Carnival of Financial Independence #36

Taking the plunge

Welcome to the 36th edition of the Carnival of Financial Independence, a selection of the best articles related to Financial Independence this week. If you would like to be included next week, please submit your post via Blogger Carnivals. If you would like to host for a future edition, you can contact Pauline at Reach Financial Independence. The guidelines are:

  • You can submit a post that was published during the last month
  • The posts have to relate to reaching financial independence, and fit within the following categories: Savings and Simple living, Travel and Lifestyle, Wealth and Passive income, Real Estate and Investing, or Self employment.
  • Submit by Wednesday night for the Saturday edition
  • Please mention the carnival in your roundups if you have been featured!

Travel and Lifestyle

Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes Til “Debt” Do Us Part: Are You Financially Ready to Get Married?– David Moran of Finance for Your Future helps you to determine if you are financially ready to get married.

Tushar Mathur @ Everything Finance writes 5 Ways To Save Money When Traveling – Traveling is costly, but add in all the extra fees and it can get even more expensive. Here are 5 ways to save money when traveling so you can avoid them.

Adam @ Travel Ideaz writes What Is There to Do on the Isle of Iona? It Doesn’t Matter – Sometimes the beauty of a place lie not within the scenery but with the memories behind it.

FI Pilgrim @ FI Journey writes FI 101: Chart Progress To Stay Motivated – In this post I will give you a rundown of how I chart progress towards financial independence, to motivate myself to drive income up and expenses down.

Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes Cheap Places to Travel this Fall – With summer winding to an end, there is no better time to take advantage of cheap travel rates. Hotels, airlines, and other players in the travel industry are feeling the post-Summer slump and are looking for ways to encourage travel. Here are a few venues to explore when looking for some extra savings on your fall travels.

Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes Money Saving Tips for Holiday Travel – The Holidays are once again right around the corner and, if you are considering traveling during this festive time of year, you will find that prices are generally much higher.

Amy @ Money Mishaps writes Airline Fees That Might Actually Be Worth Paying For – While most people are loathe to pay anything extra when traveling by plane, especially considering that it is so darned expensive already, there are actually a few extras that might be worth paying for.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Preparing to Start a Young Family – It’s important to budget – especially when adding to your home. The financial checklist you need when you’re about to start a young family.


Wealth and Passive Income


Jon @ Novel Investor writes 401k Plan: The Definitive Guide – Everything you need to know about a 401k plan, the rules and limits, so you can take full advantage of this employer provided retirement tool.

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes If I Had $1000000: Managing and Investing Large Sums of Money – So you get $1000000 (I wish!) What do you do with it? You have to strategize and invest. Read here for tips on managing large sums of money!

Corey @ 20s Finances writes Retirement Moves to Make in Your 20s – Preparing for retirement while in your twenties is best accomplished by getting on the right path instead of focusing on the details.

Lindy @ Minting Nickels writes An Easy Way for Stay at Home Moms to Make Some Extra Money – Stay at home moms fill a vital service for their families.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes How to Make Money From Twitter By Building a Large Following – Twitter is a great social network for you to interact with friends, families, and even celebrities. It can also be a place for you to earn a little extra cash, as long as you have a large following.

Real Estate and Investing

Hadley @ Epic Finances writes Five Steps to Help you Understand the Bond Market – One of the hardest things to understand for newcomers to the holy trinity of investing (cash, stocks and bonds) are the basic rules and the relatively intricate nuances that all three hold.

Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes Ways to Avoid Losing Money when Selling your Home – If you are putting your home on the market, the chances are you want to get the best offer possible for it. The sale process is punctuated with a number of pitfalls that can result in a homeowner losing money on their home. Here are three ways to squeeze as much money as possible out of your house sale.

Vanessa @ Vanessa’s Money writes The Great TFSA/IRA vs RRSP/401(k) Debate – I answer, once and for all, the great debate over which retirement vehicle is right for you!

