Welcome to this week’s edition of the Carnival of Money Pros – Labor Day Edition! I just can’t believe the “unofficial” end to summer is here already. It’s been a great one for my family and I and while I am sad to see the warm weather to go, Fall is probably my favorite season. I hope that everyone takes the time to re-charge with the 3 day holiday weekend and come out swinging to better their lives and finances! Here are some great blog posts just to get you started.
Carol Serpa @ Grams Gold writes Americans Can’t Even Afford to Eat at McDonald’s – McDonalds Sales Down for 8 Months Plus This Shocking Fact about People Living in the Suburbs
Alexis @ FITnancials writes What You Need To Do When Moving To A New State – As most of you may know, I recently moved to Illinois and live in a western Chicago suburb. I had to do a lot of things before and during my move as well as after. There are still things that I have to do that I’ve yet to check off on my list.
Dave @ Gen Y Finances writes Cutting Your Food Spending When Going To Restaurants – I love going to restaurants. I love trying new meals and eating at my favorite restaurants often. However, it can be expensive to eat out often.
Karen @ 724 Credit writes Employment And Credit Checks – If you are applying for a job and the employer requests a credit check, they can’t do it without your permission, however, if you don’t give your permission that could be the deal breaker right there.
Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents writes How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost – If you’re looking to start a WordPress blog for cheap, then choosing Bluehost for your hosting needs may be your answer.
Michelle @ Diversified Finances writes How To Prepare For An Audit as a Freelancer – Okay, this is probably a post that isn’t exciting or fun. I’ve never met someone who thought tax returns were a fun subject (except for my tax professor I describe below), and I definitely have never met anyone who wanted to be audited.
Maria @ The Money Principle writes Five useful tips to get the best holiday value for your money – I’ve never thought of us as rich. We are a middle class family, we have above average income and a healthy net worth. But rich we are not.
Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes Should You Take a Vacation if You’re in Debt? – Your debt is stressing you out. Work is stressing you out. And you just need a little break from the normal day to day grind.
Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes Amazon FBA: Finding Products to Sell – Even with a whole store of stuff to go through I found it pretty hard to find really profitable products that Amazon themselves weren’t selling.
Brad @ Enemy of Debt writes Don’t Cheat Yourself By Living a Life of Half-Assity – I was painfully making my way through a 14 mile run early on a Saturday morning. I was at mile 10, and struggling to find the energy or even the desire to pick up my feet and keep running.
Larry @ KrantCents writes Are You Tough Enough for Success? – Success is for anybody who is tough enough to withstand the ups and downs!
Monica @ Monica On Money writes The Surprising Habit That’s Making You Poor – If you are like many people, when you see all of your friends’ fabulous things and experiences, you may have felt a pang of envy.
Natalie @ Debt and The Girl writes Charity Begins At Home – For the past year and half, I have been donating every month to a certain charity that helped women who had been victims of sex slavery.
Cat @ Budget Blonde writes It Turns Out Kids Want to Be Millionaires – We chatted all about what people think millionaires look like, how to invest, how to buy a stock, how to resist pretty shiny things you want to buy at the mall, and why people should want to become millionaires.
Justin @ iPlugin writes Apple Was Just Granted a Patent for a Smart Watch – Electronics giant Apple started a new round of rumors when they were granted a patent for a smart watch design.
Danielle @ TeacHer Finance writes 2 Simple Systems to Help you Stay on Budget – The very first, most important step in creating a personal financial plan is to have a firm understanding of your income and your expenses.
Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes Paying Off Student Loans? Here’s What You Need to Know – When you consider that nearly 60% of the graduating class of 2011/12 have over $26,000 apiece in student loan debt, you begin to realize the depth of the student loan crisis in the United States.
Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes Adult Children Refuse to Leave the Nest – Not too long ago if an adult was to say to someone that they just met ‘I live with my parents’, it typically would have set them up for quite a bit of ridicule and disdain.
Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes 5 Pairs of Sunglasses that Changed the World – Sunglasses started to become fashionable in the 1950s and 1960s, when celebrities such as James Dean, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol used them to enhance their already cool image.
Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes Using Social Media to Improve the Job Search – 1 in 10 young job hunters are now rejected because of their social media use.
Sam @ The New Business Blog writes The Top 2 Tips for New Stock Market Investors – If you just decided to start investing in the stock market, you’ve hopefully done a lot of research and homework in order to make sure that you have at least a little bit of an idea about what you’re doing.
Katie @ IRA Basics writes When and How to Start IRA Withdrawals – Hopefully, when you went to open an IRA, you did so with the intention of using it for long term retirement needs.
Lily @ Paying Debt Down writes What to do if you run out of cash before payday – Many people are finding it difficult to make their money last until they next get paid.
Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes How to find the right solicitor or conveyancer – for YOU – in 4 steps! – As the property market starts to pick up once again, more people will be looking for a conveyancing expert to help them as they either buy or sell their home.
Andrea @ So Over This writes Is the 10% Rule Dead? – Like almost everybody else my age, I grew up hearing ‘put 10% of your paycheck in the bank!’
