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May 14, 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, May 14, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where we present the best posts we found in the best of the past week's business and money-related blog carnivals!

If there's a theme to this week's edition of OMM, it's surprises and contradictions. For instance, would you ever think you'd have a bit of an emotional letdown after making substantial progress to paying off your debts? Or that someone would mentally put themselves into the mindset of someone who's broke to save enough money to not be broke, while another individual who is broke explains the mindset they have that helps keep them that way. Or that one of the secrets to building trust with your customers is to trust them?

One of the posts we just described is The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! The rest of the posts are the best we found in the money and business-related blog carnivals we reviewed this week. All of the posts are ready for your consideration!...

On the Moneyed Midways for May 14, 2010
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction Pay Bills on Time, Avoid Late Fees: Don't Start a War! Digerati Life PT Money guest blogs the only post to make the cut in this week's Carnival of Debt Reduction, which offers a discussion of what you can do to avoid having to pay late payment fees.
Carnival of Personal Finance I Just Sold My Blog! The Financial Blogger The blog in question is Gather Little by Little, which turns out to have been part of a growing online empire. Absolutely essential reading! for providing an inside look at the business end of the blogosphere!
Carnival of Trust What Trust Brings to Amazon, Zappos and USAA Harvard Business Review Guest Blog Peter Merholz describes some of the quirky things that Amazon, Zappos and USAA tried out to build brand loyalty and finds that the one thing they all share is that they trusted their customers.
Carnival of Trust The Value of Trust Project Management Institute Blog Can you measure the value of trust? Believe it or not, according to Lynda Bourne, you can! Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Frugality Using the Psychology of Poverty to Save Money: Have I Gone Too Far? Frugal Confessions - Saving Money Amanda Grossman finds she can save money more easily if she puts herself into the mindset of a person in poverty, but wonders if she's taken it too far when her fiancee had to point out that they can afford to buy things - they are simply choosing not to.
Best of Money Could Legalizing Marijuana Help Balance the Budget? The Amateur Financier Roger thinks the advantages of legalizing marijuana would outweigh the disadvantages, but concludes that the tax revenues from making pot legal wouldn't make much of a dent in the government's budget deficits.
Money Hacks Carnival The Broke Person's Mantra Miss Bankrupt The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! Christina identifies the thought behind the thinking that helps keep broke people, well, broke: "We think we need more, we think we deserve more, we spend money on things we didn't need before we had the money."
Carnival of Money Stories The Downside of Paying Down Debt Money Beagle Is there a downside to paying off a large chunk of your debt? The Money Beagle discovers a surprising but small negative emotional effect to reaching a debt reduction goal.

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