Lifestyle Carnival 3

It’s Carnival!


TDB @ Tax Deduction Blog writes Before You Say I Do : How will marriage affect your taxes? – Before you get married, you should take the time to learn how marriage will affect your taxes. What is this so-called marriage penalty? Is there really such a thing as a marriage tax?

Tushar @ Finance TUBE writes Our Top 3 Financial Tips for Generation Y – Today I will be talking about Top 3 Financial Tips for Generation Y. Gen Yers are often being perceived as an unmotivated and entitled. It may have something to do with incredible amount of things that they want to have.

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes Playing the Inheritance Game for Passive Income – When it comes to inheriting money, there is no other way to do less, or in some cases, more work for what will be considered a passive income. For those who are blessed to be part of a family that has a fortune to pass on, then your entire job in life becomes maintaining your place to inherit the goods.



harry campbell @ Your Personal Finance Pro writes My First Default With Lending Club – With today’s pitiful interest rates, it’s hard to sit there and invest your money in CD’s that are returning 1 or 2 percent. So if you’ve been searching for alternative investments you may already know about Lending Club. But if you’re new to the peer to peer lending scene, you can read my first review of Lending Club here.

Jessica Moorhouse @ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses writes Thailand Trip Days 1 & 2 – Jet Lag and Breakfast Curry – I just got back from my travels in Thailand and can’t wait to share all of my experiences with you, including how much I spent and what I did on days 1 & 2.

Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes Little house in Guatemala, week 14-15 – Update on life and costs of fixing up a house in Guatemala

Jules Wilson @ writes Not Just Another Diet Book: Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs – A review of Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs.

Steve @ Grocery Alerts writes How to save money on beef without using coupons – Saving money on beef doesn’t have to involve sales and coupons all the time. Money shouldn’t be an excuse to stand in the way of a well balanced diet. By implementing some of these tips below you will be on your way to have beef on your plate for less.



Jordann @ Making Sense of Cents writes How to Know if You’re a Minimalist – I used to love collecting things. My apartment in university was full of odd and mismatched pieces of furniture that I never used but couldn’t part with, and my closet bulged uncontrollably, belching clothing onto the floor if I dared leave the door open.



Amber @ writes tranquile thursday – yoga and health

Robert @ Kids Ain’t Cheap writes Is Junk Food Tax the Answer to Childhood Obesity? – This post isn’t about Weight Watchers or whether or not I agree with young children doing a structured diet program, I’m looking into WHY an 11-year-old would need such a program.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Get Better Weight Loss Results by Using a Journal – bear with me as I’m about to show you exactly why journals are great, and how they can improve your weight loss results noticeably.

Jules Wilson @ Fat Guy,Skinny Wallet writes Not Just Another Diet Book: Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs – A review of Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs.



Penny Thots @ Penny Thots writes Beer and Wine for Less – You don’t have to give up your favorite spirits, even on a budget…not if you’re resourceful about it.

Girl Meets Debt @ Girl Meets Debt writes Getting Personal: Dating with Debt – I am getting personal in this post. Dating with debt from the point of view of someone who is in debt.

Jason Hull @ Hull Financial Planning writes Six Things You Won’t Learn About Real Estate From HGTV – A lot of people think that they can become real estate tycoons just from watching HGTV. This article dispels the myth that there’s a quick road to becoming the next Donald Trump via HGTV.



Marvin @ Brick By Brick Investing writes Selling Options — How To Start Your Own Casino – A brief description detailing the benefits of selling options.

James Petzke @ This Is Common Cents writes Financial Superpowers: The Automagic Climate Controlled Super Suit – A lifestyle change that can save you thousands is to acclimate to a range of temperatures.

