As I’m preparing for another 4th of July celebration this year, I thought about all of my counterparts around the world who simply may not be interested in an American holiday. However, one thing we have in common for sure is Freedom. We have freedom to write our thoughts and opinions. We have freedom which our forefathers fought to give us. Many of us are on our way to becoming debt free or are debt free already. And, we have freedom of choice. So here’s to celebrating FREEDOM!
“They will never take our freedom”
This week for the carnival I tried to look for the submission that captured the theme “freedom” the best (although nobody actually knew what the them was going to be about ahead of time). So although there were some good ones that captured this week’s theme, the editor’s picks came down to submissions that were the most original, the most captivating, most readable and which nailed Frugality the best. After all this is supposed to be a Festival of Frugality.
Here are this week’s Editor’s Picks for the Best of the Best
1. Adam Williams presents Simple step-by-step way to have fun while keeping costs down posted at Rabbit Funds. Andy writes: I have found that sometimes it is difficult coming up with ideas of what to as a family for fun. The danger is that without a source of ideas, you can fall back on costly activities.
2. FMF presents The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #45 through #41 posted at Free Money Finance. FMF Writes: Here’s the latest post in my list of the 52 best money saving tips in countdown order. The intent of this series is that these ideas can be applied throughout the year, a week at a time, to help you improve your financial situation and maximize your savings.
5. Rich presents How to Put the “Fun” in Funeral Planning So it’s Not So Expensive & Overwhelming posted at Money Wise Pastor. Rich Writes: As a pastor who has officiated dozens of funeral services, I know how expensive and overwhelming funerals can be.
6. Mr. Money presents How to Enjoy a Cheaper Road Trip posted at Smart on Money. Mr. Money Writes: A road trip can be a fun way to go on vacation. If you are careful about what you spend your money on, and if you plan ahead, it should be possible to enjoy an inexpensive vacation that helps you create plenty of good memories.
7. Melissa presents Try Freezer Cooking To Preserve the Summer Bounty of Locally Grown, In Season Produce posted at Bargaineering. Melissa Writes: If you would like to capture produce at the peak of ripeness as well as eat locally, in season without terrorizing your wallet, you may want to mimic our ancestors and preserve some of the summer’s bounty for the winter. Yes, you could simply dice up your fresh veggies and freeze them, but if you take the time to cook them in meals now, you not only preserve the food but also save yourself the time you would spend cooking later.
8. Glen Craig presents The Argument For Healthy, Simple Eating posted at Free From Broke . Glen Writes: Getting food based on maximizing coupons isn’t the best for your health. You don’t have to go to extremes to eat healthy. See arguments for simple, healthy eating.
9. Miss Thrifty presents Make Do And Mend: Three Ideas for Upcycling posted at Miss Thrifty. Miss Thrifty Writes: Never throw your clothes away again! This handy video compilation shows how old shirts and night dresses can be transformed into cardigans, dresses, skirts and more…
“We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore…and we will be united in our common interests….We will not go quietly into the night”
And here are this Week’s Best of the Rest
Aloysa presents Battling Shopping Addiction: Making Behavioral Changes posted at My Broken Coin.
Amanda L Grossman presents 20 Ways to Not Spend Money While Onboard a Cruise, and Still Thoroughly Enjoy Yourself posted at Frugal Confessions.
JP presents Frugalistas Know Better Than Income Over-Acheivers posted at My Family Finances.
Debt (or Getting Out of Debt)
Steve presents In the Future, College will Be for the Rich and Smart posted at Brip Blap.
Financial Management/Financial Planning
John presents How Old is Too Old for Hands-On Financial Management? posted at Wallet Blog.
Suba presents Crucial Questions To Ask When Hiring A Financial Planner posted at Broke Professionals.
Invest It Wisely presents Living to 100 and Beyond: Building an Infinite Portfolio posted at Invest It Wisely.
Katie presents Let’s make ‘stand-by’ a thing of the past – Saving energy at home posted at The Discount Coder Blog.
Jeff Rose presents 4 Important Factors in Choosing the Right Life Insurance Policy posted at Life Insurance By Jeff.
Dividend Growth Investor presents How long does it take to manage a dividend portfolio? posted at Dividend Growth Investor.
Luke presents Avoid This Common Mistake: Bond Funds are Not Only About Income posted at Learn Bonds.
Eddie presents No Degree? No Problem! 8 Six Figure Jobs That Don’t Need A Degree posted at Finance Fox.
Jason presents What To Do When Selling a House – 7 Things To Get it Ready to Sell posted at Work Save Live.
SB presents http://onecentatatime.com/investing-in-property-to-create-wealth/ posted at One Cent at a Time.
SFB presents Is It Worth Holding Out For Your Home’s Asking Price? posted at Simple Finance Blog.
Jen presents 5 Things To Consider Before Buying Your First Home posted at Master the Art of Saving.
Please don’t be offended if in my humble opinion I did not select your post as one of the editor’s picks, or if I just didn’t think it cut the mustard at all to include in the festival. I mean nothing personal to you or your blog. I read through over 70 submissions, and yes I did Read Them ALL! At the end of the day I had to come up with some sort of grading system to help me choose the best of the best, and then a cut-off on what to include, and what not to include.
However, I know I’m going to offend some people who might expect their submission to be accepted, but if a submission was inappropriate, contained profanity, had annoying pop ups that prevented me from reading it, was an obvious sponsored post, or disguised as a review as an attempt to get people to click on your affiliate ad it simply did not make the grade in my opinion. But hey that’s part of exercising my freedom in hosting this carnival isn’t it.
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