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December 18, 2009

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, December 18, 2009 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, our final edition for 2009!

With Christmas and New Year's now a week away, OMM will resume with our Best Posts of 2009 edition and our Best Blogs We Found in 2009 edition on Thursday, 6 January 2010 and Friday, 7 January 2010 respectively! Our regular weekly edition will resume the following week, most likely on 14 January 2010 (assuming we don't box ourselves into a corner and need to schedule another dreaded "special" (aka "late") edition of OMM. Oh, and we'll finally get around to posting an index for all of this year's editions!

But rest assured that we're going out with a bang in this week's edition, as we're presenting two very timely posts on gift-giving - one to help you determine whether your gift is worth what you've paid for it and the other to help you be frugal and give something of value to those people for whom its difficult to decide what to get.

But neither of those posts ranks as being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! For that post, and the rest of this week's Absolutely essential reading, just scroll down....

On the Moneyed Midways for December 17, 2009
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Carnival of Debt Reduction You Can Never Earn Enough, So Quit Trying! Eliminate the Muda "You've go to count your pennies before you count your dollars." The LeanLifeCoach reflects on the wisdom of the advice that he received early in his working life.
Carnival of Personal Finance Giving a Gift Someone Actually Likes or Wants Doubles the Value Steadfast Finances Steadfast Finances advocates a very different way to decide how well you've matched a gift to the person to whom you're giving it: take the value they place on the gift and add it to the value you place on the joy you receive in giving it. If the combined value it adds to up more than what you paid for the gift, you likely have a winner! The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!
Carnival of Real Estate Can the World Get a Good CRM for Real Estate… Please? Bigger Pockets What Ben Roberts really wants is a solid Customer Relationship Management tool. He specs the kind of application he's after and asks why doesn't it exist yet.
Cavalcade of Risk Wage and Hour Suits Heat Up for Health Care Organizations Risk Management for the 21st Century Nancy Germond discusses the class action lawsuits that are making employers rethink their policies of "off-the-clock" employee activities, such as allowing them to eat lunch at their workstations.
Festival of Frugality Three Frugal Gift Ideas for the Difficult People on Your List Family Balance Sheet Kristia lists three inexpensive things to give the people for whom you have no idea of what to get!
Festival of Stocks The David Swenson Asset Allocation Model The Dividend Guy Should you model your investment portfolio based upon how David Swenson, who has averaged 16.3% annual returns since becoming the manager of Yale University's Endowment Fund has allocated that portfolio's assets? The Dividend Guy shares what he learned reviewing Swenson's investing advice for human investors!
Money Hacks Carnival Tales from the NBA: A Baller on a Budget Free Family Finance FMF considers how professional basketball rookie Brandon Jennings might be a financial all-star on top of being a likely candidate for the NBA's rookie-of-the-year. Absolutely essential reading for the more-than-60% of professional athletes who are likely to declare bankruptcy once their playing days end and anyone who needs a stronger appreciation of the need for spending discipline!
Carnival of Money Stories Reminiscences of a Stock Market Wallflower Monevator The Investor sat out the Dot-Com bubble, but learned an amazing amount of information on how to invest from it!
Facing Up Budget Blog Carnival The Definition of Economic Insanity Facing Up to the Nation's Finances With two massive economic "stimulus" packages in two years, and a third major economic stimulus package now being advocated, Conn Carroll questions why it makes any kind of sense to rack up even more deficit spending to "stimulate" the U.S. economy when the first two attempts failed to forestall growing job losses. The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!

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