Carnival of MoneyPros

by Suba on June 18, 2012 · 5 comments

Ash @ Sterling Effort writes Why only a fool would invest in Facebook – A look at why investing in Facebook is not a smart idea.

Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes Federal Income Tax Brackets and Marginal Tax Rates 2012 – Take a look at the 2012 Federal Income Tax brackets for the different marginal tax rates. This can help you plan your tax liability for 2012.

CCS @ Credit Card Smarts writes Savvy Credit Card Use: Track Your Spending – A big key to using your credit card wisely is tracking your credit card spending. Se how you can do this any why you need to.

Lance @ Money Life & More writes Buying a Dryer – Consider Clearance and Open Box Items – We had finally settled on a Kenmore dryer for $440 when the sales man said we should check out the clearance section. This was something that we had never seriously considered. The clearance section had appliances that no longer were in the boxes so they couldn’t sell them at retail anymore.

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes A Rebel in Blue Jeans – Blue Jeans were unique in Russia, and to have a pair was considered rebellious. Read my story!

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes The Found Money Dilemma – What Would You Do? – Good Samaritans come in all shapes and sizes, but what would you do if you found cash on the street or in the elevator. Share your finding story.

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes 8 Surprising Ways People Waste their Money – Here are 8 surprising ways people waste their money and it can easily be fixed with proper money management and educating yourself!

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes 9 Ways for Slackers to Make Money Playing Games – Nothing is better than making money from something you already love doing and after two years of writing for this blog, I’m starting to believe it’s possib

Ryan @ Early Retirement Investments writes 7 Savings Steps to Take Before Retirement – It may seem far off now, but retirement has a way of sneaking up on hard-working consumers. And the earlier you begin planning for your golden years, the more money you’ll have saved up.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes How to Invest in Consumer Debt – How to Invest in Consumer Debt Many investors are familiar with investing in corporate and government debt through the purchase of bonds. Bonds are often attractive because they’re considered one of the safer types of investments. This is especially true of U.S. Treasury bonds which are guaranteed by the U.S. government.

krantcents @ KrantCents writes The 3 S’s of Success – The 3 S’s of Success is the nineteenth in a series of articles to help you reach your goal.

Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes The Hidden Costs of Owning a Smart Phone – Smart phones can be great to use, but they can cost an arm and a leg. Find out if it is worth the cost.

101 Centavos @ 101 Centavos writes What You Know Ain’t So – Or rather, what you know may not necessarily be so. Conventional wisdom has a conventional way of being frequently turned on its head. Myths get bust…

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Understanding Bond Mutual Fund Fees – An explanation of Bond Mutual Fund fees and expenses and how to minimize the costs associated with investing in all types of mutual funds.

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Why have Appliance Purchases Accelerated? – When discussing our recent washer purchase with my grandmother, something occurred to me.

Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes Happy Birthday to Me – I saw an article a while back that I thought was an amazingly scary and wonderfully inspiring way to celebrate a birthday.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Mainstream News Finally Joins The Investment Fee Bandwagon – Vanguard has been preaching about the effect of fees on investors for years. I’ve wrote about the effect fees have on your investments, and even on the new 401(k) regulations and how high those fees are.

Dr. Dean @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog writes Are You An Investing Scaredy Cat? – Risks and rewards in investing…Do you understand them? What makes people sell when they should buy?

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes Battle of the Bulk: Costco, Sam’s Club, & BJ’s – I’ve broken down the membership costs of some of America’s biggest bulk retailers for you.

Daisy @ Add Vodka writes Young People & Saving For Retirement – If you are still a relatively young person, or if you are just starting out into the working world, it is likely that you have given little or no thought to retirement planning.

Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes 5 Ways to Help Your Kids With Their Finances – This is a post by David Bakke, father of a young son, and contributor for Money Crashers Personal Finance, a blog focused on sharing tips on money management,

Corey @ 20s Finances writes How to Prosper – Hopefully, you sat down and created your spending plan that I outlined in the spending plan post last week. It doesn’t take a lot of work, but will go a long ways to helping you prosper. Let’s focus on a bigger picture now. Follow these three rules and you will be on your way to financial success.

PPlan @ Provident Plan writes Are You Tied to Your Possessions? Is that okay? – Find out why your commitment to your possessions might be a good thing and why your stuff is not inherently bad.

harry campbell @ Your Personal Finance Pro writes 10 Apps That Help You Save Money – When you’re not playing Angry Birds or Draw Something, your smartphone can actually be used to your advantage. Most of us take our phones for granted but there was a day when you had to print out directions from Mapquest or even look them up in a book. Now, all I have to do is enter the address or business name into my phone and it can instantaneously provide me three different routes. My iPhone 4 has definitely changed the way I spend and save money, so I’ve compiled a list of apps that

Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes Discount Broker Overview for Dividend Investors – It’s always a pleasure to be featured in the Globe & Mail by Rob Carrick and this week he highlighted my RBC Direct Investing Discount Broker review. Since I have been investing, I have used 5 different discount brokers (not so discounted back in the day though) and it’s a competitive market out there.

PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes Pros and Cons for Full-Time Blogging – Have you thought about blogging full-time? Make sure to consider both the pros and cons before you make the leap of faith.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes If You Can Read, You Can Cook – Spice Review – When Edward over at If You Can Read, You Can Cook started a spice line that could replace McCormick packets for less money, I just had to try it out!

John @ Married (with Debt) writes Push Yourself, But Not Over a Cliff – If you’ve been following our debt payoff progress reports, you know that we are two months away from paying off approximately $100,000 in consumer and student loan debt.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes 5 Popular Unnecessary Expenses – Find out more about wants vs. needs as I list five common unnecessary expenses of the average family. Do you need to but that?

Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes An Estate Distribution Schedule that I Just Don’t Understand – Today, I was reminded of an Estate Distribution schedule not often found in Last Will and Testaments or Revocable Trusts, but enough to make me question why it would ever be included.

Jeremy Waller @ Personal Finance Whiz writes My Search for Residual Income – Over the last 5 years I have constantly had a number of side projects to earn an extra income. In most cases it wasn’t much, maybe a couple hundred per month. There have been a few times I did really well and brought in over $1,000 of extra income.

JP @ My Family Finances writes Afraid of College? The Two Biggest Reasons Why Americans Don’t Get a Four-Year Degree – Why are so many Americans afraid to go to college? The St. Louis Fed presents two statistics that make going to college very scary.

Jason @ Live Real, Now writes You’re Gonna Die, Part Two – Hopefully, you’ll have lived your life is such a way that the event won’t be easy for your heirs, but you can do a bit to make the process less painful for them. Do you want them gutting your house trying to find out if you have a will, or does the idea of a treasure hunt for a life insurance policy make you smile?

Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Myrtle Beach – The Perfect Affordable Family Vacation – The following are some of the reasons that my family like to vacation down in Myrtle Beach for our primary family vacation

Kevin @ Thousandaire writes Roth IRA Contribution Limits for Married People – When one spouse makes all the taxable income, both spouses are allowed to fund their Roth IRAs if they file a joint return.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Killer Stock Characteristic #3 – Dividend Yield – I love stocks that give dividends to investors. I often prefer to buy stocks that offer a dividend yield as opposed to regular stock.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Investment Club Strategies For 2012 – Ever heard of an investment club? If you’re not in the know, an investment club is simply a modestly sized group of private investors, and it’s generally made up of a set of friends, church members, a few family members, or neighbors.

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes How To Get A Job and Girlfriend – Have you ever been without a job? I have heard that, aside from losing a child, being unemployed is one of toughest experiences to go through. If you have been fortunate enough to have not experienced this anguish, lets find another angle.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes Spending Money: iWant vs. iNeed – There were so many things I could use the new Ipad for, so I kept trying to convince myself that I needed it. It could help me get closer to my goal of…….

Steve @ Brip Blap writes The Only Impediment to Change Is Yourself – THERE WILL NEVER BE A BETTER TIME TO MAKE BIG CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE/CAREER/HEALTH/WEALTH/ETC. THAN RIGHT NOW. Don’t think that next year will be the year you can finally get fit, or get out of this dead-end job, or start paying down that debt, or get around to skydiving or writing that novel or having kids or…well, whatever.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes May Progress Monitoring – I can’t believe it’s already June! The years just seem to fly by. It’s that time again when I need to check my progress to see how I’m doing on my goals:

Robert @ My Multiple Incomes writes The Financial Perks of Marriage – There are a ton of financial perks that come along with getting hitched. In fact, if you follow my multiple income stream strategy, you know that having two incomes helping support a family is a huge benefit. But beyond just having a second income source, there are a lot of other things you gain (besides a spouse!).

Robert @ The College Investor writes What Warren Buffett Loves about Wells-Fargo – So long as Wells Fargo maintains its ability to finance loans at a cost less than that of the competition, it has a durable competitive advantage that is unmatched. And with an earnings yield of 12.5%, it’s difficult to pass this one up as a safe, long-term play in the banking space. As commoditized as banking has become, Wells Fargo has a very clear edge.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes Staycation: Better for Your Wallet and the Environment – By staying home during your time off you save money and the planet.

ETZ25 @ Entertainment Timez writes Hiking – Hiking is a lot of fun. You should try it. This tells you about my hike.

Mr. Money @ Smart on Money writes Boost Your Deductible and Save on Insurance – While many people acknowledge the importance of insurance, no one likes to premiums. If you want to reduce your costs, one of the best ways to do so is to boost your deductible.

