Lifestyle Carnival – 109th Edition

I’m BACK!  Life has been beyond hectic and I have my fingers crossed that things are going to return to normal soon.  I have lots to write about and look forward to returning to blogging.  Thank you for your patience while I was sidelined with other priorities.

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Happy Reading!


Jason Vitug @ writes How I Got to Enjoy Hawaii for Under $550 – Traveling to an exotic location doesn’t need to be an expensive endeavor.

Mel @ Travel Blue Book writes Top 5 Things to Do in Juneau, Alaska – Summer is a great time to visit Alaska. If you’re planning a trip to America’s “Last Frontier,” don’t miss our list of top 5 things to do in Juneau.

Jason Butler @ The Butler Journal writes 5 Summer Travel Tips – Here are 5 summer travel tips that everyone can use.

Evan @ The Smaller Dollar writes Top 3 Tips for a Frugal Road Trip – Some key steps you can take to really make your next road trip a frugal one.

TW @ Tightwad Travelers writes Liquidating Visa Gift Cards – Find out how to be a travel hacker with Visa Gift Cards

Mario @ Adventures in Frugal writes Nine frugal things I love about summer in the city; my 2014 checklist – Even city-dwellers have plenty to look forward to when the weather gets warm; here are the things I’m looking forward to.

Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro writes How I Got $1750 From the SPG Amex Card 30k Offer – Normally, I won’t even consider a credit card sign up bonus offer unless it’s in the 40,000-50,000 point range. On average, 1 point is worth at least 1 cent so if you can score 50,000 points that means you just earned yourself $500.


Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes Why You Should See Dollar Signs When Your Neighbor Puts Junk On the Curb – Want a business that’s pure profit? Try selling other people’s junk. This author got a table, chairs and more for free — and sold it for cash.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes 4 Ways To Save On Internet Costs – The internet is considered a need for many people. But, the internet can cost a pretty penny.

Harry @ The Rideshare Guy writes Why Lyft is the Perfect Second Source of Income – I’m always on the hunt for hobbies that align with viable business opportunities.

Glen @ How to Save Money writes Pet Care Costs – How A Pet Can Blow Your Budget – How the costs of pets keep stacking up after the inital purchase



Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Creamy Garlic Hummus – If you love to have dips in the summer for your backyard parties hummus is very easy to make and cheaper if you make it yourself.



SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Eating Differently: How to Budget for Food Allergies – The best ways to budget and shop for those with food allergies.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Putting Together an Emergency Kit – Using my experience from the 1994 earthquake and pre-packaged emergency kit lists to figure out what we really need, we’ve come up with a moderate survival package.

Michelle @ The Shop My Closet Project writes You might not have a job problem but a life problem – This post was originally going to be called -A funny thing happened on the way to quitting my job.

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes Stress Storms: Cheap-to-Free Methods of Reducing Stress – There are times when we don’t know what to do with our stress. Luckily, there are methods to combat it.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Insuring Yourself: The Types of Insurance Available for Life – Better to be safe instead of sorry! Time to insure yourself.

Jon Rhodes @ HypnoBusters writes Have You Ever Been Bullied? – Have you ever been bullied? Here’s the mindset you need to deal with bullies…



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%.

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.



Deb @ debt debs writes Father’s Frugal Finances – A Father’s Miserly Ways from a Daughter’s Perspective.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Military Finance: What to Do Before Serving Your Country – One of the biggest problems with being in the military is keeping your finances in order. Read here for tips.

IMB @ Investing Money writes Is France Totally Bankrupt? – Is France a bankrupt country? Examining the pros and cons of the economy of France.

Don @ Money Reasons writes When Debt is a Good Thing – Borrowing rates are low, and in this article I’m going to demonstrate that sometimes debt is a good thing! I’m only half way through, and already I win!

Mr. Frenzy @ Frenzied Finances writes Five Essential Skills for Living Cheaply On Your Own (And Then Some) – Living alone for the first time? Good! It’s challenging though, especially with finances. Here are five essential skills for living cheaply on your own.

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes Learning and Loans: 5 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Finances in College – Learning how to manage your finances and loans while you’re still in college will help build stronger and positive financial habits.

SavingMentor @ How To Save Money writes How to Budget Without Tracking Every Dollar – For most people, ‘budget’ is an ugly word. Personally, I prefer the term ‘spending plan’. It sounds less restrictive.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes 3 Surefire Ways To Get Ahead At Work – Looking to get ahead at work and in your career? At work, think of yourself like a CIA agent. Gather intelligence wherever and whenever you can, and get inside the mind of your boss.

