Welcome to the 75th Carnival of Money Stories! The prospect of a three-day weekend must have brought out the best in our storytellers: quite a few submissions are great tales of financial adventure, some of them very entertaining. I wish I could mark all of them as Editor’s Choices. Those that spun a really fine money yarn are highlighted in Day-Glo red.
Many submissions were good posts but not stories. We saw reports, reviews, hacks, lists of tips, opinion pieces, and even an ad for a convention. A few of these were so interesting I was sorry not to be able to include them. But once again, I’ve reserved this space for actual stories in the classical sense: narratives with a plotline.
The Carnival of Money Stories is recruiting hosts! If you’d like to host a carnival, please visit the carnival’s hosting page to volunteer. It’s a pretty easy job, you get to see a bunch of interesting posts, and it brings a lot of traffic to your site.
Your Money Relationship
“The Age of No Negotiation: Apartment Edition”
Good story! How landlords take advantage of college students
Free from Broke
“Not Having the Police at a Car Accident Can Cost You”
FFB keeps his wits about him after being rear-ended
Free Money Finance
“Review: Macy’s (and the Problem with Gift Cards)”
The FMFs receive a gift card for a store that’s not their choice of shopping venues
* Connie Brooks
Blueprint for Financial Prosperity
“Babies Are Expensive! Total Cost of Having a Baby”
Nothing theoretical here: what childbirth really costs real parents
Budgets Are Sexy
“Procrastination and Expedia.com: Two of My Very Best Friends”
How dawdling saved the author a pocketful of dough
Living Almost Large
“Making Big Purchases”
A couple works together to make big financial decisions.
My Daily Dollars
“Please Take a Number”
How paying off debt is like waiting in line — a very long line
Funny about Money
“Back Again — Temporarily?”
The psychosocial cost of a cheap Internet connection
Silicon Valley Blogger
The Digerati Life
“15 Fire Safety Tips to Protect Your Life and Home”
What you think about when a big sign reading “Fire Danger High” goes up on your block
Single Guy Money
“Instant Credit — No Thanks”
How long can you stay polite in the face of a high-pressure pitch for a product you didn’t ask for and you don’t want?
Mighty Bargain Hunter
“Save Money While You’re Young”
Older and wiser, Mighty regrets wild oats thrown to the wind…or to the pizza parlor.
The Business Ethics Blog
“Bad Administration is Bad Business”
Noxious customer service strikes at the doctor’s office
“The Opposite of Me”
An unjudgmental rumination on some people’s kids
The Personal Financier
“Outsourcing Our Chores — Do We Overvalue Our Spare Time?”
What’s your free time worth? Really?
My Dollar Plan
“My New Retirement Lifestyle Cash Flow”
What comes next, after a young mother decides to quit working
Not the Jet Set
“Frugal Lunch Time Style”
How one little kid got her own custom-designed school lunch bag.
* The Happy Rock
“Just Canceled Netflix — Trimming the Budget Fat”
Interesting (not to say amazing) cautionary tale!
Photo by Katie Rommel-Esham