Welcome to the Yakezie Carnival! Yakezie is a group of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers. If you would like to be included in a future edition, please submit your post here. Now on to the good stuff. This is the Will Smith Slap Edition or “Things That Will Get You Slapped Edition.”
From what I understand based on the video documenting the occurrence, a reporter tried to kiss Will Smith on the lips and got a quick backhand slap. So I started to think about other things that may cause you to get slapped and here is what I came up with. Enjoy! (Caution: Violence follows)
An Unwelcome Kiss on the Lips
Roshawn Watson @ Watson Inc writes Are There Any Safe Investments Anymore? – Rules that were seemingly unequivocal began to no longer apply to the new economy, where historical annualized returns weren’t predictable, home values had net depreciation, and gold had a tremendous ride to the top. Many understandably want to flee for cover, but therein lies the most important question: “Where to: are there any safe investments anymore?”
Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes The Best Small Business Credit Cards – Does your small business need a line of credit? The best small business credit cards will offer up credit and much more to help you and your business.
Timothy @ Wealth Artisan writes Square Video Review – Credit Card Processing – Square Credit Card App Review – Square is a service that allows small businesses to accept credit cards. We did a video review of the Square Credit Card App. Watch it to see how it works and what we think.
Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes The Cost of Currency: Is it Time to Ditch the Penny? – Is it time to ditch the penny? Since 2006, it has cost the United States Treasury more to produce the penny and nickel than the value of the coins themselves. For 2011, each penny cost American Taxpayers almost 2 1/2 cents while each nickel cost taxpayers 11 cents.
TTMK @ Tie the Money Knot writes 7 Ways to Teach Kids the Value of Money – It’s better to learn many life lessons as early as safely possible. Money is no different, as learning how to value it when young can prevent a a lifetime of mistakes from being made. This post discusses ways to teach kids about money.
Jessica @ Budget for Health writes Incline Training: Part 1 of 2 – Looking to spice up your exercise routine? Incline training is a great way to get a solid, quick workout.
Kurt Fischer @ Money Counselor writes Fund Fees: Nest Egg Killer – Paying high fees for the privilege of investing in actively managed mutual funds is not worth the cost. The likely effect of those fees will be to slash your standard of living in retirement. Stick with passively managed index funds.
Lena Gott @ Taxes and Stuff writes President Obama’s 2011 Tax Return – You can learn a LOT about someone by looking at their tax return. Wanna know how much Barack Obama made in 2011 from his job as President and from book royalties? Wanna know what kinds of tax deductions he takes and how he allocates his charitable contributions? Read on to learn these and other highlights from Obama’s 2011 income tax return. You’ll even be able to pull up several years’ worth of presidential tax returns to see them for yourself!
Squirrelers @ Squirrelers writes Managing Financial Risks: The Tricky Math Behind Losing Money – We often hear about the need to take risks, but recovering from financial losses can be more challenging than meets the eye. Actually, it’s grounded in math!
Dr. Dean @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog writes Talking About Ourselves: A Turn On? – Does talking about ourselves really give us pleasure? And how can that knowledge help us increase our income?
Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes The Money Conversation for Couples – I found this article at US News. It lists six topics related to money that you should have with your significant other before getting married.
Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes What is Manilla & Why Should You Try It? – Manilla is a free (yes, that’s right! 100 percent free) web based service to make our financial lives more organized and easier to manage.
Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes What to Do When an Investment Pays Out – This Post was Originally published at What to Do When an Investment Pays Out on Start Investing Money.
Lying to Tami Roman
Basketball Wives star Tami Roman has been known to throw an open hand or two if she is lied to. In Season three she slapped co-star Meeka.
101 Centavos @ 101 Centavos writes Career Tips For Young Folks – This is a series of blog posts, dormant for a while, resurrected for a while. These would be career tips #15, #16 and #17, meant for young people entering…
Lorillia @ Your Money Mentor writes How to recognize the signs of Debt Related Depression – This article discusses the signs of DRD.
krantcents @ KrantCents writes How to Finance Your Start Up – The following is a guest post. Starting a new company is an expensive proposition. A new business owner has to pay for land, supplies and employees. Financing all of these purchases is not easy considering there is little revenue coming in.
TRL @ The Retired Landlord writes Important Traits of a Successful Landlord – Find out what it takes to be a successful landlord. Do you have these important traits to make a profit in real estate investing?
Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes Getting Screwed Out of Your Hard-Earned Capital: How CDs and GICs Are Rip-Offs for Long-term Investing – Is there such a thing as a guaranteed rate of return? There seems to be a trend for people to flock to safety by buying certificates of deposit
SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes 6 Hidden Money Wasters – We think of many ways to save but what most people don’t know is that many everyday things that they buy on a regular basis are money wasters.
Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Do You have a Future as the Woman Who Lived in Her Shoes, or the Man Who Lived with His Tools? – Thirty-Five year old Carrie Bradshaw had a stunning financial realization during an episode of Sex and the City.
MR @ Money Reasons writes Debt Free… Now What? Real Estate – I’ve been debt free for a while now! It’s time to pickup debt to buy assets instead of expenses.
Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes University Will Pay You $3,500 to Eat Only Fast Food for 3 Months – Oh, brother… A new study at Washington University in St.
Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes Green Tip #242: Sharing Toys – Share toys, keep your baby stimulated but save money.
Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Secure Your Future by Developing Multiple Streams of Income – If you are like most people, you work hard at your day job. Maybe you used to make what you considered a good salary, but now, with the economy, your income seems to be dwindling. Perhaps you haven’t gotten a raise in several years, or if you have gotten a raise, you simultaneously face an increase in health.
A Blinkin @ Funancials writes Convenient Banking Technology – Banking used to be an incredible hassle. I hated going to the bank, waiting in line, making sure that your forms or deposit slip was filled out properly, being lectured by the teller if it wasn’t, having to deal with specific hours…the list goes on and on.
Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes I Am Very Disappointed in Myself – In the beginning of the year, I created my goals and objectives for 2012 and while I’ll do a full review in a couple weeks I was thinking about just one aspect of that post the other day and got pretty angry with myself.
Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Keeping Up With The Joneses In The Digital Age – As the internet has evolved and we truly enter the digital age as a society, the biggest enemy of our personal finances has been quietly growing stronger and stronger. No it’s not inflation. It’s not government taxes. It’s something much less obvious. It’s those pesky Joneses!
Daisy @ Add Vodka writes Life Lessons From My Mother – Yesterday was Mothers Day. You all know that. I don’t live near my mom, so I was sad I wasn’t able to take her out for breakfast or anything like that.
PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes Why Quality is Important – Find out why quality content is important to help your site’s traffic grow and how I am changing my writing strategy.
Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Cash Gift Registries for Weddings – Maybe this dates me a bit since my wedding was over 10 years ago and most of my friends and family married years ago as well (my sister is a lot younger than me), but cash gift registries seem like a terrific idea for a bride and groom who prefer cash gifts over home goods.
PPlan @ Provident Plan writes Would Jesus Support the Buffet Tax Law? – Find out if Jesus supports the Warren Buffet Tax law and what the Christian response to paying taxes should be.
Jason @ Live Real, Now writes Reason #45,682 Why It’s Good to Have an Emergency Fund – My mother-in-law died two weeks ago. It’s sad, but I’m not going to get into the emotional devastation that comes with the death of a loved one here. At least, not today. Today, I’m going to talk about the money, but not the funeral expenses. I’m talking about the expense of taking over her stuff. When she died, she was living in her own home, paying her own bills. Now, we have a small stack of expenses we weren’t planning for. She had 2 cars. She actively drove one,
Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence writes What I Have Learned by Interviewing People Who Are Debt Free – For the past six months now I have had the pleasure of being able to interview debt free individuals and couples on the Debt Free Living Podcast. So far I have released about 20 episodes and it amazes me how unique each story is regarding how they got debt free. It also is interesting to me to see what each person’s “Why” is. Some got their finances together in order to travel more, some do it to quit a job they hate and do something they love, and for others it was to stay at home with t
MMD @ MyMoneyDesign writes Yes, People Still Fall for Pyramid Schemes – Do people still fall for get-rich quick schemes? This group of people I came across in OH did. While traveling for business, I stumbled upon a meeting of people at a restaurant who were being given a sales pitch for something that clearly sounded like a pyramid scheme. Here is my story.
Jason @ Work Save Live writes Should You Buy a Car Through CarMax? – Rust buckets, over-sized purses, methods of transportation, and a means of showing worth and status. Maybe it’s needless to say, but there isn’t a topic I detest more. When I hear the word “car” all I can think about are over-priced machines that have gone from performing a function to being status symbols.
