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October 2, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, September 25, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where we're proud to present the top posts we found in our weekly survey of the best of the business and money-related blog carnivals!

We're getting closer to the end of the year, which means that soon, we'll have to start going through our 2009 editions to pick out The Best Post of the Year, Anywhere! Right now, that field is wide open, so if you're a business or money blogger, you still have time to submit your master work for the year to one of the high quality blog carnivals we regularly review to be eligible for consideration.

And if you're the kind of writer whose blog posts are consistently of high caliber, you'll also be in the running for our list of the Best Blogs We Found in 2009, our recognition of those bloggers whose combination of good writing, sharp insights and all-round raw entertainment value make them well worth regular reading.

Speaking of which, here are the best posts we found in the week that was....

On the Moneyed Midways for October 2, 2009
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Carnival of Debt Reduction How to Eliminate Credit Card Debt No Credit Needed NCN offers a six-step no-nonsense approach to paying off your plastic, with one idea we haven't seen before: mid-billing cycle micropayments!
Carnival of HR Uncovering the Secrets to Higher Productivity i4cp Trendwatchers Mark Vickers dissects the data to identify the things that can genuinely increase a company's productivity level, including two, strong leadership and increased employee engagement, that don't require reengineering work or improving quality! Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Personal Finance Why My Kids Will Drive a Piece of Crap FiscalGeek When Paul Van Lierop's kids get to driving age, they're not going to get a nice car! What's more, although he'll save a lot of money with this decision, the reasons why he won't get them a nice car have nothing to do with money! The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Consumer Focused Real Estate Pocket Listings Four Pillars Sometimes, agents don't list the properties they represent in the MLS. Mr. Cheap explains why potential buyers should steer clear….
Festival of Frugality Borrow, Rent or Share Those Tools The Buck List Does your community have a tool library - a place where you can simply borrow tools you rarely need? Buck Weber points to where you can go to find out!
Festival of Stocks Leggett & Platt Inc. (LEG) Dividend Stock Analysis Dividends Value Dividends4Life likes what he sees in the home, office and commercial furnishings maker, ranking the stock a "4-Star-Buy", but not enough to buy it in the near term….
Money Hacks Carnival 401(k) vs IRA - Which Is Better for Your Extra Money? Budgets Are $exy J. Money answers an e-mail question on where it might make the most sense to park your retirement money after you max out your employer's matching contribution to your 401(k) plan.
Carnival of Money Stories Adjusting for Things Not Going the Way I Planned My Wealth Builder When opting for early retirement in October 2007 (in his 40s!), the Super Saver had a plan to see his family through the rest of their lives. Then 2008 and 2009 happened and some changes needed to be made…. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Pecuniary Delights Eliminate Your Financial Weeds to Simplify Your Personal Finances Simplified Financial Lifestyle B. Simple treats his personal finance issues the way a gardener treats weeds in their garden. As gardeners ourselves, we understand the metaphor, but we also know weeds all too well….

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