Hadley @ Epic Finances writes When’s the best time to make your first investment? – Not surprisingly, first-time investors usually have a little bit of anxiety about when the best time is to make their first stock purchase.
Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes Planning for Retirement – There are many different definitions of the American Dream, some say it’s a great job and nice house, others say it’s comfortably raising a family, yet my definition varies a bit from those.
Amy @ Money Mishaps writes This is Why People Hate the Airlines – Most people really love to travel but really hate airlines.
Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes Planning for Retirement? Keep in Mind that it’s Not All About the Money – If you were lucky enough to have been advised to start planning your retirement early, and you did, you’ll know that saving for retirement can take a number of decades.
Matt @ Budget Snob writes Financial Support for Single Parents – If you are a single parent, you already know how difficult it can be to make ends meet with just one income coming into the home.
Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes What are the different ways to make money when investing in stocks? – If you’re new to investing in the stock market then it’s possible that you don’t know just how many different ways there are to invest, and make money, in the market.
Jay @ Daily Fuel Economy Tip writes Fuel Saving Questions and Answers for Summer Travel – Gas prices have remained relatively stable, which means to say that they’ve remained at their high price but haven’t gone much higher.
Oscar @ Money is the Root writes When Should You Start Investing? – Not surprisingly, first-time investors usually have a little bit of anxiety about when the best time is to make their first stock purchase.
Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes How Online Trading Platforms Work – If you’re taking your very first steps as an online trader then you’ve probably already come across trading platforms, but you may be wondering exactly what they are and how they work.
Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes 5 Things I’m Giving Up to Get Out of Debt – Everyone gives up different things to get out of debt….what are yours?
Brock Kernin @ Clever Dude writes Cost Comparison: Is Laundry Soap Really Cheaper at a Club Store? – Don’t just assume it’s cheaper because it came from a club store….do the comparison!
Jerry @ Repaid.org writes How Does a Mortgage Pre-Approval Work? – Buying a home can be a bewildering process. We discuss how to get pre-approved for the home loan you need.
Jefferson @ See Debt Run writes It Always Pays to Be Nice – You never know when a random act of kindness will lead to good things down the road.
Jerry @ Palmetto Personal Finance writes How Much Can Your Credit Score Go Up Each Month? – A lot of us would like to boost our credit scores, but first we’d like to know what kind of increase is realistic for the work we’re putting in. We work to answer this highly complex question.
Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Get Justice If You’ve Been Financially Wronged – Sometimes we are treated unfairly when it comes to personal finance in general. In everything that we do, we should make sure we’re getting justice for ourselves and we’re not getting taken advantage of financially. If we’re not being treated fairly, we should do our own ‘chasing’ to get the result that we need.
Tanya @ The Heavy Purse writes Understanding Long-Term Care and How to Pay for It – Long-term care is topic we often avoid but 7 out of 10 will required long-term care assistance in their life. We all deserve to be treated with dignity when we can longer care for ourselves, so learn your options and how to pay for them, including how Medicaid works.
Karen @ MakintheBacon writes Why Work Study Programs Are A Good Thing – Work Study Programs are great if you want to gain relevant work experience in your field and earn some money while doing so
Erastus @ Sprout Wealth writes How to Beat the 401k Retirement Age – The 401k retirement age is something that is often thought of as set in stone. I share ways you might be able to get around it if looking to retire early.
Erastus @ Wise Dollar writes Are You Prepared for a Financial Disaster? – A financial disaster can happen when you least expect it. I share some of the things to be on the lookout for so your family can be prepared for the worst.
Brad @ How to Save Money writes Avoid Impulse Buying – Tips on how to save your budget by avoiding impulse purchases
Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank writes Investigating Peer to Peer Loans for Borrowers and Investors – Going through the ins and outs of peer to peer loans and what it means for you as either a borrower or a investor / lender
Ben Luthi @ The Wealth Gospel writes 5 Crazy Things People Use as Money – You can buy anything in this world with money. But apparently you can also buy it with other things. Here’s just a sample of some of the bizarre things people use as money.
Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes How To Get Your Cell Phone Damage Covered! – I actually used one of those extra benefits that come with your credit card!
Mr. The Money Template @ The Money Template writes How Much Do I Need to Retire at 55 and Never Worry About Money Again? – You’re still about seven years before you will even be able to collect partial retirement benefits. Retiring while you’re young- and still having the money to be comfortable – requires some very careful planning and lots of saving.
Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Tiny Homes Can Be Happy Homes – There are plenty of people out there (just look at the popularity of the tiny house movement) who can live in a home that’s under 200 square feet, but I’m sure downsizing is the biggest hurdle.
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes How to Limit Distractions When You Work from Home – Here are some ideas for limiting distractions when you work from home:
Mario @ Debt BLAG writes The most important thing about investing as a 25-year-old; on compound returns and a follow-up to Eithne – There are a lot of considerations to make when you invest, but the most important thing about investing may just be starting early to take advantage of compound returns
Jon @ Penny Thots writes 11 Ways To Make Money In College – As a college student, surviving financially is is tough. Here is a great list of ways to make money so that you can graduate with less debt.
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