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05 September 2008

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this Friday, September 5, 2008 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the blogosphere's premier review of the best money or business-related posts found in the past week's money or business-related blog carnivals!

Have you ever considered making your own toothpaste? How much are you willing to pay to have some spare time? Where are the best deals in your supermarket? What is a Chicago billionaire doing to avoid having to pay $400,000,000 (yes, that's $400 million!) in taxes. And how many houses does Senator John McCain really own?

The answers to these questions, and the best posts from the best of the past week's blog carnivals await you below!...

On the Moneyed Midways for September 5, 2008
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction Debit Cards Causing Overdraft Fees Master Your Card Going "all cash" might seem like a good way to avoid racking up credit card debt, but Kristy notes that if you don't keep track of your balance and spending, thanks to overdraft fees, you might end up paying more than you think!
Carnival of Personal Finance Outsourcing Our Chores - Do We Overvalue Our Spare Time? The Personal Financier Absolutely essential reading! The Personal Financier worked out how much it would cost, per hour of "spare time" gained, to outsource his ironing, laundry, housecleaning and cooking tasks - and finds a pretty good argument for continuing to do it all "in-house."
Carnival of Real Estate John McCain's Houses Number 6 - No, 8… Maybe 11? Zillow Blog Diane Tuman does the research and analysis the media simply can't do on the question of how many homes, condos and properties John McCain's wife's holding companies and trusts own, also explaining why no one in the media can provide a straight answer!
Carnival of Taxes Tribune Wants to Structure Cubs Sale to Avoid Taxes: Will Baseball Approve the Debt Load? My Simple Trading System Praveen Puri explains how Chicago billionaire Sam Zell plans to use a leveraged partnership and borrowed money to skip out on having to pay $400 million in taxes!
Carnival of Trust Trust vs Control: Is Control Merely a Substitute for Trust? OutThink Darrell Gorton finds that controls are a poor substitute for trust in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Festival of Frugality How to Make Natural Toothpaste Christian PF A little baking soda, table salt, hydrogen peroxide and sweetener or flavor is apparently all it takes. Bob provides the recipe and reports on the experience.
Festival of Stocks Thoughts on Sheryl Crow and … Branding? Bootstrap Investing Bootstrap factors the lessons learned from the potential growing brand strength of singer Sheryl Crow's opening act at a recent concert into why athletic apparel maker Under Armour (NYSE: UA) might be worth a buy.
Money Hacks Carnival Tricks of the Trade: An Insider's Look at Saving Money at Grocery Stores Free Money Finance Christopher Davis applies his experience in having worked at a number of grocery chains to get the best deals on food.
Carnival of Money Stories Just Canceled Netflix… Trimming the Budget Fat The Happy Rock The Debt Defier started out loving the Netflix movie-rental-by-mail service, but as time wore on, used it less and less. By the time he pulled the plug, he was paying $10 a movie! Absolutely essential reading!

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