Lifestyle Carnival

This week I’m hosting the Lifestyle Carnival. There were a ton of great articles submitted this week, but I couldn’t keep them all. Below are some of the best posts submitted this week.


Chris @ Let’s Run Away writes 5 reasons to drop everything and start travelling right now – There are many reasons to travel. Most people just don’t feel the need to do it right now. Here are the top five reasons why you shouldn’t wait for some distant future to fulfill your dreams. Drop everything, and do it right now!

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Five Financial First Time Homebuyer Mistakes – In all of the financial transactions we make in our lives, there are few that pale in comparison to the excitement of making the purchase of your first

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Falling in Love With Your Finances – Getting financially frustrated? Here’s how to fall in love with your finances instead of hating them.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes 5 Ways to Budget for a New Car – Purchasing a brand new vehicle is exciting, but it’s also rather expensive. Instead of spending all of your savings on this car, follow these tips to ensure you receive the best price possible.

Jason Butler @ The Butler Journal writes Fun Things To Do In Atlanta – A post of things to do in the wonderful city of Atlanta Georgia.

Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes Where exactly IS the Best Place to Retire? – If retirement is approaching for you and you are planning on making a move to spend your golden years in an area of the world where you can stretch your budget, a new report says that you should be taking a good look at Europe.



Alice @ Hurricanes, Panties & Dollars writes The Chick Kit – Turning a otherwise useless empty Altoids container into a spiffy, carry it everywhere chick kit. Just what every girl needs. You can make one for yourself or use it as a sassy gift.



Alice @ Drop the Cookies! writes Tracking Weight Loss Successfully – One of the best ways to set yourself up for weight loss failure is to only track your weight. Sure jumping on the scale and seeing the numbers go down is an accurate way of seeing if your body weight is lower.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Quit the Gum! – How I stopped using nicotine gum after 8 years of chewing and $6000 worth of dental crowns for cracked teeth.



Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes Do You Put Your Ideals Ahead of Your Pocketbook? – There are times when adhering to your ideals is cost-efficient. Not everything is like that, however. There are times when your ideals can cost you money.

Larry @ KrantCents writes Budgets and Diets Are a Waste of Time – Redux! – Budgets and diets are a waste of time! Most, if not all personal finance (PF) bloggers are probably surprised I would say that.

Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Most in US Have No Savings to Speak Of, Unfortunately – The average American continues to struggle when it comes to saving money due to problems like prolonged unemployment, underemployment and stagnant wages.

Oscar @ Money is the Root writes What Do Americans Really do with Their Tax Refunds? – Surprisingly the IRS has already issued over 31 million refunds in 2014 and the average refund so far is $3200. Despite their best intentions however, the average American finds it quite difficult to save that money.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Wedding Season March and Newlywed Finance – Since most of our family lived in other states, we were also open to having a wedding outside the state we lived in and that’s exactly how we saved money.

Brock Kernin @ CleverDude writes When The Story is Better Than The Experience – Have you ever spent money on something frivilous, but the story of what you did sounds better than it actually was?

Monica @ Monica On Money writes Why I’m Cancelling My iPhone – So after many, many, many years of paying over $110 a month for my iPhone 3, then iPhone 4, then iPhone 4s, I am over it.



Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Be Prepared: What to Do After Losing a Loved One – Losing a loved one is traumatic. Regardless of who they are, this is never an easy time in your life, but there are important steps to take after such a loss.

Tony @ We Only Do This Once writes 5 Crazy Ways Credit Cards Ruin the Cash Culture – With the ease and convenience, not to mention the safety of using credit cards, it is easy to see how credit cards ruin the cash culture.

Don @ Money Reasons writes Why It’s Wrong When Billionaires Try To Destroy Companies – Can and will Billionaire Bill Ackman start to destroy companies and jobs. I think it’s wrong when Billionaires Try To Destroy Companies and here’s why.

Lauren @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes It’s Worth the Spend: When You Should Be Totally Okay with Spending Money – Some things in life are worth the money. Sometimes, we should avoid beating ourselves up for not saving and be totally okay with spending money instead.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes 7 Financial Lessons from “Good Burger” – I hung out with my Little Bro’ from Big Brothers Big Sisters last night and he chose the Netflix movie for our evening – “Good Burger”.

