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April 25, 2008

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, April 25, 2008 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the only place where you'll find the best business and money-related blog posts from the best of the past week's blog carnivals dedicated to, well, business and money-related issues!

We're very much falling in between the editions of a number of the blog carnivals we regularly track. The weekly Odysseus Medal has been delayed while we're going to miss the Carnival of HR, the Carnival of Taxes, the Carnival of Trust, to name just three, until their next biweekly or monthly editions. In the good news department, the relatively new Money Hacks Carnival looks promising. We'll see if its hosts can sustain a good quality blog carnival in the weeks ahead.

And that's it for us this week! The best posts of the week that was await below....

On the Moneyed Midways for April 25, 2008
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Carnival of Debt Reduction The Power Of Visualization: Use Play Money to Track and Pay Off Your Debt Your Finish Rich Plan Sure, you could use the latest personal finance software and create all sorts of charts showing where your money goes, but will you really understand the impact of your money decisions and where it all goes until you break out the Monopoly money?
Carnival of Money Stories Free Coin Counting At CoinStar Machines and Participating Banks Money Blue Book Wondering what to do with all those loose coins you've been accumulating? Raymond shows how a trip to your local grocery store's Coinstar machine can turn your change into an easier form of money to use. Better still, did you know that if you opt for the gift card option in changing your money, you can avoid Coinstar's money changing fee?
Carnival of Personal Finance The Psychology of Money: “I Have to Have It”-The Impulse Purchase Greener Pastures Are you an impulse buyer? If you are, what can you do to control those shopping impulses? Lisa Spinelli considers the forces that motivate the impulse buy and what you can do to avoid a bad case of buyer's remorse.
Cavalcade of Risk The Softening Market - How Far, How Fast? Managed Care Matters With the cost of food and gas going up so much recently, it might be understandable if you didn't know that the cost of insurance has been coming down. Joe Paduda says it's the first time that total premiums have dropped since 1943 in his business-oriented look at the state of the insurance industry in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Festival of Frugality Grocery Shopping Series Part I: Cheaper Ground Beef Out of Debt Again Mrs. Accountability takes a lesson learned from her mother to show you how can save a lot on hamburger by taking a cut of meat on sale and having the grocery store butcher grind it instead of buying it pre-packaged.
Festival of Stocks Missed Buying Philip Morris in the 1980s? You've Got Another Chance A Slacker's Quest For His First Million D weighs the pros and cons of buying shares of Philip Morris (NYSE: PM) and comes down in favor of picking up shares of the world's Number 2 tobacco company.
Money Hacks Carnival All I Really Needed to Know About Managing Money I Learned From Music Destroy Debt Debbie Dragon lays down a 28 song soundtrack featuring classic hits that can teach people about money management!

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