Finances & Money

Carnival of Personal Finance #96 is up!

JLP at is hosting the 96th Carnival of Personal Finance. If you didn’t know yet, a “Carnival” in the personal finance world is a combination of articles from various sites (submitted by the authors) about a specific topic, and posted on a single site. Can you guess was the Carnival of Personal Finance is about?

This week, my own article about Saving Money when Buying a Lawnmower was included in the “Budgeting and Household Finance” section.

Here are a few other articles I enjoyed from the carnival this week:

  • It’s Just Money compares staying slim physically to staying slim financially. My eyes perk up when I see health and finance topics combined, so I personally liked this comparison.
  • Cash Money Life gives a history and explanation of Sports Pensions. I’ve always wanted to know how much professional sports players got from their league after retirement. It’s rather paltry, but I’m sure they supplement their income with other endeavors too.
  • NCN discusses life after credit cards. I often picture my life without any debt, and being able to pay strictly in cash. I personally don’t go out of my way to get rewards points and cash, and most of my purchases are through a check (debit) card.
  • Mighty Bargain Hunter discusses saving time and money by packing your own lunches. If you haven’t read my wife Stacie’s article about Frugal Lunch, then you’re missing out!
  • Living Almost Large discusses the risks of being a stay-at-home parent. I hope my wife (or better, me!) can stay home with our child when the time comes, but it’s a risk to her own career, and even livelihood (see the article to learn why).
  • Aimee gives some good, quick tips on making the most of your money AND marriage. As you may have read, I’m a proponent of combining finances after marriage, but there are still good arguments for keeping separate accounts (just not enough to convince me to change our setup though)
  • Blunt Money discusses how you can’t “buy a miscellaneous”. Basically, you should try to categorize all expenditures in your budget, rather than just throwing things into the miscellaneous category.
  • And finally, Five Cent Nickel teaches us how to prioritize our retirement accounts. For example, should you contribute to 401k first, or Roth IRA, or regular IRA? Well, Nickel tells us, so go read his article!


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