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27 August 2010

Carnival Midway from The Jerk Welcome to the Friday, August 27, 2010 edition of On the Moneyed Midways! Each week, we review hundreds of blog posts contributed to each of the past week's major business and money-related blog carnivals to point you to the best posts we found in each, naming one as being The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!

But today's edition brings us to a bit of a sea change in the world of blogs and blogging - the growth of video on the web!

We've highlighted posts before that have made use of embedded video, but this week has really struck us by how far the the ability of bloggers to incorporate video elements into their posts has come. And that's why we've created a new title to award blog posts that present highly rewarding video material that focus on business and money matters: "Absolutely essential viewing!

The best posts we found in the week that was await you below. Happy weekend reading and viewing!

On the Moneyed Midways for August 27, 2010
Carnival Post Blog Comments
Best of Money How to Graduate from College Without Student Loan Debt Money Help For Christians In a nutshell, Craig Ford says it takes a lot of work, whether it be a job or pursuing a number of other options to make school less expensive.
Carnival of Debt Reduction Is a Balance Transfer Worth It? Bargaineering Sometimes, it doesn't make sense to transfer a balance from one credit card to one that charges a lower interest rate. Jim Wang works through the math you need to do to see whether transfering your balance makes sense for you!
Carnival of Personal Finance A Simple Trick to Get Your Credit Card Interest Charges Waived Len Penzo dot Com Len Penzo's trick for making credit card interest charges go away is so mind-boggling simple that it likely never occurs to most people who might be able to take advantage of it. Absolutely essential reading!
Cavalcade of Risk Laurie Santos: How Monkeys Mirror Human Irrationality This Scientific Life grrlscientist embeds a TED lecture given by Laurie Santos into "monkeynomics," which reveals that people aren't as separated from monkeys as they might like! Absolutely essential viewing!
Festival of Frugality 16 Unbelievable Shopping Disasters Caught on Tape ShopGala Say, what's the worst thing that might happen to you now that the ever-lengthening Christmas shopping season is getting started in earnest? ShopGala runs through a number of video clips showing what might go wrong as you shop.
Carnival of Money Stories Should I Buy Life Insurance Even Though I Don't Need It? My Personal Finance Journey Jacob Irwin asks an interesting question: "would it be a wise investment decision to lock in a life insurance term rate now (at age 24 when I do not need it) than to wait until I do need life insurance?" The answer, plus a link to the online spreadsheet tool he put together to help anyone answer the question for themselves, qualifies as The Best Post of the Week, Anywhere!

OMM's Running Index for 2010

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