Lifestyle Carnival

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Lifestyle Carnival! Submit your blog article to the next edition using our carnival submission form at Blogger Carnivals.


Daisy @ Suburban Finance writes The Age-Old Question: Rent or Buy a Home? – Whether to rent or buy a house – which is better, renting or buying?

Jacob @ AllPersonalFinance writes Spend Money on a Removal Company that is worth every Penny – Shifting homes can be quite an ordeal. It is a cumbersome task that requires a lot of supervision but it is impossible to do alone. Imagine packing all the things you own and moving to a new home all by yourself, nightmarish, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time for a pro?

Tushar Mathur @ Everything Finance writes 5 Ways To Save Money When Traveling – Traveling is costly, but add in all the extra fees and it can get even more expensive. Here are 5 ways to save money when traveling so you can avoid them.

Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes It’s Open Enrollment Time – It’s that time of year again, Open Enrollment. It’s that one time a year that I can make changes to my health benefits for the following year.

Matt @ Budget Snob writes Rules to Protect your Passwords from being Hacked – Did you know that almost 75% of Americans have, at one point or another and a life, been the victims of an Internet crime?

Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes Money Saving Tips for Holiday Travel – The Holidays are once again right around the corner and, if you are considering traveling during this festive time of year, you will find that prices are generally much higher.

Amy @ Money Mishaps writes Airline Fees That Might Actually Be Worth Paying For – While most people are loathe to pay anything extra when traveling by plane, especially considering that it is so darned expensive already, there are actually a few extras that might be worth paying for.

Hadley @ Epic Finances writes Five Steps to Help you Understand the Bond Market – One of the hardest things to understand for newcomers to the holy trinity of investing (cash, stocks and bonds) are the basic rules and the relatively intricate nuances that all three hold.

Andrea @ So Over This writes The Cost of Carrying a Baby: 8 Unexpected Expenses of Motherhood – On average, raising a child from birth to age 18 costs about $200,000. If you add college tuition to that number, you can end up paying up more than quarter million dollars to raise a college graduate.

Lily @ Paying Debt Down writes Top Tips for Negotiating your Finances – Getting a great deal on your rent, negotiating with your boss for your salary or purchasing a new car are all negotiations that most people go through at one point or another in their life.

Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes Great Tips for Cutting Expenses in Retirement – The average retired person already knows how to live on a fixed income, especially if they have been retired for a number of years.

Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes Cheap Places to Travel this Fall – With summer winding to an end, there is no better time to take advantage of cheap travel rates. Hotels, airlines, and other players in the travel industry are feeling the post-Summer slump and are looking for ways to encourage travel. Here are a few venues to explore when looking for some extra savings on your fall travels.

Buck @ Buck Inspire writes Jump Starting the Juvenile Industry with Jina Park of PLUSH – Ever since Baby Buck was born, I have been hitting as many baby shows as I possibly can. One of my favorites is Jina Park’s PLUSH show.

Monica @ Monica On Money writes How To Negotiate Lower Prices On Anything – Sometimes asking for lower prices is not that easy and can even be a little intimidating. Keep reading to learn how to negotiate lower prices on anything!

Holly @ Club Thrifty writes 6 Unexpected Ways to Save – These days, everyone is looking for a way to cut back on the purchases they make every day. Check out this list of unexpected ways to save:

Barbara Friedberg @ Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance writes What are Index Funds and Asset Classes Investing? – There are too many index funds available and the choices can be mind boggling. I want to help simplify your investments. You only need a couple of mutual funds in your investment portfolio.

Larry @ KrantCents writes Are You an Overachiever or Underperformer? – Are you a overachiever or underperformer? I used to work in a high tech environment where everyone was an overachiever.

Natalie @ Debt and the Girl writes Being an Anonymous Blogger and Compromising with Myself – I am the type of private person that likes to blog for an undisclosed amount readers and discuss personal details of my life.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes How to Make Money From Twitter By Building a Large Following – Twitter is a great social network for you to interact with friends, families, and even celebrities. It can also be a place for you to earn a little extra cash, as long as you have a large following.

Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes How to Pay Off Debt & Increase Your Income the Fun Way – In order to speed up your debt repayment you will have to locate extra funds to throw toward it. You can either continue down the path you’re on or earn extra money.

Graham @ Moneystepper writes Best time to invest in the stock market? – Best time to invest in the stock market?

Jason @ The Money Makers writes Olivia Wilde is Having a Baby: What are the first-month expenses? – Olivia Wilde recently announced her pregnancy with fiance Jason Sudeikis. With forty percent of moms saying that having a baby is more expensive than they initially assumed, it is important to look at the overall costs in the first month for plenty of preparation and financial planning.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes The Importance of Saving Early – When my husband and I first married, we were poor and in debt. It was a difficult place to be, and, even as we made inroads and improved our finances, we still felt pinched. As a result, we decided that we could not afford to set aside money for the future.

