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31 March 2006

Welcome to the March 31, 2006 edition of the only mini-Carnival dedicated to highlighting the best posts contributed to the major business, economics and personal finance related blog carnivals! We're trying out a new static table-based format this week (although not a dynamic table, since the contents aren't really rankable!) But enough technical talk - here are the best posts of the week!

Best Posts of the Week
Carnival Contributor Post Comment
Carnival of Personal Finance Single Guy High Impact Saving High Impact Savings My Way Can you join a gym and reduce your net spending at the same time? The Single Guy shows how he's doing it!
Carnival of Personal Finance MightyBargainHunter High Impact Savings My Way Looking for ideas on what to do with your tax refund this year? The MightyBargainHunter points to seven good ideas from Liz Pulliam Weston.
Carnival of the Capitalists BusinessPundit The Wisdom of Niches: Why Experts Still Matter Rob May finds where the wisdom of crowds isn't as good as the knowledge of experts in business.
Carnival of the Capitalists Bona tempora volvantur The Art of Sucking Down When confronted by the difficult personalities that pass for celebrities these days, lots of otherwise rational people suck up to them for the sake of advancing their business. Guy Kawasaki argues that the ability to "suck down" to people who don't have "A-list" credentials, but are responsible for making things happen, is more important to one's success.
Carnival of the Capitalists Photon Courier The Story of a Software Failure What can be learned from the "greatest debacle in the history of organized work?"
Festival of Frugality Frugal Upstate What Does Frugal Look Like? Have you ever compared the popular image of frugal people versus the reality? Jenn from Upstate New York writes a self-portrait.
Carnival of Investing Growth in Value Stellar Performance A large percentage of this week's Carnival of Investing was very technical (and worth reading if you're looking for investing ideas), but GIV's post on an astrology-based fund was too good to pass up including in this week's edition!
Carnival of Investing Frugal Wisdom from Wenchypoo's Warehouse Let's Play the Bird Flu Strategy Game The spread of the bird flu virus across the globe has lots of people scrambling for many things (cures, quarantine plans, etc.) Heidi Mapp argues that the stocks of publicly-traded meat producers should be on the list too!
Carnival of Debt Reduction Frugal Wisdom from Wenchypoo's Warehouse Personal Finance Debt Videos In what I'm sure will be a growing trend in blogging, Jeffrey Strain makes good use of video clips to comment on how debt reduction reduces stress that many people don't realize they have.
Carnival of Entrepreneurship Escape from Cubicle Nation Three ways to take the fear of failing head on Is fear a barrier to your becoming an entrepreneur? Pamela Sim offers three suggestions for how to cope with a potentially crippling case of fear in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere(TM)!

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