Welcome, one and all, to the surprise edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance. In life, there are always plenty of surprises. Whether you’re pleased or or disgruntled by them, however, depends on the surprise, doesn’t it?
Fanny from Living Richly on a Budget presents Life After College: 5 Finance Tips for Graduates
Jason from Live Real, Now presents 5 Reasons Your Wealth Isn’t Growing
Darwin from Darwin’s Money presents Disturbing Study: Americans Are HORRIBLE With Money – The Stats
Kay Lynn Akers from Bucksome Boomer presents How Do You Earn Your Money?
Tom from Stupid Cents presents 401k Beneficiary: All About 401k Beneficiaries
OH!: Nest egg covers a long-hoped for vacation.
Ohhh: Nest egg was raided. By someone else. And spent. By that someone else.
Jim from Bargaineering presents Homemade Laundry Detergent
Money Beagle from Money Beagle presents Healthy Kids Yogurt That’s Half The Price!
Beating Broke from Beating Broke presents Opportunity Cost is Bull
Kim LaCapria from TotallyMoney presents Secret tips for budget-friendly dinner parties
Nicole from Nicole and Maggie: Grumpy Rumblings presents In praise of mending
Ryan from The Financial Student presents Living At Home Comes With Its Own Costs
Sustainable PF from Sustainable Personal Finance presents Sustainability Tip #159: Use a Commercial Car Wash
MBHunter from Mighty Bargain Hunter presents Merchants could take it on the chin for using Groupon. Should you care?
OH!: Your rating is through the roof and now qualifies you for incredible rates for your next purchase.
Ohhh: Your rate is through the roof. Your interest rate, that is.
Meghan from CreditDonkey presents Dos and Don’t of Summer Road Trips
Sun from The Sun’s Financial Diary presents Will Closing a Credit Card Improve Credit Score?
OH!: Your dream home, in the best location, priced reasonably!
Ohhh: It’s an inspector’s nightmare.
Amanda from My Dollar Plan presents 6 Defects Our Detail-Oriented Home Inspector Missed
Bret from Hope to Prosper presents Real Estate 101 – Investment Property
Kim McGrigg from Blogging for Change presents How to rent when you have bad credit
Len Penzo from Len Penzo dot Com presents If It Feels Good Do It: Maybe Strategic Defaults Aren’t So Bad After All
Tim Chen from NerdWallet Credit Card Watch presents What are the Best Store Credit Cards? (We Compare 18)
Ohhh: Market bottoms. (You were not hoping for this.)
Dan from ETFBase presents 10 Dow Stocks Yielding over 3% – But How’s the Performance of Dow Dogs?
D4L from Dividend Growth Stocks presents 7 Undervalued, Big-Name Stocks To Consider For Your Dividend Portfolio
Control Your Cash from Control Your Cash presents My Bank! My Precious Bank!
Teacher Man from My University Money presents Investing Series – Part 2
Matt from Dividend Monk presents Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Analysis
Mike from Green Panda Treehouse presents Life Insurance: When and Why
IS from Intelligent Speculator presents Brazil, A Great Investment To Add To Your Portfolio?
Div Guy from The Dividend Guy Blog presents Playing With Ex-Dividend Date
Dividend Growth Investor from Dividend Growth Investor presents Dividend Investing in a Low Interest Rate Environment
Kevin Mulligan from RothIRA.com Blog presents The Risk of Variable Annuities
Pfblogger from Personal cents presents Switching 401ks
Philip Taylor from PT Money Personal Finance presents Betterment Review: We’re All Investors Now
Ben from Money Smart Life presents How to Track Your Investments
OH!: You negotiated and won.
Ohhh: You negotiated for a bigger piece of the pie and left with just the fork.
Bob from Christian Personal Finance presents How To Network As A Business Owner
Mike from The Financial Blogger presents How I Went From 30k to 100k in 5 Years
Lahesha Williams from Career Help for Christians presents 5 Ways To Find Work In A Tough Job Market
Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff presents Ten Money Tips For Students and Recent Grads
OH!: There was a stone left to turn, and you turned it for another tax break.
Ohhh: Uncle Sam had another stone left to turn. You owe.
Junior Boomer from Consumer Boomer presents 27 Tax Law Changes for 2011
Philip Taylor from Outlaw Finance presents 5 Ways Kids Can Help Lower Your Tax Bill
OH!: The money you’re not spending over time accumulates .
Ohhh: Over-spaving. (spending to save)
Echo from Boomer & Echo presents Why I Love Shopping At Costco
Diva from Diva In Debt presents What Every Girl Needs: Walk Away Money aka Emergency Fund
OH!: Active management produces steady increase in net worth
Ohhh: Partner’s active management produces increase in net worth. Until partner departs, revealing gaping hole in heart and where net worth used to be.
Miranda from Money Crashers presents Divorce Process & Finances: How to Protect Yourself Financially When Getting a Divorce
Big Cajun Man from THE Canadian Personal Finance Blog presents You Need a New Set of Expensive Golfclubs
Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey from My Personal Finance Journey presents If We Could Have One Financial Do-Over…
Glen Craig from Free From Broke presents What Is a Probate Lawyer and When Would You Use One?
Squirrelers from Squirrelers presents Could You Easily Cover a Sudden, Unexpected $2000 Expense?
Jason from One Money Design presents http://www.onemoneydesign.com/is-the-lottery-a-good-idea/
Jim Yih from Retire Happy Blog presents Do you BELIEVE you can become wealthy?
ElizabethG (Modern Gal) from Modern Gal presents Dealing with Big Financial Differences
OH!: Robust economy slide new grads into interviews with a minimum of desperation.
Ohhh: New grads move directly into old bedrooms.
Annabelle from The Year of Shopping Detox presents Day 159: Nobody cares about coins anymore
Justin from Money Is The Root presents Don’t Think it Can Happen to You?
Financial Uproar from Financial Uproar presents Are Experiences The New Stuff?
Dr. Dean from The Millionaire Nurse Blog presents The Debt Ceiling Controversy: Why You Should Care!
OH!: Your restructured debt repayment plan gives you a sensible payoff deadline.
Ohhh: You married into a new set of debt. Or you are the new set of debt for your partner.
No Debt MBA from No Debt MBA presents Why Student Loans are the Worst Kind of Debt
Matt Bell from Matt About Money presents How to Mess Up Your Financial Life
OH!: After revision, this year’s budget has more flexibility to meet your goals.
Ohhh: After revision, your budget is more binding than three glasses of Metamucil.
Well Heeled from Well Heeled Blog presents Why is Travel The Holy Grail of Personal Finance Spending?
Mike from Experiglot presents The $100 Swing
Revanche from A Gai Shan Life presents Doggle: The True Costs of Our New Pet
I leave this category to your imagination…..
Niki from Debt Free By Thirty presents Discussions on Materialism
Money Thinker from Money Thinking presents 10 Things to Double Check Before Buying a Used Car
Tom Drake from Canadian Finance Blog presents What Do Garage Sales Teach Us About Money?
Thank you to all the participants, both for their entries and for their patience. Please be sure to submit the very best of your articles to next week’s Carnival when it is hosted by Tom of Stupid Cents.