Carnival of Money Pros – Hooray for Football Edition!

The Carnival of Money Pros is designed to give back to the personal finance community by providing a way to get the word about about top finance articles.  This week, I’m presenting the Carnival of Money Pros during Week 2 of Football Season.  Call me Un-American, but I’m glad to continue to ignore baseball and start watching some football again!   Without going in-depth on my sports preference, here is the carnival!



touchdownBARBARA FRIEDBERG @ Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance writes WHO IS RICHER? CAN YOU FIGURE IT OUT? – Instead of feeling embarrassed that she didn’t have a fancy smart phone, she regarded her phone as a sign of her smart money decisions.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Financial Changes to Make This Fall – Planning for the expenses that hit us in the fall season will make everything go more smoothly. When we are prepared, we tend to not unnecessarily overspend.

YFS @ Your Finances Simplified writes How to Resolve Money-Related Disputes in a Relationship –   Did you know that the average couple spends 250 and 700 hours planning their wedding? This number is INSANE.


Field Goals

money field goalRoger Wohlner @ The Chicago Financial Planner writes Lessons From the Groupon and Facebook IPOs – Facebook and its botched IPO is still a hot topic on CNBC and other financial media outlets. Facebook and Groupon are the two most recent “blockbuster” IPOs and both have been miserable flops to date. While I realize hindsight is 20/20, there are several lessons an investor can draw from these recent large IPOs.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Self-Employment – Is it all it’s Cracked Up to Be? – For as long as I can remember, I recall hearing the notorious “work from home” scams. They seem more popular today, but maybe it is just because I am spending more time on the internet.

Corey @ 20s Finances writes Different Approaches to Investing – Learn about the different approaches to investing so you can be better informed as a young investor.

L Bee @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes Invest in what you understand. – Just like I am only going to *write* about things I understand. I turn the blog over today to Drewski, my in-house investing and “big time finance” guru (he’s also my boyfriend and puppy-daddy). Drewski has over two years of experience as a stock broker in NYC. I want to learn more from him and The post Invest in what you understand.

Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes The #1 Reason Why European Waitresses Love Americans – Perhaps you should not tip that European waitress quite as much as you do when you are overseas?

Ken Faulkenberry @ AAAMP Blog writes Value Investment Strategies That Work If You Develop Patience – Investors willing to develop patience, and wait for the odds to be heavily in their favor, can reap the benefits of these value investment strategies.

Philip @ PT Money Personal Finance writes 5 Financial Moves Required After You Get a New Job – Even though all new jobs need an adjustment period, there are 5 things you need to take care of at the onset, without delay.



money safetyLance @ Money Life & More writes I Maxed Out My Roth IRA and You Can Too! – On August 31st I maxed out my Roth IRA for 2012 and it was a great feeling. Normally I’d max it out over the course of an entire year. This year was slightly different.

Giselle Peters @ The Canadian Profiteer writes Extensive Inside Look into Questrade – The Authoritative Review – Here’s an exhaustive in-depth look into the inner workings of Questrade, one of the biggest discount stock trading brokers in North America; from the perspective of an average consumer.

James Petzke @ This Is Common Cents writes Write a Killer Resume – A good resume is the difference between a job and unemployment.

PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes Getting your Business Off the Ground – Every business begins with an idea. But an idea alone does not make a successful venture. You need to develop and hone many aspects before you can really get your business off the ground. From conducting a market analysis to picking the leading business bank accounts, here are the essentials for getting your business up and running.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes Dishwasher vs Hand Washing: Which is Cheaper and Greener? – At first glance handwashing dishes appears to be a greener and cheaper option than using a dishwasher. Best to look twice.

krantcents @ KrantCents writes Volunteering Changed Me! – I finally started volunteering! No, it was not my first time and it won’t be my last. Most of life, we do things for people expecting something in return. When you say good morning or hello to someone, there is an expectation that the other person will return the greeting or acknowledge you.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Is Life Insurance An Asset Like Your House, Cash, Or Gold? – Do you consider your life insurance policy to be an asset like your house, cash in your bank account, or the gold bullion bars under your bed? Is life insurance the new asset class?

Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes 5 Money-Saving Car Maintenance Tips and Tricks – Find out what you should do to take care of your car. You’d be surprised how much longer your car will last.

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes How to Find an Appropriate Investment Firm – A guide to looking through investment firms in order to find the best firm for your investment needs, covering some factors to consider.

IMB @ Investing Money writes How Much Money to Invest? – Want to know how much you should invest? Find out how to calculate the amount to invest.

Daisy @ Add Vodka writes How to Deal with a Difficult Coworker – I’ve had my fair share of having to deal with difficult coworkers. This makes me sound like I’m the problem, and to be honest I probably was part of the problem.

