Carnival of Financial Camaraderie


Financial CarnivalThis week Quid Corner was given the honour of hosting the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie. The carnival provides an opportunity to read some of the best personal finance blog posts of the previous week. Which was your favourite post?


GYF @ Gaming Your Finances writes We’re Financially Independent (For The Next 3 Months Anyway) – Starting in June my wife and I are going to be financially independent for three whole months and we’re extremely excited!

Mario @ Adventures in Frugal writes There is a BIG difference between frugal and cheap – People conflate frugality with being cheap, but there are big linguistic and philosophical differences between the two

Alice @ Hurricanes, Panties & Dollars writes Shopaholics are like Superheros – I ended up spending around 9 hours shopping (with an official shopaholic) by my side. When I finally got home, I was freakin’ exhausted; not mention broke as a…

Jen @ Prepping Is Sexy writes Food Insurance: Keeping Your Family Fed – I can’t be the only one noticing the skyrocketing prices everywhere. Products, both food and non-food items just keep getting more expensive. So what can you do?

Mario @ Debt BLAG writes Want to give kids a way better gift? Contribute to their 529 for college – Sure, you could give kids another useless toy, or you can help them save for college through a 529 plan

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Why Dave Ramsey’s Ideas on Credit Are Crazy – I think Dave Ramsey’s Ideas on Credit Are Crazy. This is because he advise people that no matter how good they are with their money, they should avoid credit cards at all costs

Alex @ Home Life Weekly writes How to use a Credit Card Wisely – Learn how to use your Credit Card wisely

Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Why a cash only budget might be right for you – Not everyone who uses a budget likes to use cash but some people were meant to use the cash only budgeting system because it’s right for them.



Mr. 4HWD @ The Four Hour Work Day writes Prepare for the Worst, Expect the Best – I grew up watching a lot of sports so from an early age I saw just how callous businesses could be. Franchise players can be swept out the door once they’re no longer useful and the fans will quickly forget about them once a new star is on the field. Some of my favorite players growing up were either traded away or not re-signed because they were too old or expensive. It’s as if all the money and success they brought in prior years had been forgotten once they got too old.

Mr. 4HWD @ The Four Hour Work Day writes “Don’t Ever Think You’re Above Making Money “ – Recently I took a second job as a Lyft Driver. If you’re not familiar with the service, it’s basically a peer to peer ridesharing network that allows you to carry passengers around just like a taxi. Only with much better customer service, technology and flexibility. Before Lyft came around, I didn’t even take taxis because it was such a hassle to figure out which number to dial, wait forever for them to show up and have to deal with grumpy cab drivers for the duration of the ride. Oh and t

Mark Ross @ Money Saving Dude writes 5 Types of Business That You Should Know About – Are you planning to start your very own business, but haven’t decided yet what type of business are you going to start? If you answered “YES“, then you don’t have to look further because I’ve got here different types of business that you can choose from.



Thomas @ i need money ASAP! writes How To Find Temp Jobs – If you need money asap and have some extra time then a temp job could be the perfect option for you. This post goes through all the details you need to know to find a temp job.

Justin @ iPlugin writes Did You Know That You Can Do These Things on Your iPhone? – Owning an iPhone comes with many perks. Being one of the top of the line smartphones in the market right now, the iPhone has several features that its competitors fail to surpass or even meet.



Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes Depreciation is My New Best Friend – I just submitted my taxes and it felt good. The sense of accomplishment this year was especially gratifying because I got a lot of money back. Normally if you get money back it’s because you didn’t do a very good job of calculating your estimated withholding. But 2013 was the first year I got to file a Schedule E for my rental property. And although rental property taxes can be pretty complex, I was able to decipher most of the IRS code and be extra aggressive when it came to claiming landlo

Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes Retirement Fund Sustainability | Will My Retirement Monies Run Out On Me? – Retirees are savvy individuals who have already put in the time and effort to develop their nest-eggs.

Oscar @ Money is the Root writes Can your Personality Determine your Income? – Experts will tell you that, when it comes to earning money, the type of personality that you have definitely influences how much money you will earn, save and/or put towards retirement.

Amy @ Money Mishaps writes Financial Rules for your Life – Part 1 of 2 – There is absolutely no denying that money is a big part lives. It is the means to many important ends including security, opportunity, wish fulfillment and even philanthropy.

