2008-05-08

Bloggers by the Half Dozen

As I learned from Wikipedia’s entry on 6, 6 is the second smallest composite number; 6 is a unitary perfect number; 6 is the largest of the four all-Harshad numbers; 6 is the number of sides of a hexagon; 6 is the number of basic trigonometric functions; and 6 is the number of convex regular polytopes in four dimensions. Hmm. I think I followed that hexagon part. But what I do know is: 6 is the number of blog carnivals through which we are going to dance in our weekly rundown!

[Editor’s Note: In case you are not familiar with blog carnivals, a blog carnival is a multi-blog event in which a number of bloggers aggregate their articles within a certain theme or subject area into one post. The “host” of the carnival writes up the post on his or her blog and includes links to the various articles. Hopefully, this helps readers as they get a “one stop shop” of articles. I post a weekly recap of the blog carnivals in which I have participated—and try also to cull out a few articles that I’d like to share with you here.]

Carnival of Personal Finance:

Alpha Consumer hosted the 151st edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance, “Bloggers on Surviving the Squeeze,” putting on the squeeze on May 5. Here are a few articles that sparked my attention:

Green Panda Treehouse explains how to rent in an appealing neighborhood
MoneyNing asks: Should I be frugal on my honeymoon?...
Saving to Invest joins the debate over husbands, wives, and money with an exploration of who handles the finances in households…

There are loads of other great posts at the Carnival, succinctly summarized and organized helpfully by Alpha Consumer, so don’t miss out! My post, Who Wears the Pants Around Here Anyway?, is included under “Money Management.”

Festival of Stocks:

Hey mate! Finance ViewPoint presented, From the Land down under, here is the 87th Edition of the Festival of Stocks, on May 5. Finance ViewPoint mixes in some photos of his homeland—my favorite is the crocodile jumping high out of the water. You should definitely check out the Festival! Here are a couple of posts I’ll show as a preview:

George presents Ultimate 2008 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting Guide posted at Fat Pitch Financials.…
FIRE Finance presents Vanguard's Managed Payout Mutual Funds - A Primer posted at FIRE Finance.

My post, Allocate 50% to Non-U.S. Stocks, According to Wharton Professor, was included under “These are beauties mates (Editor’s Picks).” Thanks for the honor!!

Festival of Frugality:

Frugal for Life hosted Festival of Frugality 124 - the Name Edition, going down the alphabet on May 6. As always, there were lots of great frugal tips and lists; and here are a few to get you started:

I’ve Paid For This Twice Already - Frugal Vs Cheap ~ Shopping For The New Furnace
Money Smart Life - Tips on Spending & Budgeting for Newborns
My $mall C€nts- The Ethics And Economics Of Used Baby Clothes
Prime Time Money - Avoid these 5 Frugal Spending Traps
Saving Advice Blog - Frugality: Normal or Extreme Behavior?...
The Dough Roller - 25 Ways to Save Money on Gas.

Go partake in the rest of the Festival! My post, Going Overseas for Major Surgery — Frugal, Cheap, or…?, is also included.

Carnival of Money Stories:

Free From Broke hosted Carnival Of Money Stories #58 - Dollar Coins Edition, on May 6. There were lots of well-spun stories this week—here’s a small taste:

Lisa Spinelli presents Free Time or More Money-Which is it? posted at Greener Pastures: Personal Finance
RC presents The Health Savings Account (HSA) and Can I Do Better Than a Health Insurance Company? posted at Think Your Way to Wealth.
SingleGuyMoney presents Remembering How Lucky I Am posted at Single Guy Money
Dorian Wales presents How to Fortify Your Job: 10 valuable (and challenging) Tips posted at The Personal Financier
M.B. presents My First Mystery Shopping Experience posted at Be Thrifty Like Us.

Be sure to take a gander at the other stories! My post, Success Stories: Retired At 51 With Over $1.4 Million—And Staying Aggressive, is included under the dollar coin featuring James Monroe.

Money Hacker’s Carnival:

Save and Conquer hosted Money Hacks Carnival #11 - Ebb and Flow Edition, letting the waves loose on May 7. Here were some of the ebbs and flow I enjoyed riding out:

Money Blue Book - All About Balance Transfers and How They Work.
The Sexy Secretary - Are You Ready to Buy a House?...
Master Your Card - 20 Common Credit Card Fees to Watch Out For!
Millionaire Money Habits
- Being in the Business of Me
Grad Girl at This Writer’s Wallet - The Way to Wealth: Rudeness?
Know the Ledge - Go For What You Love Early In Your Career
Finance Gets Personal - Angie’s List (“reviews of local companies, contractors and even doctors”).

Visit the rest of the Carnival when you can! My post, Do I Really Need Long Term Care Insurance In My 30s?, is also included.

Carnival of Financial Goals:

DebtFREE-Revolution hosted the Carnival of Financial Goals, on May 7. My post, Six Ways To Set Personal-Finance Goals Without Doing Much Math, is included. The host has a neat idea—rather than selecting “Editor’s Picks” (which is a common practice for many blog carnivals), she is opening it up for “Reader’s Choice” picks! So definitely, go check out this carnival and leave a comment with your vote!

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