This week Funny didn’t enter any carnivals, the proprietor having been somewhat overwhelmed with quotidian concerns. However, a new carnival with a somewhat slower-than-usual calendar picked up a post I sent in two or three weeks ago:
Time for anotherCarnival of Personal Finance! This one is the 265th edition, and once again many a PF blogger has submitted their best choice of articles for this week. All of these are good reading, but a few jump out at me. I’ve tagged those Editor’s Choices with little red hearts: ♥
Round Pegs: Posts That Don’t Fit into Square Holes
Surviving and Thriving Malachi and mud
Research indicates that exposure to soil improves a person’s immune system and increases production of the feel-good chemical serotonin. No wonder gardeners and children always look so happy.
DINKS Finance How to Know If Refinancing Is Worth It,
Today’s historically low rates should pique your interest if you have a mortgage or are thinking about buying a home. Here are some tips to find out if it’s worth it 🙂
NerdWallet Credit Card Watch Chase Freedom—Now With More Confusion
Tim has made no secret about the fact that Chase Freedom isn’t one of his favorite cards. Chase goes out of its way to make this one of the most confusing credit card offers available—you have to opt-in to the rotating 5% reward programs each quarter, and they seem to like switching the reward program every year out of sheer boredom. Now they’re offering two different versions, to make it even harder to keep track of.
Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance MBA Course: Investing & Portfolio Management-BONDS
Friedberg, a graduate level professor of business, has the advantage of being an educator. Her posts occasionally come direct from her graduate-level courses; this one is an example.
Balance Junkie 10 Ways to Protect Yourself from a Double Dip There’s a lot of debate about whether or not we’re headed into a slowdown or a double dip recession. These suggestions will help you protect your money if the economy dips. If it doesn’t, you’ll still be in great shape!
♥ Tool Guy
Home Tool Review Best Place to Buy Used Tools.
Think of it, guys (and gals)…a whole blog on tools! Weirdly, most of the posts are pretty interesting. This one is useful, especially for single or newly single women who suddenly find themselves in a house or apartment that needs some DIY care.
Couple Money Extended Warranties for Video Game Consoles
Should you get an extended warranty for your PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii? Find out how you can run the numbers and see if extended warranties are a good deal for you. This is a good survey of what different warranties cover.
Kim at MMI
Blogging for Change What Does It Mean to Be ‘in Debt’?
Questions whether the extent of one’s debt should be taken into consideration when applying the term “in debt.”
Money Help For Christians Christian Lending | Should Lending Be Abolished?
Craig ponders a mind-bending question: “If borrowing enslaves then why aren’t more people going after lenders?” This is a thoughtful rumination on whether Christians should lend or borrow at all.
Wanderlust Journey Passport Fees Increase July 13th.
I’ve always considered a passport something that ought to be in one’s emergency kit, in case some reason arises to make you want to leave the country quickly. This makes your passport one of the most expensive items in the kit!
That’s it for this week. Next Monday the carnival will be hosted by NerdWallet. Be sure to send your submissions by the Sunday afternoon deadline through this handy form. And don’t fail to check out NerdWallet’s findings next week!
Fireworks over Washington Monument. Public domain. Boston Tea Party. National Archives and Records Administration. Public domain.
Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge. John Ward Dunsmore, 1907. Public domain.
Scan of the cover of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. 1776. Public domain.
Plan of the Battle of Yorktown. Goodrich, S. G. (1875). A Pictorial History of the United States. Philadelphia: J. H. Butler & Co., 277. George Washington Rallies His Troops at the Battle of Princeton. Artist unknown. Public domain. Washington Crossing the Delaware. Emanuel Leutze. 1851. Public domain.
East Village Fireworks. David Shankbone. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
I’ve been horribly remiss in failing to thank the hosts of the two carnivals where Funny appeared most recently! Got no excuse: just lazy, I’m afraid.
SimplyForties hosted a spectacular Carnival of Money Stories featuring wonderful photos and quotes from some of the women I most admire. This edition is pretty rich pickings, with many really excellent posts. I got a hoot out of Money Beagle’s stories of learning from the eight-month-old (at the rate I’m going, the kid’s probably in graduate school by now…). PT Money has a cool post on discovering online tutorials for various DIY tasks, wherein we learn that grrls can change faucets and fix toilets! And at Gather Little by Little, Mike contemplates the joys of making money online. Simply Forties kindly included Funny’s squib on big-picture thinking among this august company.
In other news, Adam e-mails to report that Mrs. Accountability will be taking over as administrator of the Carnival of Money Stories. We certainly wouldn’t want her to get bored, so be sure to send your best money adventures to Blog Carnival’s handy submission site! Congratulations to Mrs. A and best wishes for a great run.