Mary Rhodes @ Fine Tune Finances writes Are you Saving Money Just to Save? Or are You saving With Purpose? – Human nature dictates much time and money is wasted when we don’t have a goal. This also applies to our financial life, in short your goal your reason for saving, or purpose. If you are saving money just to build up a bank balance you are not likely to be successful at it.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes Preparing To Buy A House: The Score – Buying your first home can be an exciting and stressful experience all in one. When we bought our first house, I really didn’t know what to expect. Maybe I should have done a little bit of research ahead of time, but what’s done is done.

Jen @ PF Carny writes Steps to Determine If You Are Ready to Open Your Own Business – If you are working for “the man” at a 9 to 5 job, you may dream of nothing more than venturing out on your own and being your own boss. This is the true American dream, and in this age of the Internet, it has become a reality for many people.

Bryan @ writes Best Short Term Investment Options – Even multi-billion dollar corporations are always trying to maximize the returns of their cash and short term investments, so why shouldn’t you? Here is a comprehensive list of all the best short term investment options, from online checking accounts, money markets and Treasuries to “I-Bonds”, corporate bonds, and property tax certificates. Find out the pros and cons of each and where you feel comfortable parking your cash for the short-term before you invest it at higher yields.

MMD @ My Money Design writes Believing In Yourself After Finding Out That You Suck – Despite what other people think of you, believing in yourself will have to come from your own hunger and ambition. Only you know what you’re capable of accomplishing.

MMD @ IRA vs 401k Central writes Taking An Early Withdrawal from Roth IRA Contributions – You’ve heard you can take an early withdrawal from Roth IRA contributions after five years, but did you know there are specific rules that come with it?

Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes Seeing Personal Finance Bloggers Just Treading Water Bums Me Out – There is nothing that bums me out then rediscovering or even just watching a personal finance blogger treading water.

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money writes What You Can Learn from the 4 Events in 2012 That Changed My Financial Life – Most years, I don’t make too many big financial moves. Obviously some of them like taking a new job or having a baby are common life milestones. Other things such as taking advantage of historically low interest rates (particularly for mortgages and cars) fits in the category of making the most of opportunity presented. Now it’s time to take a year to settle down.

Jason @ Live Real Now writes Making Extra Money: Niche Selection – The “make money” niche is far too broad for anyone to effectively compete. The “make money online” sub-niche is still crazy. When you get to the “make money buying and selling websites” micro-niche, you’re in a territory that leaves room for competition, without costing thousands of dollars to get involved.

Bryan @ writes How I Plan To Generate Passive Income This Year – This article is a guest post from and is focused on detailing his plans this year to generate additional passive income. In it, MMD discusses his 4 main opportunities – to continue building up his blog, build a niche site, write an E-Book, and invest in dividend stocks.

Edgar @ Degrees and Debt writes Side Jobs: Snag A Job Review – Review of website SnagAJob to obtain a side job for diversifying income streams.

Jon Haver @ Pay My Student Loans writes How Early Should I Apply For a Student Loan? – How early you should apply for a student loan really depends on two things: whether you are trying to decide which school to attend based on what kind of financial aid you can get, or whether you’ve designated your school of choice and need to figure out which loans you will use to pay for it, and how large they will have to be. Either way, you should first think about what kinds of free aid and gifts are out there once you’ve determined you will attend a school of higher education. You s

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Expanding Your Home’s Footprint Out of Doors – Since I’m maybe 2 years away from purchasing a house of my own, and knowing that it probably won’t be my “dream home” but instead rather on the small-ish side, I’ll have to make the most of every square foot, including the out doors. Using the out doors properly, with the help of a porch, deck, or slab, can expand the interior footprint by quite a lot.

John @ Card Hub Blog writes Ask the Experts: Caring for Pets Without Breaking the Bank – Identify the factors that drive the cost of pet care, examine saving tips, and identify the most efficient ways to help your favorite animal charities.

NoTrustFund @ Where’s My Trust Fund writes Financial Wisdom From A Nonagenarian – Words of wisdom from a lady who has been around the block a few times.