PPlan @ Provident Plan writes Building an Emergency Fund – Find out how you can build your emergency fund and what to do with it.

Tushar @ Finance TUBE writes Extreme Couponing: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Daily Deals – This is one of the unique episodes where you will be getting tips for the daily deals. You will be having these fours exciting tips which are easy to be applied. These will make your usage more interesting and valuable from every aspect.

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes Two Ways to Create Passive Income – Lacking liquid assets to invest money and create a passive income? No need to worry. Find out how you can generate passive income without any money down.

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Do You Prefer Advice From An Expert Or Someone Who Has Had Experience? – While nobody is perfect, I pride myself on making as few financial mistakes as possible. That’s not to say every investment I’ve made has gone well, but for the most part I don’t waste money and have made pretty good decisions regarding my personal finances. I take advantage of my credit cards by paying them…

Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy writes Bills Make Me Peevish and Need to Go Away. – Broke-Ass Mommy is a blog that chronicles the tribulations of being a mother with limited income

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes College Debt – Diversification and What this Means – Find out about the latest trends of college debt and how getting students loans can affect your finances.

ETZ25 @ Entertainment Timez writes Dividend Money Stream for Entertainment – Sept 11th – This is the reasons that we are creating a dividend money stream for entertainment and fun! Read about the advantages and flexibility of such a dividend money stream!

Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Not Enjoying A Family Vacation By Focusing Too Hard On Money – I had to work on my spouse so that he would enjoy the family vacations we go on and not focus too hard on money! Perhaps you should do that same…

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Everyone is Wrong: QE Does not Lower Interest Rates – The belief of QE lowering interest rates is wrong. With the impending announcement of the Fed this week, investors should look for higher interest rates.

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes Should I Let Them Cancel My Credit Card? – Is now the time to cancel my credit card, and potentially mess with my credit score? Here’s how the cancellation could impact my credit.

Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes Top 20 Dividend Stocks – September 2012 – It has been a while since I went over my last dividend stock screening. When I started using my screening, I wasn’t sure how different the results would be over time but it’s clear that we have regular movement. I am by no mean trying to do market timing but knowing that you are buying a stock at a good valuation with good yield is good for a portfolio.

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Grow Your Budget’s Spending Power – You may have noticed that I’ve been focusing on budgeting over the last several weeks: My Advice to the Person Budgeting for the First Time, Mustang Budgeting

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Do You Eat Out Too Much? – If you’ve noticed that your disposable income may be sneaking out the back door of your family finances, one of the causes could be between the lunches and

Rich @ Growing Money Smart writes Working on Financial Offense – This is my declaration on the need to improve my financial offense! Read it to see if your financial offense is strong enough too!

Michael Beauchemin @ BizNuggets writes S Corporation Owners, Is Your Salary too Low? – Ealier this year the Eighth Circuit Court upheld a lower court’s decision regarding the salary of the owner of an S Corporation. The court ruled in favor of the IRS in its charge that the owner’s salary was too low. If the IRS believes your W2 wages, as an S Corporation owner, are too low you may be in the unenviable position of trying to defend it to the IRS and possibly to the tax courts.

MR @ Money Reasons writes Fincon12 – A Unique Perspective – Part 1 – This is my take on the fincon12 conference from a city exploration standpoint! The cost of the conference was worth it just to visit the great city of Denver! More to come soon and other experiences.

Tushar @ Finance TUBE writes Extreme Couponing: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Daily Deals – This is one of the unique episodes where you will be getting tips for the daily deals. You will be having these fours exciting tips which are easy to be applied. These will make your usage more interesting and valuable from every aspect.

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes This Just In: Stocks Will Rise and The World Won’t End – I bring this up because I see lots of nothing. “Nothing” is what people do when they are too scared to do “something.” A nice mixture of uncertainty and pessimism has kept many people from investing. We’re in (what some refer to as) a liquidity trap.

Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes Time to Think About the Christmas Budget – Christmas!! In September?! Are you nuts-o? No I haven’t lost my mind and believe me, it feels less like Christmas here in Phoenix than it does probably

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes Living at Home-The Parent’s Perspective – I thought it would be interesting to have my mom write a guest post about what it’s like having your kids move back home!

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes Two Ways to Create Passive Income – Lacking liquid assets to invest money and create a passive income? No need to worry. Find out how you can generate passive income without any money down.

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes Who Wears the Financial Pants In Your Relationship? – No personal wedding or relationship story to share about who wears the financial pants in my relationship, however I’m curious to know about your relationship, and who wears the financial pants.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes 12 Month of Goals: September – Welcome to the start of another month. September is an interesting month as you start to see cooler weather, but the threat of an Indian Summer is still a possibility.