Tony @ We Only Do This Once writes The Inverted Pyramid Model – Managing finances is a skill that takes time and experience to master; the inverted pyramid model allows you to prioritize your finances.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes How To Teach Your 5 year Old About Money. – We do a poor job of teaching our kids about money in this country. In order to get my kid started in the right direction I set up the following system.

Jessica Moorhouse @ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses writes Life After Graduation – Advice to My Past Self 5 Years Later – Life after graduation is definitely more real, but man, the things I wish I could go back and tell myself based on what I know now…well, it would be a pretty long list.

Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes 5-Year Progress Check – I have made decent progress over the past several years in managing my finances better. How much better you might ask? Let’s take a look.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Erastus @ Sprout Wealth writes What Investments Should I Invest in My 401k? – Are you in the position of not knowing where to start with your 401k? Your 401k can be a great way to save money for retirement. I hope this post will help get you started investing in your 401k.

Erastus @ Wise Dollar writes How to Make Retirement Planning Easier – What are you currently doing to make your retirement planning easier to manage? Coming up with an investment plan you should be able to make some decent headway towards reaching your specific goals.

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Guide to Renting Properties for Side Income – Considering property’s location, getting paperwork in order, finding ideal renters, protecting assets, Automating income, joining a community and preparing to put in more work and money than anticipated in the beginning can really help you when starting out as a new landlord.

Mr. 4HWD @ The Four Hour Work Day writes The Fastest Way to Increase Wealth: Want Less – You can make an instant, positive impact on your finances by making a simple shift in mindset.

Mark Ross @ Money Saving Dude writes 50+ Money Saving Tips From Some of The Best Personal Finance Bloggers Today – Are you looking for ways how to save money? If you are, then let these money saving tips from some of the best personal finance bloggers today help you.

Jessica Moorhouse @ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses writes Plan to Retire? Then Stop Giving Your Kids Money! – Guess what, the solution to your retirement dilemma is simple. Stop giving your kids money and use it to retire on instead!

Hayley @ Disease Called Debt writes Debt Success Stories: Kalen paid off $24K in consumer debt – Kalen knows first hand what it’s like to be restricted by debt and he worked extremely hard to get rid of his debt so he and his family could be at ease with their finances.

Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes Well, June is Going to Be Weird… – While Daddy’s away, the girls will play! How our June is shaping up with the Big Guy gone!

Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes Why You Should Create a Bill Schedule – The Bill Schedule – an amazing tool that transformed our financial lives!

Mario @ Debt BLAG writes Two measures could make this a HUGE week for student loan reform! – This week, two proposed measures could expand the Pay As You Earn repayment option and allow borrowers to refinance their student loans

Thanks for stopping by!

Here is a list of other carnivals I have participated in:


Carnival For Retirement – Brick By Brick Edition March 3rd, 2014

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie – Welcome To Winter Edition –

Aspiring Blogger – Personal Finance Carnival #30 | Aspiring Blogger

Carnival of Money Pros: wealth of topics, wealth of views : The Money Principle

Carnival of Financial Camraderie | The Four Hour Work Day

Carnival of Financial Planning B | Financial Nerd

Carnival of Retirement February 3, 2014 at Lisa vs. the Loans

Carn of Money Pros, 2014-01-26 | Save and Conquer

Yakezie carnival at Moneystepper 01-26-2014

Carn of Money Pros, 2014-01-26 at Save and Conquer

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie January 25, 2014 at Your PF Pro 

Yakezie Carnival of Personal Finance: ‘new beginnings’ edition : The Money Principle

Clever Dude – January 17th, 2014

Carnival of Wealth, Stacking Benjamins Podcast Edition  A very special thank you!

Blog Carnival – Finding Personal Peace for January 5, 2014


Carnival of Financial Camaraderie – Countdown to 2014 Edition

Stock Carnival Ecstasy – December 19, 2013

The Wealth Builder Carnival #155

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie | Digital Personal Finance

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie – Post Thanksgiving – Micro’s Missions

Carnival of Money #8: Cyber Monday Edition | Carnival of Money

Carnival of Money Pros | Bite the Bullet Investing Bite the Bullet Investing

Spreading the Gospel: Carnival of Financial Camaraderie Edition

Aspiring Blogger – Personal Finance Carnival #22 – December 13, 2013 


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