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November 6, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, November 6, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, where each week, we present the best posts we found among the best of the past weeks business and money-related blog carnivals!

If there's a theme among the posts we've identified as being the best of the money or business-related blog carnival to which they were contributed this week, it's science. Many of the top posts featured the results of people trying something new, challenging pre-conceived notions, or digging through data to make interesting discoveries.

And that's what you'll find in the best posts we found in the week that was. It all starts below....

On the Moneyed Midways for November 6, 2009
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Carnival of Debt Reduction Do You Know How Much Interest You Are Paying Each Month? Cash Money Life Patrick goes through an exercise most borrowers never will - he goes through a number of common examples of debt people have and figured out how much of the payments were going to just pay interest. The percentage of these payments might surprise you….
Carnival of Personal Finance My Store-Brand vs. Name-Brand Blind Taste-Test Experiment Len Penzo dot Com Do store brands taste as good as those familiar name brands? Len Penzo enlisted his family to find out if Nabisco, Sargento, Hillshire Farms, Del Monte, Tostitos or Pace have anything to fear! Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Real Estate Trick-or-Treat Housing Index: Top 5 Seattle Neighborhoods Zillow Blog Finally! Whitney Tyner provides the service that kids have been demanding for decades, as she identifies the top five neighborhoods in Seattle where trick-or-treaters might rake in the most candy with the least amount of walking!
Carnival of Taxes Health Insurance Bills Could Be Hardship for Many Wisdom from Wenchy's Mental Wastebasket Wenchy puts the Kaiser Family Foundation's Health Reform Subsidy Calculator to a use very different from what its creators intended - to calculate how much more she's have to pay for the Democrat's "public option" over her current health insurance. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of the Capitalists The Rise of the 'Homepreneur' Getting Started Jay Solo featured just one article in a rare edition of the CotC, by BusinessWeek's John Tozzi, which considers the surprisingly large role of home-based businesses in the U.S. economy.
Carnival of Trust The Case for Basic Instinct - Why Trust Counts for More Than Contracts Heavy Machinery Agency Jonathan Weber describes how the role of trust influenced the informal agreements that lay behind how he came to acquire the rights to the domain "NewWest.com" for his media company.
Cavalcade of Risk Why Release People We Think Are High Risk Duganz: A Heretic's Life Duganz was surprised to find there are three high level sex offenders living near his home in Montana, and wonders why the state that believes they are likely to commit new crimes is okay with them being free.
Festival of Frugality 10 Modern Food Myths Busted Cheap Healthy Good Are baby carrots really death sticks? Is something "made with" healthy ingredients really healthier? Could water with vitamins added to it be better for you than regular water? Kristen Swensson looks to see if commonly believed facts about today's food stand up to scrutiny.
Carnival of Money Hackers A Money Experiment: A Week Without Spending PT Money PT Money sets the hook by announcing that he and his spouse were going to go a week without spending any money from their day jobs (spanning Sunday, 25 October 2009 to Friday, 30 October 2009). Here are their results!
Best of Money Be Your Own Part-Time Boss: The Pros & Cons Man vs. Debt Austin Morgan guest posts on his experience in starting and running his own side business, revealing the good and the bad. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!

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