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January 15, 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, January 15, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, our first edition of 2010! Each week, we review the past week's business and money-related blog carnivals to find the best posts from each, which we then present here. We identify the best of the best with the title of being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! and the near-contenders for the best of the week are identified as being Absolutely essential reading!

The first weeks of a new year are always a rocky reading experience for us, since we play catch up from the time of our last edition in 2009. However, it's not the quantity of blog carnivals and posts to review that's the problem for us.

Instead, it's that so many posts contributed to the money or business-related carnivals we track tend to involve lists during this time of year. We certainly understand the attraction for bloggers to create these posts, but as readers, there are only so many "Top Ten Things To Do Differently in 2010" type posts that we're willing to read. Especially because where year-beginning money and business matters are concerned, they offer almost identical suggestions, from year to year and also from each other.

Therefore, to preserve our sanity, we've resolved to cut all list posts out of consideration altogether for this first-of-the-year edition of OMM. The best non-list-related posts of the weeks since our last edition of 2009 await you below!...

On the Moneyed Midways for January 15, 2010
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Carnival of HR Ethics, Hostile Work Environments, and St. Wenceslaus Punk Rock HR Back in 7th grade, Laurie Ruettimann was a witness to an incident of bad behavior. Although she didn't break her silence at the time, she shares what she learned from the insight of the nun investigating the matter why "doing the right thing is always the right answer" and how it applies to witnessing bad behavior in the workplace today in Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Debt Reduction Should Companies Teach Their Employees the Basics of Personal Finance? ptMoney Jason Price considers a recent Harvard Business Review article that found that many people are "quite uneducated when it comes to personal finance." He argues that businesses stand to gain by filling the gaps in financial education by providing the basic training in personal finance matters that their employees' schools failed to deliver.
Carnival of Personal Finance The "Move Your Money" Movement Budgets Are Sexy J. Money weighs the merits of waging a political protest by banking transaction, where consumers fight back against banks declared to be too big to fail by bailing out in favor smaller banks.
Carnival of Real Estate The Future of Your Future Is Psychographic. Read All About It. Agent Genius Ken Brand hits the ground running in the new year be describing what "psychographic" selling is and explaining why a real estate professional might want to incorporate it into their business plans.
Carnival of Taxes Turbo Tax Online Price Increases Over the Years - A Comparison One Family's Blog Remember when Turbo Tax used to be cheap? One Family shows how the price of the popular U.S. income tax preparation software has more than doubled since 2003. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Taxes Something NOT to Do: Turn Your Tax Refund Into a Savings Bond Wisdom from Wenchypoo's Mental Wastebasket Wenchy ends 2009 with a rant on the government's proposal to your borrow your tax refund. For 17 years. At 3% non-inflation adjusted interest. After not paying you any interest on it over the year in which it accumulated. When there's just about anything that would be a better use for the money for you....
Carnival of the Capitalists Are You Willing to Lose Your Best and Brightest Over a Bag of Pretzels? KnowHR Do you know how much your company spends on providing free sodas or snacks for employees? Do you appreciate how much the savings you might realize by stopping the employee freebies might actually cost your company through the higher turnover of talented staff who feel the company became a less pleasant place to work as a result? Vincent Ferrari delivers The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Cavalcade of Risk Is Licensing Tax Preparers a Good Idea? Healthcare Economist Jason Shafrin thinks that the IRS' proposal to license tax preparers is a bad idea, primarily because of how it will discourage non-profits or volunteers from helping the disadvantaged file their income returns.
Money Hacks Carnival Start Saving for Next Year's Christmas Today Get Rich Slowly Having just celebrated Christmas in 2009, Adam Baker has a plan to be ready for the holidays when they roll around in 2010!
Carnival of Money Stories Mystery Shopping: How I Earn Extra Cash Online Digerati Life BEM just celebrated her first year anniversary as a mystery shopper, describing how to become one, how it works and what scams you might have to watch out for.

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