Yakezie Carnival July 8, 2012 - Summer Fun Edition

I am very happy to host this week's Yakezie Carnival. I remember signing up for this back in March and thinking what a long way off July 8th was. Well here it is and it came quite quickly.

This week's carnival includes a long list of interesting entries, many of which I haven't had a chance to read yet, but I will. Thanks for submitting your post and I hope you are able to take a few minutes to read these as well.

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Kurt Fischer @ Money Counselor writes Woodstacker - We rely mostly on a modern, efficient fireplace insert to heat our home. Stacking its fuel—firewood—into cords is as enjoyable as the comfy radiant heat.

Drew @ Objective Wealth writes How Often Should You Check Your Investment Portfolio? - Why checking your portfolio every day, particularly as a starting investor, is good training for staying calm and rational down the line when there's more to lose.

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.

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

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

Dr. Dean @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog writes U Pick Vegetables-6 Reasons I Love To! - Picking Veggies is such great fun. It's also frugal-and there are other great reasons to make this a summer habit.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes World Bond Funds: Do You Know the Risks? - Thinking about investing in a World Bond Fund? There are several risks unique to world bond funds that should be addressed before investing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.?

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?

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 Dividend Income Report for Q2 of 2012 - It has been my belief that I shouldn’t be saving with the goal of living off my savings when I retire. Rather, I plan on investing in assets that produce income and living off that income.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Theresa Torres @ Credit Donkey writes Spring Into Your Local Farmers’ Markets - This summer, be sure to visit your local farmers' market for fresh produce, better deals, and savings, helping save the environment at the same time. Check out this infographic for some facts and tips on farmers' markets.

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.

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.

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

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Buy to Rent Ratio - There is something about owning a home and having the freedom to modify it the way I want. Owning a home also makes more sense in the long run; someday the home will be paid off free and clear (except for insurance and taxes of course!) Buying is still in my future, but things will have to line up perfectly. (or close to it.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ray @ Squirrelers writes Grammar and Wealth - It's best to put your best foot forward, and make a good impression. Along those lines, can poor grammar impact wealth?

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.

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

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.

Robert @ The College Investor writes What a Method for Clearing Debt that Really Works? Make It a Game - How did I go from the self-proclaimed Princess of Interest to a home-owning, reformed spendaholic? I made my debt payoff efforts a game! You can, too, by following the steps below.

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.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes 11 Ways to Make Personal Travel More Sustainable and Less Polluting - Here are 11 ways you can make your transportation needs a little more eco-friendly.

PK @ Don't Quit Your Day Job... writes Predicting the S&P 500 Closing Price (Early) July 2012 Edition - Use options to predict where the market things the... um... market is headed? Don't mind if I do!

Jake @ Moola Mind writes Tips to Buying A Car and Negotiating Used Car Price - Buying a car is always a bitter/sweet experience. As fun as it is find that next exciting vehicle, paying for it is never fun. Here are some tips that I use to find, and negotiate, my car purchases.

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!

Edward Antrobus @ Edward Antrobus writes Why I Don't Want to Retire Early - A lot of people want to retire early. I don't. My somewhat tongue-in-cheek post explaining why I don't want early retirement.

Jon Rhodes @ Affiliate Marketing writes One Thing Most Bloggers Do Wrong - This post warns you of the one common mistake that can hold a blog back. Make sure you are not making it!

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 We May Not Always Be Together. Am I Prepared Financially? - I was certainly not prepared for my divorce at 27, and suffered financially because of my lack of financial knowledge back then. Do yourself justice and if nothing else be informed that these financial mistakes could cost you.

Christine Toner @ TotallyMoney writes 4 ways to cut the cost of car insurance - 4 simple tips to save money on your auto insurance

Philip @ PT Money Personal Finance writes 7 Mistakes We Make When Trying to Save Money - Addresses some common mistakes many people make when attempting to increase their savings.

Greg Field @ NerdWallet writes How to get a Credit Card after Bankruptcy - A great article on building back credit and getting a credit card after declaring bankruptcy. Enjoy

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.

Marie at FamilyMoneyValues @ Family Money Values writes Tech Support - Is tech support worth the cost?

SB @ One Cent at a Time writes 20 Best Practices for Retirement Saving - 60% of Americans are either not saving for retirement, or saving too little. If you'e one of them, start acting now, here's the 20 nest practices for retirement saving.

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.

Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes How will Obamacare Affect Small Business? - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare has been upheld by the Supreme Court. Many small business owners now wonder how it will affect them and the economy.


    • Kurt @ Money Counselor

      Kurt @ Money Counselor 07/08/2012 9:19 a.m. #

      Thanks so much for including "Woodstacker" and for your time and effort in hosting this outstanding Carnival!

    • The College Investor

      The College Investor 07/08/2012 12:12 p.m. #

      Thanks for hosting this week and including my article!

    • Lauren @ LBee and the Money Tree

      Lauren @ LBee and the Money Tree 07/08/2012 12:34 p.m. #

      Thank you for the mention! What a great idea for a carnival :)

    • beating broke

      beating broke 07/08/2012 8:56 p.m. #

      Thanks for including my piece!

    • One Cent At A Time

      One Cent At A Time 07/08/2012 9:40 p.m. #

      Thanks for hosting and including us!

    • Jai Catalano

      Jai Catalano 07/09/2012 8:18 a.m. #

      Some of these articles were really good. What a list you have.


    • MR

      MR 07/09/2012 10:28 a.m. #

      Thanks for the mention and hosting!

    • Anthony Thompson

      Anthony Thompson 07/09/2012 11:44 a.m. #

      Congratulations on hosting Yakezie Carnival, Sicorra. You've done a great job in tallying up some exceptional blog reads, and I appreciate your hard work. I hope you host another one in the near future. In the meantime, I'm going to try to read some of these posts.

    • Glen Craig

      Glen Craig 07/10/2012 9:20 a.m. #

      Thanks so much for hosting this week! How in the world did you get through all of these articles? Great job.

    • Jason

      Jason 07/12/2012 4:36 p.m. #

      Thanks for hosting and including my post, Sicorra!

    • Dr. Dean

      Dr. Dean 07/12/2012 5:45 p.m. #

      Thanks for hosting and including my post.

    • Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

      Jen @ Master the Art of Saving 07/13/2012 10:17 p.m. #

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

    • Paul Vachon

      Paul Vachon 07/28/2012 12:42 p.m. #

      Thanks for hosting and including us! Just got the trackback

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