Adam Kamerer @ Stop Worrying About Money writes The Single Most Important Thing To Do In A Financial Crisis – A financial crisis can strike completely without warning. When a financial emergency happens, here’s the single most important thing you can do get your feet under you.

FI Pilgrim @ FI Journey writes FI 101: Chart Progress To Stay Motivated – In this post I will give you a rundown of how I chart progress towards financial independence, to motivate myself to drive income up and expenses down.

Adam @ Travel Ideaz writes What Is There to Do on the Isle of Iona? It Doesn’t Matter – Sometimes the beauty of a place lie not within the scenery but with the memories behind it.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Benefit of Renting: Lower Employment Rates – According to a study (there have been a few studies over the years linking these two ideas), countries with lower home ownership have lower unemployment.

Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes A Tribute to the Greatest Chipotle Article of All Time – When I first started this site almost two years ago it was with the intention to discuss topics like saving for retirement and investment strategies. But I quickly realized that those articles were pretty boring to read and to write. That’s why you see articles today ranging from travel hacking to saving money at Chipotle. The latter has actually become one of the most popular articles on my site and today it has over 5,000 total views.

KK @ Student Debt Survivor writes Need a Vacation From Planning My Vacation – Research shows that looking forward to a vacation can be as enjoyable as the actual vacation itself. But what if planning the vacation causes you stress?



Jen @ Prepping Is Sexy writes Choosing My EveryDay Carry (EDC) Bag *tactical purse* – My EveryDay Carry Bag (EDC Bag) took forever to finally settle on. I wanted to replace my purse with something more durable, pleasing to my eye and with multiple storage options.

saverspender @ Save. Spend. Splurge. writes Minimalist Closet Essentials for Men and Women – Minimalist Wardrobe Closet Essentials for Men and Women



Alice Sibley @ Earning My Two Cents writes Health Over Money – Money comes after health, despite my worries

Mollie @ Success Manual writes 17 tips on how to boost your energy – exercise, healthy tips

David Leonhardt @ The Happy Guy writes Spare a smile? – The wonderful thing about a smile is that you always have an extra to spare. Because as soon as you give it away…Presto! You have another one just waiting to be shared.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Look Hot and Stay Fit on a Busy Schedule – There never seems to be enough hours in the day to do even the most urgent tasks, let alone fitting in ways to look hot and stay fit on a busy schedule. Here are some easy ways to do just that.

Simon @ Modest Money writes The Cost of Compensation – Medical Negligence Claims – Accidents and injuries are an unfortunate part of life, and they always seem to strike when you least expect it. It is important to know where you stand if you are one of these unfortunate victims, and know that it is needless for you to suffer in silence.

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes Benefits Of Shopping At Farmers Market – It is a sad reality that we live in an era of additives and preservatives in most of our food, in addition to consuming certain foods that are genetically modified.



Adam @ Money Rebound writes Having a Low Cost Kid’s Party – Money is not everything especially when it comes to arranging fun parties for your kids.

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money writes Why Sports Matter – After the bombings the team took it upon themselves to try to give people a little break from the everyday realities. There are marathon runners who lost half their leg. However, you can see why sports matters in their face, when they walk onto the grass at Fenway Park or throw out the first pitch. I can’t count how many news stories I saw about players visiting the bombing victims at the hospital. This is why sports matters.

David Leonhardt @ The Happy Guy writes 10 hit songs blasting the music industry – Some big names like Billy Joel, Pink and The Kinks have had hits with anti-music-industry songs, ironically helping to line the pockets of industry executives. This is the story of ten hit songs that pop stars performed to bite the hand that feeds them.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Local Library: You Pay for This! – Some of my clients always ask, Cristina, what do you do in your free time? Well, one of the things I do in my free time is read.



Corey @ 20s Finances writes Retirement Moves to Make in Your 20s – Preparing for retirement while in your twenties is best accomplished by getting on the right path instead of focusing on the details.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Avoid This Risk Tolerance Mistake – Investors are not always honest with themselves about their risk tolerance. Here is how to avoid that mistake and set your investing on the right path.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Should we buy property? – Is investing in property still worth while for the next 5 years?

Bargain Babe @ writes What Should I Do About This College Debt? – What Should I Do About This College Debt? offers tips on saving money every day.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Why You Should Hire a Fund Manager For Your Retirement – Have you thought about investing for your retirement? Here is why you should hire a fund manager for your retirement.

