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Welcome everyone to the June 26th, 2011 edition of the Yakezie Carnival!
For those of you unfamiliar with the Yakezie Personal Finance Blog Network, it is the web’s largest, most involved, and most organized group of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers. Participants in the network collaborate multiple times throughout each day on the Yakezie forums and through other mediums. You can view all of the details at the “About Yakezie” page by clicking here.
Each week, the members and challengers of the Yakezie Network submit their best articles to be featured in the Yakezie Carnival. And, today, it is My Personal Finance Journey’s honor to be the host!
The theme for today’s carnival is random Tour de France (the biggest cycling race in the world) financial facts. With this carnival being only 4 days away from the start of July and the Tour de France cycling race, I figured this would be a fitting theme!
In addition, it fits in nicely with the spirit of my site starting the Tour de Personal Finance this year. Each July from 2011 onward, I’ll be running/hosting the Tour de Personal Finance (sort of a Tour de France for PF blogging competition) on MyPersonalFinanceJourney.com. You can view all of the details and guidelines at the announcement below.
- Name and URL of blog.
- URL and title of your best article from last 12 months.
- A concise 2-5 sentence description of the post (this will be posted on each stage’s announcement, so really SELL why post should win!).
- The month and year in which you started blogging (will be used to determine White Jersey winner).
OK, enough with the introduction! I’m getting carried away. Let’s get to this week’s Yakezie Carnival articles.
The best thing about hosting a Yakezie Carnival is that the posts are all top notch, and not from spam sites talking about online dating of Ukranian brides! (haha – I’m not even joking. I have received carnival submissions like that in the past).
Top 3 Editor’s Picks
1. Frugal Confessions brings us We Were Scammed on Craigslist: How to Protect Yourself from Fraud, saying, “After snagging an interested buyer, Mary Hudson, for our $500 item we listed on Craigslist, we became increasingly alarmed at the strange requests and secondhand-English email correspondence. See how this scam played itself out.”
It really ticks me off how sophisticated of schemes the scam artists are coming up with these days. Just take a look at the one Amanda shares in this article!
When I got screwed over by a fake eBay supplier, the payment was also requested to be issued via Western Union. Maybe Western Union should change it’s slogan to, “Preferred by fraud artists worldwide!”
2. KNS Financial brings us Need To See A Doctor? Go Rob A Bank!, saying, “James Richard Verone robbed a bank in order to get medical care. Find out the details behind this strange story, and then weigh-in with your opinion!”
In this article, a man goes to some extreme measures to get medical care! Or, were they extreme…..
3. The Amateur Financier brings us What I Want to Pass on to My Children.
Passing along your life lessons to your children is what every parents wants. Personally, I think the biggest gift that my parents passed on to me is the gift of wanting – wanting to succeed, wanting to do my best, and wanting to learn more. What do you hope to pass on to your children?
And, listed below are the rest of this week’s submissions!
Tour de France Financial Factoid # 1 (brought to us by Wikipedia.org)
Outlaw Finance brings us The Difference Between a Roth IRA and Traditional IRA, saying, “This article looks at the Roth and the traditional IRA individually and then compares the two. ”
Squirrelers brings us Memorable Examples of Witnessing Generosity.
The Ultimate Juggle
brings us Happy Hour Isn’t for Drinks, saying, “Happy hour is known for its price break on drinks, but it’s also a great way to save money on food – especially if you have to eat out early anyways with a toddler!”
Money Reasons brings us The Benefits of a High Credit Score, saying, “I describe how to take advantage of a high credit score if you have one. Also I explain why having a high score is beneficial.”
Money Health Central brings us Did The Debit Card Revolution Kill The Balanced Checkbook?, saying, “We use debit cards for convenience. In return, the transactions fly fast and furious. Balancing your checkbook is nearly impossible, which can lead to other problems.”
In fall 2006, Lance Armstrong and several other institutional investors were considering buying the Tour de France in an effort to reform cycling for the better. It was estimated that it would have cost about $1.5 billion at the time to buy the Tour. Quite a hefty price tag! I don’t believe it ever went through though. The current family that owns the Tour didn’t want to sell.
My Multiple Incomes brings usWhat To Consider Before Starting a Website, saying, “A few key points to know before you take the plunge of starting a website!”
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