Carnival of Personal Finance #18

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Deep Fried Candy Bars Welcome to the 18th edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance. For those unfamiliar with the Carnival, it’s a sampling of some of the best articles as submitted from various personal finance bloggers over the past week. For those unfamiliar with MyMoneyBlog, please poke around. To get a “Best of” type of post, check out my FlashBack Series.

Now, for your reading pleasure…

Real Estate

Renting vs. Buying – Done Both and here’s why – Jane Dough tells how she went from renting to owning two homes.

When You Can’t Make Your Real Estate Mortgage Payment – Dan at SearchLightCrusade gives you some options.

Stocks & Bonds, Investing

Income From Stocks – The current dividend yield of the S&P 500 index is 1.79%. TheRealReturns argues that in spite of this paltry current yield, if you take a closer look at the numbers then you can see that common stocks can provide amazing returns through the dividend.

Monitoring my Portfolio of Dividend Stocks – The Dividend Guy reports on how he monitors his portfolio and why he does not look at it every single day.

Stock Picking Schools of Thought – Ginsberg of Earning Curve writes on the different justifications people make for choosing the stocks they do.

Small Investor’s Advantage – Old Niu states that small investors have a fundamental advantage over the big shots managing mutual funds, hedge funds and pension funds, and gives an example how.

Almost Definitive Guide to using Company-Sponsored DRIPs or ShareBuilder Accounts – I think that title says it all =).

30 Days to Becoming a Better Investor – Fat Pitch Financials is announcing that it will be collecting articles from around the blogosphere for the upcoming 30 Days to Becoming a Better Investor community event.

Starting an Online Business: Brainstorming – This is my submission, instead of investing in stocks or bonds, I’m considering starting an online business on the side for additional income. I’m starting off by brainstorming ideas.

General Personal Finance

How People Become Millionaires – FreeMoneyFinance explores how millionaires get where they are, with some help from the book The Millionaire Next Door.

Personal Finance 101 – Cap of StopBuyingCrap shares his notes from his personal finance class.

Paying Off Your Credit Card Bill – Want to see how long it’ll take you to pay off all your credit card debt? Ironman at Political Calculations has built a tool to help you find out.

Financial Illiteracy – The Happy Capitalist encourages the financial services profession to step up and create better financial awareness for Americans.

What to do before an accident – Jim of Bargaineering discusses what steps you need to take now before a (finanical) disaster strikes.

2005 Spending Plan – A spending plan is a great way to prioritize your big ticket spending and avoid debt. Caitlin of Clutter2Cash shares hers.

Saving Money / Frugal Living

12 ways to save money in college – Noah of Okdork gives us some creative ways to save money while at university.

Cinderella Investing While saving money is often looked upon as the “step sister in the background” and not as glamorous as stocks and other investments, PF Advice shows how it usually turns into a Cinderella in the end.

Heat your home for less money – It’s time to prepare for the cool down, and Dawn at FrugalforLife gives us a few cheap or ‘no money’ ways to keep warm (I need to do this).

Christmas is 71 Days Away – Big Cajun Man gifts us a set of tips to have a happier Christmas and some of the pitfalls that can put you in the hole in January.

Indy 529 – Financial Baby Steps discovers a ‘Twist On The 529 Savings Plan’.

Dealer Gap Insurance – Scott dissects the overly expense dealer gap insurance on a new car. (Didn’t even know this existed)

Menu Planning – Cathy at Chief Family Officer shares more tips on savings money by cooking at home.

Diapering – DeputyHeadmistress at The Common Room presents more tips on diapering efficiently and frugally (SO glad I don’t have to do this yet.)

Good deals on eBay wholesale lots – MightyBargainHunter shows how buying in bulk for things you’ll know you’ll be needing can save a bunch of money in the long run.


Retirement planning for deployed servicemembers – Jason explores how deployed servicemembers specifically can use their resources to plan and save for retirement, with some stuff that is applicable to all of us.


Roadtrip 2005: Unto the West – Highlights and journal of spending/expenses on a drive from NC to Wyoming and back (wow I need to travel again!).

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  1. Nice job putting the carnival together. Time to delve in and get my fix of financial reading for the new week!

  2. jon,
    you have a typo in the anchor tag for my/Caitlin’s article, you forgot the closing ” and so her article ‘s link points to my article and my article is eaten alive by the HTML gods.

  3. Dangit, I thought I caught all of them. The missing quotation mark has been added. Sorry ’bout that!

  4. Thanks for hosting! Great job!

  5. wow…an extra plump and juicy carnival…you’ve don an excellent job wrangling. Thanks Jonathan!

  6. Jonathan, I second those thank-you’s for hosting. Does this get bigger every week?

  7. Thanks for hosting a great carnival! 🙂

  8. Well done. Thank you so much. Lots of good information here.

  9. Thanks everyone. Yep, it does seem to get bigger every week.

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