Juggling Family & Career

Yakezie Carnival Presidents Day Edition

Next Monday is President’s Day!

I was side-blinded this year and not totally ready for the kiddos time off from school.  Since we are unprepared, we’ll probably just ship the kids off to the parents house for a sleep-over, or have them call friends and see if they can put together a last minute sleep-over.

I hope you all made better plans for the holiday that we did…

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Poverty is such a waste – Poverty is hard to live through; it is also such a waste!

Dominique Brown @ YourFinancesSimplified writes The High Cost of Being Poor Under Dodd-Frank – Officially dubbed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and touted as protecting the public from the big bad banks…

Don @ Money Reasons writes I think the MyRA will be a poor investment option – Read my reasoning why the myRA is a poor if not horrible investment option and instead young workers should start in a Roth IRA


Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes How To Become Wealthy – Do you want to know how to become wealthy? Then you’ve come to the right place. There are just two thing you need to focus on in order to becoming wealthy.

IMB @ Investing Money writes Investing in Crowdfunding – There is a new investing strategy that is sweeping across the world. It is called crowdfunding – is this kind of strategy for you? Read here.

Eva Baker @ TeensGotCents writes How I Chose My Major – Guest post by brokeGIRLrich! – So excited to feature Mel of brokeGIRLrich. She has paid off an amazing amount of student loan debt and shares, “How I Chose My Major”.

Cat Alford @ Budget Blonde writes Pregnant During Winter? Here Are Some Money Tips! – If you are pregnant during winter, here are there tips for how to save money on maternity clothes and baby items!

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes A generational approach to College Student Debt – An infographic showing how college debt has affected entire generations of Americans and how your debt can affect your kids.

Mr. Frenzy @ Frenzied Finances writes Couponing and Grouponing: All About Groupon – When it comes to saving money, it’s hard to beat the discounts you receive with coupons. And in the world of coupons, no company stands out like Groupon.

Jacob @ AllPersonalFinance writes How to budget and improve your finances – Trying to budget can often be a frustrating task. Maybe you’ve tried budgeting in the past but somehow you never seem to be able to keep it up? If you’re looking to improve your finances, the budgeting tips below will help. You’ll find some more unusual tips, along with a few simple and effective ways…

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Sports Gambling: A Thing of the Past or the Future? – I’ve never been much a gambler myself, but it doesn’t mean that I am completely ignorant of the trends and happenings when it comes to betting. I will admit that much of my exposure to betting, especially sports betting comes from friends or hollywood. I remember growing up and seeing people on TV bet on games through an individual person at a bar.

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Of Debt, The Secondary Debt Market and the Rolling Jubilee – A discussion of the secondary debt market and the Rolling Jubilee, an attempt by the Strike Debt Organization to eliminate debt, particularly medical debt.

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Budgeting Your International Travel – From passports to money exchanges, here are some tips to prepare your budget for international travel.

Lauren @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes Taxes for the Self-Employed – Taxes for the self employed are complicated, no doubt about it. Here we outline the key differences between taxes as an employee, and taxes as a business owener or freelancer.

Bargain Babe @ BargainBabe.com writes How I Negotiated 46% Off A Tailor Job – My Mom often asks me how I successfully negotiate the price of anything. She’s read my tips for haggling and my additional negotiating tips, but she can’t seem to make them work for her.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes College Finance: Cheaper Alternatives to Traditional Secondary Education – College a little too expensive? Here are several alternatives to college one may want to first consider before taking on crushing student debt.

Rich @ Growing Money Smart writes My Way of Analyzing Stocks – This is my way of analyzing stocks when I consider in invest in the stock market.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes 5 Tax Tips Before You File – It’s the beginning of February and your tax documents will be piling up by the day as a new mail from your mortgage companies, banks, and investment companies…

Lauren @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes Goals for 2014 (and 500 words on my feelings…) – You may be thinking, “But January is almost over, why are you doing your goals now?” Well, because I wanted to take a few weeks to reflect on what I want for myself, and why.

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes College Student Debt – College is a definitely a challenge for both your academic resolve and your wallet. Many graduates go through four years of grueling studies and enter a questionable job market. Today, there is another hardship added to the mix: exorbitant student loan debt. Graduates are now facing the harsh real world with the burden of heavy debt.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes How to Cope Up with Socially Obligated Spending – Do you do socially obligated spending? Read more to find out if you do!

