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05 February 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to our regularly scheduled Friday, February 5, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways, were we present the best posts contributed to the best of the past week's money or business-related blog carnivals for your weekend reading pleasure!

How many days do you spend each month working in order to put a roof over your head? Or to eat? Or to entertain yourself? Or to get to and from work?

The answers to those questions are rather ingeniously visualized in The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! That post, and the rest of the best posts of the week that was, are now ready for your review....

On the Moneyed Midways for February 5, 2010
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Carnival of Debt Reduction Visualizing How the Things You Own, End Up Owning You Steadfast Finances The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere! Matt uses a calendar to visualize where all his income went during the course of a month after graduating school and describes how he fixed what was clearly not a sustainable situation with his debt load.
Carnival of HR Comic Book Leadership Upstart HR Ben Eubanks isn't afraid to admit he likes comic books, nor is he afraid to discuss what might be learned about effective leadership from the people in the business of making comic books.
Carnival of Personal Finance Unemployed? Are You Rocking or Are You Rolling? Personal Finance by the Book Joe Plemon argues that the time you're out of work is not the time to put your life on hold. Absolutely essential reading!
Carnival of Taxes Whistleblower Dilemma? Would You Do 3 Years in Prison for $20 Million? Darwin's Finance Darwin tells the story of Bradley Birkenfeld, a banker at UBS, who disclosed to U.S. authorities how people were evading taxes through Swiss banks. The Swiss arrested, tried, and jailed him for violating the country's strict banking secrecy laws, but when he emerges, he stands to gain $20 million from the U.S.' program for rewarding whistleblowers.
Festival of Frugality How to Afford Switching to Cloth Bags Conscious Shopper Erin lists a number of low-cost options for saying no to paper and plastic and yes to cloth bags! Our favorite: Make your own bags out of thrifted sheets or pillowcases (for us, just like Halloween from days long ago!...)
Money Hacks Carnival Can You Build a Credit History Without Getting a Credit Card? Suburban Dollar Kyle identifies three ways you can build up your credit score without signing up for a credit card: student loans, co-signing a loan (or getting a co-signer for your loan), and borrowing money from yourself, which is more involved than you might think!
Carnival of Money Stories Should You Borrow Money to Fund a Retirement Account? Cash Money Life Patrick tells of his experience in loaning money through P2P lender Prosper to a software engineer who wanted to fully fund his Self-Employment Plan IRA. Absolutely essential reading!

OMM's Running Index for 2010

Presented in reverse chronological order....

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