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23 May 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to this Saturday, May 23, 2009 weekend edition of On the Moneyed Midways, the only place you'll find the best of the past week's business and money-related blog carnivals this Memorial Day holiday weekend!

We really weren't going to feature four separate posts from the Festival of Frugality this week, but since Memorial Day weekend is notorious for the beginning of summer sales season, we thought we'd go the extra mile and highlight all the posts we could find that could save a lot of money - or more precisely, all of it, since we noticed a lot of bloggers writing about things that can be obtained for free this week!

You'll thank us on your birthday, when you visit Cold Stone Creamery, or every Friday during the summer when you get your coupon for free chocolate....

Meanwhile, the rest of the best posts of the week that was await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for May 23, 2009
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Carnival of Debt Reduction The Minimum Payment Trap The Paycheck Chronicles Kate Kashman starts with the average credit card consumer's debt of $5710 and uses Bankrate.com's calculator to work out how long it would take to pay off the balance and ever-accruing interest (over 25 years!!!)
Carnival of Personal Finance Lower Cholesterol, Have Sex, While Unemployed Insureblog Don't let anyone ever say that Bob Vineyard doesn't know how to attract readers with a headline. Even more impressive, there's a real story behind it: the maker of Viagra and Lipitor is giving away 70 of its most popular drugs to the recently unemployed.
Carnival of Real Estate Why Mortgage Rates May Plunge3 One Last Time Before Low Rates Are Gone for Good The Mortgage Reports Dan Green speculates that with mortgage rates rising, the Fed will intervene one more time in the mortgage market to try to spark another round of home buying and refinancing.
Carnival of the Capitalists 4 Easy Tips to Improve Your Business Meetings Leadership Type Ben shuts down off-topic chatter, documents key points, defines what it's all about and gives everyone a break when it goes on too long!
Cavalcade of Risk Why the CDC Ignored Swine Flue Warnings: Type I vs. Type II Errors Healthcare Economist Jason Shafrin explains how statistics and the potential for false positives and false negatives likely restrained the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization from taking faster action in the recent Swine Flu scare. Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Frugality Freebies for Your Birthday! Saving Cents in the City Jen describes the birthday-related promotions that can save you cash when your birthday rolls around each year.
Festival of Frugality Free Mars Candy Bars Each Friday Cash Money Life Patrick reveals the details for being able to take advantage of the Mars Candy company's "Chocolate Relief Act" (good through 25 September 2009!)
Festival of Frugality Baby Coupons, Free Samples and Discounts Cash Money Life Where can new parents go to get coupons for baby items, and better yet, free samples of the kind of stuff you're going to need when baby arrives? Expectant father Patrick has been scoping things out….
Festival of Frugality List of Best Free Software for New Computer I Love Free Software If you're looking for solid software spanning everything from anti-virus to image-editing, I Love Free Software's list of free resources might be worth a look.
Festival of Stocks Stock Market Rally: First Stage of a Primary Bull Trend? Jeflin's Investment Blog Jeflin considers the state of the stock market, which has risen 36% in value since bottoming in March 2009, and believes that with that move now in the past, it's likely to swing through a wide trading range for the next 2-3 months while the bulls and bears duke things out.
Money Hacks Carnival Financial Analysis: Is Costco Worth the Membership? Ms. Smarty Pants Know It All With Costco memberships now running at $50 per year, Ms. Smarty Pants runs the numbers to compare Costco to her neighborhood grocery store to see if the savings are worth the cost of being a member. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Money Stories An Auction Experience to Remember My Dollar Plan Madison DuPaix went to her first auction, and landed her second rental property. But better than than, she describes the experience and what she learned! Absolutely essential reading!

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