The Best of Money Carnival

September 19, 2011
by Kyle Taylor
Ferris Wheel at Carnival
Ferris Wheel at Carnival
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This week I’m thrilled to be hosting the 121st edition of the Best of Money carnival. 74 personal finance bloggers from around the world submitted their best article of the week and I’ve been given the incredibly difficult task of selecting the best ten.

Oh – and if hosting the most prestiougous carnival on the web wasn’t enough, today is also “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.” In honor of that, I’ve taken it upon myself to see how many pirate expressions I can use on Twitter today before Long John Silvers hits me with a copyright violation. Be sure to follow me. Sorry, I’ve been waiting for this day ever since I published the post about how to earn an income stealing pirate money.

Without further ado mateys…

#10 – Flexo presents Earn More Money: How to Be a Secret Shopper posted at Consumerism Commentary.

“Many sites advertise the secrets to becoming a secret shopper but there’s a right way and a wrong way to going about finding this job.”

#9 – Donna Freedman presents Costume swaps: An “eek-o-friendly” alternative posted at Smart Spending.

“Harry Potter is so last year! Trade in your kid’s costume — or your own — at any of a number of in-person or online swaps nationwide.”

#8 – Khaleef Crumbley presents 5 Simple Ways To Take Advantage Of Low Interest Rates posted at Faithful With A Few.

“Many people are disappointed because of the low interest rates available today. They look at the fact that their bank accounts are paying pennies per year in interest, and conclude that they cannot get ahead financially. However, there are things that you can do to take advantage of low interest rates.”

#7 – Mike Holman presents A practical way to estimate and budget for home maintenance costs posted at Money Smarts Blog.

“Traditional methods of calculating home maintenance costs can be misleading. Here is a more accurate to handle house maintenance costs.”

#6 – Paula presents What’s Wrong With Most Money Advice? posted at Afford Anything.

“The world is over-saturated in money management advice.”

#5 – Neal Frankle presents How to Be In Business For Yourself Within 6 Months posted at Wealth Pilgrim.

“If you want to have a business for yourself within six months, I’m going to tell you exactly how to do it.”

#4 – Tim presents Is the U.S. Post Office Broken Beyond Repair? posted at Faith and Finance.

“The US Post Office is in the news once again with its financial troubles. Here’s a look at the current problems and proposed solutions that will hopefully change the USPS for the better.”

#3 – SB presents Make Saving A Fun, Be A Motivated Saver posted at One Cent at a Time.

“When we save money we put fun on hold. But there is a limit to that delay tactic. We can’t go on saving money forever just thinking of a future fun. If the journey is not happy are you sure you can continue that long?”

#2 – Bob presents Are Penny Auction Sites Legit? posted at Christian Personal Finance.

“Before you’re lured into signing up for a penny auction site, there are a few things you should know about how they work. If you’re not careful, you can end up regretting that you ever clicked on those ads. Here is what you should know…”

And without further ado, the best money article of the week…

#1 – Control your Cash presents The Wealthy Really Are Better Than You posted at Control Your Cash: Making Money Make Sense.

“What REALLY distinguishes rich people from you.”

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted an article! Next week’s Best of Money carnival will be hosted by Boomer & Echo.

by Kyle Taylor
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