Jen Perkins @ Master the Art of Saving writes 10 Ways to Save More Money (Even If You Don’t Want To Be A Couponer) – Couponing for the last 5 or 6 years has taught me many things. Things I never really paid attention to before I started using coupons. Since not everyone is interested in learning about coupons or even extreme couponing, I thought I would share some of my enlightenment with you all.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Do you have what it takes to be a strategic saver? Take the test! – You need to be a strategic saver to win the Game of Wealth. Do you have what you need? Take the test and see.

Cat @ Budget Blonde writes Dreaming of Property Ownership … Someday! – Hubs and I were talking the other day about some of our interests and goals for the future in terms of property ownership.

Charles @ Getting A Rich Life writes What It Means To Be Poor In America – There is a fascinating article I found on Frugaling about a poor person who wrote about why she made bad decisions. She explains why she smokes, eats junk food and has several kids by several different fathers.

Natalie @ Debt and the Girl writes Spending Money to Save Money – Driving down an LA surface street to go to my friend’s house, that dreaded feeling came over me at a stoplight. My car was kind of doing this weird shaking thing.

Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes Protect your Tax Refund from Identity Thieves – What could be worse than having to file your taxes this year? How about having an identity thief steal your tax return check?

PFC @ PF Carny writes Does Couponing Really Save Money? – Depending on how you do it and how into it you get, it can be either bad or good. Does couponing really save you money? It can, but it can also cost you money at the same time.

Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes Quirky tips for conserving cash – Here are a few quirky tips for saving some cash. Read on to find out how you do not have to turn your life inside out to gain control of your finances.

Mario @ Adventures in Frugal writes Plan out your next job (or three) while happy in your current one — a personal finance goal for March 2014 – Don’t wait until you’re miserable or jobless to look for your next position

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes The Advantages of Car Finance – Future Savings, Better Budgeting, Good for Your Credit History, Added Value and Know the process well are just but a few advantages that you should consider when taking out car finance.

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes Simple Strategies for Prioritising Your Debts – Most of us have debt in some form; that is a fact of life. It is important to have a goal to pay back any debt owed, but it is just as important to know which debts should be paid off first.

Amy @ Money Mishaps writes Have a childhood savings bond? Here’s what you can do it – Although it was not always a welcome gift, many children got savings bonds for birthdays and other holidays. The goal behind them, in most cases, was to have something ready when it was time to pay for college.

Matt @ Budget Snob writes Should you consider refinancing a student loan? – One of the biggest debts that the average American has is their student loans from college. Recently there has been a lot of talk about refinancing a student loan. We look at a number of different factors that you should know about before making a decision on whether to do this.



Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes How to Get the Best Deal for a New Car – Purchasing a new car is a big deal, and it is always good to have some tricks under your belt.

Gretchen @ Retired by 40! writes I Did a FREE Weekend Closet Makeover – I needed to remodel the closet, but had not money to work with. Find out how I made it happen!

Crystal @ Married (with Debt) writes Baby Budget: How to Start Saving for a Baby – Learn what to expect financially when you’re expecting. Planning a baby budget and saving for a baby early can help you be better prepared for the expenses of raising a child. Open a money market account or certificate of deposit to get started today.

Mr. Frenzy @ Frenzied Finances writes Finance Fast: Having a Successful Yard Sale – Are you in need of some quick cash? One of the best ways to earn some extra finances is to have a yard sale.

Andrea @ So Over This writes Rocky Balboa Invented CrossFit Training – I have prided this site on being a good mix between topics on life, and on finance. Fortunately for me those two topics often collide.



Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Lawn and Garden Tasks to Do Before the Thaw – Here are gardening related tasks I do in February to get ready for the coming spring.

Mr.CBB @ canadian budget binder writes Easy Homemade Perogies – It’s been a long anticipated recipe but here is my version of the traditional Polish perogies recipe. Just last week I brought you the twice baked potato skins and this week another potato recipe just a bit different although you will love it.

Mrs. Accountability @ Out of Debt Again writes Did I Ever Tell You About the Time We Ate Dog Food? – Why would someone eat dog food? We’ve all heard stories about elderly people who are so poor and desperate that they would eat canned dog or cat food.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes Recipe: Easy Homemade Chicken Strips – Kids love chicken strips! Store bought chicken strips are a very easy staple for Moms and Dads to have on hand.


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