’s of Success – The 3 V’s of Success is the twenty-second in a series of articles to help you reach your goal.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Government Wants You on Food Stamps – A recent story by CNN describes how the US Department of Agriculture is running radio ads encouraging people to sing up for food stamps.

Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes Family Finance: Property and Vehicle Insurance – What is Family Finance you may ask? It’s a new set of topics for family finances that I will be presenting over time regarding the many financial decisions a family must agree on. Agreeing on spending is one of the behaviours that can enable a family to reach financial success and build wealth.

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes How Do You Become Rich? – The key characteristic between the rich and rest of us is their ability to take chances. Without risk the rewards are minimal.

MR @ Money Reasons writes Reasons for a Non-working Allowance for Kids – This is the reasons for a non-working allowance plan for kids, and my kid’s history with such an implementation of a non-working allowance.

Kanwal @ Simply Investing writes Why Do Companies Care So Much About Their Share Prices? – When you buy shares in a company, you are generally buying shares from a shareholder who is willing to sell those shares. For example if you buy $1000 worth of shares of Walmart, that $1000 goes to the seller of those shares not to Walmart.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Mucho Dinero for a June Wedding – The count-down has begun; one week to go before my sister’s wedding. As a guest who’s traveling out of town to attend, I’ve had to prepare and purchase quite a few items which leads me to believe there’s a conspiracy with weddings and the month of June! A few things I’ve noticed in regards to June wedding expenses:

Robert @ My Multiple Incomes writes Maximizing Income Equals Minimizing Expenses – When it comes to maximizing my multiple incomes streams, just as important as getting more income is minimizing expenses across income categories.

PPlan @ Provident Plan writes 3 Basic Steps for a Small Business – Starting a small business may sound like a great idea.

John @ Married (with Debt) writes A 3 Step Way to Guilt-Free Vacation Spending – When you work hard and save up, you deserve guilt-free spending on your vacation. Learn how to fight back against vacation haters.

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Why You Shouldn’t Buy Cheap Pet Food – If you’re a pet owner, you should be aware that you could be taking a huge risk by feeding your pet cheap cat food. You could end up facing big health problems down the road.

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes Win $1,000 in our “Hello Summer” Giveaway! (6/20-7/20) – And here we are again to give you a chance to win BIG BUCKS!!! The Penny Hoarder, Happy Home and Family, Diva Fabulosa and a group of amazing bloggers have

JP @ My Family Finances writes College degrees Make the Rich, Poor and the Poor, Rich – A college degree may be risky, but it is also a critical element to income mobility.

Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence writes I Thought House Hunting Was Supposed to Be Easy – Because the Ames, Iowa housing market hasn’t taken a big hit, we started creeping up in price range when looking for our new house. I think that’s a pretty common thing for home buyers. But it’s a slippery slope. Once you start accepting the idea of paying more for a house than you planned, it’s easy to slip into higher and higher price brackets.

Jeff Rose @ Good Financial Cents writes 25 Easy Ways To Make Money – There was time when I was young and flat broke. I was working, making decent money, but I was spending it just as fast – in fact, faster! I was constantly searching the classifieds looking for ways to make money fast.

Jeff Rose @ Life Insurance by Jeff writes 30 Year Term Life Insurance Rates – In this day and age when you buy something, it always comes with an extended warranty. It usually costs extra but the intent is to give you peace of mind for the lifetime of that product. Unfortunately, many of these extended warranties only last maybe another three, four, or five years. What if you could buy a product that offered a 30-year guarantee?

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Should You Consider Investing Your Money? – For decades people have been told that investing in the stock market provides better returns than cash over the long term. Whilst this has been true in the past, with everything that has been going on in the financial markets lately, is this still likely to be the case? Should I still risk my money? These are questions I am going to explore.

Investor Junkie @ Investor Junkie writes How Obamacare Will Affect Investing – Instead of living in a fantasy world of where the Affordable Care Act doesn’t exist, we need to determine the causes and possible effects. The question you should be asking yourself is: “How will this law affect me?” Plenty! Here’s the rundown of the changes, and what are the ramifications. Now it the time to prepare and act.

Boomer @ Boomer & Echo writes Couples Money: Savers Vs. Spenders – The conventional wisdom in relationships is that opposites attract. It seems very common for a compulsive spender to hook up with a compulsive saver.

Young @ Young And Thrifty writes Government Job vs Entrepreneurship – The Battle for My Soul – Do I stick with the government job and all of the guaranteed benefits or do I branch out on my own and have complete control over what I can and can’t do?

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes Why Do We Assume We Are Smarter Than The Other Guy? – How we can be so arrogant as to think that we stand a good chance of beating the market over an extended time frame. “The market” is the average rise and/or fall of the market you are trading within and there is a reason why it is the numerical average!

Melissa @ Mom’s Plans writes Where to Recycle Your Old Cell Phone for Cash – If you have old cell phones sitting around your home, you may be able to cash them in and make a nice bundle of cash by using one of the following cell phone recycling services.

Katie @ The Discount Coder Blog writes 17 little money saving tips that make a big difference – Making small savings here and there really do start to add up to a serious chunk of cash! This fantastically frugal post offers up 17 quick and easy tips to get the money saving ball rolling.

Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes Marital Property and Debt in Divorce – Money problems cause conflict in many relationships, but what happens when you get a divorce? How do you separate assets? How do you deal with marital debt?

Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes Save Money by Using Home Appliances Efficiently – Today, the current financial situation may require a much more stringent management of your household expenses. Domestic appliances account for a large portion of your home’s energy usage. There are, however, a few things you can do to trim the budget.

Melissa @ Mom’s Plans writes Is Your Vision of How It Is Supposed to Be Affecting Your Happiness? – Have you ever found yourself focusing on what you should be doing or where you should be in life instead of appreciating where you are? I have, and here is what I have discovered.

SB @ Finance Product Review writes Chaikin Portfolio Health Check Review – A review of the newest tool from Chaikin suit of trading tools, the Chaikin portfolio health checker, a fee based stock recommendation service.


Thanks for a great carnival!


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  1. Robert @ My Multiple Incomes

    Thanks for hosting this week!

  2. Eddie

    Thanks for including our article.
    Much appreciated.

  3. Paul @ The Frugal Toad

    Thanks for the mention!

  4. Ted Jenkin - Your Smart Money Moves

    Thanks for including our article “The Tax Bomb Is Coming” !!!

  5. Jai Catalano

    Some of these bloggers are my friends so I can say you have a great list.

  6. WorkSaveLive

    Thanks for the mention and including me in this group!

  7. Modest Money

    Thanks for including my post Princess P. I always appreciate any kind of support like this. Enjoy your weekend!

    By the way, I recommend e-mailing all bloggers directly to let them know about the inclusion, otherwise lots just won’t know. Damn nonfunctional trackbacks in wordpress :(

  8. Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    Thanks for hosting the carnival and including my post. :-)

  9. Nick

    Wow – I’ve been MIA for a while so I haven’t read ANY of these. Looks like I have a lot of good posts to read. :)

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