Lifestyle Carnival

 

TRAVEL

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Writing a Will – A cold front swept through Houston when Mr. BFS and I left for our cruise.

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Taking Inventory of Your Financial Life – It’s important to keep track of your own belongings in cases of theft or damage. Here’s what you can do in order to create an inventory of your household.

Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance writes 3 Ways to Save on Home Cleaning Products – 3 Ways to Save on Home Cleaning Products has been published on Minimalist FinanceCleaning products are part of almost every household budget, and they can be quite expensive. Between glass cleaner, disinfectant, laundry soap and other supplies needed for cleaning your home, cleaning products can take up a good chunk of the home maintenance fund.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes What To Avoid When You’re Buying Your First Home – Looking for your first home? It can be a difficult process, but we’re here to make it easier. Read for tips on what to avoid when buying a first home!

Andrew @ 101 Centavos writes Try Some British Food. Tastes Just Like Chicken! – Here’s what not to say to your hired car driver in jolly old England: “You know, nobody ever says: hey, let’s go out for British food! I’ve been here over a dozen times, and never really had decent British food.” Such was the words blurted out by one American colleague from the backseat peanut gallery during last week’s trip. Discussing dinner options shouldn’t be a cultural minefield, but there it was.

Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes Keeping these 3 Secrets from your Financial Advisor isn’t Advisable – There is an old saying that goes something like this: There are lies, there are damn lies and then there is what you tell your financial advisor.

Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Seven Tips to Extend your Car’s Lifespan – Purchasing a new or used car is a hefty investment, and it is natural to want to make the most of your money. If you have purchased a car for the long haul, you will want to ensure that your car lasts as long as possible.

Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes Prepare yourself for Small Business Success in 2014 – as a small business owner, preparing yourself for success is something that should never stop. The thing is, there’s really not much of a difference between the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

Andrea @ So Over This writes A New Year Brings New Beginnings – It is officially 2014, and with that comes a sobering hangover from the holiday binge spending! Sure we read the how-to tips on saving money during the holidays, but do we actually follow them?

Lily @ Paying Debt Down writes Top 2014 Money-Saving Tips – With 2013 coming to a close many people are looking towards 2014 and finally becoming financially independent. The fact is however that while 34% of us set financial goals, only 8% of us actually reach them, at least according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology that was done by the University of Scranton.

Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes Social Security and Part-time Income. What you should know – These days more Americans than ever before are going to be working past the traditional age of retirement. A recent Wells Fargo study of 1000 middle-class Americans showed that nearly 34% of them believe that they’re going to have to work until they reach the tender age of 80 years old.

Katie @ IRA Basics writes The Secret of Saving for Your First Deposit – Are you ready to become a homeowner and do not fancy a no-deposit home loan? Then the biggest obstacle standing in your way is the first deposit or down payment.

Sam @ The New Business Blog writes 5 Steps to Maximize Conversions on your Landing Page – If you use a Landing Page to attract and then send people to your website, and you are not satisfied with the results that you are getting, it is possible that the headline, body copy or your call to action are not as persuasive as they should be.

Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes Five Simple Steps to Succeed as a Landlord in 2014 – Welcome to the world of being a landlord! This is a job that comes with many perks but also carries many responsibilities. These five simple steps will help to guide you along the way to being a good landlord.

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes The 7 Best Towns for Your Family to Relocate to – If your town does not feel very family friendly, it might be time to think about relocating. Many cities and towns throughout the U.S. offer community activities that your family will enjoy together.

Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes Google’s New Cross-Media Project Aims to Dominate Your Waking Hours – Recently, Google’s Niantic Labs teamed up with giant publishing house Harper Collins in a bid to create a new, and better, augmented reality game that’s location-based.

Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes The Best Ways to Increase your Credit Score – The simple fact is that even small improvements to your credit score can mean big savings, as low credit scores result in much higher costs for things like credit card debt, home loans and so forth.

Monica @ Monica On Money writes Ask the Readers: How Much $$ Do You Spend Eating Out? – Do you know how much money you’re spending on eating out? Write Down Your Guess and Save it.

Larry @ KrantCents writes Success Is Easy! – Success is easy! All you have to do is follow some easy steps. I can think back to school the first time I had a bad grade. All I had to do was listen in class, do my classwork, homework and study a little.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes Using Rental Properties for Retirement – When thinking about retirement options, is it always the same boring stock options? You know that it is important to diversify your portfolio, so why not add some good ole rental properties to the mix!

Jason @ The Money Makers writes PRISM: Did the NSA kill privacy? – Revelations have been continuing to emerge regarding widespread surveillance tactics being internationally deployed by the United States government.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes 3 Times it Makes Sense to Pay Someone Else to Do Something For You – Just because you can do something does not mean that you should. Here are 3 times it makes sense to pay someone else to do something for you:

David @ Financial Nerd writes The Three Pillars of the Economy: Inflation, GDP and Unemployment – The three pillars of the economy, inflation, unemployment, and GDP are connected to each other and maintain fine balance in a healthy economy.

