Yakezie Carnival – Severe Weather Edition

by Hank Coleman

Welcome to the Yakezie Carnival – Severe Weather Edition! I hope that everyone has stayed safe from the recent storms that have hit Tornado Alley this weekend. I can remember from living and spending time in Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Dakota just how severe the weather can be in that area. Now on to this week’s Yakezie Carnival. Hope you enjoy…
Incoming tornado
Matt @ RamblingFever Money writes The Masturbating Motorist and Debt – Just like you wouldn’t masturbate in public, you shouldn’t brag about your debt either. You should think of debt as a shameful behavior, something you don’t want others to know about.

Paul @ Make Money Make Cents writes Inflation The Ugly Green Monster – The reason why you’re probably still losing money.

Mich @ Beating writes Parallel Energy Trust: Post Acquisition Dividend Sustainability Analysis

Mich @ BeatingTheIndex writes Parallel Energy Trust: Post Acquisition Dividend Sustainability Analysis – Parallel Energy Trust announced the acquisition of the remaining 41% interest in the West Panhandle Field increasing the monthly dividend from $0.075 to $0.08 per share. However, before you get carried away with the extra money you will be pocketing every month, let’s take a quick look at the sustainability of this distribution.

Denise Gabbard @ Write and Get Paid writes Quick and Easy Money Websites for Beginners – Freelance writing sites where newbie writers can make some money while building their private client base.

eemusings @ Musings of an Abstract Aucklander writes It’s your job, but what does that actually mean? – Jobs are more fulfilling when they’re more than just a paycheck.

Scott @ Mortgage 1A writes FHA Loan Underwriting Guidelines and Requirements 2012 – The Federal Housing Administration, commonly known as “FHA,” is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) The program was created for low income individuals, or families that might need a little help in the homeownership process.

Dr. Dean @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog writes Save on Gas: At The Expense Of Our Marriage? – A Mars and Venus twist on the “improving your gas mileage” article.

Brandon Crombar @ Shared Financial Success writes Top 10 Personal Finance Podcasts – Don’t waste your time sorting through the 180 personal finance podcast graveyard. Take a break from reading and check out these top 10 finance podcasts.

Brandon Crombar @ Shared Financial Success writes Give Not Want Not – The power of giving back is a mysteriously magical pursuit. There are many reasons to give back and the rich do so frequently. Here’s what you can do….

MR @ Money Reasons writes Reasons To Get A Tax Refund – Tax reasons that getting a tax refund might be the better option for you, and why I declare zero allowances.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Saving Money By Paying For Health Care Costs – As my regular readers know, I had some issues earlier this year with my knee. I needed to get an x-ray and then an MRI. For all of my adult life, I had been part of a PPO medical plan.

Kevin @ Thousandaire writes How to Avoid The Underpayment Penalty – If you want to avoid the federal income tax underpayment penalty, make sure you pay as much in taxes this year as you did last year.

Jeffrey @ Money Spruce writes Time and Money Goals, Aligned – There are productive things I could be doing instead of _____. Many things fit in that blank: watching sports, Facebook, sleeping. But there are also things that might not be a productive use of my time, and they cost money, too. I’m talking about going out to bars or restaurants, taking trips on the weekends, or other things of similar nature.

Money Infographics @ Money Infographics writes How is the Recession Affecting families [Infographic] – Money Infographic on the recession and how it’s impacting families in the United Kingdom

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Not Living At Home? You May Need Vacant Home Insurance – You are at risk of violating your homeowner’s insurance policy if you move out, no one is living in your home, and you do not have vacant home insurance.

Princess P @ Portfolio Princess writes Smart, Savvy, And On A Budget – Sometimes sticking to a budget is no easy task, but there are ways to make saving money easy by following these simple budgeting tips.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Five things older people have and young people… – Living in a culture glorifying youth we start fearing aging, forgetting that older people have knowledge, wisdom, wealth, happiness and cheaper insurance.

Sean @ One Smart Dollar writes 5 Tips to Cut Your Moving Expenses – Moving can be a very expensive process. Follow these steps to make it a little easier on you and your wallet.

PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes What is Retirement? – Find out what the traditional view of retirement is and how I see retirement as something different.

Jeremy Waller @ Personal Finance Whiz writes My Car Was Totaled Today – Oh man what a rough day. I lost a good friend today. My beloved jeep was totaled in an accident. I was driving to my office today the same as I’ve done every week day for the last 5 years. About 3 miles from my exit, 2 dogs ran onto the road. Unbeknownst to me…

YFS @ Your Finances Simplified writes 6 Awesome Places to Retire Abroad – The US economy currently isn’t at its best. I mean we are recovering but, right now the economy is on a topsy-turvy ride as it battles the influences of the European debt crisis.