Lily @ Paying Debt Down writes That debt collector who’s been harassing you? It’s a scam artist – A person’s phone rings and when they answer it they are confronted with someone claiming to be a debt collector or representing a debt collection agency.

Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes Watch Out for These IRS Red Flags – It is without a doubt the most dreaded letter that anyone can receive as a taxpayer; the letter that says you are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Monica @ Monica On Money writes Military Series: 10 Reasons To Love The USO – My family and I were traveling to last minute to visit family in New Jersey and found ourselves on a 8 hour layover in Nashville, Tennesse. We had several unexpected flight delays.

Charles @ Getting A Rich Life writes Dividend Stocks I Bought This Year – I am not a dividend growth or stock investor, I am a total returns investor.

Michael Kitces @ Nerd’s Eye View writes Vanguard Personal Advisor Services (VPAS): The First Low-Cost “Indexing” Solution For Financial Planning Services? – The new “Vanguard Personal Advisor Services (VPAS) offering may have the potential to do to financial planning what their launch of the index fund has done to investment management: create a core, low-cost, basic “indexing” solution to everyone, above which any advisor must rise to deliver value and justify their cost. And priced at a 0.3% AUM fee with a $100,000 minimum (that may soon drop to $50,000), the “Vanguard Financial Planning Indexing” solution may be very disruptive to both “r

Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes My Disagreement with Dave Ramsey – Part 1 – Dave Ramsey’s program has helped thousands reclaim their financial lives, but his system might be the most inefficient thing I’ve ever seen.

Jerry @ Palmetto Personal Finance writes Battling Your Emotions to Stay in Control of Debt – Do you find it to easy to rationalize excessive splurges? Find out how to battle those emotions!

Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes Reader Question: $300,000 to Invest: What Should I Do? – I talked to this reader for a long time but the point I tried to make over and over is that when you’re dealing with this much money you have to educate yourself. You should always assume the worst and hope for the best when it comes to other people and your money. My favorite saying goes something like this, “Nobody is going to care more about your money more than you do.” Whether you’re doing your taxes, investing or even taking your car to a mechanic, it’s important to at least have

Jerry @ Rocky Mountain Personal Finance writes The Lazy Man’s Way to Improve a Credit Score – To a gentleman who prefers to procrastinate and enjoys a leisurely pace, improving one’s credit score can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are several ways to improve your credit while doing my favorite thing…nothing at all.

Thomas @ i need money ASAP! writes The Best Way To Pay Down Debt – Over the last few years there has been a rise in peer-to-peer lending sites that offer debt consolidation loans that start at just 7%. That means on a $10,000 credit card balance you could save ~$2,300 a year in interest!!!



Jay @ Daily Fuel Economy Tip writes Tips to Save on Fuel – The price of fuel just continues to soar, and this may go on and on in the coming years.

Matt @ Budget Snob writes What wealthy women do differently than wealthy men – We are going to be taking just a quick look at how women differ from them when it comes to creating wealth, based on recent research.

Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes Accelerating My Retirement | How Can I Retire Faster? – There are definite methods to accelerate retirement. There are tips, tricks, plans and procedures to engage that can shave loads of time off your retirement age, but you have to understand some rather bleak facts first.

Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes Does Fracking cause Earthquakes? – Instead of the usual financial blog today were going to get a little bit crazy with some breaking news about fracking, the relatively new approach to mining natural gas, and its possible link to earthquakes.

Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes What’s being done to prevent Credit Card Fraud? – As credit card fraud becomes a multibillion-dollar problem, putting an exact figure on what has become a huge nationwide problem isn’t exactly easy.

Sam @ The New Business Blog writes Top 3 Challenges of Running a Small Business – Before leaving your day job to start your own small business, you should first understand the many challenges that you may face as an entrepreneur.

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes First Homes Are a Big Deal – It is a sign that we are growing and ready to accept the responsibility that comes with home ownership. It is also a sign that we are ready to move out of the rental market and into something that we will stay in for a long time.

Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes Common College 529 Mistakes That Can Cost You – College is a big enough expense as it is without the need for any other types of financial problems or mistakes.

Larry @ KrantCents writes Keeping your Credit Score in line – Your credit score is a number. But it is a very important number. It could stand between you and that house you’ve been wanting to buy, the car you want to rent for a holiday or any sort of dream purchase you’ve been pining for.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes Overqualified: How to Get Around the Enigma – No one ever thinks that a job interviewer would turn them down for being too qualified for a position.

Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes How to Get Rid of Debt on Your Own – There is no easy way to get rid of debt. You have several options, each come with their own set of pros and cons. Here is how to get rid of debt on your own.

Evan @ The Smaller Dollar writes Financial Pros and Cons of Doing Your Own Yard Work – As a frugal homeowner, the value of doing my own yard work versus hiring this service out is one I consider often, mainly when it’s 102 outside, my grass is long, and there is a James Bond marathon on TV. I have never taken the plunge to hiring a lawn service since the cost feels like an excess that I don’t need. But that’s just me. Let’s take a look at the financial pros and cons of doing your own yard work.



Hadley @ Epic Finances writes Did some tech insiders dump their shares ahead of the slump in March? – In a move that has caused more than a bit of unease among many investors, insiders at some of the hottest private and publicly traded Internet companies got rid of substantial personal stock stakes before the March slump began.

Andrea @ So Over This writes Whose Responsbility is it to Pay for College? – So, my wife and I have been giving a lot of thought to having children soon, and to be perfectly honest the thought alone scares the hell out of me.

Natalie @ Debt and the Girl writes How Spending $25 Helped Me Gain My Sanity Back – I am a workaholic. I love to keep busy and work my butt off. Like any PF blogger, I especially like the financial compensation it brings.

Cat @ Budget Blonde writes Is it Selfish to Not Have Kids? – My wife and I are a DINK couple – Dual Income No Kids.

Danielle @ TeacHer Finance writes What Are You Actually Saving for in Retirement? – Here is a question that, if you are creeping closer to retirement age, you might want to ask yourself: what exactly are you saving for?

Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes Through the Eyes of a Beginner: A Book Review of The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing – I’ve been wanting to review it for a while as part of my new book review series, but since I read it so long ago I didn’t really remember all the important details. Luckily, one of my faithful readers and longtime friend, Erik Sierks, graciously volunteered his time to review the book. Erik is a fellow aerospace engineer and UC San Diego Volleyball Alumnus who is really just getting started on his investing journey. Erik’s been working for a couple years now but he’s been slowly gaining

Erastus @ Sprout Wealth writes How to Start Investing With $1,000 or Less – Is it possible to start investing with $1,000 or less? Many believe that because they don’t have what would be considered a lot of money then they simply have to wait. So I share with you some options which can work best for you to start investing with little money

JC @ Passive-Income-Pursuit writes 2014 Goals – 1st Quarter Update – I’m a big fan of setting specific measurable goals to not only push me to where I want to be but to also keep me on track. I set a lot of goals for myself in January covering all sorts of topics from saving, investing, blogging and some personal goals as well. It’s been a bit of a mixed bag thus far but it’s hard to know where to go if you don’t know where you’re at.

Joshua Rodriguez @ CNA Finance writes Being Nice Bites! My First Rental Income Fail! – Learn about the dangers of rental income from a personal story of Joshua’s first rental income fail!



Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Cybercriminals Now Targeting Medical Records – With more than 15 million data breaches last year alone, medical identity theft is an enormous problem that keeps growing.

PFC @ PF Carny writes The Starter Emergency Fund – Okay, so not everybody out there has an emergency fund…it’s just reality. Sure most people would agree that keeping money set aside in case of emergency is a wise idea. But not everybody has the money or interest needed to have a fully funded emergency fund.

Jen Perkins @ Master the Art of Saving writes Everybody Can Have an Emergency Fund! – Financial emergencies aren’t the only thing that emergency funds are good for; sometimes opportunities (which require money) arise. Being able to take advantage of more opportunities is another added bonus in addition to having financial security.

TW @ Tightwad Travelers writes What is Travel Hacking? – Travel Hacking is the art of traveling on as little money as possible.



Joshua Rodriguez @ CNA Finance writes Synthetic Happiness and Money – Joshua discusses synthetic happiness inspired by a TED Talk. In this post, he reveals his plans to prove synthetic financial happiness exists.

Joshua Rodriguez @ CNA Finance writes Top 5 Personal Finance Apps Of 2014 – Joshua goes through his 5 favorite personal finance apps to date and what they do to help with managing money!

Andrew @ Finance with Reason writes Three Ways Obamacare Will Improve Lives and the Economy – Obamacare will allow entrepreneurs to get health insurance and give incentive to the chronically ill to continue to work instead of going on disability.


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