Welcome to the 110th edition of the Lifestyle Carnival! I love this carnival because it covers a spectrum of topics, not just finances. Submit your blog article to the next edition using the carnival submission form at Blogger Carnivals.
I’m keeping my posts related to food, fitness and finance although I could provide a million pictures I take of Nora every day and talk about the funny things she does. She’ll be 6 months on 4th of July! I decided to sneak a few recent photos of her in today’s lifestyle carnival because I can. Enjoy!
Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Five Common Sense Things You Can Do to Save Money – Simple steps you can take on to save money for your young family.
Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes Paying For Past Mistakes – There have been a couple of instances recently where past actions or decisions have come to back to haunt me financially. Paying for past mistakes…
Angella Grey @ Travel Blog writes Historical Sites In Mexico – Few countries compare with the ancient history and beautiful architecture of Mexico’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There is so much to offer from a holiday in Mexico. From the staggering monuments of ancient civilizations, to the exquisite architecture of its wonderfully preserved buildings, Mexico has some of the most remarkable sights the world has to offer.
Greg @ Travel Blue Book writes 6 Best State Fairs in America – Summer is near which means that the state fairs are right around the corner. Come with us and explore the 6 Best State Fairs in America.
Jeremy @ Modest Money writes How to Get the Best Deal: Car Finance or Personal Loan? – Car finance is often easier to get and for many it seems more convenient. Just keep in mind that you could end up paying back a lot more than you would with a personal loan.
TW @ Tightwad Travelers writes How to Liquidate Visa Giftcards – It is easy to travel the world for free using Visa gift cards and travel hacking.
Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes Get the 2014 US Airways Mastercard Before It Goes Away – Even though the merger between US Airways and American Airlines has been going pretty smoothly, I’ve actually been more concerned about how the merger between the two frequent flyer programs will work. Working in the aerospace industry, I think less competition is a bad thing for consumers but at this point, there’s not a whole lot we can do about it. Instead, I decided to take advantage of the merger by applying for the US Airways Mastercard one more time before it goes away.
Mario @ Debt BLAG writes Losing socks isn’t your fault; here’s why you should declare sock bankruptcy – Why waste your laundry day pairing up socks? Declare sock bankruptcy and never worry about losing individual socks again.
Xochitl Hernandez @ www.partyandbeauty.co.uk writes Hen Party Games to Make the Hen Night Sizzle – Ideas for games to make your hen party a great success
Jon Rhodes @ Free Hypnosis MP3s writes The Real Way To Use Affirmations – Many people use positive affirmations to stay happy and healthy. Here’s how you use them…
Natalie K. Frazier @ www.Nataliekfrazier.com/blog writes Sugar is not sexy – Sugar is linked to causing preventable diseases
Natalie K. Frazier @ www.Nataliekfrazier.com/blog writes What’s really in your peanut butter/plus DIY peanut butter – The scary ingredients in your peanut butter, recipe to make your own
Natalie K. Frazier @ www.Nataliekfrazier.com/blog writes Skinny ice cream – A recipe for banana peanut butter skinny ice cream. No sugar added. Only 2 ingredients and so healthy for you.
NoFilter Editors @ NoFilter Magazine writes Go, Green Giant, Go – Juice recipe for a nutritious breakfast smoothie that is packed with antioxidants.
Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Best Summer Food Indulgences – There are some foods and drinks I love come summertime that are easy (seriously, I can’t cook) and inexpensive to make.
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes 7 Health Tips to Boost Your Everyday Wellness – With a little planning, and small changes, it’s possible re-jigger your life for more health and wellness. Here are some steps to take:
Rishi @ Latest House Music writes FREE REMIX OF LANA DEL REY’S YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL BY AFROJACK – On the top right hand corner of the sound cloud link there is an option where you can download your copy of Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful remixed by Afrojack!
Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes Never Buy a Cup of Coffee Again: Buy a Keurig Coffee Maker – There was a time where I actually didn’t like the taste of coffee. I would drink a frappucino every once in a while, but let’s be honest those things taste more like a milkshake than actual coffee. But times have changed, and one of the reasons why I now like coffee is because I actually enjoy the taste. I usually add a tiny bit of creamer or a small amount of milk but that’s about it. I’m not sure how much of a pick me up it gives me but mentally the caffeine definitely helps.
WEALTH AND RETIREMENT
CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes Life Logic: Opening a 401k – A 401K can be an excellent asset for your future and your current lifestyle. It’s a good investment for yourself – but how do you open one? Read here!
SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes The Weddee, Not the Wedder: How to Budget Wedding Attendance – Showing up at everyone’s wedding but your own? Here’s how to stay afloat during the busiest of wedding seasons.
Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Shopping Strategies: Buying Now Or Waiting for Better Deals – Everyone has their shopping strategies. Do you buy or wait for deals later? Read here – we weigh the two strategies and help you on your way to shop smart.
