Welcome to the 302nd edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance, a weekly roundup of the best personal finance blog articles on the web. If this is your first time visiting Money Beagle, please take a look around and consider subscribing to my feed so that you can read my everyday observations and thoughts on money and more.
I’m honored to have been chosen to host, and have decided to make the theme ‘Opening Day‘ in honor of the start of baseball season, which starts this week! Did you know that they moved it earlier than normal this year so that the World Series will actually finish in October? As it rightly should!
No matter whether the temperatures are still cold or have been warm for awhile, spring truly starts the first time that umpire yells “Play ball!”
With that said, here are some words that the late, great Ernie Harwell used to say during his first broadcast every year. I can think of no better words to signify the joy that the beginning of the baseball season (and spring) signifies.
“For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”
With that, I leave you this weeks carnival!
- Mrs. Nespy’s World outlines ‘Newton’s First Law of Personal Finance‘. If you want to see things improve in your financial life, you have to accept that things have to change. But that’s not always easy, is it? This is a great post that I believe could be the catalyst for someone out there who’s looking for help in getting their financial life headed in the right direction. Is that someone you?
- Millionaire Nurse Blog has an interesting perspective that leads to some great advise in ‘5 Tips (plus a bonus) On Saving Money:Today!‘. I loved the reminder that even though there are a lot of things that affect our finances that are outside of our control, we still have choices that we can make in trying to save money.
- Generation X Finance has some pointers on ‘How to Negotiate Medical Bills‘. According to this post, around 60% of personal bankruptcies are directly related to high medical bills. Knowing that there are options and how to go about getting providers to work with you could make a huge difference for those who might find themselves in this situation.
- PT Money has ‘20 Tips for a More Affordable Auto Insurance Policy‘
- Passive Family Income has some ideas on ‘Splurge or Save? When to Buy Generic and When to Buy the Best‘
- Live Real Now presents ‘Saving Money: The Warranty Fund‘
- The Budgeting Babe walks through ‘A Healthy and Cheap Day of Eating’
- Nicole and Maggie: Grumpy Rumblings gives us their version of ‘The Do You Watch TV Post‘
- Money Is The Root is not impressed in ‘5 Reasons I’m Not Crazy About Costco‘
- Yes, I Am Cheap wonders ‘Will Credit Card Debt Be Held Against You In A Court of Law?‘
- The Financial Student observes ‘Consumer Credit Card Debt Decreases. Just Kidding‘
- Free Money Finance ponders ‘What’s the Best Way to Pay Off Credit Card Debt?‘
- Christian Personal Finance recommends ‘Do What Works Well, Not Necessarily What’s Best
- Budgeting the Fun Stuff has ideas for ‘Hobbies On A Budget‘
- Her Every Cent Counts sadly notes that ‘At 27, I Purchased My First Anti-Wrinkle Cream’
- Prairie Eco-Thrifter asks ‘How Much Money Can You Live Off Of?‘
- Outlaw Money puts together some ideas on ‘How To Save Money On A Low Income‘
- Coupon Sherpa does some price comparison in ‘Cheaper or Spiraling Upwards? A Look at Prices for 15 Consumer Products‘
- Bucksome Boomer advises ‘Why Co-Signing a Loan is a Bad Idea‘
- Good Financial Cents wonders ‘Can a Better Credit Score Save You Money‘
- Couple Money offers advice on ‘How to Choose the Right Credit Card for You’
- Wealth Pilgrim looks at ‘7 Proven Credit Builders‘
- Dividend Growth Investor presents ‘Six Dividend Paying Sin Stocks to Consider‘
- Buy Like Buffet thinks they know some of the ‘Best Stocks For Dividend Investing‘
- Moneyedup gives the ins and outs on the ‘401k Maximum Contribution‘
- Dividends Value advises you to buy and then ‘Don’t Touch These 5 Dividend Stocks!‘
- Oblivious Investor gives a few ideas on ‘Where Should You Open Your First IRA?‘
- Consumer Boomer presents ‘Roth IRA Qualifications‘
- Free From Broke believes that ‘Brokers Should be Legally Liable to Act in the Best Interest of Their Customers‘
- The Financial Blogger has thoughts on ‘Two Ways For Making Money Online Compared‘
- Dividend Guy Blog has ‘6 Tricks To Manage a Dividend Portfolio With Less Than $10,000‘
- Gen Y Wealth discusses ‘Price Anchoring | One More Behavior Finance Trap That Fools Me Every Time‘
- Canadian Personal Finance Blog recommends thinking about ‘On Line Banking Security‘
- Funny About Money goes into some of the benefits of ‘Using Net Worth as a Personal Finance Benchmark‘
- One Money Design has thoughts about the ‘Best Money Management Software for Mac‘
- The Dough Roller reminds us that ‘Living Longer Means the Need for More Money’
- Money Ning thinks about ‘What Financial Documents Do You Need in a Disaster?‘
- Modern Gal has ideas for ‘Coping With Irregular Income’
- The Sun’s Financial Diary thinks you should ‘Rollover 401(K) Account to A IRA Account After Leaving Your Job‘
- Moolanomy asks ‘Can your wallet handle $5 ATM fees?’
- Well Heeled Blog reveals ‘The Bag Lady Syndrome‘
- Intelligent Speculator wonders ‘How will you become rich?‘
- Spruce Up Your Finances lists a few ‘Tax Breaks For Homeowners Selling Their Homes‘
- My Dollar Plan asks ‘Are You an Innocent Spouse?‘
- Stupid Cents has ‘5 Wise Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund‘
- Mighty Bargain Hunter wonders ‘Under the gun? Filing extensions in each state‘
Savings, Career, and Everything Else
- Money Help for Christians helps sort out ‘How to Choose a Charity to Help Japan‘
- Networth Journey provides ‘An Easy to Understand Introduction to US Saving Bonds‘
- Consumerism Commentary answers ‘Why Airlines Continue to Add Fees‘
- Money Thinking outlines ‘The Plague of the Pre-existing Condition‘
- Studenomics gives some information on ‘What Are The Different Types of Insurance?‘
- Stumble Forward would like you to consider ‘How Cash Value Life Insurance Can Be Cheaper Over The Long Run‘
- Green Panda Treehouse advises ‘How to Start Your First Business‘
- Thousandaire challenges ‘How Much Would You Pay to Find Love?‘
- FruGal thinks you should ‘Get the most out of your holiday‘
- Money Smart Life teaches ‘Pet Insurance 101‘
That’s all for this week. There were lots of great articles submitted and I had a great time reading them and picking the selections. I hope you enjoy reading them, too. Don’t forget to submit your articles for next weeks edition, which will be hosted by one of my favorites, Funny About Money, and remember, it’s a great day to be alive!
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