Carnival of Money Stories #31! Getting Ready for Christmas Edition


It’s time for this week’s Carnival of Money Stories #31! This weekend I’ve spent getting ready for Christmas. I’ve decorated, watched some Christmas movies (Elf and Home Alone are my favorites!) and gotten in the Christmas Spirit. I hope you enjoy this week’s carnival! Have a fantastic week!


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Wise_Bread presents My Bank Stole My Grocery Money posted at Wisebread.

Cell Phone Treasure presents Affiliate Marketing Makes You Wanna Quit posted at Cats Love Plastic Bags.


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FIRE Getters presents What is the Current Unemployment Rate? posted at FIRE Finance.


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CreditCardAssist presents Credit Unions Provide Credit Card Alternative for Consumers | Credit Card Assist Blog posted at Credit Card Assist, saying, “With the credit crisis lingering, credit unions have recently stepped into the spotlight by providing an alternative to traditional credit card lending that consumers are desperately in need of.”

jim presents Review Your Credit Report Annually posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Ray @ Financial Highway presents Best Credit Card posted at Financial Highway, saying, “How to find the best credit card that fits your needs and helps you in your financial plan.”

Connie Prater presents Former Detroit TV anchorwoman speaks out: Convicted ex-boyfriend had bad credit and ruined her credit posted at

Anthony Samuel presents Get Your Free CARFAX Report posted at Personal Finance Analyst.


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TC presents How Will Falling Property Market Affect Those In Serious Debts? posted at How To Eliminate Debts, saying, “A look at the effect of falling property prices on those with serious debts – it might actually benefit them as they will have less equity available to repay unsecured creditors.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents How One Debtor Resolves Her Credit Card Problems posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thanks!”

FMF presents One Example of Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “The story of how one person got into living from one paycheck to the next.”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Loan Poem posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

oneadvice presents How to Avoid Christmas Debt posted at One Advice, saying, “Christmas is lurking and the goose is getting fat and our bank account balances are getting smaller! See how you can avoid christmas debt so you can have a debt free 2010…”

Chris presents We’re In Debt: $150,679 In Debt, To Be Exact posted at The Frugal Dad.


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Brandon Laughridge presents FHA Down Payment May Rise Soon posted at Mortgage Loan Place Blog, saying, “It could much harder for new home buyers to secure any sort of mortgage in 2010 with the recent shakeup in FHA financing options.”



Joe Plemon presents What to do With $60,000 posted at Personal Finance By The Book, saying, “A senior citizen couple has $60,000 in a savings account and wants to know how the money could be better used.”

Zach Scheidt presents Taleo Raises Capital – But Where’s the Growth? posted at ZachStocks, saying, “Taleo Corp (TLEO) recently priced a secondary offering. The company may struggle to keep its growth rate healthy, and unemployment could challenge revenue. Consider shorting below the secondary offering price.”

Darwin presents Do You Invest in Companies You Find to be Morally Repugnant? posted at Darwin’s Finance, saying, “Do You Invest in Companies You Find to be Morally Repugnant? An examination of whether investing with your integrity or your wallet is the best way to go.”

Nate Kragness presents My Free Cash | Diversifying your Portfolio: Four Asset Classes Critical to Long-Term Success posted at My Free Cash | Your Guide to Money Management, saying, “By protecting your capital with diversification strategies, and maintaining each of these four asset classes, you ensure that your total portfolio continues to grow, even in spite of any individual losses or market conditions. Provides strategies and tips to balance and leverage various asset classes in order to minimize risk while maximizing rewards long-term.”

Evolution Of Wealth presents When a Variable Annuity Can Work posted at Evolution of Wealth.

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pfstock presents Wealth According to The Millionaire Next Door posted at

Joe Plemon presents Four Reasons Why Wealth Should NOT Be Your Financial Goal posted at Personal Finance By The Book, saying, “Building wealth should be a by-product of wise living; not a goal in itself.”


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Albie presents How to use Kiva to turn your $50 into $500 so that you infinitely give more and more to empower the poor in our world posted at iDevelopWorld.

Ella Moss presents MORE ON THE GREAT FINANCIAL DISASTER OF 2010 « Zodiac Times posted at Zodiac Times, saying, “economic predictions from the pen of an astrologer”

Matt Mason presents Turn Up The Heat, Turn Down The Meter posted at FYMO Personal Finance Blog.

My Journey presents There were Never Good Ole Days When it Comes to Personal Finance posted at My Journey to Millions, saying, “A story about money between my wife’s grandmother and myself discussing personal finance back in the day”

Wenchypoo presents Free Heat on the Street posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

Jeff Rose presents Preparing For, Taking and Passing the GMAT Exam posted at Jeff Rose.

The Dough Roller presents How to Pick A Checking Account for a College Student posted at The Dough Roller, saying, “How to pick the best checking account for a college student.”

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents Why You Should Create an Accrual Account and How to Do It posted at Cash Money Life, saying, “A personal account of how to set up an incremental savings account to make it easier to save for large expenses.”

Sun presents Use Automatic Alerts to Avoid Late Fee and Returned Check Fee posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary.

Miss M presents Anatomy of an Old House posted at M is for Money.

SingleGuyMoney presents Domestic Violence and Separate Savings Accounts posted at Single Guy Money.


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Manshu presents Amazon Gift Card Review posted at OneMint, saying, “A review of the Amazon gift card.”

Adam Williams presents My car affects my self esteem, and other reasons I’m pathetic posted at, saying, “I need therapy. The truth is that I find my self-esteem in part supported by both a solid investment strategy and certain material things. Though, I believe that through self-discipline we can reach a happy medium.”

Peak Personal Finance presents Tips for Better Holiday Shopping posted at Peak Personal Finance.

J. Money presents iReview the iPhone…Because it saves me money! posted at Budgets are Sexy., saying, “You really don’t realize how much down time you actually have until you get an iPhone ;)”

d. ninja presents I hate cash posted at Punch Debt In The Face.

Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog presents How Canadians Can Take Advantage Of Black Friday And Cyber Monday posted at The Canadian Finance Blog, saying, “While we get Boxing Day on December 26th, the United States gets to take advantage of major deals before Christmas with Black Friday tomorrow and the relatively new Cyber Monday next week.”

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