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November 13, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, November 13, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways! Each week, we bring you the best posts we found among the best of the past week's business and money-related blog carnivals for your weekend reading pleasure!

With it being Friday the 13th, we understand that our more superstitious readers might believe they're due for some bad luck. To put your uneasy minds to rest though, you're luck is good - this week's posts included in OMM are of the same caliber and quality that you've come to expect.

Better even! There were quite a few posts jockeying for the title of being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!, with the criteria for winning coming down to an editorial choice to go with the most timely of the contenders!

Never-the-less, all the posts we selected for this week's edition are well worth your time. For proof, just scroll down....

On the Moneyed Midways for November 13, 2009
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Carnival of Debt Reduction Loan Modification Companies vs The Fair Housing Authority Digerati Life Stacey Doyle guest posts about her disappointment with the fees charged by commercial debt modification firms after getting behind on her mortgage payments, describing why she's turning to the Fair Housing Authority.
Carnival of HR Why HR? Pseudo HR April Dowling got into a discussion with her boss regarding why they went into HR, which turns out to be pretty far from where they originally thought they wanted to go in their careers.
Carnival of HR The Red Purse Story HR Bartender Oddly, Sharon Lauby's post isn't about HR at all. What it is about is how a business can correct a mistake and build a trusted relationship with their customers, which makes it Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Personal Finance Travel Hacking for Noobs: How We Save Hundreds on Airfare, Get Free Accommodation & Make Money While Overseas Man vs Debt Adam Baker is maybe *the* guy who would know all the ins-and-outs of travel hacking, seeing as he's recently relocated his family halfway around the world without having a job lined up first! Absolutely essential reading for his take on how social networking is expanding the options people have in traveling!
Carnival of Real Estate The New Deed for Lease Program Hits a Neighborhood Near You VA Real Estate Talk Cindy Jones describes Fannie Mae's new "Deed for Lease" (or D4L) program, which could transform the failed government entity into the country's biggest landlord for distressed homeowners otherwise facing foreclosure. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of the Capitalists Success on the Side The American Ben Casnocha recounts several highly successful achievements and products that originally started out as side projects and describes how some companies have made side projects part of their business plan.
Festival of Frugality 5 Quick Fixes to Salvaging a Good Meal Domestic Cents Tisha Tolar lists how to recover from or avoid five potential dinner disasters, including salty soup, overcooked pasta, burned steak, less-than-fresh fruits and vegetables and stale rolls!
Festival of Stocks The Gold-Dollar Correlation Explained and Why It Broke Down Darwin's Finance Why not buy gold? Darwin explains why in terms of the relationship between the shiny yellow metal and the U.S. dollar and describes the things an astute investor could do to hedge potential inflation risks or gain from the fall in the dollar's value.
Best of Money Should You Move to a High-Deductible Health Insurance Plan and Use an HSA to Make Up the Difference? PT Money PT notes how the government-controlled automaker, General Motors, is taking steps to move its employees to health insurance plans with high deductibles combined with Health Savings Accounts, running the numbers of a friend who chose a similar option to see if they make sense. Surprisingly, they might!

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