Christopher @ This That and The MBA writes Travel on a Budget – Having the ability to travel cheaply does not mean that you always get the best deal so it is important that you do your due diligence. Therefore, it becomes very important to plan and evaluate different discount travel packages and select the one that fits within your budget and needs.

Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes “My Latest Credit Card: The Amex Starwood Preferred Guest Card(SPG) “ – Since I’ve got a European honeymoon coming up this summer, I’ve been in full force research mode – comparing prices and figuring out how to redeem all my credit card points for free travel. We only have a limited amount of time to honeymoon during July and that happens to coincide with the busiest time of the year(and the hottest) for European travel. It can be a lot harder to redeem points during peak travel season but it is doable as long as you start planning early.

Harry Campbell @ The Four Hour Work Day writes Would You Sacrifice Your Family Life to Make More Money? – Even though I have a pretty large online footprint(I’m currently writing for 6 sites and managing 2) I also go to a regular job during the day. A lot of people like to complain about their job or bitch about their boss, but I actually like my day job. That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t taken the leap yet to working online full time. That and the money of course; I’m pretty honest when it comes to why I’m working in the engineering field.

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes New side hustle: How I made $1,500 renting my house to travelers – Is renting your house or a room to tourists something you would consider? Today I will share my new side hustle on how I made money by renting my house to travelers.

 

HEALTH

Christopher @ Carpal Tunnel HQ writes http://carpaltunnelhq.com/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/ – Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve, a nerve that travels from the forearm, through the wrist along a passageway called the carpal tunnel, and into the palm of the hand. The median nerve controls feeling and movement of parts of the hand.

Jacob @ Cash Cow Couple writes Vitacost Review – This details the easiest way to buy health foods and supplies at bargain prices.

 

WEALTH AND RETIREMENT

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes 10 Ways To Save Money On Home Improvements – For almost a decade in the 1990’s, we were entertained by the standup comedy turned TV show starting Tim Allen called Home Improvement.

Bargain Babe @ BargainBabe.com writes Am I a Money Hoarder? – Am I a money hoarder? My friends say yes because I refuse to let my savings dip below $1,000. But they often have just $100 before payday.

Cat Alford @ Budget Blonde writes How To Budget College Students Funds – The following is a guest post from my friend Jason, who loves sharing tips and tricks on how to budget college students funds.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Risk Tolerance – What Every Investor Should Know – Risk tolerance is one of the most important and fundamental parts of investing. Here’s what ever investor should know about this important concept.

SavingMentor @ How To Save Money writes HowToSaveMoney.ca Is Hiring Writers! – I want to bring you, my readers, the absolute best and most complete information on saving money that can be found anywhere in Canada.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes What Type of Investment Option is Best for You? – This Post was Originally published at What Type of Investment Option is Best for You? on Start Investing MoneyIf there is one thing you can rely on in the ever changing world of investments, it is that there are lots of different investments to choose from. You’ve got stocks, shares, IPOs, mutual funds, real estate investments and many others besides.

Tony @ We Only Do This Once writes Training for a 5k Run – A Beginner’s Guide – Here are some simple tips when you are training for a 5k run.

Lauren @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes Kitchen Upgrades to Keep Tenants Renting – L Bee Says: I am the Zillow blogger of the week! I used Zillow a good bit back when I was hunting for my first home, and I am excited to be featured. Below is a post by Diana Fishlock for those of you who, like me, have rental property income. Cheers! A good tenant is […]The post Kitchen Upgrades to Keep Tenants Renting appeared first on L Bee and the Moneytree.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes What being debt free means to me? – Being debt free is mostly felt in little things; in a bunch of flowers, music and deep, restful sleep.

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes 8 Considerations When Starting to Invest – A short guide to some of the things you need to consider when you are first starting to invest and trying to choose the best investments for your needs.

Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Does Technology Equal Productivity? – One of my new friends and I like to talk about new business ideas. The first time that we hung out, we ended up having a three hour conversation about some of our best ideas and how we would like to create them over the next couple of years.

Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance writes 3 Ways to Ensure You’ll Never Forget to Pay a Bill Again – 3 Ways to Ensure You’ll Never Forget to Pay a Bill Again has been published on Minimalist FinanceWe’ve all done it. Every once in awhile, a bill slips our mind and we forget to pay it. The bill goes unpaid until you get a gentle reminder from the servicing company, or until you notice a late fee on your next bill.

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes Tips to Successfully Claim Auto Insurance after Accidents – Road accidents may not be on your agenda for the day but it is something that is not impossible to happen. They can occur suddenly and especially when you least expect it. Having your own auto insurance will prove priceless when this predicament happens to you.

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes What It Meant To Be The Average Financial American in 2013 – In 2013, many Americans needed to watch their finances. Read here for a year’s review of finance to start off your 2014.

