Welcome to the Carnival of Money Pros. We’ve got some great posts here today so without further ado, let’s get right into it!
PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes The Power of Re-Investing Profit – Find out why re-investing profits is advantageous to establishing a sustainable business model.
Kevin @ Thousandaire writes How to Save Money on Vacation – Use frequent flyer miles, buy your hotel from groupon, and eat cheap foods if you want to save money on your vacation.
Jeffrey @ Money Spruce writes Hitting a Financial Knowledge Peak (and What Really Matters) – I’ve spent the past 2 years+ absorbing all the personal finance knowledge that I possibly can. Books, blogs, webinars, conferences, and more – I’ve read a ton on a wide range of topics. I don’t know everything, but I still feel like I’ve hit a knowledge peak.
Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes Recession Gardening to Save Money – I recently discovered a practice that I’d never heard of before – recession gardening.
PPlan @ Provident Plan writes Seven Deadly Sins and how they lead to Financial Disaster – Learn how the seven deadly sins offer financial guidance.
Shaun @ Smart Family Finance writes Ways Your Family Can Invest In Gold – As many world economies continue to stagnate in today’s weak global economy. Investors are looking to broaden their portfolio horizons and gold is one investment that is popular.
TRL @ The Retired Landlord writes Real Estate Investing Has Risks – Investing in real estate has its risks and expenses. Find out what you can do to prevent a negative cash flow.
YFS @ Your Finances Simplified writes Top 11 Reasons You Should Use Yodlee MoneyCenter – You should keep track of your finances. It is as easy as that. Whether you decide to use a pen and paper, a spreadsheet, or an online account aggregator, you should have an idea of how much you are spending and on what.
Hank @ Money Q&A writes Which Is First: Paying Off Your Debt Or Investing For Retirement? – Should you pay off debt, or should they start a retirement account first? This is a question that has plagued experts forever.
Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Build a Home Series: The Waiting Sucks – Mr. BFS and I have been waiting to hear back about pricing on a bunch of options for our new house, but it takes forever to get information!
MMD @ MyMoneyDesign writes How to Pick Good Mutual Funds for Your 401k or Retirement Plan – Are you struggling to pick some good mutual fund options for your 401k? If so, here are my easy to follow tips for making the best of the choices you have before you.
Suba @ Broke Professionals writes How Playing Monopoly Can Improve Your Financial Knowledge – How Playing Monopoly Can Improve Your Financial Knowledge is a post from: Broke Professionals if you enjoy it, please visit us and subscribe to the Feed. If you haven’t played Monopoly before, you should download it to your phone or buy the board game. Don’t worry, there’s not much difference.
Corey @ 20s Finances writes Why Cars are Destroying Our Society – What kind of car do you drive? Are one of those people that worries about breaking down on the side of the road because your car is older than most high schoolers? Or are you someone who loves the smell of a new car. We all know that smell – it’s not just a sign of its recent production date, but is also about comfort, security, and assurances (aka warranties).
Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Buying the Best Car for Your Money – Buying the best car for your money involves considering quality in addition to the sticker price. Find out if you are getting the best car.
Dr. Dean @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog writes I Can Cut Your College Costs by 40%, Guaranteed! – How can you save big money and still get your degree from that Big Name University? Let me show you.
Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes I Hate Housecleaning…But I Love Earning Opportunities – I’m not one of those people who enjoy cleaning; I absolutely hate housecleaning. No way that sticking to my routine was worth passing up an earning opportunity.
MR @ Money Reasons writes Learning Versus Watching TV As Entertainment – Learning instead of Watching TV can be very rewarding! Why not try to learn something simple and quick and see if you find it rewarding or not?
Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes Curb Your Spending with Pinterest – Yes, you’ve read it right and no, I have not lost my mind. I believe that you can curb your spending with Pinterest. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time now, you know then that I am a shopper and a spender.
Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Do Your Kids a Favor and Open a 529 Plan – Did you you can benefit from a 529 college savings plan if you open one? you can avoid taxes and shelter your money for future expenses!
Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes Wow. . .I Have Been at My Job for Five Years – I have pretty mixed feelings about being at my job for five years. On one hand, I absolutely love my job for reasons other than money I don’t think there are many people who get to say that. My bosses are awesome. Period. I choose to hang out with them outside the office, how rare is that? Each inspiring in their own way, but both men are self made wealthy individuals that are just fun to hang out with.
Linsey @ 1099 Mom writes Ask 1099 Mom: What Makes a Good Sales or Media Pitch E-mail – I get pitched numerous times during the day. Whether it’s for my blog, freelance articles, or social media promotion, there is no end to the requests for mention in my online properties. Some of these pitches are amazing. Truly. They make me warm and fuzzy and confident in my decision to promote. Others just stink. Here is what I look for in a great pitch. Use these guidelines anytime you reach out to a potential client, media rep or investor.
Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Bialetti Espresso Maker Saves Money – Over the past 5-years, I’ve been able to bring my every day drink down to the lowest cost possible including using a Starbucks Gold Card to earn free drinks and free additions, like syrup or soy milk. Yet, I hadn’t figured out a way to make my drink at home without spending a fortune on an espresso machine. That was, until now….
Daisy @ Add Vodka writes Letting Go Of Ideals – I find that in the PF blogosphere, there is a lot of intertwining with self improvement blogs and I think that by tracking our spending, budgeting, investing, and working toward financial goals leaks into other parts of our lives as well.
John @ Married (with Debt) writes Addicted to Debt – We don’t really think of debt as an addiction. It’s not as though you have a burning desire to get debt if you don’t have it. You don’t hear about the car owner who recently made their last payment and started to crave making those monthly payments again.
Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Importance Of Diversifying Online Business – In the blink of an eye, your online business can get turned on its head. It is incredibly important that you diversify both your traffic sources and income streams.
101 Centavos @ 101 Centavos writes Using Cattle Panels to Support Tomato Plants – Staking up and supporting tomato plants has got to be one of the more time-consuming pastimes of the home gardener, and there’s plenty of ways to do it.
Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Is Tipping Out of Control? – Growing up, I would see my parents tip the waiter or waitress at the restaurant where we ate. I would see my Dad tip the barber for cutting our hair. Other than that, there wasn’t much tipping done.
Todd Tresidder @ Financial Mentor writes Payoff Mortgage Early or Invest – The Complete Guide – This definitive guide explains the surprisingly complex issues surrounding your best choice for savings – either paying off your mortgage early or investing. It provides a step-by-step process to help you make this important savings decision.
A Blinkin @ Funancials writes It’s The Economy, Stupid! – With the Presidential election in the U.S. beginning to heat up, it is natural to forget about elections elsewhere in the world. But before our elections start to cause volatility in the Fall, a round of elections in Europe in May could have a very meaningful impact on the marketplace.
Jason @ Work Save Live writes How to Retire Comfortably: Start With the End in Mind – I hope you enjoy the 4th post of my ‘Understanding Retirement Planning & Investing’ series! If you’ve missed the first three posts be sure to check them out! Everything You Need to Know About a Roth IRA & Why to Start One.
Maria @ The Money Principle writes Money for all seasons II: income, spending and age profiles and received wisdom – In brief, I see the expectations of pitfalls in different -seasons- are the following.
Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Things I’d Buy If I Were Rich – It’s fun to daydream about what we’d do with more money than we could ever need. Here’s my list of items I’d like to have if I were in that situation.
Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes How to Make $24/Hour Teaching English Classes Online – If you know how to speak a language, you qualify for this freelance job. There’s a world full of people that are trying to learn how to speak English.
Earth and Money @ Earth and Money writes Planning a Green Frugal Wedding – Venue – When it comes to the venue, you can be both green and frugal without seriously defying standard wedding traditions.
Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes 5 Things You Won’t Hear At The College Graduation Commencement Speech – It’s been over 20 years since I heard my college graduation commencement speech. I can’t say I remember very much of it except that it was like hearing some sort of State Of The Union speech. So many kids will be graduating school soon and beginning their journey into Real Life 101. You’ll be getting unsolicited advice soon from friends, family, professors, and then inevitably some final words of wisdom from a renowned speaker at your graduation. Here are five things you won’t h
Jeremy Waller @ Personal Finance Whiz writes How to Wreck Your Car, Buy a New Car, Refinance Your Mortgage and Pay off A Credit Card at The Same Time – What a crazy month it has been. I feel like I’ve gone through a financial blender. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my beloved Jeep was totaled. I was rear-ended by someone going 60 mph. My car didn’t stand a chance. State Farm estimated it would cost $10,132.95 to repair. But, the Jeep was This post was originally posted to Personal Finance Whiz.
Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Sifting Through Energy Company Offers in a World of Deregulation: Part 1 – Two weeks ago while shopping for electricity I gave up. By “giving up”, I mean that after finding out I would be charged a $9.9
KT @ Personal Finance Journey writes Do You Take an Honest Look at How You Spend Your Money? – When you see your friends buying nice things such as a new car or a second home, do you automatically think that they have gone deep into debt for the purchase or do you secretly envy them and think they must have come into some money? Do you think, some people have all the luck
Steve @ Money Infant writes 5 Smart Things to do With Your Money – The following was written as a guest post for MI: Learning to make your money work for you is a good idea for anyone who has suffered from the economy in
FG @ Financial God writes Five Tips on How to Protect Yourself from Getting Financially Destroyed – 1. Invest money in precious metals. Even the gold pessimist Jon Nadler recommends that it is wise to store about 10% of your net assets in the form of physical, allocated gold. This means gold you hold in direct physical possession, or in vaults overseas.
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes How to Save Lots of Money by Making a Few Simple Drink Changes – The following list features some common drinks and how to save money when you buy them.
Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money writes MLM of the Week: Youngevity – Scam or Not? – It is a seemingly never-ending battle to help prevent consumers from being scammed by MLM schemes. Today we look examine another one of them: Youngevity. When I looked into the prices of Youngevity’s products, it had all the tell-tale signs of an MLM scam.
Mr. Money @ Smart on Money writes ING Direct Remote Deposits Now Available: Does Your Bank Offer a Remote Deposit App? – Today I thought I’d do a quick look at the ING Direct App and it’s functionality, and then take a look at what other major banks currently offer some sort of remote deposits.
SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes Are Mortgage Points Worth It? – Breaking down the numbers to see if mortgage points to secure a lower interest rate on your home loan is really worth it.
Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes We Maxed Out Our Roths! – We are having a good April! Earlier this week I revealed that we refinanced our house.
Eddie @ Finance Fox writes I Filed My Taxes, I’m Owing and I’m OK With That! – This weekend I got around to completing my taxes, and without much surprise I’m owning the government $1,800 in taxes.
Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Can Fun Money Fit into a Smart Investing Plan? – This Post was Originally published at Can Fun Money Fit into a Smart Investing Plan? on Start Investing Money
krantcents @ KrantCents writes The 3 N’s of Success – The 3 N’s of Success is the fourteenth in a series of articles to help you reach your goal.
Investor Junkie @ Investor Junkie writes How to Manage Risk? Diversify! – The best question I always ask “What’s the worst that can happen?” Once you created this list, attack the low hanging fruit first, the ones most likely to occur, or the easiest to mitigate. Creating this list won’t obviously help with the “black swans”, but they more than likely be on your radar. By planning ahead of time for possible risks, you will minimize the possible outcome should the occur
Sean @ One Smart Dollar writes Rent, Don’t Buy – Do you have a home project that needs to get done, but a $500 tool is standing in your way? Save your monday and don’t buy it, just rent.
Teacher Man @ My University Money writes We Are Officially Media Moguls – Hey man, you want to buy a blog” “Can we do that?” “Yah, but our girlfriends will kill us…” And just like that, we began the process that ultimately led to us buying a blog that is pretty cool by any metric (maybe even as cool as this one) – Young and Thrifty.
Young @ Young And Thrifty writes Time to Take a Step Back – About three years ago, I had a dream of starting a personal finance blog. My family and my boyfriend laughed at my lofty idea. I thought- I’ll show them! I can be successful if I work hard at it. It was my dream to make it successful and show the world that a female voice could swing with the big boys in the personal finance blog realm (woot!).
Brent Pittman @ On Target Coaching writes I Don’t Want to Be a Financial Advisor – Reasons why it would be cool to be a financial advisor and ultimately why I don’t want to be a financial advisor.
Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence writes April Financial Literacy Month: April 27–Moving Costs – Yay!! It’s my turn to do a video for Financial Literacy Month! Since I’m in the middle of moving from Wisconsin to Iowa, I thought it would be timely to share how we looked at a few of the financial issues we’re experiencing during the move.
Beating Broke @ Beating Broke writes Money Rules by Jean Chatzky – Chatzky is a pretty big name in the realm of personal finance media, so when I was asked if I wanted to review her latest book, I jumped at the chance. In Money Rules, Chatzky aims to break down personal finance into it’s most simple denominators and give it out in a set of rules.
Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes The Effect of FICO Credit Scores on Wealth Creation – We all know that a good credit score can result in a better interest rate on loans but you may be surprised to learn that a bad credit score can affect you in ways you might not have thought about. In addition to paying higher interest rates, a poor credit score can result in higher insurance premiums, denial for employment, or having to pay a security deposit when leasing an apartment or opening a utility account.
Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer writes Lessons I Hope to Teach My Son – My son is only seven, but I hope to teach him quite a bit about finances, specifically, those things I never learned.
Steve @ Brip Blap writes Stability and Desperation – Many of the employees around me are in total terror of a single week without a paycheck. Their expenses continue without pause and their income stops at the drop of a hat. What all of these people fail to realize is that the instability they feel in uncertain times like these arises from their own lifestyle, and not from the government or the corporations or “the economy.”
Penny Thots @ Penny Thots writes How to Get the Most from the Credit Card You Already Have – Credit cards fuel the idea that there is money for nothing, but many consumers don’t realize the price that they have to pay for maintaining a credit card. Paying in cash for those desired items is always the best route, but if you already have a credit card… you should make the most of it.
Robert @ My Multiple Incomes writes The Ultimate Guide to Shopping for a Home Loan – Over the course of the last two weeks, I’ve gotten a crash course in shopping for a home loan, and I want to share with you what I’ve learned so that you can make an informed decision when you go to buy a home. So, here is my ultimate guide to shopping for a home loan.
Robert @ The College Investor writes Ask the Reader: What Is Your Favorite Purchase? – My favorite purchase of all time has been my car. I love this car because I negotiated so hard to get it. I had my eye on a new car that was on the car lot, and it was December. I knew that car dealers tried to sell out old model years before the end of the year, so I tried to use that to my advantage. The car was listed for $33,500, which, to me, was over priced. I did my homework, and I knew where I wanted to be and what was fair, which was right around $28,000.
Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents writes Buying Too Much House – Micro homes and smaller living areas are an interesting concept. Many people do it for lots of different reasons. The reasons could be to save money for your future house, be more eco-friendly, not needing a large space, and being more efficient with what you have already.
Echo @ Boomer & Echo writes Our Fast Track To Financial Freedom – After all our bills are paid, we have an extra $2,000 per month to work with. So we came up with a fast track to financial freedom. Here’s our 40/40/10/10 savings solution:
Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes How Will Your Student Loans Affect Your Credit Score? – Many don’t think about the long-term affects of student debt when they go to school, especially not how it affects their credit score.
Sicorra @ Tackling Our Debt writes Let’s Talk Money – The Series – With Erika at From Shopping to Saving – Check out this week’s Let’s Talk Money interview with Erika from the very popular blog known as From Shopping to Saving.
Ken Faulkenberry @ AAAMP Blog writes Is a Strategic Asset Allocation a Failed Model? – An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of a strategic asset allocation model should make most investors reconsider how they allocate their portfolio.
Kraig @ Young, Cheap Living writes How to Handle Life When it Attempts to Drive You Nuts – I’ve been through more than my fair share of drama and hard times in my short life so far. On the positive side, I’ve learned a lot. It has also motivated me to not let it or any future road blocks stop me from pressing forward with hope and inspiration.
J.P. @ Novel Investor writes Bond Basics: Bond Price And Yield Relationship – One of the more confusing aspects of bond investing is the relationship of bond price and yield. In a time where interest rates are at all time lows, understanding the bond price and yield relationship is important.
Thanks for a great carnival!