Eddie @ Finance Fox writes How to Access Cash in a Hurry – Your home is equipped with smoke detectors, and your car carries a spare tire in the trunk, but are you equipped for a financial emergency?
Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Our Food Fight – Month 1 Results – We are trying to cut back our expenses where it won’t hurt much to build up some padding once we close on our new house. Here are our month one results.
Jon Rhodes @ Affiliate Tips writes Should I Submit To Directories? – This article discusses whether there is any value in submitting your site to directories. The answer could surprise you!
John @ Married (with Debt) writes Give Yourself a Raise (No Boss Required) – When my boss revealed how shitty my raise was going to be, it didn’t bother me that much because I already had a plan to give myself a $1,800 per month raise.
KT @ Personal Finance Journey writes Can You Afford NOT to Save for Retirement? – Saving for retirement can be difficult. With the recent increases in the cost of gas and groceries and other basics combined with a loss of income because of the economy (or a lack of raises over the last few years), saving for retirement can seem like a goal that is out of reach.
Corey @ 20s Finances writes How to Increase Net Worth – As many of you know, several months ago, I challenged myself with several short-term financial goals. One of them, which I haven’t talked about too much is to increase my net worth by 50%. For those who don’t know, net worth is the difference between your assets and liabilities.
Hank @ Money Q&A writes How A Little Preparation And One Question Saved Me Over $1,000 – I hate buying a new car, but a little preparation and one simple question he me save money buying a new car this time with a little preparation.
Telling Your Husband You Threw Away Everything in His Man Cave
There are a few things that you just don’t mess with and one of them includes the Man Cave.
Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes How to Lose Friends and Alienate People – This post is presented by Beaker. If you want to see more posts written by him, make sure to check out Under Beaker’s Microscope tag at the end of this post. Money is very important in our society. We are all working very hard for all the money we can get our hands on.
Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Why You Should Be Debt-Free on Your Car – There are many reasons why you should be debt free on your car. You can spend the money elsewhere instead of on a car payment.
Kevin @ Thousandaire writes How to Save Money on a Date – Save money on your dates by using daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social to find interesting cheap dates.
Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Why Hobbies Save You Money – Staying active and finding things that you enjoy can actually save you money. Find out how to define yourself not by the things you buy.
Cash Flow Mantra @ Cash Flow Mantra writes What Is the Gold Market Trying to Tell Us? – With the gold price having backed off from a high of over $1900 per ounce last August and September, is there something that we should be expecting?
Robert @ The College Investor writes 4 To-Dos When Starting a Small Business – Starting a small business is not for everyone. Some people just don’t have the drive or self-discipline to keep up with a business, while others are better suited working a 9-5. For the ones who are business-minded, and have a talent that they would like to share with others, a small business can be just the thing. The important thing is to make sure that you are fully dedicated and willing to learn the tricks of the trade, and you are well on your way.
Robert @ My Multiple Incomes writes My Home Appraisal Was Wrong – Now I Have to Appeal! – Last week, after a period of waiting, we got the appraisal back on the house we are looking to buy, and it ended up coming in a full $70,000 below our offer price, and well below fair market value to similar properties inside the same development. SO IRRITATING!!!!!
Jeffrey @ Money Spruce writes Setting Financial Goals 101 – The following is a guest post The most fundamental step in setting financial goals is to gain control over your daily financial affairs by setting up and sticking to a budget. Thereafter, you will need to set longer-term financial goals. At this point, you will need to build a financial safety net to ensure financial independence.
Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Should you buy Supplemental Unemployment Insurance – Should you buy Supplemental Unemployment Insurance is a post from: Broke Professionals if you enjoy it, please visit us and subscribe to the Feed. Unemployment is one of life’s setbacks that can seriously damage a person’s financial security. It can happen to anyone, even you.
YFS @ Your Finances Simplified writes 10 Common Characteristics of Millionaires You Can Follow – Back in 2007, Forbes Magazine reported that all over the world there are a total of 946 billionaires, and according to Capegemini, a financial consultancy firm, in 2011 there are about 10 million millionaires. All of us probably have this dream of becoming millionaires ourselves, and sometimes we’re left wondering how these once ordinary people manage to make it big.
Jeremy Waller @ Personal Finance Whiz writes Top Personal Finance Posts Of The Week – Big Fat J.P. Morgan Losses Edition – Last week JP Morgan Chase announced it was sitting on at least $2.3 billion in paper losses stemming from trading naked credit default swaps. These high risk derivatives are analogous to buying insurance on a house you don’t own – doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes Facing Foreclosure? Here are Some Programs that Might Be Available for You – Here are several programs that you can take advantage of when facing foreclosure. The possibility of foreclosure isn’t without hope to evade it.
Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes The Envelope System Works: Even on a 10 Year Old – I’ve talked quite a bit about my frustration with my daughter and her lack of concern when it comes to money. She wouldn’t save money to save her life.
Being an Evil Person and Trying to Kiss a Baby
And the last thing that will get you slapped is being… well Hitler. I’m sure if he tried to kiss someone, he would get slapped too.
Beating Broke @ Beating Broke writes The Work Revolution – In The Work Revolution, Dr. Clow lays down the argument that it isn’t that you need to find an escape from work, but that work as we know it is in need of a revolution.
Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes How Much Money Does It Take to Be Happy? – According to a recent survey by WSL/Strategic Retail, most Americans believe it takes $150,000 a year to buy what they need, afford some extras, and save too. This salary is more than three times the national median salary of $49,445 in 2010, and it’s enough to put a household into the top 10% nationally. But do we really need that much?
Earth and Money @ Earth and Money writes Planning a Green Frugal Wedding – Guests – At most weddings, there is a fixed cost associated with every guest that attends – food, dishes, venue, all these things are related to the number of guests that you have. So that begs the question – do you really want to invite your dad’s cousin’s nephew’s boyfriend who winds up getting drunk at the open bar?
Maria @ The Money Principle writes Politics and economy in the Eurozone part 2 – The immediate response of the markets last week was quite muted. They assumed that with Germany in charge of the Euro and Merkel in charge of Germany, the austerity programmes will continue to the bitter end. Simpletons.
Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Are My Withholdings For Taxes Correct? – Since tax season has just passed, you are probably in one of two states of minds. Either a) you love your CPA because you got a big refund, or b) you hate your CPA because you owed money. It generally falls into one of those two camps when returns are filed. Remember, if you get a tax refund that means you essentially gave an interest free loan to the Government. Some people see this as an effective way to force savings during the year, but you really lose out on the opportunity cost of
Dave @ Financial Conflict Coach writes Fighting About Money? Remember The 3 P’s! – If you find yourself fighting with a spouse/partner, parent, child, family or friends about money- try using the “3 P’s” to calm things down.
Drew @ Objective Wealth writes Keep It Simple Stupid – I’m not for one minute calling investors stupid, but it’s so easy to overcomplicate things when trying to figure out the optimum portfolio. Maybe keeping it ultra-simple is the smartest choice?
Brent Pittman @ On Target Coaching writes S.H.I.E.L.D. Your Finances from Total Destruction – Protect your finances like Nick Fury and The Avengers are protecting the Earth.
Sicorra @ Tackling Our Debt writes Do Side Hustles Really Help You Make Money? – A side hustle can be a way for you to make some extra money so that you can pay off a few bills, or take a short vacation, or save up for Christmas. I bet there are a few good ones in this post that you haven’t heard of yet.
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Reader Story: It’s Never too Late to Start: Personal Finance Planning for Over-40s – It turns out that over 40s can successfully plan for retirement; it’s just much better if you start earlier. I am proof that it’s never too late too start.
J Wayne @ All Things Finance writes Options Are Complicated For A Reason – Options are perceived as a very complex investment tool, but I break down the basics and detail why they are not that hard to understand.
Kraig @ Young, Cheap Living writes How to Achieve Balance and Do What You Care About – How well do your values and what you care about line up with what you actually spend your time and money on? My definition of life balance here is based on if you’re doing what’s important to you, or other things which are throwing your balance off.
Jeff Rose @ Good Financial Cents writes How a $75 Parking Ticket Almost Ruined My Life – I was quickly on the path to becoming a loser all because of a stupid parking ticket.
Steve Zussino @ Canadian Personal Finance writes Why Facebook should be scared with its Revenue Strategy – We all know the Facebook IPO is happening soon but some big news happened yesterday that, GM (the third largest advertiser in the US) pulled a $10 million dollar order because they figured out that Facebook ads don’t work.
Eric J. Nisall @ DollarVersity writes A Business Is Not Your Personal Piggy Bank – The money in a business account is for business expenses. Your personal money is for personal expenses. Mix the two and you ask for trouble!
vh @ Funny about Money writes What a Lender Is Thinking – Hotly pursuing a new career, Funny learns some useful factoids of general interest in a real estate licensing course.