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Simple Ways to Earn More Money – Do you need some extra cash? We give you common and simple ways to increase your income without breaking a sweat.

MMD @ My Money Design writes Social Security Benefits – The Kid Picked Last for Dodgeball – Let’s take a look at how much money we may be able to expect in Social Security benefits, and what steps we can take to maximize them as much as possible.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes What Kinds of Mutual Funds Can You Get? – Are you thinking about getting a mutual fund? Read my information about the different types.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Ethical Investing and Shareholder Rights: What You Should Know – A key thing to consider when investing is to decide who gets the voting rights. If you invest in index funds, then the fund manager gets the voting rights. If you invest in individual stocks, then you get to pick which companies to invest in, and then you get to choose how to vote your shares. Investors that are prudent about ethical or socially responsible investing should be conscious of who gets control of the shareholder votes when deciding where and how to invest.

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Save Money Easily: 4 Things You Can Live Without – Save money easily with these top four tips. Saving money can be a pain but with proper planning it can be really easy!

John @ Married (with Debt) writes Auditing Your Emergency Food Stash – Let’s talk about your emergency food stash. You do have an emergency food supply for your home, right? I’m not talking about hoarding buckets of grain in your basement in anticipation of the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes Top 10 Reasons Why You Need an Emergency Fund – Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund You’ve heard all the pundits in personal finance extol on the fact that you need to have a emergency fund. I’m not going to preach to you about how much you should have, or where to put it.

TRL @ The Retired Landlord writes Why I am Interested in Real Estate Investing – Find out what I find attractive about real estate and what it offers me. In other words, find out why I love real estate investing.

JP @ My Family Finances writes Don’t Waste Your Money on AAA: Four Options for Free or Low-Cost Roadside Assistance for Your Family – There are plenty of great, low-cost options for roadside assistance that make the yearly payout on AAA a complete waste of your family’s money.

Shawanda @ You Have More Than You Think writes 3 Quick and Easy Tips to Shrink Car Insurance Costs – Car insurance is an onus that never seems to die. Fortunately, you can reap massive savings by making a few quick adjustments to your auto insurance policy.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Living cheap and feeling cheap – Living cheap may be a virtue but feeling cheap is a curse. What do you do to live cheap without feeling cheap?

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes How I Spent $300 on Wicked Parents, a Sick Child and a Slurpie – Read my interesting tale of how I spent $200 dollars in the most unusual ways!

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Why We’re Taking Our House Off The Market – After dropping our asking price to the basement, we’ve given up on selling our house – at least for now – and have decided to take it off the market.

Sean @ One Smart Dollar writes Investing in Growth Funds – A well diversified portfolio will consist of many different types of assets including growth funds. Here is a basic guide to what growth funds really are.

Marie at Family Money Values @ Family Money Values writes My Classroom Economy – a Financial Literacy Program from Vanguard – ave you ever wished that schools in the US would provide more in the way of personal finance education? Some school districts do require financial literacy classes, but they typically don’t occur until high school. What’s more, many of the teachers don’t feel qualified to teach personal finance. If only there was a better way!

Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes Why Does It Seem Like Public Unions Do Not Want to Face Reality? – Ask your average Chicago resident if they have received a raise? Do they have job security? Do they like how their boss evaluates their performance? Reading the story of the Chicago public school strike makes me ask once again why the hell does a public pension exist for new employees.

Investor Junkie @ Investor Junkie writes How to Get Wealthy – Why It’s More about Money – For those who couldn’t make it, here is my FINCON12 Ignite presentation. The presentation is much more about the psychology than mechanics.

Shilpan @ Street Smart Finance writes Building Wealth With Smart Financial Decisions – The street smart philosophy about building wealth is simple at its core — building wealth with smart financial decisions! Most people don’t build wealth not because they are not smart; they don’t build wealth — for most part — because they are gullible and easily buy into the notion that wealth is either inherited or strikes the doors of lucky few.

CF @ The Outlier Model writes I can haz vacation? – At a salaried job, you’re paid to do a certain amount of work. That amount can vary depending on the number of weeks vacation your employer offers you. Evaluating the vacation time offered is an important variable in deciding between two offers.

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Guilt Induced Frugality – If someone is frugal though, do they constantly maintain that mindset? Some people might be disciplined enough to keep it up, but I think most people still occasionally splurge.

Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes A Guide to Calculating Home Content Value – Whether you’ve just moved into a new home, are thinking abut moving or have been in your current abode for a while, it is very important that you insure its contents.

harry campbell @ Your Personal Finance Pro writes Why Rebalance Your Retirement Accounts – A crucial part to a successful investment portfolio requires that you occasionally rebalance your portfolio. Due to the volatility of the market, the asset allocation you select might change from time to time. If you select 80% stocks and 20% bonds as your AA, swings in the market can cause these numbers to veer off in different directions. Re-balancing your portfolio allows you to maintain your risk tolerance by selling or buying certain asset classes.