Lynn @ Wallet Blog writes MOOCs: Worth a look for free higher education – With the rising cost of higher education, MOOCs are likely to become a bigger deal as states seek new ways to increase enrollment while limiting costs.

William @ Quote Me A Price writes Annuities and Structured Settlements: What’s the Difference? – Annuities and structured settlements have many similarities, and you might even make the mistake of thinking they are the same thing. Sure, they both pay regular payments to the people they are owed to over a specified time period, but the way state and federal laws see these two types of payments confirms that they are indeed different things.

Christina @ MLIQ101 writes Compare Types of Term Life Insurance Coverage – Before picking a term life insurance policy, consumers need to figure out exactly what type of coverage they needs. Term life protection comes in the form of no load, decreasing term, guaranteed, level term, return of premium, convertible, and adjustable, among many others. This article details the basic difference between each type of policy to help you compare types of term life coverage.

Carmen @ MBCI101 writes What To Look For When Shopping Around For Car Insurance – How can you tell if you’ve got the best car insurance? First, we provide you some background on the factors that affect your premiums, then explain the types of car insurance available and when you should purchase them, after which you get a list of tricks and discounts you should be applying to lower your rates. Getting the lowest car insurance rates with the best coverage isn’t hard, but you should know what to look for.

Charles @ Wallet Hub writes Your Guide to FHA Loans – Home ownership can be difficult to achieve in today’s market, but it remains an “American Dream” not an “Impossible Dream.” Though requirements have been tightened in the wake of the home mortgage crisis, FHA loans continue to offer a way for persons of modest means to purchase a home.

John S @ Frugal Rules writes 5 Easy Ways to Save Money Lost Due to the Payroll Tax Increase – The Payroll Tax Holiday went away at the beginning of 2013. Some families were prepared, some were not. This is a list of ways to help make up for that, or if you’re looking to live more frugal and save money in general.

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor writes The World’s Best Dividend Portfolio – For my retirement strategy I am relying on dividend growth stocks, which will provide dependable income, which increases over time and protects its purchasing power from inflation. I have a quantitative and qualitative process, which allows me to screen the hundreds of dividend growth stocks and narrow the list of candidates to 30 -40 individual companies.

KK @ Student Debt Survivor writes My $30,000 Student Loan Mistake – Have you ever made a really big financial mistake? If you’re human, chances are you have. Mine was taking out $30k in student loans.



eemusings @ NZ Muse writes Functionality vs beauty – When it comes to material things, I’m all about function over form.

Alice @ Hurricanes, Panties & Dollars writes Shopaholics are like Superheros – I ended up spending around 9 hours shopping (with an official shopaholic) by my side. When I finally got home, I was freakin’ exhausted; not to mention broke as…

Jules Wilson @ Faithful With a Few writes Why You and Your Spouse Need a Regular Date Night – Date night for married couples can be pretty elusive at times. However, it can be the key to keeping your marriage fresh, especially if you have children.

Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Dumpster Diving- The Top 5 Rules For Finding The Good Free Stuff – Dumpster diving has become something of a hobby for Karen and her husband who have found numerous items of value. They have even gone on to sell items they found to make a good profit.



Meredith @ Snow and Mist writes Maktak – Meredith tries maktak.

Tamar @ writes Cream Cheesecake – Cream cheesecake – personally one of my favorite recipes because it’s so easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Karen @ writes Easter Deviled Eggs – With Easter fast approaching, we thought it would be great to share some recipes to make the best Easter deviled eggs.

Alexis @ FITnancials writes Easy Chicken Stir Fry – One of my current favorite meals to make is Chicken Stir Fry. It’s extremely easy to make and is so delicious. It reminds me of Chinese food, but only way healthier, and way less sodium. I actually get full from my homemade Chicken Stir Fry, but when I eat Chinese takeout I always go for seconds..Basically I would eat the whole box!

eemusings @ NZ Muse writes Boyfriend in the kitchen: Lamb rack and raw salad – Another outstanding meal from my BF.


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