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30 June 2006

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this week's edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where we round up the best posts from each of the blog carnivals dedicated to money and business-related matters, with one post declared to be The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!(TM)

We're anxious to get going early for the big holiday weekend, so we'll simply wish you a very happy Fourth of July and point you toward the week's top business, economics, marketing, personal finance, investing, debt reduction, frugal living and personal development posts!

On the Moneyed Midways: June 30, 2006
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Carnival of Business More Pressure and Positioning, The Last Paragraph Direct Response Works Jim Logan has been critiquing a sales letter - looking at what works and doesn't work. This post is Part 2 of a series, so don't miss the links to his other posts on the topic!
Carnival of Business The War on Wal*Mart The Boring Made Dull BMD asks 'How progressive can it be to keep poor and marginally qualified people from getting jobs, and by extension increasing dependency on the state, as well as raising the costs of living for all?'
Carnival of the Capitalists Why Buy Locally, When You Can Get Things Cheaper from Overseas? Ripples David St. Lawrence identifies that it's the sense of connection that matters when an individual chooses to buy things from a local producer or service provider. But, if the seller of that local product or service doesn't take pride in their work, that connection is lost, so why not buy things produced far away?
Carnival of Career Intensity The Value of Dead End Jobs The Business of America Is Business Starling David Hunter reviews an article by economist Thomas Sowell, noting that the absence of a career ladder for a given job has no bearing upon the future career of the individual doing the job.
Carnival of Debt Reduction Common Mistakes in Becoming Debt Free Debt Free debtblog highlights what people often do wrong after getting out of debt and advises those in debt to avoid the pitfalls and tailor their approach to their personal situation.
Carnival of Investing Pensions - The Not So Good Old Days Ask Uncle Bill Pensions are getting a lot of press lately, much of it lamenting their decline. Uncle Bill shows just what's wrong with those traditional pensions, in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Marketing Making Promises. Meeting Expectations. Brand Story Rob Marsh shows the importance of meeting expectations after making promises, cautioning that if "the experience doesn't match the story, the experience becomes the story."
Carnival of Personal Finance 529 Savings Plans vs. Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA) JeffSHoward.com Jeff Howard compares 529 plans against ESA's as a means of funding your child's education and finds the advantages of the 529 plan far outweigh those of an ESA.
Festival of Frugality The Mindset for Saving Towards Better Life Victor Fam talks about the life altering events that changed his mindset on spending and saving.
Personal Development Carnival Succeed in Job Interview The Sum If a job interview is anywhere in your future, reading Sunny's post on preparing for this life-changing event should be part of your preparation!

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