It is my pleasure to host this week’s Carnival of Retirement!
Mr. Frenzy @ Frenzied Finances writes Enjoying a Responsible Gaming Environment – We all have the ability to enjoy a responsible gaming environment. For the vast majority it is simply a matter of applying a little common sense, but for a very small minority of unfortunate people it is something that of which they seem to be incapable.
Mrs. Accountability @ Out of Debt Again writes It’s Easy to Pay Your Bills… When You Have Enough Money – My mother came to live with us about six months ago.
Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes What Would I Sacrifice for Retirement? – Forgoing cable, average bill $80, could amount to a million dollars saved over the course of 50 years. So, naturally I began to think what I was willing to sacrifice for retirement.
Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes 6 Tips for Preparing Your Own Taxes – With the tax due date coming, here are several tips to make your tax filing easier (and hopefully earn more money in your refund when you receive it)
Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes 5 ways Your Contactless Payments Cost You More – Contactless Payments have revolutionized the financial world and how you spend but will it help you save or help you spend more?
Maria @ The Money Principle writes Four savings when skiing in your 50s (and I am really unhappy about the third one) – Saving is supposed to be a good thing. Why am I not happy with the saving I am making?
Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes The Flappy Bird Economy – If you have kids or teenagers in your family, then it’s likely you have seen the highly downloaded app called Flappy Bird.
Cat Alford @ Budget Blonde writes How I’m Getting Free Diapers for the First 3 Months – Have you ever wanted to get free diapers for your kids? Here’s how I’m ensuring my total cost for diapers is $0 at the end of the first three months.
Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes 5 Ridiculous (but effective) Ways to Save On Your Groceries – Listen, even if you re not one of those crazy coupon ladies that you see on TLC, you should still be saving a lot more on your groceries than you already are. I m not saying you need to hoard 455 rolls of toilet paper or that you need to spend hours comparing sales ads, but there are a few weird (and easy) things you can do to save some money on your grocery bill.
Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes 4 Mistakes You’re Making When Investing – When it comes to investing, there is no formula to success. There are many different profitable investment styles, thus we cannot say “just do X, Y, Z and you’ll be a millionaire”.
Tony @ We Only Do This Once writes Understanding the Credit Score Scale – Find out where you stand on the credit score scale so you can start maintaining or fixing you credit score today!
Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Hot Wheels: Getting a Car For Cheap – Owning and operating a car is expensive! But there are ways to make it cheaper. We can help. Read here for information on saving money on your next car.
Dominique Brown @ YourFinancesSimplified writes Obamacare for Your Retirement Plan? – Well almost, if the President has his way again. As if foisting Obamacare upon us wasn’t quite enough, it looks like Obama is working to make his last years in office count. Here is what’s going on, his latest plan to fix the abysmal savings rate in this country.
SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Budgeting 101: Five Things You Need to Start a Budget – Haven’t followed our budget advice yet? It’s not too late. Here are the five simple things you need to start a household budget.
IMB @ Investing Money writes Refinance Your Mortgage Under the Federal HARP Program – The HARP program may be the right way to refinance your mortgage. It’s set to expire soon, so the time to act is now. Read here.
CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes Stock Market Watch: The 10 Stocks to Keep Your Eyes On – It is always important to know what investments will pay off. You need to check stocks to see what investment options work for you. Read here for some help.
Lindy @ Minting Nickels writes A Quick Guide to Financing Your Start Up – Small business owners are the backbone of society.
Brent @ PersonalFinance-Tips writes Six Simple Rules To Follow That Will Get You Out Of Debt – When you have a substantial amount of debt, it can be difficult to see a clear path to paying it off. But the longer you carry high interest debt, the more you’ll end up paying in the long run. This means you will have less money to save and invest in the things that matter most to you. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone.
Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Spender’s Guilt – Amy, a BFS newsletter subscriber, left an excellent question in this month’s comment section that spoke to me…it’s a problem that I have too.
Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes The Credit Scale: Where You Want to Be – Establishing credit, or working towards a better score? Here’s what you want to aim for on the credit scale.
Don @ Money Reasons writes Why Does The Media Still Print Stuff About Madoff? – Madoff is a closed sad chapter in life, and yet new media still covers this man, why? Is there no honor in the media channels anymore. Madoff lies, surprise!
Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Detroit Poised to Significantly Haircut G.O. Bondholders – Detroit is also poised to significantly haircut G.O. bondholders. Here’s what you need to know.
Bargain Babe @ BargainBabe.com writes 5 Fun AND Frugal Easter Activities – This list of frugal Easter activities has crafts perfect for children of all ages!
Eva Baker @ TeensGotCents writes A New Window To The World – Mike finally got a smart phone! And I thought I was the last teen on the planet without one! Learn about his new windows phone and how he is adjusting!
Chuck @ Tortoise Banker writes How to Retire Early – Because who wouldn’t want to know.
Charles @ Getting A Rich Life writes The Three Financial Moves You Need To Protect Your Family – To provide and protect your family you need to do these three things.
Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes 4 Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Adopt Sustainable Practices – Many of us want to leave the world a better place. One of the best ways to do that is to teach your children your values, and encourage them to do the right thing — especially when it comes to adopting sustainable practices.
Jason @ The Money Makers writes Zimmerman Wins Lottery: A Prank, but What Are the Real Odds of Winning? – Satirical reports regarding George Zimmerman have been misconstrued as factual by several media outlets, which have led to the belief that the man who killed Trayvon Martin is now a multimillionaire due to a lucky lottery ticket.
Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes How to Get Rid of Debt on Your Own – There is no easy way to get rid of debt. You have several options, each come with their own set of pros and cons. Here is how to get rid of debt on your own.
Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes How to Make an Easy $1,000 This Year By Writing for Blogs – Do you have a special goal you’re saving for this year? Would an extra thousand dollars make a big difference?
Natalie @ Debt and the Girl writes Could You Survive on $4 an Hour? – There has been a lot of discussion lately in the news on trying to eliminate high employment especially among the long-term unemployed.
Larry @ KrantCents writes Do Something Extraordinary! – Extraordinary is defined as going beyond the usual, regular or customary. This time of year, you make resolutions, plans, goals or changes.
Monica @ Monica On Money writes Is Cash Really King? – CASH vs. Credit Card. What’s Better? A year ago, I cut up my credit card. (I only had one).
Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes Emergency Funds in a Savings Account? Forget About It – Here on our blog we have said many times that having an emergency savings account available should something happen, like an accident or loss of job, is a very good idea and vital for all consumers.
Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes Improve your Returns with these Investing Tips – The S&P 500 index had a banner year and saw gains of more than 30% in 2013!
Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes How to Budget for Unexpected Expenses – This winter has been brutal. Extremely brutal. And I am not just talking about the extreme cold, but the record snowfall as well. Let’s just say that I have spent more time indoors in the last 2 months, than I have in all of 2012-2013 combined.
Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes Five simple steps to increase your disposable income in 2014 – January can be one of the most stressful months of the year, especially with financial worries following the festive period’s expensive outlays. So here are five simple steps to increase your disposable income in 2014.
Sam @ The New Business Blog writes T-Mobile making strides, and passes, in mobile market – It seems that, while Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was the best quarterback on Super Bowl Sunday, Tim Tebow was also making quite a splash even though he has not thrown a football in almost 2 seasons.
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.
Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes 3 Tips to Reduce Capital Gains Taxes when you Sell your Home – It is probably not news to you that during the financial crisis, home prices tanked completely
Lily @ Paying Debt Down writes What are the best deals at your local Dollar Store? – Dollar stores are popping up like mushrooms all over the country and while they certainly are an excellent place to find good deals on a number of different things, they also happen to sell quite a bit of junk.
Andrea @ So Over This writes Saving Money on Child Care! – Here is a question for those of you with children; did you know that if you pay a babysitter or other childcare professional over $1900 a year, you have to pay employer taxes as well?
Hadley @ Epic Finances writes Want to Contribute to your IRA for 2013? You Still Can! – 2013 has come and gone and now that we’re in the new year many people think it’s too late to put money into their retirement accounts and get the tax savings that they can bring.
Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes Is it financially responsible or feasible to own a pet? – In 2012 approximately 70% of all US households had a dog or cat, about 83 million homes. But is it a financially responsible move?
Amy @ Money Mishaps writes Don’t Put Off Downsizing to a New Home – As many couples get older and closer to retirement, they begin to make plans to move to a smaller home in order to cut down on the expenses and physical stress that homeownership inevitably brings.
Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes Is the myRA destined to be a misguided, bureaucratic nightmare? – Critics are already lining up to deride Pres. Barack Obama’s new retirement account, the myRA, saying that it will do almost nothing to help the working poor is destined to become another bloated bureaucratic system that will waste of taxpayers’ dollars by the billions.
Matt @ Budget Snob writes Companies that Mix Religion with Business. – It is well-known that talking about religion or politics among friends and family members can make for awkward conversation. For businesses, it can not only be awkward but also financially deadly.
Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Want to Reach your 2014 Financial Goals? Here are 5 Tips that will help – No matter who you are or what your financial goals in 2014 happened to be, the best way to meet them (and exceed them) is to have a financial plan.
Jay @ Daily Fuel Economy Tip writes Tips for Lowering your Gasoline Costs – If there is one thing that can cause a person to become fired up with emotions it is the thought of buying a new car.
Oscar @ Money is the Root writes Should you be using Mint, the free online personal finance service? – One of the main points that we constantly try to make here on our blog is that everyone should have (and use) a budget to keep their spending in line and adequately fund their emergency, retirement and other savings accounts.
Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes Understanding Budgeting Loans – If you are considered low-income and have a financial emergency, you may be able to borrow money from the government.
May @ Messy Money writes Penny Stock Madness – Sometimes I wonder if the purpose of my life is only to serve as a warning to others. My penny stock story.
Mark Ross @ Money Saving Dude writes Best Thing You Can Do With Your Saved Money – You may be good at saving money, but do you already know what to do with the money that you have saved now? If you still don’t know what to do with you saved money, then read these following options.
Glen @ Glennalicious writes A Guide To Starting A Blog – Have you been thinking about starting a blog online as a means of transitioning to self-employment? If you are afraid of the technical aspects of building a blog, check out this step-by-step guide to help you start out. We walk you through choosing a domain, hosting, and setting up your WordPress blog.
Jon Haver @ Pay My Student Loans writes Income-Based Student Loan Repayment Plan – If you find yourself in a difficult financial situation after school, the income-based repayment plan could offer you relief from higher monthly payments. This program is available for several types of Direct and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program loans.
Nick Loper @ http://www.sidehustlenation.com writes How to Save $804 Per Year on Your Cell Phone Bill – How to cut your cell phone bill in half
Chrostopher @ This That and The MBA writes How To Start Preparing For Retirement In Your Twenties – However, the reform has been established to put more responsibility on the individual to make adequate preparations for later life by making only basic funds available on the state pension. Therefore, it’s a good idea to start thinking about what savings to make as early on as possible.
Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes 14 – With a baby in the house, we can only turn down the heat so much, so I came up with other ways to save!
Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes How Much Are You Willing To Spend On Your Pets? – Spending thousands of dollars on a pet doesn’t fit into the budget – what do I do?
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes 4 Ways to Get Excited about Eating In – If you’re going to have any chance of breaking the “grab and go/ delivery” habit, you’re gonna have to get excited about eating in. Here are four suggestions to get you started.
Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Five Ways to Keep Grocery Costs Down – Preparing for the future of higher food costs, here are five strategies to save money:
Justin @ Root of Good writes January 2014 Financial Update – We saved some money, we lost some money. Free appliances and free cell phone service kept our monthly expenses low, but a downturn in the stock market made us $60,000 poorer.
Adam @ Modest Money writes Getting Into Real Estate Investing – Real estate investing has long been held as a great choice for individuals looking for a long-term investment. Here are some of the things you should know.
Jeremy @ Glennalicious writes How To Cancel A Credit Card – Breaking Up With Your Credit Card Company – A Credit card is not just an account. Its afinancial relationship between you and the company. But what do you do when that r/ship goes sour? Learn how to break up with credit companies and cancel your credit cards without hurting your credit score or history.
Joshua @ The Frugal Shopper writes 3 Secrets to Saving Money at the Pump – Transportation costs are among the biggest household expenses, especially gas. Learn a few tricks you can use to save a buck at the pump.
Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Forcing Your Financial Belief System Never Works – Someone always has a financial belief system that will change your life and believes that it will not only change their life but yours as well.