Financial Simplicity Carnival – First Edition

by Nick on March 4, 2012

Welcome to the First Edition of the Financial Simplicity Carnival, featuring up to twenty posts in four categories from your favorite and up-and-coming bloggers that highlight how easy financial success can be. 

One observation before I get into the posts:  I can’t believe how tough it was to select just twenty posts!  I had over 60 posts to choose from! 

Now I’ll shut up and let you enjoy the show… haha… my regular readers know I can’t help but babble a bit at the beginning of most posts… 🙂

Making Money

Does Blogging Affect Your Work?  I think so.  SB at One Cent at a Time warns of the pitfalls of blogging for money, reminding you that your day job pays your bills and fills up your retirement coffers.  This applies to most side gigs, so check it out.

Five Ways to Increase Your Income Today.  Self Explanatory?  I sure hope so, haha!  Anyhow, check out Jon the Saver’s tips over at Free Money Wisdom and make sure you believe you can do it!

100+ Home-Based Jobs and Businesses.  Check out’s list of gigs you can do from home.  No excuses that there’s nothing to do anymore!

Change the Way You Think.  Very detailed post by FMF over at Free Money Finance including six traits of wealth buildings and how to have a lot of money without making a lot of money.  The way you think about money can help more than the best gig in the world (well maybe not the best gig Mr. Zuckerberg…).

You don’t quit because you are a quitter.  Why do 79% of people stay at a job they aren’t passionate about?  Is this you?  Well this post over at Wealth Informatics identifies 7 reasons why.

Lifestyle Trade-offs – Hurray for Diabetes?  Aside from a really catchy post name – and fun blog name – Karl from Cult of Money discusses the choice between lifestyle and career.

Spending and Budgeting

What is a Budget?  World of Finance explains it and how to implement one into your life.

How To Make A Better Personal budget.  (This couldn’t have played out any better…)  Once you learn what a budget is, check out Echo’s post on improving your budget over at Boomer and Echo.

How to Have Fun on a Budget.  I’m loving the simplicity of these posts!  OK.  Don’t forget to have some frugal fun thanks to Miss T at Prairie EcoThrifter.

Hitting the spending side a bit here.  Check out Free From Broke’s Four Places Not to Use Your Credit Card by Glen Craig.  Simple and self-explanatory.

The Hidden Costs of Owning a Home.  Don’t forget about these little budget-busters when you’re thinking about buying a home, brought to you by Paul over at The Frugal Toad (is there a spendy-friendy toad?).  So don’t let owning your home turn into the American Nightmare.

How to get free food.  I was shocked at first.  I laughed.  I cried.  I had to include it… Don’t judge until you read PT’s entire post, over at PT Money.  (My regular readers will know I couldn’t resist…)


Investing in S&P; Index Funds.  Simple investing… I love it.  And don’t worry, “me gots me” some S&P; index funds in my portfolio.  So check out Paul’s post over at Make Money Make Cents.

What It’s Like to Rent Your Basement.  A real estate investing story at Invest In 2012.  Pretty interesting first-time landlord experience.  (I also wonder what Invest In 2012 is going to be named in 2013…)

Buying a Pet – Investing In Happiness.  Don’t forget to invest in happiness says Modest Money.  I’m not a “pet guy” but love the reminder.

Compound Versus Simple Interest.  A simple explanation of why investing is important… the never-ending chase for more and more compound interest, over at Money Smart Guides.

It is America Saves Week : Tips to save money without feeling the pinch.  Need to pay down some debt, here are a few tips to find some extra cash, which can get your debt snowball rolling, brought to you by Bucksome Boomer.

How to Improve Your Credit Score.  Financial Highway lists three simple ways to improve your credit score to ease your debt load and get better terms.

Get Out of Debt in 2012: Cutting The Fat.  Sounds good, right?  Well check out Yes I Am Cheap’s blueprint.

What It All Boils Down To (On Debt and Dreaming).  American Debt Project breaks down her thesis on symbols of wealth, why people get into debt and how to get out!  Check it out and let her know what you think. 

Until next time, put your credit card down and slowly step away from the mall!

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One Cent At A Time March 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for including us
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freefrombroke March 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Great honor to be part of the first edition. Thanks!


World of Finance March 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Thanks for the mention. Very honored to be part of this carnival!
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CultOfMoney March 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Great to be included in the inaugural edition of the Financial Simplicity carnival, and thanks so much for hosting this first week, I'm sure there was plenty of setup and effort for the first edition.
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AmericanDebtProject March 5, 2012 at 2:52 am

Great first edition! and thanks for including me! PT Money's post should get a special award…that was just too much! Everyone else had some great posts too!


Modest Money March 5, 2012 at 6:16 am

Great carnival Nick! Thanks for including Modest Money.
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Dr Dean March 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

Good Carnival. Lots of good reads.


Nick March 8, 2012 at 4:25 am

My pleasure. Thanks for the great post!


Nick March 8, 2012 at 4:27 am

No problem at all. Thanks for submitting.


Nick March 8, 2012 at 4:30 am

No problem WofF! Thanks for the perfect post for the carnival!


Nick March 8, 2012 at 4:30 am

Thanks Karl. My pleasure to put it together to spread financial simplicity to as many folks as possible!


Nick March 8, 2012 at 4:32 am

No problem… I know, I almost gave it a special bonus category but didn't want to ruin the surprise… haha


Nick March 8, 2012 at 4:32 am

Thanks Modest Money – my pleasure.


Nick March 8, 2012 at 4:32 am

Thanks Dr. Dean. It was really tough picking just 20!


Jen @ PF Carny March 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Thanks for hosting. 🙂
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drroad March 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

You picked some good ones! Glad I found your blog! 🙂
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