IMB @ Investing Money writes How to Protect Your Portfolio – With the stock market averages changing, investors are becoming edgy. These are unsettling times. Read here to learn how to protect your portfolio.
Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Can Your Student Loans Be Forgiven? – Last week, I did an interview with Lynn Berry about how new college graduates should handle student debt.
Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes 12 Mobile Apps That Will Help You Earn Extra Money – My cell phone bill is ridiculously expensive, so I’ve found a way to balance it out by downloading mobile apps that actually PAY ME to use them. Here are the 12 best apps that will help you earn extra money…
Hank @ Money Q&A writes 4 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Refinancing Your House – A friend of mine just refinanced his house. And he’s not happy. You’d think that someone who lowered his interest rate by more than 1.5 percentage points and dropped his loan term to 15 from 30 years with a fixed-rate mortgage would be ecstatic. But he’s not.
SavingMentor @ How To Save Money writes When to Buy Things To Save The Most Money – An effective and simple saving strategy is to buy items in the off–season – when they are at their cheapest. For example, the price of air conditioners is the highest in the spring when the snow melts and it starts to get warmer. Prices start to come down in the fall as temperatures across the country start to drop.
Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes Time versus money and what is your time worth? – When was the last time you considered what you spend your time versus money on and how much your time is worth?
Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes 5 Ways To Save On Car Insurance – Car insurance can be a large expense for many. Here are a handful of ways to save on car insurance. What will you do with the savings?
debt debs @ DEBT DEBS writes Debt Deliberatons – Dealing with Debt Repayment after a Period of Lifestyle Inflation
Andrew @ Finance with Reason writes Why You Should Get a Line of Credit Before it’s Too Late – Opening a Line of Credit will improve your financial flexibility, raise your credit score, and protect you from paying high interest rates on credit cards.
Natalie @ Debt and The Girl writes A Secret Career Confession – Last week a friend of mine was looking for people that wanted to do a little acting for a video that was being produced for the company he works for.
Brad @ Enemy of Debt writes A Sure-Fire Way To Save On Taxes – Those who pay less in taxes do so by spending less and saving more.
Maria @ The Money Principle writes Three gifts for men to get your gift ideas factory going – Men are awkward customers. I can say this because I am a man and I empathise with anyone who has ever endured the frustrating quandary of what gifts for men to get for friends or loved ones.
Justin @ iPlugin writes What’s the reason for the decline in iPad sales? – People are beginning to question what’s going on with Apple’s ubiquitous iPad tablet as sales during the first quarter of 2014 dropped 16%.
Danielle @ TeacHer Finance writes Why Bargains Aren’t Always Such a Bargain – Here is some sage and simple advice; never purchase anything just because it is a bargain.
Cat @ Budget Blonde writes Saving Money Isn’t for the Sleep Deprived – Despite being up all night with my little boy bean, I thought it would be an excellent idea to go to the grocery store on Memorial Day and leave hubs with the twins.
Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes How to Get Rid of Debt on Your Own – There is no easy way to get rid of debt. You have several options, each come with their own set of pros and cons. Here is how to get rid of debt on your own.
Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes I Did It……I Opened a Retirement Account – At the beginning of the year I declared that 2014 would be the year I stopped talking about investing and just went for it.
Larry @ KrantCents writes If You Were Boss – What would you do if you were boss? What if you were boss of the company you work for?
Monica @ Monica On Money writes What Turning 30 Taught Me About Money – I finally turned 30 in March. For years, I’ve been anxiously waiting to turn 30! I’m not exactly sure what I expected, maybe that I’d suddenly become more successful
Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes Facts you really need to know about your 401(k) – If you have a 401(k) plan through your employer there are a number of things that you really need to know about it in order to take advantage of it as much as possible.
Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes Tips to Help You Pay Down Your Student Debt – If you’ve just recently graduated from college, congratulations! Best of luck finding a job and starting your career.
Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes Unemployed Financial Management – Losing your job can be a very difficult and stressful time. It is, however, vital that you take the right steps to secure your finances as soon as you become unemployed.
Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes 3 Ways to Ensure You Have Money Left in the Last Week of the Month – We all know that when we look in our bank accounts during the week approaching pay day, it is more than likely that a few moths will fly out.
Sam @ The New Business Blog writes 5 Top Apps for Entrepreneurs – If you are a busy entrepreneur you already have your hands full with a million different things that need to be done.
Katie @ IRA Basics writes The Secret of Saving for Your First Deposit – Are you ready to become a homeowner and do not fancy a no-deposit home loan? Then the biggest obstacle standing in your way is the first deposit or down payment.
Lily @ Paying Debt Down writes Is Data Mining a fair way to set Insurance Rates? – With computer technology advancing by leaps and bounds, it is no surprise that insurance companies have started using sophisticated software to help them determine what rates to charge their customers.
Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes Health Insurance Coverage | Will My Health Insurance Cover Dentistry? – It is no secret that your dental health is one very important element of your overall health.
Andrea @ So Over This writes Could You Live on Minimum Wage? – Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past the year it’s hard to miss the ongoing debate over minimum wage!
