Lifestyle Carnival: October 6th

Welcome to the October 6th edition of the Lifestyle Carnival. Enjoy!



Mrs. Accountability @ Out of Debt Again writes Budgeting in a Move – After recently helping a family member move, I realized just how costly some moving products are.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Frugality or folly: home baking – Is home baking frugality or folly? I say that naking your own bread makes you frugal artist; what do you think?

Alexis @ FITnancials writes I’m Moving To Chicago in 2014 – My boyfriend and I are so excited to be moving to Chicago! We talk about it almost everyday, and the thought continues to excite us.

Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents writes How I Plan on Getting $2,500 in Airfare to Las Vegas for CHEAP – Recently, I mentioned that I am currently planning the airfare part of my bachelorette party. They didn’t ask me to, but I want this to be a part of their gift from me.

Kim @ Eyes on the Dollar writes Pros and Cons of Living in a Ski Resort Town – If you’ve ever wanted to live in a ski resort town, here are some good and bad things about living in a tourist driven economy.

Lance @ Money Life and More writes How To Use Credit Cards For Free Vacations – Today I’m stoked because I’ve just been approved for my next sign up bonus credit card.The most exciting part is we’re going to use this card to go on our next Carnival cruise for free! I bet you’re wondering how you can get in on this sweet deal, how it works.

Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes I grossly overestimated myself – Here are a few occasions where I grossly overestimated myself and how to deal with failure.

Harry Campbell @ The Four Hour Work Day writes “Unpaid Vacation vs. Regular Vacation “ – One of the perks of having a day job is getting paid when you go on vacation. Most companies start employees off by giving them 2 weeks of vacation plus holidays but that never seems to be enough. A lot of employers(especially in my field: engineering) are actually starting to give an extra week around Christmas time to New Years since not much work gets done during that time anyways. So that’s about 3-4 weeks of combined vacation and holidays for the average worker.



Alice @ OnBetterTerms writes Tips for Saving Money While Shopping Online – Online shopping is really cool. You get to compare prices between multiple sites that offer the same product, and so many have free shipping! Learn more about other tips that can help you save.



Alexandra @ Real Simple Finances writes My Low-Cost Health Plan – It’s hard enough to make time to eat right and exercise; what about when one is trying to be frugal at the same time? From rethinking your pantry staples to using what you already have for exercise, I encourage you to make good health affordable and easy.

Ray @ Squirrelers writes The Big Orange Money Machine: Pumpkin Products are Everywhere! – Many things can be monetized, and one of the latest crazes is pumpkin-related products. In this case, it may not be such a bad thing!

Alice @ Drop the Cookies! writes Stop sabotaging your weight loss by waiting for a fresh start! – Whether your fresh start is beginning on a Monday, the 1st of the month or the new year—it doesn’t matter. The main point is that you are waiting, not acting right now.

Daisy @ Suburban Finance writes Getting Fit Without Spending a Fortune – Getting in shape without a gym membership is easy. Save money and slim down with some of our tips.



John @ FRUGAL RULES writes 6 Flea Market Shopping Tips That Will Help You Save Big – Going shopping at a flea market can be great entertainment as well as a way to save money on certain items. If you’re creative, you can be frugal and save some money on items you may need for your home.



Michelle @ Diversified Finances writes Should I Leave my Job? – You should sit down and think about what is bothering you with your job. Why do you dread it so much? Is it only because you don’t want to work and you wish you were a millionaire? In this case, then this doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to leave 😛

Adam @ Money Bulldog writes The Financial Benefits of Volunteer Work – Get yourself familiar with the financial gains that a lot of people wouldn’t expect from volunteer work.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes 3 Ways To Save Less For Retirement – Nobody likes the idea of putting away lots of money that they won’t see for possibly many years. So what can you do to still have a sufficient amount saved for retirement, but save less money at the same time?

Carrie Smith @ ReadyForZero Blog writes The 4 Most Dangerous Things About Credit Cards (And How to Protect Yourself) – Credit card debt is tricky beast that poses specific dangers. This post looks at the four most dangerous things about credit cards and how to fight back.

Simon @ Modest Money writes Car Finance: A Guide – Borrowing money to pay for a new or used car can sound quite daunting, but car finance is designed to make the purchasing process as easy and as manageable as possible by splitting the payments up over 12 months or more. The biggest question when it comes to car finance is: Which finance package is best for me?

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes How to Identify the Short Term Market Peak – This post will show you how to recognize the short term market peak when it happens.

DPF @ Digital Personal Finance writes 3 Questions to Ask When Aiming For Financial Success – There are 3 important questions to ask when working toward financial success, don’t forget to ask them!

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes How To Live in an Expensive City Without Going Broke – Here are some real-life solutions for staying in the expensive city.

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor writes Do not despise the days of small beginnings – In this article I argue why it is important to start investing, even if you have small initial amounts of funds to invest. The most important thing about investing is simply to get started.

