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Len Penzo dot Com did a personal expense audit recently and thinks he's been a bit penny foolish.
Trying to decide which health plan is right for you? Gen Y Wealth has put together a guide to help you figure it out.
Pennywise 2 Pennyworth is debating the cost of personal health in the form of a gym membership. I'm struggling with this issue right now too and was interested to read his take on it.
Blogging For Change has a great idea for a way to get good books on the cheap. She suggest hosting a book swap. My two favorite things - good books and a party. What could be better than that?
Money Obedience suggests that spouses be on the same page when it comes to budgeting. Good advice!
Hawking credit cards to college students is a real hot-button issue with me. Before you Invest wants to be sure we've considered all the angles before signing up for one of those reward cards.
Go To Retirement thinks shedding credit cards may actually make us healthier. Hmmm....interesting!
Credit Cards Canada wants us to remember that debit cards are not always a replacement for credit cards. Sometimes credit cards are, gasp, better. I agree!
Card Hub has some advice on choosing the right credit card.
Credit Card IQ is reviewing the Household Bank Premium Card.
Prepaid Cards 123 has a list of prepaid cards with rewards.
Free From Broke takes a look at Costco's True Earnings Card from American Express.
Should you close a credit card account? Credit Card Forum helps us figure it out.
The Sun's Financial Diary explains how Google's credit card comparison tool works. I didn't know such a thing existed.
Money Smart Life is looking at credit card rewards and holiday travel.
Nerd Wallet compares a couple of pre-paid debit cards.
Buy Like Buffet has some good advice for dealing with debts that have gone to collection.
Is student debt good debt? Studenomics thinks so!
Are you thinking debt consolidation may be your answer? Debt Tips has some things for you to consider before taking this step.
7Million7Years wants us to be sure we're going about our debt reduction in the right frame of mind.
Do you think the economy is improving? Hope to Prosper has some pretty definite opinions on that subject.
How good are you at estimating risk? That's the question Pop Economics is asking. Overall he thinks the answer is, not so great!
Thinking about hiring a financial advisor? Wealth Pilgrim has some advice.
A guest poster at The Smarter Wallet is taking a look at regional profiling and its effect on earning power. In a nutshell, is your southern accent costing you?
Are your financial documents safe? FIRE Finance suggests you think about it.
Soldier of Finance suggests having a "battle buddy" will make getting your financial house in order a little easier.
The Red Stapler Chronicles has some innovative ways to save money on your wedding. Pretty funny!
Jim at Bargaineering has five ways to save money on food. Good place to start but what if you already do all these things?
Are you a Black Friday shopper? Flexo at Consumerism Commentary suggests that we take another look at specials and coupons. They may not be all they're cracked up to be!
Beating Broke is examining that age old dilemma of wants vs. needs and how it changes as income increases.
FruGal has a slightly different take on the subject of wants vs. needs. She thinks a lot of personal finance bloggers aren't looking at the whole story.
Pondering the financial rewards of bringing vs. buying your lunch? Check out DQYDJ's facts and figures. Impressive!
Promo Code Center wants us to take a look at entertainment coupon books.
Taking Charge has an interesting article about the comparative cost of a flu vaccination at the doctor's office vs. another outlet. Good to know!
Financial Highway is thinking about frugal giving this holiday season. Are you?
The Digerati Life is sharing some of Kiplinger's recent list of freebies. It's a good list!
Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? PT Money has a list of 25 gift ideas for under $25.
Magical Penny suggests we consider saving on the big stuff for the biggest financial impact.
Modern Gal says shopping has become a chore. That's a good money-saving attitude!
Green Panda Treehouse is helping us to figure out when to let go. To our investments that is!
Chicago Financial Planner would also like us to take a look at when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em!
Dividends Value is talking about dividend investing.
Dividend Growth Investor is also talking about dividend growth stocks.
Dividend Stocks Online takes a look at Southern Company.
Oblivious Investor has some advice on investing for near-term goals.
Leveraged ETFs is, not surprisingly, talking about investing in ETFs.
The Intelligent Speculator loves trading. It's good to love what you do.
Good Financial Cents takes a look at the market implications of the election. Interesting!
Moneyed Up shares about index investing.
Spruce Up Your Finances has a short, concise post about employer sponsored retirement plans.
Prairie EcoThrifter encourages us to look our debt in the eye as the first step towards reducing it. After all, we can't fix a problem if we don't acknowledge it! Good advice.
Good debt vs. bad debt, what's your definition? Money Cactus is offering one way to look at it.
Do you suffer from lifestyle inflation infection? The Financial Blogger does!
Have you seen the new show "Downsized"? My Dollar Plan has and shares some lessons learned.
Moolanomy thinks that we need to change our mindset and get back to financial basics if we are to escape a repeat of the boom and bust cycle. I think she may be on to something!
Are you familiar with RMDs? I wasn't. Christian PF explains Required Minimum Distributions. Now I get it!
Budgets Are Sexy says don't go shopping when you're drunk; and a few other tips!
There can be a subtle difference between financial freedom and financial prison, says Step Away From the Mail. Do you recognize the difference?
DINKS Finance is taking a fairly judgmental look at her co-workers in Same Job Different Money.
Squirrelers is sharing the secrets of millionaires. Thanks!
Complex Search is talking about financial literacy.
Do you have any financial regrets? Watson Inc. can think of a few!
Sweating the Big Stuff (next week's carnival host!) says, "Keep those receipts!".
Yes I Am Cheap is having some tenant issues. Ah the joys of being a landlord!
Do you have a flexible spending account? Passive Family Income takes a look at FSAs and thinks they're a good way to save money.
MomVesting has some good information on teaching children about saving money. Always a good topic!
Everyone agrees that government spending needs to come down. Darwin's Money hits the nail on the head when he says that, as long as it's someone else's program, we're all for cutting it! Will any of the Deficit Panel recommendations come to pass? Time will tell.
Quizzle says if you need some cash, take a look at your withholdings. Adjusting them may give you a little more coin in your pocket on payday.
Do your parents know what's going on with their finances? Maybe you should check. Fabulously Broke in the City has got more proof that her's definitely don't!
While I don't totally agree with his premise, Rabbit Funds is warning us that if we broadcast our position via Foursquare or other social media our homeowner's insurance may go up. Something to ponder.
Would you like to cut back on your working hours? Free Money Finance has a case study on how to make it work.
Richly Reasonable gets a lot less done when she has less to do. Me too!
Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured had a bit of unpleasantness at the Farmer's Market and wants to know what we think. It's a good exercise in price comparisons.
New car or used? Canadian Finance Blog has some thoughts on the topic.
Mighty Bargain Hunter is pretty enthusiastic about his new scanner. He thinks it will help him tame his financial paper monster. I hope he'll report back if he's successful!
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