Carnival of Money Pros – New Year Edition

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Carnival of Money Pros! If you’re wanting  to start off the new year right financially, then check out some of the selected posts to get you started. 🙂 The Carnival of Money Pros is brought to you by the Money Pros team . If you’d like to submit to future editions of the Carnival you can do so here. If your post was included, please remember to link back to the host within the next few weeks.


CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes Finance Tips: Think Practical For Your Money – Living practical with money doesn’t mean that people have to cut out all entertainment, splurges on wants every now and then, and other fun events.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Getting Started: 10 Steps To Make Before Retirement – As appealing as retirement sounds, it’s something you have to prepare for! Sounds intimidating? Don’t worry – we can break it down for you in 10 steps.

Brent @ PersonalFinance-Tips writes Three Things You Should Double Check on Your Next Paycheck – A paycheck is a vitally important document. Your paycheck is not just a list of the money you’ve earned in any given time frame. It is also verification that your employer has paid into social security on your behalf.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes How To Avoid Debt – If you want to reach financial independence or financial freedom, you need to know how to avoid debt. Any debt that you get yourself into only furthers you from your goals.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Short-Term Bonds vs. Money Market – A look at short term bonds vs. money market funds and which is best for investors in the current environment.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes How To Organize Your 2014 Budget – Even though exercise and diet remain the top two New Year’s resolutions that most Americans have, the next few days might provide you with some.

Cat Alford @ Budget Blonde writes Planning My Budget Friendly Nursery – Here’s my idea for a budget friendly nursery, which I’m ready to decorate (asap!) in case the twins come early. The “theme” is very us! I hope you like it!

Tushar Mathur @ Everything Finance writes 3 Lessons Monopoly Can Teach Us About Finance – I realized something: monopoly can teach us a great deal about finance. In fact, you can really learn a lot of money lessons in just a short amount of time.

Moneycone @ Money Cone writes What should you do if you shopped at Target between Nov 27 and Dec 15 – Steps to take if you think your credit card information might have been compromised in Target’s data breach.

Eva Baker @ TeensGotCents writes $1,000 Challenge – Transportation and Utilities – My mom continues on her quest to save $500 from our monthly budget following the principles in The $1,000 Challenge by Brian J. O’Connor.

Ryan @ Cash Money Life writes Want to Be a More Confident Investor? Educate Yourself – Investing seems difficult to beginner investors. But it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to start your financial education so you can begin investing.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes How Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Can Affect Your Future – By filing for Chapter 13, you can regain power of your financial status by acquiring a payment plan that fits nicely into your budget.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes 3 Ways to Free Up Additional Cash to Invest in the New Year – If you are feeling guilty over the amount of money you’ve splurged this Christmas, it’s not surprising you might be looking at January to be the month when you start cutting back.

Tushar @ Earn More and Save writes 3 Common Financial New Year’s Resolutions – The New Year trailing right behind many people are already making their New Year’s Resolutions. And financial goals are usually high on the New Year’s resolutions list.

Kurt Fischer @ Money Counselor writes What You Need to Know About the Target Shopper Card Hack – Target says information from 40 million credit and debit cards was stolen from shoppers in its U.S. stores. What should you do if you may be affected?

Emily @ Evolving Personal Finance writes The Thinking Person’s Guide to Dave Ramsey: Realistic Wealth Building – Dave Ramsey’s investing advice is unconventional, self-serving, and unrealistic.

Mario @ Debt BLAG writes How buying in bulk can cost MORE money – I walk through multiple circumstances in which buying in bulk might cost MORE money, and give some examples

Ben Luthi @ The Wealth Gospel writes Why You Shouldn’t Buy Life Insurance – There are several reasons why we’re told we shouldn’t buy life insurance. But are they valid? Or is there more to it?

Lisa Park @ Secrets 2 Save writes Benefits of starting to save early – Often we delay saving for retirement when we first land a job. This can be a very big mistake. In this article lets us take a few examples and try to understand why it is important to save for retirement from the get go. We will compare two cases where someone starts saving early vs someone who starts late and see who comes out ahead and why?

Matt @ Budget Snob writes Don’t Worry about your Credit Score being affected by These 5 Things – There are quite a few things that can help a person’s credit score as well as hurt it but not everything is either “positive” or “negative” when it comes to your credit score.

Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes What’s the Secret to Early Retirement? – When you ask most people about retiring at 65, many of them will tell you that it is impossible because they simply do not have the financial means to do so.

Katie @ IRA Basics writes Benefits of a Budget – Budget. It is a dreaded word, not one that instills ideas of grandeur and immense fun. It is also a word that’s often neglected, an idea that most of us would rather not think about.

Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes How to spot a good mortgage broker from a bad one – How can you decide if a mortgage broker is a good one or a bad one? The best way is to learn the answers to these questions.

Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes Looking for investment advice on Twitter? These new Tools will help – Ask your average investor and all of them will admit freely to one thing; they would love to be able to see into the future. These days a growing number are convinced that they actually can do that by monitoring microblog website Twitter.

Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes 7 Ideas for Saving Money on Food – If you want to speed up the debt payment process you need to make budget cuts. Here are seven ideas to save money on food.

David @ Financial Nerd writes Trends in Interest Rates in 2014 – Interest Rates will likely not change much during 2014.

FI Pilgrim @ FI Journey writes Would You Become Self Employed For Less Money? – I work at a great company, in a job I enjoy. So why would I consider taking less money to become self employed? Read on, good citizen.

John @ Frugal Rules writes Motif Investing Review: A Unique Approach to Investing – Investing in the stock market is vital to building wealth and with the variety of options available of where to invest it can be confusing. Choosing a good brokerage that has good offering and low fees can be a great way to help grow your retirement portfolio and get your investing on the right foot.

Mark Ross @ Money Saving Dude writes 10 Must Follow Rules For You To Save Money – If you’re having a hard time saving money, then maybe you’re not following some of these rules.

Jon Haver @ Pay My Student Loans writes 10 Best Student Loan Calculators – Most people know that keeping track of their money is important, but many people find the numbers and equations to be overwhelming. Although it might be unpleasant at times, being aware of your obligations to your student loans can help you repay them more efficiently in the long run.

Matt Becker @ Mom and Dad Money writes How a Single Mother Can Gain Financial Control – Read all about how a single mom with two kids started from nothing and created her own happy life, thriving business and strong financial position.

Irfan@BeingInvestor @ Being Investor writes Should you invest in Silver or Gold? – The question about which of these two metals to invest in has no simple answer because it is a question about what kind of investor you are and what you believe in. Invest Silver Gold If you are a long term investor who is just looking to preserve value a mix of gold and silver might be something to consider since gold have, as we kn

Jefferson @ See Debt Run writes Blog Goals For 2014 – A New Year Means the Chance to Take on New Challenges!

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes Why you should consider real estate investing in 2014 – Real estate investments haven’t performed so well over the last couple years, as the bursting of the housing bubble really hurt the market and impacted many lives in a negative way.

Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes Are You Ready for the Challenge of Real Estate Investing? – Real estate investing is a great way to earn residual income, but before you run off to the bank to get approved for a loan, be sure you are ready for the challenges that come along with real estate investing.

Gabe @ CPA Tax Guy writes Accountant Tips for Taxes – If you’re looking to find ways to save money on taxes before the upcoming IRS filing, come read and learn.

Paul @ The Frugal Toad @ The Frugal Toad writes The Importance of Diversification in Your Portfolio – All investors are trying to maximize their returns. That is the whole point of investing. While the concept of investing can be confusing for some, most understand that there is risk involved. Diversification can be the key to keep your risk lower. When you create a diversified portfolio, you can help deal with correlation.

Mr.CBB @ canadian budget binder writes Should Computer Pricing Errors Be Honoured? – We’ve talked about pricing errors before here at Canadian Budget Binder which is essentially either a glitch in the system, human error or simply a price not being changed properly.

Mark @ Debt, Dividends, & Diversions writes Seasonality in the Stock Market – As Goes January, So Goes the Rest of the Year? – In this post, we take a look at the last 20 years of stock market history to see if we really can predict the year’s outcome based on the first trading day, week, or month.

JC @ Passive-Income-Pursuit writes 3M (MMM) Dividend Stock Analysis – After 3M’s board announced a 35% increase in the dividend, I figured it was as good a time as any to see how the valuation is. Lots to like about this wonderful company but how’s the relative price?

Pauline @ Savvy Scot writes New year financial boot camp: utilities and bill check-up – We have New year financial boot camp. I review my utility bills once a year to make sure I get the best deal. If you don’t, once your introductory offer ends, you are usually sent back to the rack rate, and zero discount.

Jim @ Critical Financial writes Powerwave Technologies | My Ah Ha Investment Moment – My ah ha moment came to me when I invested in the little known publicly traded company, Powerwave Technologies

Michael Kitces @ Nerd’s Eye View writes Understanding The Two 5-Year Rules For Roth IRA Contributions And Conversions – While Roth retirement accounts have become increasingly popular to create or convert to, they have special 5-year rules that apply to determine whether growth can be tax-free or principal can be penalty-free. In this article, we look at the two 5-year rules, how each works, and when each one applies.

TTMK @ Tie the Money Knot writes 4 Health Moves to Help You Get Wealthy – Being healthy can help you in your efforts to build wealth. Here are 4 such examples!


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