Top Personal Finance Posts Of The Week – The Grueling 26.2 Edition

Posted April 30th, 2012 in Blog Carnival by Jeremy Waller

One of my goals this year was to run a marathon. That goal is officially accomplished!

This weekend I ran my first marathon. I can definitely say it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done.

It was totally worth doing, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever do one again…I’m going to be sore for a month. (If you look closely at the picture above, you can see the ice on my knees in the background)

Top Posts of the Week

Joe Morgan @ Simple Debt-Free Finance writes 3 Ways To Negotiate a Credit Card Debt Settlement Yourself. – If you’re one of the millions of credit card holders who has found themselves buried in credit card debt with a balance you can’t hope to pay down, then you may be wondering if you can Negotiate Your Credit Card settlement yourself. Well, it is possible to do, but it’s not easy. Here’s how.

Timothy @ Wealth Artisan writes Budgeting Tools To Reach Your Goals – Are you looking for tools to help you budget? We have a list of the best budgeting tools including free budgeting tools to help you reach your savings goals.

Dr. Dean @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog writes 100 Words On How To Become “Well To Do!” – Want to be financially successful? Check out this short mantra, and repeat it daily.

Sustainable PF @ Sustainable Personal Finance writes Green Tip #240 – Rain Barrel – The 240th Green Tip: Use a Rain Barrel to collect rain water and reduce your water usage costs.

harry campbell @ Your Personal Finance Pro writes Getting Away From Internet Job Searches: Networking Tips for Young Professionals – With unemployment at 8.2% as of March 2012, many Americans find themselves relying on the same unsuccessful job hunting tactics. Recent graduates are stuck looking for work in an extremely saturated job market where supply is high and demand is low. So what makes one candidate stand out from another? When I entered the workforce in the summer of 2009, I applied online for every job I could find and unfortunately didn’t hear back from any of them. But I also went to every career fair I coul

TRL @ The Retired Landlord writes Why I am Investing in Real Estate – Investing in real estate is not a easy commitment, but doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it. Find out why I am investing in real estate.

Dave @ Financial Conflict Coach writes What’s The BEST Financial Advice I Can Give? – When someone asks for financial advice, is that really what they’re asking for? In my experience, they’re really asking for something else- options

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Is the Cash Method Helpful? – Is an all cash method of budgeting the best way to control your spending? Find out if the envelope method is right for you.

Sean @ One Smart Dollar writes What are the Best Days to Buy Specific Items – Did you know that you can save money just buy making purchases on a specific day of the week or month?

MMD @ MyMoneyDesign writes Before Retirement, Eliminate Your Biggest Expense – Have you ever considered the benefits of paying off your mortgage early as a way to save BIG during retirement and reduce the amount of income you’ll need? If you’ve got a lot of time between then and now, even better! Let’s crunch some numbers and see how much extra it would take to eliminate your mortgage payments altogether.

Earth and Money @ Earth and Money writes Comparison of Foreign ATM Fees Charged by Canadian Banks – A comparison of the foreign ATM fees charged by all the big five Canadian banks, and a few alternative options as well. With a little insight and planning, you can go abroad and spend your money the right way – enjoying your trip!

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Regulate the people, not the banks! – Read why it is not the institution that the government need to go after, but those few selfish individuals in the company!

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.

Busy Exec @ The “Busy Executive” Money Blog writes The Importance of Rebalancing your Portfolio – Regular rebalancing means that you are in fact buying low and selling high. If left un-adjusted, a portfolio will either become too risky, or too conservative.

PPlan @ Provident Plan writes Top 5 Mortgage Mistakes – Learn about the top five mortgage mistakes that you can make when buying a new house or condo.

Jeremy @ Modest Money writes Thank You For Irresponsible Credit Card Usage – There are many personal finance blogs that tell you to cut up your credit cards or exercise greater willpower with credit cards. While that may be good advice depending on your situation, I want to personally thank the countless people who are irresponsible with their credit card usage.

Brent Pittman @ On Target Coaching writes Planting an Urban Garden: Frugal or a Hobby? – This year with a bit of our tax money, we’ll going to invest in a small urban garden. Our premise is that it will save us a lot of money on basic vegetables and herbs that we buy almost weekly. Are we being frugal or just fooling ourselves into another hobby?

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes How To Use Your Liberal Arts Degree To Get a Government Job – I have been someone negative about the job prospects out there for people like me with a liberal arts degree before. While it is still not what I recommend for most people coming out of high school, it can be a valuable tool in your career tool belt if leveraged correctly.

Echo @ Boomer & Echo writes Pros And Cons Of Waiting To Buy A Home – Should you buy a home now and take advantage of ultra-low interest rates, or should you wait until housing prices come down from their record levels? Here’s the pros and cons of waiting to buy a home:

SB @ One Cent at a Time writes How to Start with Managing Personal Finance – Most critical and hardest barrier to managing personal finance is getting started. A guide to help you get going with the first few baby steps towards better management of your personal finance.

SB @ Finance Product Reviews writes Everbank Review – A Bank Which Pledges Yeild – Not often we come across banks who has rate pledges, EverBank announces at its home site that the rates for its account holders would remain in top territory. Read moe in this review.

Other Carnivals And Mentions This Week

Have a great week – I’m off to ice my knees!

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10 Responses so far.

  1. Thank you for including me

  2. Joe Morgan says:

    Congrats on the marathon!

    I can honestly say I have no ambition to that whatsoever! lol.

    In all seriousness though, I have a lot a friends who have recently run or are training to soon. It’s a big commitment and takes a great deal of discipline and I respect that immensely. Way to go!

  3. Thanks for including me and congratulations on the marathon! I still can’t get past doing 5K’s.

  4. Dr Dean says:

    Congrats on the marathon, a real test of your joints. Thanks for including my post.

  5. Congratulations on completing the marathon! That is a remarkable feat! I have done a half-marathon and that is about as much as I think I can do. I tried training for the full marathon last year, but it was just too much of a commitment. How long was your training period for the race?

  6. Echo says:

    Congrats on completing the marathon. I only run if I’m being chased.

    Thanks for the inclusion!

  7. Congratulation on the marathon (which one did you run?). Was it ‘once in a life time’ thing or would you run more?

    And thanks for including us!

    • I ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. It’s one of the best races in the US from what I read.

      I wouldn’t say that it’s once in a lifetime, but it’ll be a few years before I consider doing another.

  8. Thanks for including my post! God success in Marathon, congrats

  9. Hey There Jeremy!

    Congrats on finishing the marathon. I hope your knees heal quickly! I really appreciate the include in this awesome round up. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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