Timothy @ Wealth Artisan writes Mortgage Payment Calculator – Mortgage Payment Calculator – From a simple monthly payment amount, to a full mortgage amortization schedule, use our mortgage payment calculator for your needs. It also graphs your mortgage!

MMD @ MyMoneyDesign writes Will Dividend Stocks Help Me Retire Early? – Could the income from dividend stock investing be a useful part of your early retirement strategy? Let’s review the benefits as well as figure out how much money we’ll need to create our desired income.

Steve @ Money Infant writes Frugal Meals: Chili – I’m a huge fan of chili. There’s something about the meaty spiciness of chili that makes my mouth water just writing about it. And it is versatile and frugal.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Why You Should Eliminate Your Tax Refund – Why give Uncle Sam a no-interest loan on your hard earned money? Simply changing your exemptions on your w-4 forms is all it takes to put more money in your pocket.

Aloysa @ My Broken Coin writes Dealing with Wants: How I failed my No-Buy Challenge – Remember I was on a self-induced three month no-buy challenge? Here is my confession: I failed it miserably in March. People say that the first two months are the most difficult, and then the miracle happens. You get out of the habit of wanting things. Maybe for some of us it works.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes The Easiest Way to Improve Credit Scores – So my husband’s credit score was stagnant and his credit report was pretty much empty, even after mine began to flourish. So I did the easiest thing…

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes 5 Unusual Ways To Make Money – Thanks to suggestions by some friends online and in the PF blogging community, I have been able to put together a compact list of 5 different and unusual ways to make money.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Playing SaveUp Is Addicting! – A few months ago, I was asked to test a new website that encourages saving called SaveUp. Similar to a rewards program for spending money, SaveUp rewards their members for saving money. Let me just say, I’m hooked! The prizes range from extra points for more plays, gift cards, or cash prizes as small as $5 to larger monetary prizes such as $50,000 to pay off student loans or enter into a $2,000,000 grand prize.

Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes Responding When Someone Calls You Cheap – My problem is that when I am being called cheap it is either because I am in the middle of someone trying to get me to spend my money on something I don’t value or when I am trying to make every dollar that has to go out be that much more efficient. As such I have came up with a creed sort of response I won’t spend money on things I don’t place value on I want my fixed costs to be efficient If your value is misplaced that doesn’t mean I have to spend more and I am willing to compl

Cash Flow Mantra @ Cash Flow Mantra writes Making Money with HubPages Ad Program – Ultimately, my goal is to grow my online income slowly and surely obtaining a nice base. I view it as a marathon and not a sprint and have been planning for 5% monthly growth over the past 2 years. I have been hitting these targets and will do what it takes to continue to grow in a sustainable manner. I would like my online income to help pay off my debt more quickly as it has been doing. Making extra payments will help the monthly cash flow which is what this blog is about.

Mr. Money @ Smart on Money writes Manilla.com Review: Aggregation, Automation and Storage for Your Bills and Statements – Manilla.com provides a cool service, and the site is free to use. Because of that I’d highly recommend signing up for an account and at least trying it out to see if will be as helpful for you as it was for me.

Corey @ 20s Finances writes Easy Ways to Save Money – Do you have trouble saving money? If you are looking to increase your extra cash flow, whether that is to build an emergency fund or to put money into other financial vehicles, read this article1

KT @ Personal Finance Journey writes 3 Easy Ways to Grow Your Emergency Fund – For many people, putting money aside in an emergency fund is no easy task. Whether you are struggling with a low paying job or too much debt to repay, you may feel that every dollar is already accounted for. However, there are some ways to save that are (nearly) painless.

Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes Visa Black Card Review – Looking for an elite credit card with great perks? Look no further. The Visa Black Card is here to provide you with some of the most luxurious benefits.

Jason @ Live Real, Now writes Good Friday – My son, being 12, doesn’t feel it’s necessary to brush his hair for school, or change his clothes every day, and he needs to be reminded to brush his teeth. This morning, he woke himself up and ran into the bathroom. He emerged with clean teeth and combed hair. I asked him if he was wearing the same shirt as yesterday, and he flew into his room to change. Hmm. Something is afoot.

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Why You Shouldn’t Wait Til Next Year To Ask For A Raise – Asking for a raise might be uncomfortable, but not asking could cost you a lot more than you expect!

Jester @ The Ultimate Juggle writes Staying Healthy While Busy – Find out how to lose weight even when life is busiest.

