Carnival of Money Turkey Day Edition

Turkey Day

This week I am hosting the Turkey Day Edition of the Carnival of Money.  The posts selected for inclusion in this week’s carnival are varied, however they all have “money” as the central theme.  Making it, spending it, enjoying it, or growing it.

Before you overindulge in delicious turkey and enter a tryptophan induced coma on Thanksgiving day, make sure to check out this week’s best blog posts.  As the editor this week, I have been given the great power to highlight a few of the best posts.


Gaining perspective of life:

Graham presents How accidents can change your perspective on life and money posted at Moneystepper, saying, “Last Saturday, I was working towards my newly set 2014 goals and was on an early morning cycle enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the wonderful city of Marseilles.”


On escaping the mundane (because who doesn’t think about living differently?):

Cat Alford presents Why It’s Financially Possible to Move Abroad posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Many only dream of moving to a Caribbean island, but think that it’s impossible to do. What many overlook though is the many benefits that come with it that can not only help you financially, but improve your way of life as well as the possibility of improving your wealth in the process.”

Natalie presents We Have To Escape… posted at Debt and the Girl, saying, “I am going to let you in on a little secret. I have always wanted to escape. I just do not want to go into a private island somewhere in Fiji (though that would be nice). I have always wanted to get in my car and go.”


The good and bad of living in a small house:

Holly presents Thoughts on Small House Living posted at Club Thrifty, saying, “We recently sold our home and moved into a temporary rental that is half the size. Read this post for my thoughts on small house living.”


Getting education for free:

Larry presents How to Take Control of your Life posted at KrantCents, saying, “Access to an education is the American way! A university education is expensive, but thanks to the internet, individual courses are free! Improving your skills should be a goal of everyone!”


Thanks to Graham, John, Natalie, Holly, and Larry for those insightful posts.


Unfortunately I couldn’t include everyone in the Editor’s Picks.  Here are the rest of the great posts for this week’s Carnival of Money:


Bobby presents Janet Yellen Is Blind to Bubbles posted at Making Money Fast and Slow, saying, “Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital spoke out today against Janet Yellen being confirmed as the next Fed Chairwoman claiming that she was completely clueless during the 2008 financial crisis.”

Sustainable PF presents Could You REALLY Retire? posted at Sustainable Personal Finance, saying, “One of the most important questions that many ask themselves right now is this: Will I have enough to retire?”

Alexa presents How to Debt Proof Your Christmas Shopping posted at Defeat Our Debt, saying, “If you are looking to have a debt free Christmas there are several things you can do. Follow these tips to debt proof your Christmas.”

Alexa presents 10+ Lucrative Offline Small Businesses to Start in 2014 posted at Single Moms Income, saying, “Have you caught the entrepreneurial bug but don’t have a passion for online businesses? As much as I absolutely love the online world I cannot help but feel the urge to get involved in some type of offline business.”

FI Pilgrim presents Financial Lessons I Remember Learning From My Dad posted at FI Journey, saying, “I love thinking back to the lessons my dad taught me as a kid. Here I run through a few of the financial lessons I remember learning from my dad.”

Kali presents Why Hipsters Should Be Our New Financial Role Models posted at Common Sense Millennial, saying, “One of my favorite quotes about investing and money comes from one of the most instantly recognizable faces on Wall Street, the Oracle of Omaha himself, Mr. Warren Buffett: “Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.””

Monica presents How To Graduate College Debt Free posted at Monica On Money, saying, “It might be hard to believe, but it is entirely possible to graduate from college debt-free. Think about how amazing it would be to start your new career without worrying about paying off student loans.”

Buck presents Tis The Enrollment Season To Be Jolly posted at Buck Inspire, saying, “It is time to enroll for your employee benefits! Some basics are pretty straightforward and really depends on personal preference like HMO versus PPO.”

Marissa presents The Things They Don’t Tell You About Money posted at Thirty Six Months, saying, “I had a few people email me asking the transition period after University. It helps that my brother just finished his Undergrad, and looking to settle in the phase of his life where he cannot describe himself as a student anymore.”

Marissa presents How to spot a good mortgage broker from a bad one posted at Finance Triggers, saying, “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.”

Bob presents Every Day Tips for Saving Money posted at Dwindling Debt, saying, “Have you ever heard the old adage penny wise and dollar foolish? If you have then you know what we mean when we say that many people who seem to take great care of their big bills have a hard time with their budget because their little bills end up wasting a whole lot of their money.”

Andrea presents Tips for Moms who want to Tackle their Financial Insecurity posted at So Over This, saying, “A recent report shows that moms who are financially insecure report feeling a lot more tension, stress and anxiety than moms who consider themselves to be financially astute.”

Hadley presents Increase your Retirement Savings without a 401(k) posted at Epic Finances, saying, “One of the unfortunate facts of working today is that over 70% of smaller businesses do not provide their employees with any type of retirement savings plans at all.”

Matt presents How your Upbringing Affects your Money Habits Part 1 posted at Budget Snob, saying, “Something that most people do not realize is that how they were raised as children can actually have a big impact on how they make decisions as adults, especially with money. ”

Danielle presents Financial Tips That Sound Bad but Work Well posted at Saving Without a Budget, saying, “If you ask most certified financial planners you will find that one of the things they are constantly warning their clients against is making bad money choices based on popular financial advice, which is often wrong.”

Oscar presents How to Fight Back against Zombie Debts posted at Money is the Root, saying, “If you think zombies are only found in the movies and in popular TV shows then you are dead wrong. (Pun intended.) The fact is, zombie debt is any debt that just does not seem to ever die or go away.”

Justin @ Root of Good presents Snapshot of Root of Good’s Diversification and Asset Allocation posted at Root of Good, saying, “Justin explains the asset allocation in his seven figure investment portfolio. Here’s a preview: global diversification spanning the US, Europe, Asia, and Emerging Markets along with a tilt to value and small cap stocks. There’s also a slice of alternative investments (real estate) to round out the portfolio.”

Simon Elstad presents Prosper Review – Detailed Prosper Lending Review posted at Modest Money, saying, “Prosper is a platform that brings together lenders and borrowers to engage in mutually beneficial transactions or as its commonly known; peer to peer lending. Prosper facilitates the acquisition of loans by borrowers at reasonable market rates while enabling investors to make money from interest payments from those debts.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of money using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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