Hurrah! Time for this week’s Carnival of Money Stories! Funny hasn’t hosted a carnival for quite a while, since teaching can make life a little hectic, and it’s hard to predict when those hectic periods will happen. So I was pleased to finally have an opportunity to read such a wide variety of interesting and entertaining posts.
A lot of folks sent articles this week. Most of them contained useful information and most were well written. Not all, however, were stories. The guidelines specify that CoMS entries must be “stories,” which I interpret to mean the unfolding a series of events, using the techniques of creative nonfiction to present information and ideas in a narrative style. A story narrates a series of events that take place over a period of time; it has a lead, a body, and a wrap that correspond roughly to a piece of fiction’s opening, rising action, climax, and dénouement. Thus some kinds of journalist pieces don’t fall under the heading of “story”: a list is not a story, for example. Neither is a round-up, a how-to, or an opinion piece. Any of these can make a very good article, but it still would not be a story.
So, if your submission doesn’t appear here, it’s not because I don’t appreciate its excellence. Most of the pieces I decided not to include were fine examples of their genres—they just didn’t fall into this genre.
Meanwhile, as you can see, we have a nice selection of money tales on a range of topics. Editor’s choices are marked with little red hearts: ♥♥
Is Delaying Payment until the Last Minute Right for You?
Money Ning has a plan: automatic mortgage payments debited from his account on the due date.
Big Cajun Man
Canadian Personal Finance Blog
Registered Disability Savings Plan: The Journey Continued—Overland Money Routes
You thought you had bureaucrat stories? Canadians have a distinctive sense of humor…this story brings that into play with panache.
Single Mom, Rich Mom
I Am “The Emotional Investor”
Live and learn!
Free from Broke
It’s a Drop in the Bucket
Good advice gleaned from life experience.
Green Panda Treehouse
Are You Willing to Cut Back to Live Better?
Adjusting expenses now to have more fun later
Christian Personal Finance
E-Crater Review: An Alternative to E-bay
Interesting story leading into discussion of a free merchandising site, with lots of incidental advice on marketing craft products online.
Personal Finance by the Book
My House Flipping Experience: The Bid
Joe and his son go in together on a real estate venture.
10 Fun Summer Jobs for Teens and College Students
PT and readers reminisce about summer jobs they’ve held in the past.
The Startup Digest
Unemployment Is the Mother of All Invention
One of the bright young men of Wall Street recovers from unemployment through entrepreneurship.
♥♥ Donna Freedman
Surviving and Thriving
Inattention Can Cost You. Ask Me How I Know.
Ouch! So vividly written you can feel the pain…in the foot and the pocketbook!
♥♥ Barb Friedberg
Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance
How I Survived without the Internet
Whoa! Do you ever feel you spend too darned much time on the Web and not enough time working productively? You need to read this very interesting article.
Buck$ome Boomer’s Journey to Retirement
A good story about unexpected repairs!
Out of Debt Again
Finally—Our 2008 Tax Refund Arrived
Yep…you read that right: two thousand eight.
Vending Machines for Gold
The Philosophy of Money
♥♥ J. Money
Budgets are Sexy
This Is What Perseverance Looks Like
Great, inspiring true story!
The Writer’s Coin
Why We Love Money: Fear
Angst and cash go hand in hand…
Dual Income, No Kids
Financial Advisers Are Investors, Too
A young financial guru takes the long view.
Eliminate the Muda!
Only a few times in life do great opportunities present themselves. Be ready to act when they do.
Consumers in the Wild
Personal Finance Journey
My Conversation with a Car Salesman
Smart consumer does battle with smarmy used-car salesman. Consumer wins.
Saving Money Today
How Much Would You Spend to Save Your Pet?
One of my favorite topics! Nice essay on the subject.
Funny about Money
Where Do All the Shoppers Come From?
Is Funny the only person in the world who hates to shop?
Silicon Valley Blogger
The Digerati Life
Gourmet Coffee Recipes: Make Your Own Starbucks Coffee Drink
SVB spills the beans (heh!) and picks up a whole bunch of pennies.
Money Smart Life
How Not to Miss a Connecting Airline Flight
Alex Marrucho, Guest Blogger
Good Financial Sense
The Need-to-Know Guide about Applying to Grad School
Relates mostly to MBA programs, but is full of useful information and leads.
That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to bookmark the Carnival on your favorite social media–convenient links are right below.