Carnival of Personal Finance #284: Thanksgiving Preparation Edition

To my regular readers: A carnival is a collection of blog posts about a topic that are submitted and the host chooses his favorites. It’s a quick way to read some of the best writing as well as to get to know some fantastic bloggers. This carnival, the Carnival of Personal Finance, travels from blog to blog, and this week, I get to host.

First, I give my favorite articles and then break the rest down by topic. Within each topic, I put a star next to the articles that I especially enjoyed and I think you should check out. Enjoy!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I think it’s on everybody’s mind. I’ll be flying up to Boston for a few days and will have very few responsibilities, which will be a nice break.

In honor of the Thanksgiving, I decided to draw the correlation between the personal finance topic and a part of Thanksgiving. Happy reading and enjoy your time off!

The Turkey – Editor’s picks- Who doesn’t enjoy a soft juicy piece of turkey with some cranberry sauce? It simply doesn’t get much better than this.
Aloysa from The Kitchen Sink presents Beware of Men Counting Pennies.

Adam from Magical Penny presents Do You Trust pensions?

Craig from Free From Broke presents Our Daughter’s Allowance and ING Direct.

Philip Taylor from PT Money presents Are Mortgage Rates Going Down?

Kristina from Dinks Finance presents Why Do You Work?

Football – Money Management- For me, both are the highlights. Spending your money wisely makes a huge difference and reduces stress. And it’s better to exert that energy yelling at the tv than worrying about your finances.

J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy presents Ahh so THAT’S what it’s called… “Mental Accounting!”

Tom from Canadian Finance Blog presents Despite the Challenges of Retirement Planning…

Kim at MMI from Blogging for Change presents Get the most out of your gym membership.

RJ Weiss from Gen Y Wealth presents Finances for Couples | A Guide to Starting Off Right.

FMF from Free Money Finance presents You May Want to Tip Your Hotel Housekeeper.

Connie Prater from Taking Charge presents Consumers Union to teens: Don’t keep up with the Kardashian Kard

Nicole from Nicole and Maggie: Grumpy Rumblings presents The Allowances Post.

Shopping – Budgeting and Saving- Nobody drives to the mall without a plan. You’ve got to map out every move so that you’ll have an easier time reaching your goals. Prepare now and prosper later.

Bob from Christian Finances presents How do you save money for a replacement car?

Lauren from Richly Reasonable presents Saving Rocks (Double Entendre Intended).

Clint from Accumulating Money presents The Key To Building Long-Term Wealth.

Jeff from Smart Balance Transfers presents 5 Credit Card Spending Tips for the Holidays.

Trent Green from Money for Regular People presents A Budget Measures Financial Reality.

Family – Frugality- It can be great to save a lot of money by cutting back, but sometimes it can be too much (that’s my philosophy, at least)! Make sure you spend on the things you care about (or take a much needed walk) so you don’t go crazy.

Control Your Cash presents Folklore Thursday.

David from Money Under 30 presents How much should you spend on an engagement ring?

Len from Len Penzo dot Com presents Cheap Cooking: Fantastic Dinner Ideas from Past and Present.

Madison from My Dollar Plan presents Black Friday 2010 Free Stuff.

Michael from The Dough Roller presents The Great Debate Between Disposable and Rechargable Batteries.

Ray from Financial Highway presents Car Maintenance: 8 Tips to Cus Costs

Wishbone – Finance and Investing- With the market, we can rarely be sure what our returns will be. And this year, we don’t know what our tax situation will look like next year. Let’s just close our eyes and hope everything works out.

Miranda from Moolanomy presents How Private Are Your Finances, Really?

Mike Piper from Oblivious Investor presents Index Funds Are Mediocre.

Jeff Rose from Soldier of Finance presents How My Grandmother’s 1998 Chevy Lumina Made Me Over $2 Million Dollars.

Pat from Do Not Wait presents Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation To Retire Wealthy.

Silicon Valley Blogger from The Digerati Life presents Comparing Whole Life Insurance vs Term Life Insurance.

CT from Money Obedience presents Your financial habits.

Rachel from MomVesting presents Five Reasons for Moms Not to Be Afraid of Finance.