Ryan @ Cash Money Life writes Will You Have to Push Back Your Retirement? – Will you have to push back retirement? Traditional retirement has changed recently with inconsistent investment returns and fewer pension plans.

Lauren @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes Extreme Budgeting for Debt Reduction – Budgeting for debt reduction is hard, because it is often so extreme! There are often times things you feel you cannot live without, but think again.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Don’t Live Life for the Taxman – Taxes can really take a bite if you do well and have high income. It may be tempting to live life by the IRS’s rules to lessen the bite.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Visualisation analytics and the new portfolio – The concept of data visualisation may seem like the ‘buzz’ trend right now but there is good reason why so many are latching on to this technique, not just in finance but across every industry.

Mrs. Accountability @ Out of Debt Again writes Could You Make It on Food Stamps? – So my question is could you make it on food stamps? Read my take!

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Apartment Hunting: 5 Tips To Find Your Next Apartment for Cheap – Looking for an apartment? It can be pricey, but not impossible. Read for tips and tricks will help you find your next apartment for a decent price.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Preparing to Start a Young Family – It’s important to budget – especially when adding to your home. The financial checklist you need when you’re about to start a young family.

Ben @ The Wealth Gospel writes If You Can’t Ditch Your Job, at Least Get Paid More to Do It – Being an employee sucks sometimes. But if you can’t ditch your job, you can at least try to get paid more for doing it.

Dollar @ Easy Extra Dollar writes Avoiding Scam Online Job – While looking for a job online can make the technique much simpler and faster, there is a hidden danger involved in going about finding a job in this manner. Each day, limitless job seekers are sucked in to risky online job scams.

Justin @ Root of Good writes Developing a Retirement Budget – Justin at Root of Good reveals his $32,000 per year retirement budget for a family of five. He explains the process of developing a budget for retirement that is based on your actual spending and what you actually plan to do in retirement (instead of a crazy “80% of pre-retirement income” rule).

John @ Frugal Rules writes Buying in Bulk: Making Warehouse Club Shopping Worth the Trip – Warehouse Clubs are known for their gigantic packaging and for some quality deals, however is everything there a deal? It is possible to be frugal and save money while shopping at a warehouse club and still get out with the things you need.

Stefanie @ See Debt Run writes 10 Everyday Ways To Save – If looking to save money, there are many ideas for new things to try in your day to day life. Give these money saving tips a try.

Anton Ivanov @ Dreams Cash True writes The 7 Steps to Financial Freedom – Reaching financial freedom is one of the most sought-after goals. Get started on your wealth-building journey with my 7 steps to financial freedom.

Michelle @ Diversified Finances writes Is Freelancing Not For You? – If you’re a reader of this website, then I’m going to assume that most of you are at least somewhat interested in freelancing, making money on the side, and/or becoming your own boss.

Jessica Moorhouse @ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses writes 5 Must-Dos to Interview Like a Pro – Over the past month I’ve had time to reflect on my experiences in the workforce for the past 5 years and I’ve discovered a bunch of new (or new to me) dos and don’ts when it comes to interviewing like a pro.

Oscar @ Money is the Root writes Do You Need Professional Money Help? Some Signs that say Yes – One of the most important things than that you can do for your financial health is realize when you need help and, even more, actually get help if you need it.

Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Financially Organize your Life in 10 Easy Steps – Even with all of the smart phone financial apps available, there are still millions of people who organize and file their financial paperwork in shoeboxes that they store in the back of the closet.


Jefferson @ See Debt Run writes Fighting Through a Tough Run – Sometimes when you begin a run, you can tell from the start it is going to be a tough go. In these times, you need to reach deep inside..

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes How Often Do You Google Yourself? – We ALL do it. I know I have Google Alerts set up for my name, my company, and this blog. You should, too.

Jen @ PF Carny writes Does Couponing Really Save Money? – Depending on how you do it and how into it you get, it can be either bad or good. So, does couponing really save you money? It can, but it can also cost you money at the same time.

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes From having £12 and a suit to buying a property in 6 months! – Ben Edgson, the owner of shared his experience from having £12 and a suit to buying a property in 6 months

Adam @ Money Bulldog writes 5 Business ideas for kids – Who says you’d have to be accomplished to get started on a business?

Tushar @ Earn More and Save writes How to Make an Extra $1,000 Per Year (Even If You’re Strapped for Time) – What would you do with an extra $1,000? You could use it for Christmas shopping, pay down debt, beef up your emergency fund, or take a fun trip.



Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes the best seasoned crispy sweet potato fries – If you love sweet potatoes or yams you will want to try this easy to make sweet potato fry recipe and bake it up in your oven until crispy.

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes 5 Unique Money Saving tips When Dining Out – Simple and unique ways to help you save money when dining out with friends family or on your own.



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