Lindy @ Minting Nickels writes 9 Clever Savings for Cash Strapped Businesses – It’s a tough, tough world, you know – and for small businesses times are lean.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes How To Launch An Online Business On A Budget – Here are five tips to help you keep your own costs down as you build and launch your online business on a budget. When you’re launching a new online business, it’s tempting to spend a lot of money getting it going. Don’t do that!

Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes My Net Worth Progress – With the end of the year passing, it was time to record my net worth. I only record the ending value for the year, though I do look at what the value is during the year.

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes How to Get Free Money – These 16 Companies Will Give You $2,008.40 – Need some free cash? We’ve put together a list of 16 companies that are giving away free money. You can make an easy $2,008.40 in just a couple of hours.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Why Treasury Rates Are Falling Again – This, like the earlier situation in Europe, could help financial markets in the United States.

JC @ Passive-Income-Pursuit writes 2014 Goals – I like to set goals to help me focus throughout the year and make sure I improve on the areas I want to improve on. The key is to make sure you set measurable goals with set deadlines.

Karen @ MakintheBacon writes When Quitting is an Option and How It Cost Me About $400 – I decided to cut my losses by dropping a DE course, but I have to pay $400 to do so

Charles @ Getting A Rich Life writes Top 5 Dividend Stocks For 2014 – These 5 high yielding dividend stocks can help you ride out any market turmoil.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes 3 Times it Makes Sense to Pay Someone Else to Do Something For You – Just because you can do something does not mean that you should. Here are 3 times it makes sense to pay someone else to do something for you:

Jason @ The Money Makers writes Zimmerman Wins Lottery: A Prank, but What Are the Real Odds of Winning? – Satirical reports regarding George Zimmerman have been misconstrued as factual by several media outlets, which have led to the belief that the man who killed Trayvon Martin is now a multimillionaire due to a lucky lottery ticket.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People – At one point or another we compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate. To find true happiness you need to stop comparing yourself to other people.

Natalie @ Debt and the Girl writes My Favorite (Cheap) Party Foods – Oh, delicious food! Why are you so tempting to eat? There are just too many crazy good party foods on the market today. Some are more expensive than others. I am a big lover of all things tasty in the food world but saving money is great too.

Holly @ Club Thrifty writes Park Avenue and the One Percent – As many of you probably know, Holly and I like to watch documentaries. And that’s because we are freakin’ nerds. When you are living without cable television, you tend to watch whatever you can find. Sue me.

Monica @ Monica On Money writes How To Save Money Even If You’re Broke – If you are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to save any money, here is an idea to start saving money, starting with just $1. You do not need to save hundreds of dollars each month to make progress.

Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes Protecting Your Money in 2014 – Most investors concentrate on one thing; their returns. It makes sense of course but the fact is that it is easy to get obsessed with ROI and percentage points.

Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes 3 Lame Excuses for not Investing in a 401(k) – There are plenty of justifications that people use for neglecting to invest in an available 401(k) but, frankly, very few of them are all that good. We’ve put together a list of 3 of the lamest excuses that we know for not stashing money into this excellent retirement account option.

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes Making Your Income Go Further – If you are on minimum wage or a low-paying salary and are struggling to make ends meet, or finding it a challenge to afford any of life’s little luxuries, you might need to think about how you can be smarter with your money.

Sam @ The New Business Blog writes The Essentials of Digital Marketing for Small Business – Digital marketing is a very cost-effective tool for small business owners with a high ROI that beats most any of the traditional marketing forms.


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.

Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes Social Security and Part-time Income. What you should know – These days more Americans than ever before are going to be working past the traditional age of retirement. A recent Wells Fargo study of 1000 middle-class Americans showed that nearly 34% of them believe that they’re going to have to work until they reach the tender age of 80 years old.

Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes Five simple steps to increase your disposable income in 2014 – January can be one of the most stressful months of the year, especially with financial worries following the festive period’s expensive outlays. So here are five simple steps to increase your disposable income in 2014.

Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes These 5 habits may change your financial life – Every year it is proven that most New Year’s resolutions are not kept, mainly because most of them are simply aimed too high.

Oscar @ Money is the Root writes Look at your Credit from a Lenders point of View – If you are keen on improving your credit in 2014 one of the best ways to do it is to look at your finances from a lender’s point of view.

