Welcome to the Lifestyle Carnival! Today I have the pleasure of hosting an edition of what is an extremely diverse and fun carnival. I actually ended up spending a good hour reading through some of the below newly discovered blogs and what is some excellent reading!
I am absolutely exhausted from a weekend of fine dining and Christmas shopping (more to come on that next week), so it was nice to be able to read and not write today. Hopefully everyone got a bargain in the Black Friday madness and the queues were worth it.
Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes Little house in Guatemala, week 2 – A snapshot into my new life in Guatemala, where I am fixing up a house and planning on starting a guest house next year.
harry campbell @ Your Personal Finance Pro writes Why I Prefer to Make My Own Black Friday Deals – I’d much rather sit back in the comfort of my own home and shop online. And I say this, living in 60 degree winter weather; I can’t even imagine what it’s like to wait in line at 6 am when it’s literally freezing cold outside. But whether I find a deal on eBay or my favorite retailer Amazon, I can compare prices, use coupons and get free 2 day shipping(thank you prime!) all from the comfort of my reclining couch. This type of shopping might not be appealing to everyone but it defini
Chelsea @ Yours Truly writes Faux Fur Craze! – A post on how-to wear faux fur and some clothing items that will help you easily rock the trend.
Buck Inspire @ Buck Inspire writes Take A Break When You Need One – In our hectic lives, it’s important to our physical and mental health to remember to take breaks.
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes How to Lead a Focused Life – It’s only as we approach death that our lives come into sharp focus. What have we done that is worthwhile? Have we made the world a better place by being in it? Have we really been effective and productive in society? If only it were possible to find our focus sooner, before it is nearly too late to live it. It is possible and some people achieve that focus at a very young age, others (like me) don’t get it until later. Here are my retrospective tips on how to lead a focused life.
David Leonhardt @ Self-Help Happiness Blog writes Apparently, FaceBook does not bring happiness after all – We now have at least one study that puts meaningful and intimate activities above the wireless umbilical cord. That should be of some comfort, however small. Here is a summary of the results.
Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes 5 Ways You Can Use Swagbucks – Last week we discussed the many ways you can earn Swagbucks from searching the Internet to completing surveys. Once you have started accruing Swagbucks, the question becomes, what can you redeem them for? Actually, you can redeem Swagbucks for plenty of things
Next comes the Wealth and Retirement Category; I simply couldn’t choose 2 posts… So I included many more!
WEALTH AND RETIREMENT
James Petzke @ This Is Common Cents writes Making the College Decision Cost Effectively – You should always look at cost when picking a school.
Lance @ Money Life and More writes Be Prepared for Paycheck Shrinkage on January 1, 2013 – Sorry to break the news to all of my American friends but starting January 1, 2013 your paycheck will likely be 2% smaller and that is on the conservative side. It could be even smaller than that! So what am I talking about and why should you care?
Mandy @ Money Master Mom @ http://moneymastermom.com writes Have Fun at the Mall, I’ll be at the Thrift Store – Save some cash without sacrificing happiness by matching your spending with your values. I don’t value new clothes, so I don’t buy them. Money saved, happiness intact!
Bryan @ Gajizmo.com writes Why You Should Get A Home Insurance Estimate – After Hurricane Sandy and the latest natural disasters, it is more important than ever that Americans protect their largest investment – their homes.
Teacher Man @ My University Money writes What if Your Degree Doesn’t Match What You Really Want to Do? – Do you abandon your education in favor of what it is your really want to do, and waste thousands of hours of study and tens of thousands of dollars? Or do you just ignore what it is you really want to do? It’s a tough choice no matter which way you go.
Young @ Young And Thrifty writes 4 Strategies for Effective Workplace Communication – Since we spend more time in the workplace than we spend with our loved ones on a daily basis, trying to like your colleagues and work well with them is an important part of your day-to-day work.
Grand Per Month @ Grand Per Month writes Make a Grand Per Month with Your Head Under the Hood – If you are handy when it comes to cars and you do all of your own maintenance and repairs, I bet you could earn a pretty hefty side income of at least a grand per month.
Beating Broke @ Beating Broke writes Need Money Fast? Have a Flash Savings Challenge – To get started, we challenged ourselves to have $3,000 in our emergency fund by December 9th. We started with $611 in the emergency fund, so that meant we had to come up with $2,389 in 4 weeks.
Deacon @ Well Kept Wallet writes 7 Habits of Wealthy People – If you want to be wealthy, who should you study? Rich people, right? Well, here are seven habits of wealthy people that you can implement to start building wealth.
Sicorra @ Tackling Our Debt writes Could You Use Some Extra Money This Christmas? – Excellent tips to help you find seasonal work and make extra money this Christmas.
Derek Knight @ Freeat33 writes From $33,151.00 to $636,140.00 in Seven Years. Our Net Worth Explosion – Year by Year, how we grew our Net Worth from $33,000 to over $630,000 in seven years.
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