ETZ25 @ Entertainment Timez writes A Dividend Stream For Entertainment – We decided to create a dividend stream for Entertainment Timez. The dividend stream will help fund the entertainment activities here!

Earth and Money @ Earth and Money writes Planning a Green Frugal Wedding – Invitations – In many cases, being either frugal or environmentally responsible when it comes to weddings requires you to challenge the status quo or the established wedding traditions. Invitations are one of the easiest places to save the environment and cut the wedding budget.

FG @ Financial God writes Ron Paul: The One True Hope for Change in 2012 – It’s now 2012, and the United States will elect a new president to run the (still) most powerful country in the world. It’s now been nearly four years since the eve of the ongoing global financial troubles, and I am very interested in how this election is going to play out.

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes Donate or Sell? My Tax Conundrum – Should I donate or sell our used items – or donate them for the tax write off? Help me weigh the pros and cons.

John @ Married (with Debt) writes Early Retirement Extreme – In a recent post I laid out some money myths designed to keep people trapped in wage slavery. I want to talk today about how to buck those myths and try to achieve early retirement extreme.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes How to Get the Best Price for Your Car – The following is a guest post from Aaron at Three Thrifty Guys about how to get the best price for your car.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Tips for Building a Mutual Fund – This Post was Originally published at Tips for Building a Mutual Fund on Start Investing MoneyBefore you begin investing in mutual funds blindly, you need to have a firm grasp of what they are and how they can work for your financial portfolio.

Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer writes Financial Literary Month – April 3, 2012 – Today, I share five ways to save money while dining out.

Jeremiah Brown @ Finance Yoga writes How To Save Money On A New Cell Phone – Cell phones can be expensive! That’s why I did some research and found the best way to save a ton of cash when buying a cell phone as well as your accessories. “How to save money on a new cell phone” is packed with information about where to get your new cell phone and accessories to save a ton of cash.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Managing Your Finances Takes Time – Managing your finances takes time. As a general rule, there are very few financial mistakes that you can correct in a short period of time.

Sicorra @ Tackling Our Debt writes These Tiny Houses Fascinate Me – People are living in these Tiny Houses and they are living mortgage free. They are saving a great deal of money on their day to day expenses, and they no longer work simply to pay for a big home and with lots of furniture and fancy appliances. Check out the inspiring videos in this post to see how happy these families are with their Tiny Houses.

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes Earn $10-$20/Hour Completing Mini-Jobs Around Town for FieldAgent – There’s an app for that called the Field Agent. With the Field Agent app you basically get paid performing small tasks.

Pat Huddleston @ Investor’s Watchblog writes The IPO Effect – Investment scamsters know that the promise of an impending IPO puts dollar signs in the eyes of prospective investors.

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes How To Pay Off Your Mortgage Quicker – I just told you that I Don’t Want To Be Debt Free and now I’m going to tell you how to pay off your mortgage quicker, how does that make sense? I do so because personal finance is personal. I would never give the same advice to everybody.

Beating Broke @ Beating Broke writes Earning Swagbucks and Saving with Coupons – Swagbucks is a “paid-to-search” site, where you use their custom search engine, and occasionally win Swagbucks for doing so. They’ve got a bunch of other ways to earn Swagbucks, including taking a daily poll, watching SwagbucksTV, Tasks, and even games. One other way, that I’ve been taking advantage of, is their coupons feature. Using their coupons page, you print out coupons. They’re running the same system as Coupons.com, so if you usually use that, you’ll be getting the same c

Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents writes He makes less money, so what?! – Who decided that the woman HAS to make less than the man? Some people are uncomfortable with our situation. But I will most likely always make more. Who cares?

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Factors to Consider When Accepting a Job – I was offered two jobs on the same day, so I made decision based not just on the money I would receive, but on the benefits and a few other factors.

Money Cone @ Money Cone writes Credit Score Myths and Tips – Here are 6 common credit card myths. Learn what is the truth and tips to improve your credit score.

101 Centavos @ 101 Centavos writes Why Study History, Indeed… – Doesn’t matter who wins or loses in this year’s Presidential elections, taxes are going up. What’s more, Government at all levels, city, county, state…

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes How Can You Kill Student Debt in School? – Killing student debt while in college is not an impossible feat. Use these tips to destroy your debt in school and graduate debt free!

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Inflation Protected Bonds – i Bonds are the Clear Winner – Looking for inflation protected bonds? In this article we give a comparison of two popular options TIPS and i Series US Savings Bonds.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes Understanding the Basics: 401(k), 403(b), 457, Roth IRA, and Traditional IRA – Last week I started my series ‘Understanding Retirement Planning & Investing’ with Everything You Need to Know About a Roth IRA & Why to Start One.

