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July 24, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, July 24, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where we've rounded up the best of the past week's business and money-related blog carnivals for your weekend entertainment!

This week's blog carnivals provided a study in contrast. On one side, we had this week's Carnival of Personal Finance, which was above and away one of the best constructed carnivals we've seen in a very long time. This week's host, Stephanie of Poorer Than You, really went the extra mile in assembling the carnival around the theme of the U.S. Presidents. Not an easy, or even a desirable thing to do, yet she made it work.

At the other extreme, this week's Carnival of Real Estate was a completely forgettable affair. Completely automated, the host barely managed to note that they were just throwing up the week's contributions in the order they were received. We reacted as we always do to that level of visible effort: we completely ignored the carnival except to offer this obsevation: If you're not going to make the effort to make the blog carnival you host worth reading, we're not going to review it. It's just not worth our time.

For the best posts we found in the best of the past week's business and money-related blog carnivals, just scroll down....

On the Moneyed Midways for July 24, 2009
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction Debt: Invest in Yours Don't Quit Your Day Job Which is smarter: paying off your 5% interest debt with extra money or investing it to get a 7% return? PKAMP3 says that before you answer that question, you need to take taxes into account!
Carnival of Personal Finance Median vs Mean: Know the Difference or Risk Being Manipulated Darwin's Finance Darwin describes the three different ways of finding an "average" value and explains how politicians and other shady types use them to manipulate the truth. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of HR You Get What You Pay For i4CP Eric Davis challenges the HR notion that what employees value more than money is recognition programs. By far and away, The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Festival of Frugality How to Clean a Dirty Oven Miss Thrifty Miss Thrifty describes how you can do away with those really caustic chemical oven cleaners and their cost!
Festival of Frugality Downsizing Appliances to Save Money pocketmint Karawynn inherited a large chest freezer with the purchase of a house and only recently unplugged it in favor of a smaller unit - the energy savings were pretty shocking! Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Stocks Somebody Stop Me Before I Buy Again: Boeing Update Bootstrap Investing Boeing (BA) has a lot of problems right now, including the continuing slide of the first flight for its new 787 flagship to the right (that's internal Boeingese for "undesirable delay"!) Still, Bootstrap looks at the company's strategic position and argues that it's worth investing in.
Money Hacks Carnival Just Buy It Already! Fighting Indecision on Big Purchases The Happy Rock The Weakonomist guest posts an argument in favor of spending now on big ticket items that you know you need instead of waiting to try to score a perfect deal.
Carnival of Money Stories The Automatic Poorhouse My Dollar Plan Amanda Grossman guest posts about how she lives paycheck to paycheck. Not because she's poor, but because she's following David Bach's advice on how to become an Automatic Millionaire, whereby she automatically invests a very large portion of her paycheck.

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