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August 7, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, August 7, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways! Every week, we scan for the best of the business and money-related blog carnivals and identify the top posts in each, which we bring to you here to kick off your weekend right!

Are you ready to build your own air conditioner? Can you lower the interest rates you pay on your debt by tweaking Dave Ramsey's snowball approach? Can you really tell who's short on money by how they order food in a restaurant? Why should you consider setting up an S-corp? And can you really write cat food off on your taxes?!...

The answers to these questions, and the rest of the best of the week that was, await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for August 7, 2009
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Carnival of Debt Reduction Why the "Snowball" Is Good Math, Not Just Good Mental Modern Tightwad Math major a.b. delivers a thought-provoking discussion on how Dave Ramsey's "snowball" method of paying off debts can be adapted to also lower your interest rates as you pay off your smallest debts first.
Carnival of HR No Experience Evil HR Lady The Evil HR Lady explains to today's recent college graduates just what they're up against in today's distressed job market.
Carnival of Personal Finance How To Make Your Own Homemade Air Conditioner Fiscal Geek It's ugly, it takes more than a little bit of time to put together, costs some money, and it involves lots of ice. But as Paul describes in Absolutely essential reading, it can take the temperature in a room down a few notches.
Carnival of Taxes A List of Tax Deductibles You Might Not Believe Personal Finance Analyst Carson Brackney itemizes a handful of the weirder things the IRS has allowed to be deducted from people's personal income taxes. Our personal favorite: cat food, which was allowed because it was used to attracted a herd of feral cats to a junkyard with a snake problem.
Carnival of Trust Carnival of Trust Chicago IP Litigation Carnival host R. David Donoghue provides the best post of the Carnival of Trust with his discussion of what Amazon.com did right after doing something very wrong.
Festival of Frugality Save Your Money by Paying Yourself Last Digerati Life A Rich Life's Rob Bennett offers a unique twist to conventional thinking on a popular strategy for saving money in this guest post at Digerati Life.
Money Hacks Carnival Young Broke People - A Fundamental Difference in Thought Suburban Dollar Kyle and his wife recently dined out and came to very different conclusions about the financial health of their fellow diners. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Money Hacks Carnival Can an S-corporation Save Me Money? Affine Financial Services Helen Maynard provides a great overview of the advantages and disadvantages of setting up your small business as an S-corp. A very near contender for The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!, which makes it Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Money Stories Maximize Twitter for Your Small Business Sell It! On the Web Bill H. describes his experience with two third-party Twitter applications that have made a huge difference in how he takes advantage of the short-form blogging service for his business.
Carnival of Pecuniary Delights Living Within Your Means and the Marital Allowance Tough Money Love Mr. Tough Money Love considers the story of a debt-laden California couple profiled in the New York Times who are going through hard times before really hammering their unrealistic personal spending habits. Not even the New York Times' "journalist" is spared.

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