Matt Becker @ Mom and Dad Money writes How to Start Investing From Scratch – Part 1 – This is the advice I would give myself if I were starting from scratch, with little money or understanding of investing. If you put your mind to it, you can probably accomplish all of this within the span of a few weeks. Remember that your initial investment returns are relatively unimportant to the long-term outcome, so the most important thing is to get enough of an understanding that you feel comfortable and then to just get started.

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor writes Dividend Growth Investing Works for Everyone Willing to Put the Time Into It – I believe that dividend investing is a perfectly democratic way to earn passive income. In order to be successful, it does not matter what your age, gender, or nationality truly is. You do not have to play office politics, or focus on things that do not interest you. You do need to put in some work into it however, in order to learn how to screen for stocks, analyze companies, and build diversified portfolios over time.

Kim @ Eyes on the Dollar writes The First Year of Owning a Rental Property – Income, expenses and thoughts after the first year of owning a rental property.

Daisy @ Suburban Finance writes The Age-Old Question: Rent or Buy a Home? – Whether to rent or buy a house – which is better, renting or buying?

Graham @ Moneystepper writes Best time to invest in the stock market? – Best time to invest in the stock market?

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Should we buy property? – Is investing in property still worth while for the next 5 years?

Barbara Friedberg @ Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance writes What are Index Funds and Asset Classes Investing? – There are too many index funds available and the choices can be mind boggling. I want to help simplify your investments. You only need a couple of mutual funds in your investment portfolio.


Self employment and Career

John @ Frugal Rules writes Taking the Plunge: When Good Comes From Bad – Whenever you run your own business you need to be prepared for suddenchanges and how they can impact your business. As we experienced recently, not all bad changes turn out to be bad in the long run. In fact, those bad things can help you achieve greater success in running your own business and growing your wealth.

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes Side hustle series: Guitar Teaching – Lyle of The Joy of Simple shares on how he made money in guitar teaching.

Christopher @ This That and The MBA writes 4 Ways to Grow Into Financial Independence – Becoming financially independent from your parents can seem daunting. For many, it means getting a job, moving out, opening a personal checking account , establishing credit, and saving. This can be a tall order for those who have no experience with finances or living on their own. Read these tips below and get an idea how to launch into financial independence successfully.

Michelle @ Diversified Finances writes How To Become A Full-Time Freelancer Part 1 – I have only been freelancing full-time for a couple of weeks, but I have been building it up for a couple of years and have been working on it for over 40 hours a week for quite some time. I feel very prepared for my freelancing future.

Adam @ Money Bulldog writes 5 Business ideas for kids – Who says you’d have to be accomplished to get started on a business?

Ben @ The Wealth Gospel writes If You Can’t Ditch Your Job, at Least Get Paid More to Do It – Being an employee sucks sometimes. But if you can’t ditch your job, you can at least try to get paid more for doing it.


Saving and Simple Living

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes 5 Unique Money Saving tips When Dining Out – Simple and unique ways to help you save money when dining out with friends family or on your own.

Monica @ Monica On Money writes How To Negotiate Lower Prices On Anything – Sometimes asking for lower prices is not that easy and can even be a little intimidating. Keep reading to learn how to negotiate lower prices on anything!

Holly @ Club Thrifty writes 6 Unexpected Ways to Save – These days, everyone is looking for a way to cut back on the purchases they make every day. Check out this list of unexpected ways to save:

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes The Importance of Saving Early – When my husband and I first married, we were poor and in debt. It was a difficult place to be, and, even as we made inroads and improved our finances, we still felt pinched. As a result, we decided that we could not afford to set aside money for the future.

Adam @ Money Rebound writes Having a Low Cost Kid’s Party – Money is not everything especially when it comes to arranging fun parties for your kids.

Brock Kernin @ Clever Dude writes Save Money By Winterizing Your Own Sprinkler System – $108 to winterize my sprinkler system? No thanks, here’s how I do it myself.

Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes Pay your Bills to Save Money? Yes, you can – By implementing these tips you will actually save money while paying your bills and also save yourself quite a bit of time and stress as well.



Thank you for reading, have a great weekend!


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