Hadley @ Epic Finances writes 9 Proven Strategies to Eliminate Debt – One of the most stressful things that can happen to a person is falling prey to what I call the Debt Trap.
Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes Financial Aid Tips for the Uninitiated – If you are the parent of a child in high school that is rapidly approaching college age, chances are that you have just been introduced to the numbers game that is financial aid.
Amy @ Money Mishaps writes The biggest threat to Retirees’ nest-eggs? Their Mortgage – What is the biggest threat hanging over the head of many older Americans heading towards retirement?
Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes Taking the Leap: When is it Time to Ditch the Lease? – This past decade has paved the way for some very big changes in the housing market, making it both harder to find a home and easier to get financed for one.
Matt @ Budget Snob writes Five Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid when Buying a Used Car – Purchasing a used car is a great way to avoid the hit of depreciation and drive away on a steep discount in comparison to new models.
Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Lock Up Credit Card Safety with the coming Card Control App – One of the most vulnerable points that credit cards have is that, since they are always on, they can always be used by criminals who somehow get access to their data.
Jay @ Daily Fuel Economy Tip writes Gas Saving Myths Exposed – Summer is coming up fast and with it gas prices will be increasing, as they seem to do every year.
Oscar @ Money is the Root writes Borrowing Money? Avoid using these 2 Methods – While it is certainly true that everyone needs money, sometimes it is rather hard to find if you need extra money quickly.
Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes 4 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast – With the housing market looking troublesome and many people still tightening their budgets in the economic recession, finding the best buyers for your house can be tricky.
Hayley @ Disease Called Debt writes How Paying Off Debt is Helping Me Change My Life for the Better – Paying off debt involves making certain changes to your lifestyle. However, during the debt payoff process, you might just find yourself making other changes in your life too. This post describes how paying off debt has opened many doors for me and provided me with great opportunities.
Harry @ The Rideshare Guy writes Why Lyft is the Perfect Second Source of Income – I’m always looking for easy ways to make money, it’s kind of like a hobby for me. Some people like to watch tv or play sports, but I’m always on the hunt for hobbies that align with viable business opportunities. The first time I realized that I could make money off a hobby was during college when I started coaching volleyball. Obviously it wasn’t the same as getting paid to play, but I did get paid to hang out with my friends(who were also coaches), hit balls at a bunch of kids (as h
Thomas @ UK Buy Bitcoins writes BITCOIN ATM MACHINES OPENING AROUND GREAT BRITAIN – Bitcoin is coming to the UK and now, amongst other online ways, you can buy Bitcoin via any of the ATM machines that are popping up around the world.
Erastus @ Sprout Wealth writes Don’t Make these Investing Mistakes Like I Did – Learning how to invest can be overwhelming for many. I don’t want you to do the same mistake I did when I started investing. So, check on these investing mistakes.
Erastus @ Wise Dollar writes Debt Reduction and Elimination: Attitude Rules – Is debt reduction something you think about, yet aren’t sure how to go about? The first thing that will likely need changing is your attitude towards debt.
Brad @ How to Save Money writes Cook your Own Meals and Save Money – How cooking at home can save you thousands and tips on how to make it less arduous
Jacob @ JL Online writes Online Entrepreneurship – You can work online in a number of different capacities as you see fit.
Mark Ross @ Money Saving Dude writes The Difference Between Being Frugal and Being Cheap – There is a difference between frugality and cheapness. Sure, their main objective is save as much money as possible, but I’d rather be with a frugal person than a cheap on. Find out here whether you’re really a frugal person or a cheapskate.
Mr. 4HWD @ The Four Hour Work Day writes When Wanting More Money Doesn’t Mean You’re Greedy – There’s been a lot of media write-up over studies that show Millennials would rather have fulfilling jobs with low salaries than jobs they didn’t enjoy but came with high salaries. Gen Y doesn’t seem to be as driven by money and success as they are by wanting to make a difference.
Thomas @ i need money ASAP! writes Organizations That Help With Rent – So you need money asap because you’re behind on rent. Well the good news is that there are organizations that can help with rent in these situations. These organizations are either not-for-profits, religious groups, or local/federal government agencies. Make sure to try them all since each one has its own criteria for granting assistance.
Jennifer @ www.loveofasparrow.com writes Love of a Sparrow – Yoga, DIY, Recipes, Everday life
Anne @ Travel Blue Book writes The Lolos of Grand Case, St. Martin – Cheap, Delicious Eats – What on Earth are lolos? Learn about these deliciously cheap restaurants found in St. Martin and save yourself some money while eating on the island!
Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes Feed Your Family Fresh, Healthy Food for $300 a Month – Think it can’t be done? Think again! We stick to a $300 (ok, sometimes $400) budget for food, toiletries, cleaning, and baby supplies!
Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Homemade Granola Bars – If you love snacks don’t go out of your way to pay store-bought prices when you can make them at home for a fraction of the cost and much healthier.