Totally Money Blog Carnival #21: Memorial Day Edition

by Julie on May 30, 2011 · 39 comments

Photo by Robert Linder

Welcome to the 21st edition of the Totally Money Blog Carnival.

This week’s carnival is in memory of all of those who have given their lives in defense of our country.

Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.  ~Daniel Webster

Editor’s Picks

I really enjoyed reading all the posts submitted this week. These editor’s picks especially resonated with me:

Are you a woman afraid of investing? Dr. Dean explains why not investing carries risks too in Women Investors: An Oxymoron? posted at The Millionaire Nurse Blog.

Hobbies don’t have to cost you money. Jim at Bargaineering presents Six Hobbies That Can Make You Money.

The Amateur Financier presents Can You Make Money and a Difference With Social Impact Bonds? posted at The Amateur Financier. I’d never heard of Social Impact Bonds and I’m guessing you haven’t either. Interesting concept.

Steve at FastSwings presents How to Fund Your Start-Up Business. Steve provides great value in this post by giving us the pros and cons of each method and explaining how each works and who it’s best for.

Robert presents Most Common Multiple Income Streams posted at My Multiple Incomes. You probably already have more than one.


FMF explains How to Track Your Accomplishments at Free Money Finance.

Evan talks baseball and money at Would You Take this Eight Figure Deal? Would You Offer it? posted at My Journey to Millions.

Control your Cash explains a partnership between Engineering and Business at In college? Switch majors. TODAY. posted at Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense.

Lahesha Williams discusses the importance of networking in How to Approach Friends of Friends for Job Opportunities, posted at Career Help For Christians.

Crystal shows us three ways to create passive income online with How to Develop Passive Income at Budgeting In the Fun Stuff.

Maria presents Five Reasons Why You Should Write for Residuals posted at My Work at Home Mom Blog. Retire early? Work less? Sounds good to me.


Kyle Berks explains one way to borrow after bankruptcy with Qualifying for Personal Loans after Bankruptcy Discharge, posted at Integrated Loans.

A good business credit card is more than a line of credit. Glen Craig explains why with Find the Best Small Business Credit Card for Your Business posted at Free From Broke.

Nathan Richardson shows you how a strong credit score can save you thousands at What is a Good Credit Score? posted at


Jason presents 5 Ways to Help Your Friends Stay Out of Debt at Live Real, Now.

Miss T. presents a three step plan to get out of debt with The ABC’s of Debt Reduction, posted at Prairie Eco-Thrifter.

Money Reasons presents Debt Reduction and the 3 Steps For Creating a Repayment Plan posted at Money Reasons.

Having trouble making payments? Marjorie explains charged-off debts in a Charge-off Guide posted at


Think macroeconomics doesn’t have anything to do with you? Juan Haffer explains why it does with Macro Trends, Your Finances, and Your Stress, posted at Blue


If experience is the best teacher, you’ll want to read Investing Tips from Personal Experience posted by Robert at The College Investor.

Teacher Man explains some fundamental investments in Investing Basics – RRSPs, TFSAs and RESPs, posted at My University Money.

Trying to choose investments? Mike Piper explains that you may have skipped a step with Asset Allocation Comes First. Then Fund Selection, posted at Oblivious Investor

Investor Junkie presents OptionsXpress Launches oXSocial Social Network posted at Investor Junkie.

Craig Ford presents Asset Allocation is the Biggest Investment Decision You’ll Ever Make at Money Help For Christians. Find out how he backs up this strong statement.

Jim Yih presents Investing your TFSA, posted at Retire Happy Blog. Investment choices and associated risks are both covered.

Hemant Beniwal explains what you need to know about risky sector funds in Sector Fund – The Complete Guide, posted at The Financial Literates.

Neal Frankle explains how to decide between investing in stocks or in bonds at How Should I Invest Right Now? posted at Wealth Pilgrim.

Usefulman explains How to Be Like Warren Buffet, posted at His advice may surprise you.


Beth Dargis explains how Trifty Can Be Fun at My Simpler Life.

Gas prices got you down? Boomer encourages you to stay home. Instead Of A Vacation, Plan A Staycation is posted at Boomer & Echo.

You’ve probably heard of Craigslist, but have you heard of Kijiji? Kevin presents Moving Out? Don’t Throw That Old Furniture Away! Find a New Home for It with Kijiji posted at Invest It Wisely.

Do you have these in your home? Katherine Tworsey reveals the 10 Biggest Consumers of Electricity in Your Home at Compare Electricity Rates.

Alex Varley-Winter outlines different ways to eat seasonally in Seasonal food: The Savvy Way to Snack?, posted at TotallyMoney.

