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Carnival of Personal Finance #9

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Welcome to the Ninth Carnival of Personal Finance! This week we have seventeen articles from all corners of the personal finance blogosphere. Topics range from a commentary on flexible spending accounts to a emergency funds to even one about getting yourself organized. There’s something for everyone in this Carnival. For those of you new to these Carnivals, read about this one and this schedule of past and future personal finance carnivals. (I’d also like to thank Glenn Reynolds and Instapundit for the continued support of our humble Carnival, and TLLB’s ÜberCarnival)

Enjoy all seventeen articles this week!

Nickel at FiveCentNickel has a theory on how flexible spending accounts should work and it makes sense to me. My employer actually lets me incur medical costs two months after the end of the plan year and still be eligible for FSA money (so my timeframe to spend is 14 months instead of 12), though this was a recent change that isn’t implemented in many other companies.

FMF has a great post everyone should enjoy: How to Become a Millionaire! I’d love to become a millionaire! Actually, it’s in the vein of ideas discussed in The Millionaire Next Door – read the article and be inspired.

MMB’s Personal Journal has ten tips to help you boost your credit score. I thought I knew all these tips (I’ve read a lot of “improve your score” posts) but hadn’t read #7 before.

You know how Atkins Nutritionals just went belly up? Well, Big Cajun Man explains that it’s not because they weren’t charging enough (but probably because people, like him, realized they were charging too much). His contribution is titled “Low Carb — High Price?,” all you health conscious folks should check it out.

Flexo of ConsumerismCommentary ponders how much he should put in his emergency fund. More importantly, the internal debate involves how much to put into a “safe” investment like a savings account versus into the market to earn a far more attractive return.

Hello, Dollar! wants to tell you about his idea called the Ten Dollar Project. “The Ten Dollar Project is an informal community with the goal of finding creative ways to earn as much money as possible starting with a ten dollar investment.”

Ironman of Political Calculations has excerpts (and his own commentary and clarifications) of a speech by Rob Arnott in which he presents research showing that better returns may be obtained by restructuring how stock market indices are put together, titled Indexing Fundamentals. It’s an interesting read for all of you burgeoning investors and it’ll introduce you to a lot of online resources you might not have seen before.

Dawn of Frugal for Life has a great post about how eating smaller portions will lead to greater savings, I totally agree with her.

Nikki from WealthyWeb writes about a common thread amongst PFBloggers, Spend Less Than You Earn, but instead of explaining merely what that means, she puts forth applicable ideas for how she’ll try to achieve this.

Kimmunications discusses where you should be putting your safe money. This article suggests that we are unlikely to see above average, or even close to average returns in stock or bonds for the foreseeable future and why.

Jonathan at MyMoneyBlog writes about the wash rule in an article titled “How to Beat the Market?” It’s an interesting look at how one can get around the wash rule through the use of ETFs.

JLP of AllThingsFinancial wants to help you avoid investment fraud and has ten helpful tips. They’re easy to understand tips and if a fee-based financial planner is willing to tell me his tricks, I’m willing to listen. :)

THC of The Happy Capitalist presents an article titled “OJ, pensions, ERISA, and golf” that primarily discusses retirement funds (specifically OJ’s NFL pension) and how the government is protective of an individual’s retirement accounts.

Steve Pavlina writes a personal development blog and one of the issues he’s tackled is that of getting yourself organized. He doesn’t write it in terms of your finances but being organized (especially your documents) is critical in keeping your personal finance house in order. If you’re having problems, reading this article may bring some order.

Next week’s Carnival will be hosted by Frugal For Life.

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9 Responses to “Carnival of Personal Finance #9”

  1. incognito@undesignatedblog.com says:

    Som of the links in this post have an extra http:// in them.

    Thanks for the links and tips.

  2. Dawn says:

    Jim, definately need to correct a couple of links with duplicate http:// in the front of them.

    Thanks for hosting too.

  3. jim says:

    Hmmm I thought I fixed them after Incognito’s comment, I guess I missed some. Thanks Dawn and Incognito. :)

  4. FMF says:

    Jim, great job hosting. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for doing a great job hostingthis week’s carnival.

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  9. Dennis says:

    Excellent list. It’s amazing to me that so much quality free information is available. If a person can simply use the Internet for research…..

    -Dennis


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