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Top Personal Finance Posts Of The Week – Merry Christmas Edition

Posted December 25th, 2011 in Blog Carnival by Jeremy Waller

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas this year. It was our boys’ first Christmas. They’re still too little to know what’s going on, but they did seem to enjoy trying to eat the wrapping paper.

We’ll take a lot of memories from this year, though we’re looking forward to next year when they’ll be able to open their own presents and have a little better idea of what Christmas is.

Top Posts of the Week

My University Money posted Tracking Your Expenses – The First Step to Budgeting – “Why track? why not just do a budget? We’ll explain why”

20’s Finance posted Getting a Bank Loan – “Learn about what factors you need to consider when you are going to take out a bank loan and why you should use it as a last resort.” I also liked Corey’s post Keep My Day Job? at Passive Income to Retire, – “In my plan to retire from passive income, I have often questioned at what point will I quit my day job. It is hard to pass up on some of the benefits that my day job offers. Find out what my plan is.”

My Broken Coin posted Is Hoarding The New Frugal? – “My friend is a very frugal person: she counts every penny, she evaluates every purchase, and she does her research before she decides to buy anything whether it is a car or a pair of shoes. Read her story here!”

101 Centavos posted Caffe? Break: Walk-away Negotiating – “Learn about walk away negotiating, be perpared to use this techique if you have to.”

Money Q&A posted Three Christmas Gifts To Give Your Children That Keep On Giving – “There are a few examples of Christmas gifts to your children such as Roth IRA contributions that will keep on giving long after the holiday season has ended.”

Money Reasons posted Controlling Christmas Costs – “This is how I control Christmas Costs in the past, present and future. These strategies that worked for me and perhaps will work for you!”

Sweating The Big Stuff posted Give This Gift If You Want To Piss Off Your Husband – “I love getting surprises, but there’s one I wouldn’t be too thrilled with. If Lauren ever does this to me, we’d have a problem. What do you think?”

Thousandaire posted Thousandaire Countdown #2 – HTPC Rap – “The HTPC Rap is my best (and only) rap song. It’s also the second best song I’ve ever done.”

Funancials posted I Only Listen to Technocrats – “Technocrats are becoming very popular in within our debt-stricken governments. Greece and Italy have already placed two technocrats in charge of their countries, now which countries will follow?”

The Family CEO posted The Top Three Things I’ve Sold Online – “These are the top three things that I have sold online that were big wins for me!”

Finance Fox posted Thinking of Going Back to Former Employer – Would You? – “Returning to a former employer is real trend and it’s happening in all industries. The trend is appropriately dubbed as (boomeranging.) No one said, all relationships are perfect the first time, maybe the second time around is the charm.”

Newlyweds on a Budget posted The Biggest Myths about Marriage – “Long time married couples have often touted these three soundbites as the best kept secret to a long-lasting marriage. But I’m here to tell you why these are the biggest marriage myths of all time.”

Smart Family Finance posted Will a College Degree Increase Your Odds of Becoming Wealthy? – “Do you want to better your odds at become part of the wealthiest 1% of Americans? Gallup polling results show that you should consider getting a graduate degree. Half of those in the top 1% of wage earners have one.”

Your Finances Simplified posted Work Hard and Shut Up! – “I promise you, that if you worked this hard at anything your life would be different!  Mrs. YFS and I were at our local IHOP to take advantage of some of their seasonal pancakes and stumbled upon this very ambitious and dedicated employee who is the basis of my story.”

The Miracle Journal posted Using Money – “Over the last couple of months, I’ve talked a lot about how dysfunctional my relationship with money has been. Tonight I have another confession to make – the degree to which I have used money to hold others at arm’s length, and even to destroy relationships.”

Chelsea Prescotti posted Foreclosure: Just the Facts – “Those who have low incomes or lose their jobs are not the only ones that may be facing foreclosure. There are various reasons people have difficulty making ends meet and eventually face foreclosure because they are unable to make their mortgage payments. Individuals from all walks of life deal with foreclosure, and it is more common than most people realize. If they miss even one payment on their mortgage, it is very difficult to catch up because they must make their current payment in addition to the missed payment.”

Dr. Dean posted Decisions: How YOU Can Improve! – “Do you make good decisions? The decisions we make impact all areas of our life, including our finances. Join me in a review of the process and ways to improve your method.”

The Turtle Method posted How to Become a Fabulous Cook – “How to be a good cook and save money at the same time.”

The Top Personal Finance Post of The Week

And my pick of the week is……

Control your Cash’s post: Beware of IPOs Wearing Bright Colors – “Six weeks in, Groupon has fallen 10% from its IPO value. The company’s market capitalization is $14.72 billion. That’s more than the market cap of Bed, Bath & Beyond, which is the largest retailer of its kind; a 40-year old company with 1000 stores that actually sells something tangible and turns a healthy profit.”

I have a tech IPO fetish. 2011 has been an interesting year with LinkedIn, Groupon and the latest contestant – Zynga.

All have followed the same path – a super hyped up road show – an inflated initial pricing and a swift decline shortly thereafter. I’m interested to see what happens with the Facebook IPO next year…

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8 Responses so far.

  1. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the mention!

  2. Thanks for including me in your roundup!

  3. Thanks for including me! Some of these articles are terrific and I’m pleased to be a part of it. Happy holidays!

  4. Dr Dean says:

    Thanks for the mention! Happy New Year!

  5. Thanks for including me in your roundup. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  6. Top pick? Yay!
    Thanks for the vote of confidence.

  7. Merry Christmas! Feel free to share pics 🙂

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