YFS @ Your Finances Simplified writes 4 Ways To Stop Wasting Your Paycheck on Your Commute – Everyone has done the following calculation at least once: If my commute is 20 miles round trip and I work 5 days per week, how many days am I working just to get to and from work? The answer here is often frightening.

MR @ Money Reasons writes Striving for Income Diversification – Why have one income stream when you can have many? This is my attempt at creating multiple income streams.

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes How Do You Budget Money for Emergencies? – My fiancee’s hairdry broke the other day. With prices of new ones up to $200, I’m glad I have an emergency fund!

Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes Don’t Overspend This Summer – With summer just around the corner, your diet isn’t the only thing that usually takes a nosedive—your budget does as well. Here are strategies to maintain your budget this summer.

Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence writes Selling a House When the Market Stinks – Ok, I have to admit. To say the market in our area stinks is putting it lightly. I really don’t think it stinks. I think it flat out sucks. So when we made the decision to move to Iowa, we knew we weren’t exactly going to have a smooth transition. But we didn’t know what we were in for either.

Jeff Rose @ Good Financial Cents writes My Rich Dad Poor Dad experience – We all have them; those moments in our lives where we are presented with a crossroad. Where each path has the potential to lead us into a totally different result.

Jeff Rose @ Life Insurance by Jeff writes Why I Am Buying a $500,000 Term Life insurance Policy – A term life insurance policy is a great way to protect your family. In the event that something were to happen to me having a term policy in place gives me some comfort knowing that my wife will have money to take care of our mortgage, bills, and have some protection for her.

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money writes The MonaVie Scam Exposed! – MonaVie has threatened legal action against me twice in an attempt to prevent you from reading this article below. Since I’m within my legal rights to criticize the company they’ve turned to gaming Google to push this article down the search results – an attempt to prevent you from getting the information you need to make an informed decision about the company. This article has been completely updated (as of June 2012) from the ground up to reflect much of the information found from the huge dis

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Leaving Your Heart Out Of Financial Decisions – Have you ever wondered why we sometimes rush into some financial decisions without properly thinking things through? Maybe we have weak willpower, but the reality of the situation is that we are letting our hearts impair our judgement.

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes Average vs Marginal Tax Rates – When I was in university I couldn’t have cared less about knowing the difference between average tax rates and marginal tax rates. I just knew that I got a nice juicy refund every spring (when it was sorely needed) because as a student I got a lot of cool tax breaks and I didn’t make much money. In saying that is all that I knew, I should mention that, that was more than almost all of my friends knew!

Teacher Man @ Young And Thrifty writes Using Debt and Failure As Motivation – It’s all fine and well to be motivated by altruistic means, but I would argue that the top performers in most fields are fuelled by something other than the prize at the end of a rainbow.

SB @ One Cent at a Time writes 101 Ways to earn extra money from side hustle – An extensive list of 101 ways to earn extra money on the side by doing small hustle. See what fits for you. This post is to give you the possibilities, it’s up to you to implement.

SB @ One Cent at a Time writes Citi Thank you Prestige Card Review – Do you Need it? – Citi bank thank you prestige card, one of the elitist cards out there. Read more to find out who should apply for this card.

Kraig @ Young, Cheap Living writes How to Handle Stress at Work – I had a stressful day at work and to get through it, I’ve learned to go through 4 steps that help me out of messes like this one: relax, think positively, formulate a winning plan and execute on it.

Sean @ One Smart Dollar writes How to Eat Right on a Budget – Most people think eating right is expensive. I want to show you that it’s possible to eat healthy and stay within your budget.

Melissa @ Bargaineering writes How to Determine the Total Cost for Kids’ Extracurricular Activities – Kids’ extracurricular activities can be expensive—inevitably, they cost more than you thought they cost when you signed up your kids. If your child is contemplating a new extracurricular activity, here are some ways to determine exactly how much you will pay.

Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes How to Save Money on Health Care – Health care continues to get more and more expensive each year. And it is one expense that everyone incurs at some point in their life. As such, it is important that you understand the drivers of health care costs, and what you can do as an individual to save money on all costs associated with your health.

Jefferson @ See Debt Run writes How much does it cost to heat and cool a home? – With energy costs on the rise, we take a look at what we are currently paying and examine ways to save money on electric and heating costs.


Suba is the editor of Broke Professionals.

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1 Eddie June 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

Thanks for including our article Suba!
Hope you had a great weekend and that you’ll have a great week ahead!!


2 krantcents June 18, 2012 at 9:30 am

Thanks for the inclusion and hosting, I really appreciate it.


3 Jason @ WSL June 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

Thanks for hosting and including my post!


4 MoneySmartGuides June 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for hosting and including my blog! There are some great posts here!


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