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes Money saving tips for the Laundry – Simple and easy Money Saving tips for the laundry. It doesn’t have to expensive to keep your clothes clean!

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Things I Don’t Miss About My Last Day Job – Someone asked me if I missed having a “real” day job. Honestly, there are things I miss about it, but those are outweighed by the things I don’t miss at all.

Don @ Money Reasons writes Do I Have Brilliant Ideas on Helping the Econony or No? – These are some ideas I have for helping the economy. While I think they are original, I wonder if they are being considered already within the government?

Alice @ Hurricanes Panties & Dollars writes The pterodactyl retirement plan – An interesting conversation, a plan to trap a pterodactyl and waking back up in the real world. Plus a fun, catchy video and perhaps a little talk about retirement.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Saving From a Young Age – There is a big difference between saving on behalf of your kids and teaching them good savings habits so they can start saving on their own. Many parents want to put something away for their children’s future – perhaps to help them through college for example.

Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Fairness In Spending On Kids – When I first heard the phrase (work smarter, not harder), I dismissed it as business jargon for (work harder for us with no extra pay).

krantcents @ KrantCents writes Do You Plan or Plan to Fail? – I plan because I do not plan to fail! If you have goals, you need a plan to make it happen. A budget is a form of a plan. Why budget? A budget is supposed to help you achieve your financial goals.

Jefferson @ See Debt Run writes Using Credit Card Rewards Points Wisely – When getting out of debt, using credit cards can be risky. But once you get there, using rewards points can be a great way to fund vacations and more.

Corey @ 20s Finances writes 6 Tips for Recent Grads to be Smarter With Their Money – Everyone knows that after graduation, there’s a lot you need to do. One of the most important things you can do is learn to be smart with your money. Whether you already have a job, or you’re looking for one after school is out, here are some money tips to help you stay ahead.

Lauren @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes My New Net Worth – Should I count my home’s value in my net worth?

Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes Remembering the “Pay Yourself First” Rule – Before my husband and I went self-employed, I had a 401k and hubby had a pension plan. Those went bye-bye when we did. Now we are adding more options.

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes 4 Sources of Income in Retirement – A guide to several sources of income during retirement, including social security, pensions, personal savings and investments, and working part-time,

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Money Terms You Need to Know – Read these critical money terms that you should know to be knowledgeable in the personal financial world.

Bargain Babe @ writes Alternative Ways to Earn Income – Dedicated – Have you heard those radio add or seen the television commercials depicting individuals claiming they need help to “sell my gold”, “get cash now” or sell my diamond?” If you listen to the radio at all…

Tushar @ Earn More and Save writes 3 Things You Need to Know About Paying Off Debt – You’re on a mission to earn more and save as much as possible. There is only one thing standing in your way. Debt. To build a solid financial foundation you first need to free yourself from the burden of debt.

LaTisha @ Young Finances writes How Can I Use Credit Wisely? – Credit cards are not evil. You can build a healthy credit history. Use credit to borrow, get better car insurance rates and potentially secure employment.

Tushar Mathur @ Everything Finance writes Three Tips to Save Money on Halloween This Year – If you couldn’t already tell by the store displays and kids already running around in their costumes, Halloween is only a month a way.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes 5 Autumn Home Maintenance Tips – With winter approaching, it’s important to get your house in order for the cold weather. Here are some autumn home maintenance tips for you to implement.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Are You Losing The Financial Game Of Life? – Are you losing in the financial game of life? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. In 2008, 1 in 10 workers were made redundant.



Dollar @ Easy Extra Dollar writes The Success of Generating Money Online – Know the tracking processes that your affiliates use to track visitors from your website to theirs and on to successful sales. Make sure that these tracking procedures are robust and cover sales that get made off-line. Inadequate customer tracking can cost you money in commissions that your affiliates rightly owe you for the sales that you generate.

Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes Is Going Green Worth It? – I’m not sure what’s so attractive about farmer’s markets but I love going just to check out all the cool vendors, sample food and of course I usually end up buying a ton of stuff. Farmer’s markets in my area have evolved from selling just groceries to all different types of products like cheeses, butter, nuts and even restaurants are getting in on the action now.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes How to Bond with Mother Nature – Here are some tips to help you bond with Mother Nature so you can experience the benefits that such an experience can provide.



Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Dark Alley Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies – You might want to go hide in an alley or a quiet space to enjoy these soft chocolate filled cookies that will be sure to please anyone

Connie @ Savvy With Saving writes How To Save At Starbucks – If I have one vice when it comes to money, it is coffee. While I try to be frugal, I still need my morning cup (or two) of coffee everyday.

KK @ Student Debt Survivor writes If Breakfast Isn’t Easy I Don’t Eat It – We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But I’ll be honest, if breakfast isn’t easy, I don’t eat it.


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