Jacob @ AllPersonalFinance writes The Truth About Car Finance – The truth about car finance If you are looking to buy a new car, there will be a whole host of finance options available for you. The dealers themselves will nearly always offer you a finance deal as it is a great profit maker for them, but the choice can leave a consumer very confused. …r

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes How to Save Money on your Wedding – Wedding day is a big day in anyone’s life and a lot of planning goes into making it a dream occasion.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Things for Gen Y to do in Retirement – Technology will not only change how we live and work as young adults, but also our future. While I am sure that technology will continue to evolve, it has already changed my understanding of retirement. Retirement no longer means playing golf, watching TV, and preparing to die. Instead, there are new activities for retirees to do while in retirement.T

Corey @ 20s Finances writes How to Get Your CAREER Off the Ground – Growing up a child I learned how to get a successful job: graduate high school, go to college, and then pick and choose the best company making you an offer. It was simple. Or so I thought. The unfortunate truth is that it is very hard to get a job when you are young. Even with a good college education, it’s hard to get your career off the ground.

IMB @ Investing Money writes How To Grow Your Wealth In 2014 – People across the country have made a resolution to take control of their finances in 2014. This is a great goal to have, but understanding how to make this goal a reality can be difficult. Buying a property with a home loan in the new year could offer substantial financial benefits to a property owner.

Lindy @ Minting Nickels writes Should You Be Getting Depressed about the State of the UK Economy? – Let’s face it; it’s been a crazy couple of years, as far as the UK economy is concerned.

Tushar Mathur @ Everything Finance writes How to save money on pet costs – A month after getting married, my husband and I inherited our pup from a family friend. Essentially, he’s always been a member of our family.

Eva Baker @ TeensGotCents writes $1,000 Challenge – Entertainment and Groceries – My mom continues on her quest to save $500 a month by participating in the $1,000 Challenge. Now she’s cut our grocery budget and I’m feeling kinda hungry!

Tushar @ Earn More and Save writes How To Select A Forex Broker – The post How To Select A Forex Broker appeared first on Earn More And Save.If you are just starting out in Forex trading, it can be a confusing experience.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Intelligent Ways to Save Money for Your Upcoming Summer Vacation – Do you have big summer vacation plans coming up? For example, let’s say that a bunch of your old buddies from college have finally decided to get together for an outdoor adventure of mountain biking, white water rafting, and trail […]

Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes Thanks to These Blog Carnivals – December 2013 to Current – Hi again! Every week, we submit our favorite posts to a variety of blog carnivals. When we are selected, it is common courtesy (and an expectation) that we link back to those that included us.

Chad @ The Stock Market and I writes Playing Defense – With the stock market suddenly losing it upside bias, there are a few ways to protect yourself if you want to be invested for the long term.

Emily @ Urban Departures writes Excessive Consumerism: A Tale of One Too Many Scarves – Standing in a closet full of scarves, I realized I was buying things for the sake of buying things, unadulterated excessive consumerism.

Charles @ Getting A Rich Life writes 2013 Net Worth Review-A Look At My Investments – 2013 was an incredible year for all investments as the market lifted all asset classes. A closer look at all of my 2013 investment and their performance.

Adam @ Money Rebound writes Who Earns the World’s Biggest Salary? – Just where do the biggest earners of the world get their money from.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Need More Space? Look Up – When it comes to living space, you might feel limited by the floor space, but if you look up you might find just what you need. I’m talking about attic and loft conversions.

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes On Dying, Retirees, and Fighting For Your Financial Freedom – Death takes a toll on anyone. Nobody is exempted when it comes to death. Learn more about the importance of planning for your future financial freedom.

Mark Ross @ Money Saving Dude writes A Quick Way To Save Money With The Help Of A Water Bottle – Stop consuming bottled water and get your own water bottle instead. Know the reasons why getting your own water bottle could be the best thing you can do for your wallet and our planet.

Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes You Get Lucky When You’re Prepared – How does one get started in building wealth through assets? FI Fighter will help us to find better ways to build financial wealth and to have a better path to financial freedom.

Pauline @ Savvy Scot writes New year financial boot camp: Choosing the best credit card for you – Today, we are going to make sure you have the best credit card to pay for all those expenses. Checking out you have the best card once a year or so can result in great savings, and only takes a quick phone call or an online application.

Marvin @ Brick By Brick Investing writes 11 Monthly Dividend Stocks That Let You Sleep Well At Night – A detailed list of 11 stocks that pay dividends on a monthly basis. These stocks are a low risk and tax free alternative for an investor’s portfolio.

 

GOOD EATS

Andy @ theFIREstarter writes The Badass Cookery Class: A Beginners Guide – Tips for badass cooking. Save yourself time, energy, money and waste less food, whether you are just starting out or have been cooking for years.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Save Money and Time with Once a Month Cooking – I find freezer cooking saves me time on busy week nights and saves us hundreds of dollars each month because we’re not tempted to go out to eat. I simply reach in the freezer for our meal the night before and cook it that night for dinner.

Mr.CBB @ canadian budget binder writes Hot and Spicy Sausave and Bacon and Tomato Soup – If you love bacon and you love sausage you will really enjoy this spicy soup which is perfect for any cold winters day.

 

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