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30 October 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, October 30, 2009 pre-Halloween edition of On the Moneyed Midways!

We say pre-Halloween because nearly every money or business-related blog carnival we reviewed for this week's edition of OMM offered a Halloween theme. To which, we say, please, make the horror stop!

Honestly, blog carnival hosts, it's difficult to pull off a themed blog carnival, because making a good one requires much more effort on your parts than does the regular, run of the mill blog carnival. If you're not willing to put in the time, don't do the crime....

Still, two blog carnivals we reviewed stood out by not doing Halloween wrong. First, Sharon Lauby's HR Bartender's edition of the Carnival of HR, which was organized by category according by each post contributor's favorite drink, provided an excellent example of what can happen when a blog carnival host goes the extra mile to make their edition unique (caipirinhas all around!)

Second, Zillow Blog's Sarah Greenleaf's no nonsense, let's just cut out all the crap, only two posts make the cut edition of the Carnival of Real Estate was much appreciated in a week filled with far too many ghosts and pumpkins!

Remember, we suffer so you don't have to! The best posts we found from the week that was await you below....

On the Moneyed Midways for October 30, 2009
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Carnival of Debt Reduction Should You Stop Funding Retirement to Focus on Debt? Get Rich Slowly Adam Baker, also of Man vs Debt, challenges Get Rich Slowly's J.D. Roth's bit of conventional wisdom about choosing between paying off debt or investing in your retirement, arguing that you should "only pay yourself first if you deserve it." Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of HR Does Your Firm Know What It's Getting from Corporate Giving? i4cp Trendwatchers What exactly is your business getting from having an employee volunteering program? Lorrie Lykins describes how these charitable efforts are changing and how they might affect a company's bottom line.
Carnival of Personal Finance Does It Matter Who the "Breadwinner" Is Anymore? Budgets Are Sexy J. Money notes the trend toward women becoming the primary income earners in many households, and doesn't have a problem with that. At all!
Carnival of Real Estate Extend the $8,000 First-Time Home Buyer Credit? River Banks to Corn Fields Rob Cook is a licensed Realtor® who would just as soon buck the National Association of Realtors® and do away with the first time homebuyer tax credit stimulus incentive altogether! Absolutely essential reading!
Festival of Stocks The Great Depression II: Says Who, Huh? The Financial Blogger Did you know that bank stocks have just about fully recovered to where they were before crashing in August 2008? We didn't either, but then, we're talking about the Canadian stock market, where The Financial Blogger is up for challenging some widespread misperceptions!
Money Hacks Carnival Dollar Cost Averaging: Useful Tool, Bad Idea, or Marketing Gimmick? Affine Financial Services The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! Helen Maynard asks a great question and builds cases both pro and con on all sides for the popular long term investing strategy.
Money Hacks Carnival 6 Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas for the Kids Len Penzo dot Com If you and your kids haven't been out costume shopping yet, Len Penzo offers advice on what to wear for Halloween right out of your kids' closet, with options like "Little League Bench Warmer" and "Environmentalist Gym Rat!" Absolutely essential reading!

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