Mike from The Financial Blogger presents Why Are You So Interested In Gold?.

Kevin from Financially Poor presents How To Get Your Partner On Board With Finances – 3 Ways.

Elizabeth G from Modern Gal presents Financial Steps for 2011: Simplifying Investments.

Dividend Growth Investor from Dividend Growth Investor presents How much money do you really need to retire with dividend stocks?

Intelligent Speculator presents 20 things to look at when judging a dividend stock.

Buy Like Buffett presents How To Start An Investment Club.

Mike from The Dividend Guy Blog presents How To Build a Socially Responsible Stock Portfolio.

Arjun Rudra from Investing Thesis presents Discussing Investing In Income Producing Assets Like Bonds And Dividend Stocks with Benoit Poliquin, CFA of Pallas Athena.

Money Thinker from Money Thinking presents Diversity my Portfolio? Why?.

Alex from Leveraged ETF presents Muni ETF- Are They Worth Investing In?

Giant Parade Balloons – Credit and Debt- It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement. But be careful, they can crush you!

Mr. Credit Card from Ask Mr. Credit Card presents Why Roto Rooter Has the Best Credit Card Technology.

Chris from Dealerity presents How Can I Check My Credit Score For Free?

Mike from Green Panda Treehouse presents I Love my Credit Card, But I Never Keep it in my Wallet.

Miss Bankrupt presents The Difference Between Secured and Prepaid Cards.

Marjorie from CardHub.com presents How to Improve Your Credit Score.

Jeff from Sustainable Life Blog presents Where to go next?

Kaye from Mrs. Nespy’s Frugal World presents How Debt Smothers.

John from Passive Family Income presents How to Payoff a 30 Year Mortgage in Less Time.

Debt Ghost from Debt.se presents The Case for Plastic.

Cathy from Money Health Central presents Debt Settlement Seldom a Complete Solution.

Travel – Taxes- The necessary evil that get us to our destinations. There’s no avoiding it, but hopefully it won’t be too bad.

Kate Kashman from The Paycheck Chronicles presents That Mortgage Isn’t Going to Save Your Taxes.

Ken from Spruce Up Your Finances presents 10 Above the Line Deductions You Don’t Want to Miss.

Darwin from Darwin’s Money presents Deficit Panel Cuts – It’s Gettin’ Ugly.

John from Passive Family Income presents How to Payoff a 30 Year Mortgage in Less Time.

Giving Thanks – Economy and Real Estate- We get to the more serious part of the holiday. Let’s take a small step back and take a look at two topics that have huge effects on our lives.

Jeff from Before You Invest presents Seven Easy Ways To Improve Your Home’s Equity.

Sandy from Yes, I Am Cheap presents Decoding the Robo-Signing Foreclosure Freeze Mess.

Briana Ford from Go Banking Rates presents Mortgage Rates Are Lower than Ever, So Why Are Foreclosures at an All-Time High?

Jeff Rose from Good Financial Cents presents Lame Duck Could Move Markets.

Flexo from Consumerism Commentary presents New Jersey Ranks Fourth for Innovative Companies

Bret from Hope to Prosper presents The Federal Reserve Plunders America.

Leftovers- These don’t fit into any specific category, but let’s not forget how nice it is not to have to cook after the holiday for a few days!

Stuart from Pennywise2Pennyworth presents Why I’m Switching to Private Health Insurance.

Junior Boomer from Consumer Boomer presents Early Retirement Mistake-Swallow Your Pride & Go Back to Work.

Jason from One Money Design presents 8 Ideas to Help the Homeless.

Sean from Grow Money presents How To Become A Millionaire.

Paul from Provident Planning presents What Is Greed? What Does It Mean to Be Greedy?

Broke by Choice from If I Were A Wealthy Girl presents What’s on your Christmas List?

Ron from The Wisdom Journal presents State Minimums for Your Car Insurance.

The Smarter Wallet presents BigCrumbs Review: Get Cash Rewards On Internet Purchases.

Jason from Live Real, Now presents Book Review: The Art of Non-Conformity.

Thanks for letting me host, be sure to submit to next week’s carnival hosted by Realm of Prosperity. Have a great, relaxing week, and safe travels!

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