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October 1, 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, October 1, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways! Each week, we review dozens of money or business-related posts from the best of the week's money or business-related blog carnivals to pick out the best of each, which we present here for your essential weekend reading!

In terms of blog carnivals, we have a real case study in contrasts this week. First, we have the Carnival of Personal Finance, which was something of a train wreck, in that all the contributed posts, the reason why blog carnivals exist in the first place, were deemphasized in favor of a creative retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. And not even a good creative retelling of Little Red Riding Hood at that.

As Simon Cowell might say in critiquing the Carnival of Personal Finance this week, it was indulgent.

Meanwhile, Miss Thrifty demonstrated exactly what a good blog carnival is like in this week's Carnival of Money Stories. In Miss Thrifty's hands, the contributed posts are the star of the show, made better than just providing links to them by her original remarks on each. Better yet, there's no awkward writing to have to cope with for the sake of the author trying to fit in a link to a contributed post that doesn't fit well into their own preferred narrative.

Fortunately though, there are better posts to read, which you'll find presented below. Thank you for choosing to pass some of your time with this week's edition of OMM!

On the Moneyed Midways for October 1, 2010
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Best of Money What to Consider Before You Cancel Your Credit Cards Digerati Life What kinds of stuff should you think about before you cut up your credit cards? Allison W. points out some of the unintended consequences that might result from being too quick with your scissors!
Carnival of Debt Reduction The Benefits of an Emergency Fund Dealerity Chris used to think that his 401(k) and credit cards were all he needed to cover any emergency expenses. And then, something changed in his thinking, where having a dedicated emergency savings account made a lot more sense….
Carnival of HR How Do I Compare Two Job Offers? Evil HR Lady It's the kind of situation that comes along too infrequently these days, but Suzanne Lucas takes it on while responding to an e-mail from a prospective immigrant from Australia who has that problem, along with the other, minor challenges of international relocation. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Personal Finance More on Debt and Hot Lovin': Responding to a Comment DanielleLiss A comment left at the Mighty Bargain Hunter's blog pushed one of Danielle Liss' hot buttons the wrong way. Her gut level, yet well reasoned response is The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Money Stories How to Bamboozle Your Spouse Into Creating a Budget Minting Nickels Lindy's devious plan involves: 1. Tricking the spouse into hanging at home. 2. Boozing them up. 3. Sitting next to them with the budget fired up on the laptop. 4. Playing dumb. It all makes sense, now!

OMM's Running Index for 2010

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