Jay @ Daily Fuel Economy Tip writes Tips for Lowering your Gasoline Costs – While gasoline costs across the country have stabilized and, incredibly, even gone down a bit in the last few months, gas is still over $3 dollars a in most states and close to $4 a gallon in some.

Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes What is the best way to return a gift that was purchased online? – International shipping company FedEx recently released a survey that showed that nearly a third of all Americans are going to be going back and returning at least one gift this year that they purchased or received from an online retailer

Amy @ Money Mishaps writes How to meet your 2014 Retirement Goals – If you are among the millions of Americans that made a resolution this year, what we would like is that you become the 8% that actually reach your goals and keep your resolutions.

Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes Prepare yourself for Small Business Success in 2014 – as a small business owner, preparing yourself for success is something that should never stop. The thing is, there’s really not much of a difference between the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

Hadley @ Epic Finances writes Financial Advice for Keeping Your Business Afloat – Sitting down and managing your finances and accounts is never going to be something you look forward to. However, it is essential for keeping your company afloat and keeping heaps of debt at bay.

Andrea @ So Over This writes Improving Your Credit as a Single Parent – Regardless of whether you are divorced or have never been married, being a single parent can have a significant impact on your personal finances.

Justin @ Root of Good @ Root of Good writes Reaching the Summit of Financial Independence – Reaching financial independence is a big goal that takes a long time to achieve. Find out how you can enjoy the benefits of wealth along the path to the top of the summit.

Joshua Rodriguez @ CNA Finance writes What We Should Learn From The Down Stock Markets – In this post, Joshua talks about the great investment year 2013 was and how that changed in early 2014.

Gary @ MCI123 writes Types of Car Insurance Coverage – Ever wonder what every type of car insurance coverage on your policy actually protects you against? Maybe you are unsure of the details of GAP, personal injury, comprehensive, or collision coverage? Check out our comprehensive guide to learn about the different types of policy add-ons and what they means.

May @ Messy Money writes The HELOC Headlock – HELOC stands for home equity line of credit and it is a revolving line of credit that is secured against the equity in our home. There are some advantages to borrowing with a HELOC but there are a number of drawbacks as well.

Jon Haver @ Pay My Student Loans writes Financial Aid for Disabled Student – Going to college is a rewarding experience. Often, the more rewarding an experience is, the more costly it is. The United States, though, is filled with opportunities. Scholarships and grants are available to make higher education more affordable and available to everyone, including those with disabilities.

Mr.CBB @ canadian budget binder writes What is a high net worth? – f you believe you have a high net worth that means you have likely achieved many of the goals you have set out for yourself financially. That’s great.

JR @ Increase Credit Limit writes How To Increase Your Credit Limit – Even if you might know that you should increase your credit limit, that information will do you no good unless you know how to get it done. So, here are some tips for how you can increase your credit limit.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Are You Asking Life for What You Want? – Maybe most of us don’t even know what it is that we want from life. Once we figure it out, we need to give ourselves permission to seek it.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Are My Quarterly Goals Working? Yes! – This year, instead of coming up with annual goals that I wouldn’t meet as the year progressed, I decided to select a few goals for each quarter.

Marvin @ Brick By Brick Investing writes The Circle of Wealth – A detailed analysis of why making more money generally will not improve your financial situation.

Pauline @ Savvy Scot writes Downsizing your home: rules for going small – Downsizing to a smaller home is a big adjustment, and requires lifestyle changes. It’s well worth it when you think of the money, time and energy you save. Add that you are using fewer resources, and you have a win-win situation.

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes New side hustle: How I made $1,500 renting my house to travelers – Is renting your house or a room to tourists something you would consider? Today I will share my new side hustle on how I made money by renting my house to travelers.

Mario @ Debt BLAG writes Don’t forget to take the student loan interest deduction when you file your taxes – The student loan interest deduction lets you deduct interest you paid on qualifying loans, with a few eligibility limits; don’t miss out!

Jacob @ Cash Cow Couple writes Travel Rewards – If you are looking to travel on the cheap, take advantage of the free money available from card bonuses!

Gabe @ Accounting Plus writes Accountant Tips for Taxes – Tax season is just around the corner, so make sure to file your return properly.

Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes My Top 10 Free Online Workout Websites – Exercise – even at home, doesn’t have to be expensive!

Hope you enjoyed the carnival!

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