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Welcome personal finance fans to the 9th edition of the Totally Money Blog Carnival, a weekly carnival that includes the top personal finance and money posts.
Today, I was watching the movie, Juno on DVD. If you haven’t seen it, it is a very good movie about a teenage girl that gets pregnant and all of the details that she has to handle that go along with the results.
Since this movie was on my mind while putting together this carnival, the theme for today’s Totally Money Carnival is funny baby videos! I sent my girlfriend on the mission of finding these videos, so I can’t take credit for how awesome they are! Enjoy.
Listed below are the top 3 articles of this week’s submissions!
Top 3 Editor’s Picks
1. JT McGee presents Today I Solve Student Debt Forever posted at MoneyMamba, saying, “Could a small change to the FASFA means big changes in college graduate debt loads?”
2. Mike Piper presents Picking Mutual Funds: Don’t Just Look at the Winners posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, “When researching mutual funds, many investors only look for characteristics common among winning funds. But that’s only half the picture.”
3. My Journey presents Save Money by Having a Child posted at My Journey to Millions, saying, “Raising a child can be expensive. However, I have found in the two months after my child’s birth that my wife and I have actually saved money, not spent more.”
And, listed below are the best of the rest!
Jason Price presents YNAB (You Need a Budget) iPhone App Review posted at One Money Design, saying, “The YNAB iPhone app is a great complement to the popular YNAB 3 money management software.”
The Wise Squirrel presents Glory over Money: Mike Bibby Walks Away from a $6.2 Million Salary posted at Squirrelers, saying, “Would you give away a guaranteed $6.2 million dollar salary? Someone just did!”
Sustainable PF presents Age Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Credit Card Number | Sustainable Personal Finance posted at Sustainable Personal Finance, saying, “Depending where you are in your life your credit card needs will vary.”
Jeffrey Weber presents 4 Reasons Retail Credit Cards Are a Bad Idea posted at Credit Card Wisdom, saying, “Retail credit cards are simply a bad idea in most cases. They encourage overspending (and increasing debt) while charging sky high interest rates and adding yet another bill to worry about every month.”
2 Cents presents The Financial Sector: Capitalist Bastion or Corrupt Oligarchy? posted at Balance Junkie, saying, “William Black makes the case that the financial sector is far too large and influential and that it actually does more harm than good to our economy.”
Bryan Vieregge presents 12 Ways To Make Some Extra Money – Money Bold – Money Bold posted at Money Bold.
Boomer presents Ways To Earn Investment Income: Part Two posted at Boomer & Echo, saying, “In part one of this two part series I showed you how you can earn investment income from GIC’s and Bonds. Now let’s take a look at several additional ways that you can earn investment income.”
Barb Friedberg presents How Preconceived Ideas Can Cost You posted at Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance, saying, “Many many folks believe that what you drive and wear is a measure of wealth. If someone is driving a BMW or Mercedes and wearing designer clothes, then they are wealthy. The Millionaire Next Door slams that theory down! In fact, frequently, those with ostentacious signs of external wealth carry high debt levels and tally a low net worth!”
Dividend Growth Investor presents Dividend Champions – The Best List for Dividend Investors posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, “The dividend champions list is by far the most comprehensive list of dividend growth stocks available for free. It breaks down the dividend growth universe into dividend champions, dividend contenders and dividend challengers.”
Money Beagle presents Are Internet Coupons The Future Or On Their Way Out? posted at Money Beagle, saying, “Printable coupons from the internet seem to be gaining steam, but some of the problems could put a halt to them.”
BWL presents Creating A Church Website… And Doing it Cheap posted at Christian Personal Finance, saying, “Gone are the days of having to spend thousands of dollars to create a website. Here are a couple ways you can create your church website for a lot less…”
Save Few Bucks presents How to Save Money on Airplane Ticket posted at Save Few Bucks, saying, “Airtarvel is pretty common for work as well as vacation, so here are some tips to help you save money when buying a airplane ticket.
Eliza from Happy Simple Living presents Make Your Own Homemade Greek Yogurt posted at Happy Simple Living, saying, “You can save over 50% off the cost of yogurt by making your own, and this post has complete directions and photos. Yogurt is highly nutritious, and the process for making it from scratch is very easy.”
Janet Russell presents Inferior Mutual Fund Performance | No Load Mutual Funds | Best No Load Mutual Funds posted at Best No Load Funds, saying, “The investment research literature does provide some modest evidence that substantially inferior past mutual fund performance is more likely to lead to inferior mutual fund returns in the future. Excessive costs and high management expense ratios are the likely culprits, when explaining sub-par diversified investment fund returns.”
Ryan @ MFN presents The Case for Automating your Finances posted at The Military Wallet, saying, “This articles makes the case for automating your finances to save time, money, and headaches. It is based on a missed credit card payment I had that occurred when I was relocating to a new state. The problem would not have happened if I had automated this account.”
Jim Yih presents Enough Bull: The bull about GICs posted at Retire Happy Blog, saying, “I know a lot of advisors who are exceptional and sell GICs because it is the right thing to do even though they do not pay a lot. I also know some advisors who won’t touch GICs mainly due to compensation.”
Moneyedup presents Saving for Retirement with Extra Income posted at MoneyedUP, saying, “One of the most important foundations of your financial future is saving for retirement.”
vh presents AMEX Windfall…Disappointing and Not Disappointing posted at Funny about Money, saying, “This year’s annual kickback from American Express was pallid compared to previous windfalls, but it reflected success at cutting back the spending.”
Ken presents Earned Income Credit (EIC): Meet the IRS Version of Welfare posted at Spruce Up Your Finances, saying, “Allows you to receive as much as $5,666 in refund money even if you do not have any tax liability, if you qualify1”
Patrick LaRue presents Ten Terrific Tax Tips posted at 2010 Tax, saying, “Check to see if you are eligible to Free File your tax return. You will save a good amount of money on your federal tax preparation.”
Suba presents Blogger tax deductions posted at Wealth Informatics, saying, “Here is a list of blogger tax deductions (works for any online business). There are lot of expenses you can deduct as a blogger or online freelancer.”
Ryan @ CML presents 7 Simple Tips to Legally Pay Less Tax posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “These 7 tips can help you legally pay fewer taxes when you file this year.”
Well – that concludes this week’s edition of the Totally Money Blog Carnival. Submit your blog articles to next week’s edition (scheduled for March 14th) using the handy carnival submission form. Tom at Canadian Finance Blog will be the host. He is also hosting the next (March 31st) edition of the Carnival of Passive Investing as well! Get excited!
Also, if you are interested in hosting an upcoming edition of the Carnival, take a quick look at the hosting requirements, and then contact Budgeting in the Fun Stuff about arranging a hosting date.
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