Aspiring Blogger – Personal Finance Carnival #11 – July 26, 2013

by AB@AspiringBlogger.com

Personal Finance Carnival #6 – May 17, 2013 - Aspiring Blogger

Welcome to the 11th edition of the Aspiring Blogger – Personal Finance Carnival. I’m a little late in posting this edition due to some technical issues… meaning that I couldn’t find an email with most of this week’s carnival in it. Well, after lots of searching I found it… in my spam folder – whoops! So here it is, in all it’s glory – just a few hours late, sorry for that! On another note, I’m trying out a new commenting system – CommentLuv, so let me know what you think!

All of the authors have put a lot of effort into writing their articles, so please  take a few minutes and click through to read each one that interests you. If you’re interested in participating in the next blog carnival, you can find out details here or submit your post here! Thanks for stopping by!

AB

BLOG FRIENDS

Jon M @ Dad is Learning writes How Much Does It Cost: Watering the Lawn – Dad is Learning – Have you ever thought about how much water and money it takes to keep a lawn green? I was simply shocked by how much water I have been using every month.

Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Net Worth Update June 2013 Everything is not lost – It’s nice to have your net worth grow every month but the reality is that sometimes things don’t always go as planned. When we realize that perfect doesn’t exist it opens up a world of motivation to the individual that wants to surpass their goals yet stumble to learn along the way.

Martin @ Investing into Stocks – Hellosuckers writes Do you want dividend investing and do not know how to start? – Are you invested in mutual funds in your ROTH or traditional ITS account and are you already sick of their mediocre performance? Have you been recently thinking about picking an individual stocks?If you responded to those questions yes, but have no clue what to do and where to start read on.

BLOGGING

Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents writes How To Make Money Blogging – I made over $10K Last Month! – This How To Make Money Blogging post will be all about various ways that you can make money blogging, however, in the future look out for whether you should even be blogging for money, being realistic about it, and also all of the time and effort that goes into it.

BUDGETING AND FRUGALITY

Vanessa @ Vanessa’s Money writes Tips for furnishing your first apartment – Moving into your first apartment shouldn’t cost a lot — here are some tips to get you into your new place for almost nothing!

CF @ The Outlier Model writes I think my LG refridgerator broke – Sometimes things break! Having an emergency fund and preparing for the inevitability will ensure you get through the ordeal with only a bit of wasted time and little stress!

Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes How to budget as a couple – Budgeting as a couple for some people is a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow some simple steps to work your way towards budgeting your personal finances together.

Bob @ ChristianPF writes 25 Frugal Wedding Ideas From Pinterest – Simple ideas on how to have a frugal wedding.

Christopher @ This That and The MBA writes Effective Ways To Keep Down The Cost of Home Insurance – One of those essential expenses that we all have is the cost of home insurance, especially those of us who are homeowners. Most of the time we just pay the premiums and never make a claim as nothing untoward happens that would require a claim. This is a great reason for investigating if you can reduce your cost of home insurance.

Matt Becker @ Mom and Dad Money writes Budget With a Passion – A good budget helps structure your life so that your regular spending habits keep you right on target for the things you truly care about. It’s freeing in that you remove the guesswork from your daily spending decisions, which allows you more leeway to spend money on the things you want. Getting to that point isn’t always easy, but if that’s your end goal, why not make it your starting point as well?

CONTENTMENT

Robert @ Entrepreneurship Life writes The Importance of Date Night – I remember my aunt telling me at my baby shower to make sure I paid attention to myself and my relationship with my husband or it may dwindle away. She was right. Not that the relationship with my husband is going away but it has certainly changed. It is so important that we remind each other what our relationship was like before having kids.

EARLY RETIREMENT

MMD @ IRA vs 401k Central writes All the Great Things About Reaching Your Maximum 401k Contribution – Do you make the maximum 401k contribution to your account every year? If you don’t, then you’re severely missing out on the power of time and compound returns.

Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes Early retirement in the US vs abroad – Early retirement can be easily achieved in a country with low costs of living. Is it worth it?

FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE

MMD @ My Money Design writes The Value of Time and Money – I was pleasantly surprised to find a movie that made me think about how our society looks at the value of time and money, and shows by example how they could each substitute each other as a currency.

INVESTING

Jon @ Novel Investor writes Contrarian Investing: Going Against The Grain – Contrarian investing is an investment strategy that goes after the unpopular choice, the beaten down stock (or sector), and doesn’t follow the crowd.

Mike @ Annuity Rates HQ writes Top 27 Annuity Articles From Non-Biased Sources – Annuities are not always easy to understand. The problem is that you main source of information might be your financial adviser… who will eventually make money if he sells you one.I’ve searched the web for several hours and read over 100 articles about annuities. I’ve published the top 27 articles about annuities from non-biased sources.

Anton Ivanov @ Dreams Cash True writes Portfolio Planning Basics – Picking an Asset Allocation – Asset allocation has a large impact on investment portfolio performance. Learn the basics of picking an asset allocation for your portfolio.