Walmart has a new coupon policy. Anna tells about her experience with it at Walmart’s Coupon Policy–They Do Give Cash Back, posted at Think ‘n Save.

Like movies? Suba explains how to Watch movies for free…in theater at Wealth Informatics.

Jeri Ford explains how to save big money on airfare with How to Make Your Own Lowest Rate Guarantee with Southwest | I Saved $500+, posted at Help Me Travel Cheap.

Squirrelers presents Car Longevity: How Far Will You Go to Save Money? posted at Squirrelers. Read it to find out how many miles you can put on a car.

Tom presents Planning a Wedding for Under $1,000 in a Week posted at StupidCents. Under $1000? In a week? Either would be an accomplishment, but both? Congrats!

Marie at FamilyMoneyValues presents Half Price Day At the Thrift Store. She explains how her relationship with thrift stores has come full circle.

Aaron Elder presents Is a purchase worth it? The Below Your Means Value Formula Can Help You Decide at Below Your Means. Something tells me Aaron likes math.

Amanda at My Dollar Plan has some great information on How to Save Money on Purchases While Traveling Abroad. Her tips come courtesy of a honeymoon trip to Austria.

Warren Beatty (no, not THAT one) presents There Is NO Free Lunch at Warren’s Right Wing Thoughts.

Money Management

Marvin Grossman presents Who pays when the government floods your home? posted at Insurance. Hopefully most of us won’t need to know the answer to this question.

Justin warns against falling for scams in Beware of Those Who Bear Gifts, posted at Money Is The Root.

What can a campy comedy teach you about money? Find out at Money lessons from The Naked Gun, posted at No Debt MBA.

Melissa has a date…with her finances. Read about A Date with Finances at Mom’s Plans.

Tom Drake presents What Would Cripple You Financially? posted at Canadian Finance Blog. Do you know the answer?

Marina K. Villatoro explains why so  many women have trouble with money in Money Management For Women posted at International Woman – It’s all about the Experience.

Real Estate

Retirebyforty needs some advice on Should We Refinance The Rental Home?. You can weigh in at Retire By 40.

Thinking of putting in a pool? Read Darwin’s 7 Things Your Pool Contractor Won’t Tell You first at Darwin’s Money.

Hunter explains owner financing and warns of its risks in Owner Finance Risks posted at Financially Consumed.


South County Girl makes a dental change in Putting my money where my mouth is literally.

Kay Lynn Akers explains why you should Check Travel Bills for Bogus Charges at Bucksome Boomer.


Matthew Paulson explains Investing in Peer-to-Peer Loans: The Tax Implications at Peer to Peer Lending News.

W-4 have you stumped? N.W. Journey presents What is a W-4 Form? at Networth Journey.


Pinyo presents How to Review and Update Your Homeowners Insurance posted at Moolanomy Personal Finance. Are you reviewing these two important aspects of your policy?

Jason shows us how to save money and save the environment at the same time with Do You Freecycle? How I Share Using the Freecycle Network, posted at One Money Design.

Charles Chua C K presents 7 Things to Do Before You Retire posted at All About Living with Life. This isn’t your average bucket list.

Thanks for all who submitted posts. If you’d like to participate in next week’s carnival, you can submit your entry here.

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Krysta May 30, 2011 at 8:53 am
Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter May 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

Thanks for hosting and including my article. Also, thanks for taking a moment to honour those who have given their lives for our freedoms.


South Countu Girl May 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

Thanks for including me! I’ll linked back in my Monday link love post!


Robert @ The College Investor May 30, 2011 at 10:43 am

Thanks for including my article and hosting!


My Multiple Incomes May 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

Thanks for selecting my article as an editor’s pick!


Hunter May 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

Great Carnival. I love the image. Thank you for including FINANCIALLY CONSUMED.


Aaron May 30, 2011 at 11:54 am

Wow – a lot of really great articles. Thanks!


Greg McFarlane May 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Thanks for including Control Your Cash.


Glen Craig May 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Thanks so much for hosting!


Hemant @ The Financial Literates May 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks for counting us in. :)


Squirrelers May 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Nice job on the Carnival. Thanks for including my article as well!


Anna May 30, 2011 at 10:38 pm

So many great articles – thank you.


retirebyforty May 31, 2011 at 12:48 am

Thanks for the mention!


Dr Dean May 31, 2011 at 7:14 am

Thanks so much for including me! Great Carnival!


Invest It Wisely May 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thanks for the inclusion!


No Debt MBA May 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Thanks for hosting and including my post!


Super Frugalette June 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for taking the time to create such a diverse and full list of reading options.


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