Shaun @ Smart Family Finance writes Should Families Buy a House or Rent an Apartment: When Renting Is Better Than Buying – While I am confident that most bloggers and everyday people are losing money by renting for lifetime, I cannot deny that renting can be the better financial decision. Today, I want to cover the circumstances where renting will save you money.

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes A Refinance Game-Changer for Us – I could not be happier than a person whose mortgage company decides to lower their rate at no cost to them – which is exactly what is happening for us!

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes My First Childhood Exposure To Gambling – I’m not sure when the average child gets exposed to gambling, but I personally got a fairly young start. No my parents didn’t drag me to the casinos or horse racing track as a toddler. Instead I took the initiative with getting into gambling on my own.

krantcents @ KrantCents writes How to Run a Successful Business – How to run a successful business. Learn what skills are necessary to run a successful business.

Daisy @ Add Vodka writes Big Decision – This week has been a very “Daisy centered” week so far on WLGYL, because I started off the week with my budget and goals and now I’m going to tell you all about a big decision I have to make.

Jefferson @ See Debt Run writes What Age Is Too Old For Birthday Parties? – As our son’s eight birthday approaches, we wonder if he has reached the point where kids no longer have big parties.

Kari @ Small Budget Big Dreams writes Buy a Home in 16 steps: Step 3-Buyer Consultation – During the Buyer consultation you meet with your buyer’s agent to describe what you’re looking for in a home. Be sure to list everything you want (you can, and will, likely have to adjust your expectations later).

Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes How to Survive Unexpected Unemployment – We’re all supposed to plan for the worst—that’s why it’s recommended that you have at least 3-6 months of living expenses reserved in an emergency fund. But what happens when you’re saving up and are met with that unexpected unemployment? Perhaps you were part of a group layoff, or maybe there was an illness in the family.

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes Student Tax Return – It’s that time of the year again. The time for beer that is cheaper than the usual cheap. When pasta and “red sauce” 5 days a week consists of budgeting. Spring time for post-secondary students is often a lean financial period.

YPFinances @ Young Professional Finances writes Why My Mom Owes $30,000 In Taxes – My mom just did her taxes and found out she owes $30,000 to Federal. Why? Sadly, it’s because of me.

Philip Taylor @ PT Money Personal Finance writes Some Advice for Stay-at-Home Moms – 4 financial tips to help families make the most of their decision to have one parent stay at home.

J.P. @ Novel Investor writes Greater Fool Theory: Investing For Suckers – At some point everyone gets to play both sides of the greater fool theory. It’s inevitable. The hope is that when it’s our turn to be the greater fool, we don’t get burned too badly.

Steve Zussino @ Canadian Personal Finance writes Save Money on Your Next Plumbing Call: Part I – At one time or another we all need to call on the assistance of a professional plumber, and we all know that plumbers can be quite costly. The biggest mistake you can make is determining your selection for a plumber based on how much they charge per hour.

Robert @ The College Investor writes Should You Accept Money from Your Parents? – Under what conditions should you accept money from your parents? There are some positives and negatives to accepting money from your parents.

Robert @ My Multiple Incomes writes How to Invest to Generate a Passive Income – Generating a passive income is hard to do, but there are many ways to do it. I will cover the most common and basic ones here. It is important to note that most income is not truly passive in the sense that no work was required. However, in my examples below, you will see how the income is now passive since the work was done prior to the income being made.

Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes British Airways Visa Signature® Card | Review – In this review of the British Airways Visa Signature Card, see how you can quickly earn bonus points that can net you round-trip tickets as well as the rest of the benefits of the British Airways Visa Signature Card.

Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence writes Budgeting for Beginners: How to Get Started – Your first budget can be very intimidating. If you’ve never attempted one before, it’s often overwhelming just figuring out where to start. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The budgeting process is actually pretty simple in theory. The good news is, it’s simple in practice too.

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Should You Help Pay for Your Child’s Education? – A discussion about funding a child’s education, and whether parents should try to help for some of the costs involved.

Squirrelers @ Squirrelers writes Our Financial Image: How do We Carry Ourselves – Sometimes we can be so wrapped up in our thoughts and habits that we lose sight of how we might appear. This post dicusses the financial image we portray.

TTMK @ Tie the Money Knot writes How Much Time Do You Spend on Facebook – If time is money, is being on Facebook expensive?

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Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and is currently pursuing his Certified Financial Planner credentials. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.


Hank Coleman has written 527 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.


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