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor writes Dividend Investors Should Ignore Price Fluctuations – Academic research has shown that investors who actively trade the markets generate lower returns that index funds. In fact, investors would be better suited to just ignore price fluctuations and simply focus on fundamentals.

John Schmoll @ Frugal Rules writes Is Investing in the Stock Market Really That Easy? – Many are overwhelmed when it comes to investing in the stock market. With a little homework and due diligence it can actually be simplified quite a bit and can lead to more efficient investing for long term needs like retirement.

LOCATION INDEPENDENCE

Jessica Moorhouse @ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses writes Toronto’s Flash Flood & Learning to Rough It in the Big City – Recently, I got married, quit my job, and moved from Vancouver to Toronto in hopes of finding my dream job and hopefully have the financial free life I’ve always fantasized about. Well, no one said it was going to be easy that’s for sure.

MAKING MONEY

Adam @ Money Bulldog writes The Benefits of Company Credit Checking for Small Businesses – Banks and big businesses have been carrying out credit checks on their customers for a long time but what about smaller businesses? There are a number of reasons why anyone who runs a company should also consider the benefits of company credit checking.

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes Why real estate is the best way to make money – This is a post about why I think real estate is one of the best ways to build wealth and make money.

DW @ Great Passive Income Ideas writes What Are Some Great Work From Home Ideas? – Once you take the leap and look for work from home ideas, the dream of never having to leave your own house becomes a very real possibility. Here is our list of different things you can try to make that happen.

Adam @ Money Rebound writes Tips for a Successful Garage Sale – Follow these tips on how to carefully prepare and plan your garage sale and you will be amazed at how much you could make. Who knows, perhaps the sale will give you a great start on your summer vacation fund!

PERSONAL FINANCE

Charles Yeaman @ Tortoise Banker writes How I Sold a House and Bought a House in 6 Days – My experiences with buying and selling a house in this heated real estate market.

Kevin Watts @ Graduating from Debt writes Could Treehouse Be An Alternative to College? – A detailed look at Treehouse which for $25/month teaches students skills in high in-demand disciplines

Jon Haver @ Pay My Student Loans writes 5 Personal Finance Lessons Every College Student Needs To Learn – You know what it’s like to be a college-bound student – let’s face it, not too long ago you were sitting in the same position as your teenager is now. But things have changed since your college heyday, from technology to the economy.

Grayson @ Debt RoundUp writes Money Multitasking – Concept and Execution – Have you ever thought that you are stretching yourself too thin with regards to your money? Are we pushing the limits with our money multitasking and becoming inefficient? If we do too many tasks at once, we tend to lose productivity and creativity. There have been many studies on the effects of taking on too many tasks at one time, so why can it not be pushed to what we do with our money?

Paul @ The Frugal Toad writes Have You Been Making a Big Credit Card Mistake? – It is relatively simple to use a credit card sensibly and responsibly, without ending up in debt. However, you do need to know a bit about how credit cards work as well as the terms and conditions of your particular card. Despite using credit cards for years, however, some people still continue to make pretty big credit card mistakes, some without even realizing it!

James @ Modest Money writes 5 Most Common Money Mistakes Young People Make – When it comes to our hard earned money though, you’ll likely want to avoid making mistakes simply because they are so costly. Here are five of the most common money mistakes that you should try and avoid, especially early on in your career.

CONCLUSION

This concludes another awesome edition of the carnival! Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts or suggestions for the future – I’d love to hear from you! As always – thanks for reading!

Submit your article to the next edition of Aspiring Blogger – Personal Finance Carnival using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future edition information can be found on my Blog Carnival page.

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canadianbudgetbinder July 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Thanks so much for including my post in your carnival. Mr.CBB

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AB@AspiringBlogger.com July 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

Anytime Mr.CBB! Thanks for stopping by!
AB

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Mike @ Annuity Rates July 27, 2013 at 8:01 am

Thx for hosting and including my post!

Have a great weekend!

Mike

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AB@AspiringBlogger.com July 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

No problem Mike, thanks for submitting a great article!
AB

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Matt Becker July 28, 2013 at 5:31 am

Thanks for the include! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

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AB@AspiringBlogger.com July 30, 2013 at 11:59 am

Thanks Matt, I had a great weekend – I hope your week is going well! Thanks for stopping by!
AB

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Dividend investing Martin July 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Thanks for including my post man!! It is a great service you are having here!

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AB@AspiringBlogger.com July 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Martin, I enjoy the feedback and new visitors that posts like this generate! Thanks for stopping by as usual!
AB

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Anton Ivanov July 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for hosting and the mention!

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AB@AspiringBlogger.com August 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

No problem Anton, thanks for submitting your article!
AB

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Simon @ Modest Money August 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

Thanks for hosting and including our article. Awesome carnival!

Comment lurv is an nice commenting system, we use it and haven’t had an issue with it so far :)

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AB@AspiringBlogger.com August 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Hey Simon, thanks for your kind words! I’m liking Comment Luv – but I just went through 300 spam messages from the last week and found 6 or so real comments – so I’m not sure if they’re related or not…but we’ll see. I never had that many in such a short time before. Thanks for submitting your article, I appreciate it!
AB

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