Emma-Lou @ TotallyMoney writes 5 easy tricks to slash the cost of travel – 5 simple ways to save money when you go travelling
Sean @ One Smart Dollar writes How is My Credit Limit Determined? – Understanding how your credit line is determined can be a great way to start understanding your finances.
Aaron @ Aaron Hung.com writes How to be extraordinary – Have you ever stopped and wonder how people like Mozart, Shakespeare, DaVinci and even Jordan became such an influence in our everyday lives? How is it that they became so creative and talented that it seems almost impossible for anyone to try to be like them?
PK @ Don’t Quit Your Day Job… writes Who Will Rate the Raters? The Analyst Crisis on Wall Street. – Something funny about stock analysts? The sheer number of positive ratings on stocks – the the point where only single digit percentages of ratings will ever be negative. Read more!
Eric @ Narrow Bridge Finance writes Money Tips for New Grads – This weekend, I had the pleasure of watching my sister graduate Summa Cum Lade from the University of Arkansas. While in Fayetteville, I watched thousands of students receive their degrees, but I realized that most did not get a financial education on par with their newly minted degrees. Here are some top tips for new graduates around the world.
Philip @ PT Money Personal Finance writes Your Mileage (and Costs) May Vary on Hybrid Cars – Includes some hidden costs and factors about hybrid cars that you should consider before purchasing one.
JB @ My University Money writes Are Banks Really In It For You? – Learn from my mistakes and never assume the banks are in it for you. They aren’t, in fact they make a killing off you so don’t make it easy on them whenever they try to push a product on you.
Young @ Young And Thrifty writes RRSP vs RESP Accounts – There are obviously numerous aspects of each person’s financial situation that will come into play when looking at whether a RRSP or an RESP contribution is right for them.
Khaleef Crumbley @ Faithful With A Few writes 4 Reasons Why I Will Not File For Bankruptcy – To file for bankruptcy is not an easy decision. Even though it has become more common, here are 4 reasons why I will never do it!
Jefferson @ See Debt Run writes Using Credit Cards and Paying Them Off Immediately…Too Dangerous? – It is said that your should avoid using all credit cards when trying to get out of debt, but I have started using the Target Red Card and Chase Freedom card.
Kim Luu @ Money and Risk writes How to Get a Hot New IPO and Why You Did Not Get In on Facebook – Ever wonder how you can get shares of a hot IPO – initial stock offering? Here’s the scoop.
Khaleef Crumbley @ Fat Guy, Skinny Wallet writes Planning A Financial Diet – Eat Healthy And Spend Less – Eat healthy and spend less…something that seems impossible However, if you follow these tips you can do both!
Edward Antrobus @ Edward Antrobus writes How to Use Craigslist Gigs for Side Income – If your looking to make some extra money on the side and possibly build your portfolio, Craigslist Gigs can be a goldmine.
Tyler @ Poor Student writes You Do Not Have To Work Forever – If you didn’t have to work, would you? Regardless of your answer, the truth is that you do not need to work if you play your cards right.
Lance @ Money Life & More writes How I Paid for My Hobby – Hobbies are a lot of fun, but there is one thing that prohibits many from taking part in their favorite hobby as much as they would like to. Cost. Hobbies, while fun, can be expensive. In this post I describe how I paid for my hobby.
Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes United MileagePlus® Explorer Card Review – Fly United Airlines? Then you need to check out the slew of benefits the United MileagePlus Explorer Card offers up to cardholders. See more in our review.
Glen @ Parenting Family Money writes Is a Child’s Gift Registry a Good Idea? – Retailers are getting better at helping people shop, aren’t they? One great example is a child’s gift registry for their birthday. But is it really such a bad idea?
SB @ One Cent at a Time writes How to shop at Garage Sales – A Guide to Garage Sale Shopping – A shoppers guide to garage sales. What to buy, what not to buy and tips for a successful treasure hunt at a garage sale is included in this post.
SB @ Finance Product Reviews writes PerkStreet Platinum Visa Debit Card Review – An honest and case based review of PerkStreet financials Platinum Visa debit card. Read to find out more.
Tim @ Brilliant Finances Personal Finance How To writes Real Estate Investment Strategies That Work – Have you ever wondered what real estate investment strategies work for the big boys. This article breaks down the investment strategies that a proven success time and time again in any market.