I had a tough time deciding on how to host this week’s Carnival. Honestly, I haven’t read (or submitted to) one in weeks. As Carnivals get larger, the host tends to get overwhelmed and all you really get is a long list of links. If you’re lucky you get an asterick by the ones they like. If a list is what we want, then why don’t we just write a nice little computer script that churns out them out for us?
What I would like to see is Carnival hosts get back to being hosts and not just spend hours and hours copy-and-pasting HTML. Show us interesting new blogs and their posts. Tell us why you like them.
I received over 50 submissions this week. And they were good submissions. How is one supposed to choose? I don’t know, but do you, the readers, really want to sift through that many posts? Do hosts really want to spent all their time writing HTML? What about when we reach 100 posts? or 200? Or maybe I’m wrong, and everyone really does just want a huge link dump to choose from. If that’s so, I really think a script would save a lot of time for future hosts. (Of course, then why would we need hosts?)
For now, my goal was simply to create a nice mix of newer and older blogs, as well as a wide variety of topics from frugality to anti-frugality, giving to the homeless to winning the lottery, and differing investments. I gave myself from noon to dinnertime to do it =)
Carnival of Personal Finance #43
2 Retire at 50 presents I don?t want to be ?Normal? when it comes to our Finances!!. Not only he not want to be normal, but he has lived on one income while banking the second. Now with another child on the way, his Amazing Wife (why didn’t I think of that?) can stay at home with the kids with very little pain from the financial transition. Very nice.
Money and Investing presents Clutter Reduction. As I write this I’m surrounded by boxes of just… junk! I really hope I can take advantage of some of these tips during our upcoming move. Where did all this stuff even come from?!
Ask Uncle Bill presents You, Inc.. “Reduce your taxes and stick it the Man by starting your own company.” Ha. Sometimes I just feel like I’m just sticking it to myself, but most of the time it’s great 😉
Money and Values presents Gandhi on Budgeting. Man, that Gandhi dude knows about everything!
Financial Options presents The Week Ahead: Your Financial Road Map for April 10-14, 2006. Things to mark on the calendar for the so-inclined.
Inchoate Random Abstractions presents Lending Money to Relatives. IRA introduces an interesting site that proposes to formalize inter-family lending. I just don’t see it ever catching on, unfortunately.
The Almight Dollar presents You’re Never Too Young to Buy Life Insurance. I usually think someone needs to be dependent on you for you to want to buy life insurance, but maybe even the possiblity of dependence is enough…
FIRE Finance presents Investing – Digging for Gold – Online! Investing in precious metals seems to be the hot thing right now. Why does that make me feel like I should avoid it like the plague?
InsureBlog presents Beware the Fine (and not so fine) Print. Another reason why I am so wary of insurance companies… I’ll have to remember this when I start shopping for HSA plans again.
Don’t Mess With Taxes presents To err is human, especially at tax-filing time. Just in time for you slackers!
Stop Buying Crap presents How To Get Rid of Late Fees? Just Ask!
The Investimist presents Rebalancing my portfolio.
Fat Pitch Financials presents Portfolio123 Review
MusingMoney presents Enrolling in a graduate level Investment class?for free.
Flash’s Saving Blog presents Men Don’t Buy Tampons and other Budget Busters.
Mighty Bargain Hunter presents Is your spouse on your side with your investments?
Investing Guide presents Index Investing.
Brion presents The Power of Body and Mind
Personal Finance Advice presents Take Your Own Drink
Free Money Finance presents Maximizing Your Greatest Asset: Why Your Career is So Important.
The Family CEO presents Cheap Closet Makeovers.
Indie Mission presents When do you Give $$$ to Panhandlers?
It’s Just Money presents After Winning the Lotto, Should You Take the Cash Value or the Payments?
Canadian Financial Stuff presents Advice: Best Financial Advice Ever Given.
Financial Reference presents Why I Stay out of our finances (for the most part)
City Girl’s Financial Blog presents Ways to save on the electricity bill
Escape from Cubicle Nation presents Is saving $1,000 a year worth giving up my latte habit?.
Fidelity Observer presents American cars: What’s the problem?.
Next week’s carnival will be hosted at FiveCentNickel.