Beating Broke @ Beating Broke writes Kapitall – The Future of Investing? – If you haven’t heard of Kapitall (I hadn’t), it’s a new kind of brokerage. They offered to set me up with an investing account with $100 in seed money, to play around with their site. While it wasn’t required that I do a review of the site, I’m doing one anyways. Why? Because I really like the site.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Don’t Quit; Engineer Your Layoff – Years ago, I quit a corporate job to start a hot dog stand. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, but I had been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and had a chance to be my own boss. The hot dog stand didn’t last long as I soon realized it was much more work than I had originally thought. However, I now know that I didn’t quit my day job properly. Instead, I should have “Engineered my Layoff!”

SB @ Finance Product Reviews writes mVelops budgeting software review – Mvelops is a great and free software for managing your personal finance, this review covers both good and bad points about Mvelops. Read more to find out if Mvelops app/software is for you

Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Refinance Your Mortgage – Refinance is a buzzword these days with mortgage rates at historic lows. Should you refinance your mortgage? Not necessarily. There are a number of reasons you shouldn’t.

CCS @ Credit Card Smarts writes Why You Should Regularly Check Your Credit Report – People don’t take credit reports seriously enough. That could be costing you money. See reasons why you should regularly check your credit report.

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money writes How Expensive Are Stocks Now? – I had made the case that I think with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) up around 13,000 stocks looked expensive. My rational was that except for a short time in 2007 the DJIA hadn’t rarely been above 13,000 and it barely crossed 14,000 before dropping and then getting hit by the banking collapse in late 2008. Clearly once again, the DJIA is getting too expensive, right? Wrong.

Robert @ My Multiple Incomes writes Can’t Keep Up? 5 Ways to Simplify Your Multiple Income Streams – Here are five ways that you can simplify your multiple income streams to make them work for you, and not have it be the other way around!

J.P. @ Novel Investor writes Value Investing Strategy: The Basics – The shopping habit of actively searching for deals, bargain hunting is the basic idea behind a value investing strategy.

Emily @ Evolving Personal Finance writes What Happens When a Spendthrift Marries a Tightwad? – I share the results of a paper concerning marital outcomes when spouses are on opposite ends of the tightwad-spendthrift scale. Do you believe in complementarity?

Deacon @ Well Kept Wallet writes How to use the Cash Envelope System – The cash envelope system is a great way to get a hold of your finances. It gives you control over your money and allows you to tell your money where to go. Many people have paid off thousands of dollars in debt using this system. This is how it works.

Robert @ Entrepreneurship & Life writes Top Reasons People Quit and How to Prevent It – If you’re a manager or run a business, hiring great talent is essential to your success. Having a great employee is a godsend, and you want to make sure that you do everything in your power to keep them on board. As such, here are the top reasons people quit and what you can do as a leader or business owner to prevent it!

Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes P2P Lending with Lending Club: A Review – I’m skeptical and scared to invest in anything but the most reputable of P2P lending platforms online. The two big dogs in the industry are Prosper and Lending Club, respectively. I’m more a fan of Lending Club myself, and this article will review the website and the reasons that I’m such a big fan.

Grand Per Month @ Grand Per Month writes Four Tips for Evaluating Extra Income Opportunities – There are lots of opportunities for making some extra money, many of which have been highlighted here on Grand Per Month. But how do you figure out which method of earning cash might be right for you? Use these four tips to help you decide.

Mr. Money @ Smart on Money writes What Sort of Liability Insurance Do You Have on Your Rental Car? – When I travel, I try to avoid actually renting a car. I either road trip it, or I try to stay somewhere near public transportation. However, there have been times when renting a car has been the best option. When you do rent a car, though, you need to be careful of the liability coverage involved.


Thanks for checking out this week’s carnival.  Be sure to stop by next week at Master the Art of Saving.  Cheers!

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  1. says

    Thanks for including my post. Nothing un-American about preferring football, both college and the pros trump all else sports wise in my opinion. Especially living here in Chicago, baseball is about getting out to a game or two during the season to hopefully enjoy the weather and the atmosphere, but its really not much of a sport to me.

  2. says

    Thanks for including my post. I don’t blame you for loving football while ignoring baseball. I don’t understand how so many people can like a sport as boring as baseball.

  3. says

    AWESOME!!!! Love the football theme!

    Actually, I’m watching football right now :)

    Thanks for including my site, and for hosting! Great job!

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