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Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, Parts-of-Speech Abuse Edition. What is parts-of-speech abuse, you might ask? Well, it means taking a word with a perfectly good part of speech (as most words have) and changing it to a completely different, less well-known, possibly buzzwordy part of speech. I’ve scattered four five examples of this kind of language jaywalking throughout the carnival submissions.
Budgeting, Career, and the Economy
- Christian Personal Finance tells how he escaped the rat race.
- Life Tuner proclaims cash king.
- Penny Jobs says that only capitalism can save us.
- The Smarter Wallet runs through some tips on how to save money on groceries.
- Parenting Family Money says that if you have a family, you should have a budget.
- The Suburban Dollar looks for the line between looking for a career and taking a job.
leverage (v.) — to use as a springboard; use as leverage. Example: “The new project should leverage as much of our current technology as it can.” One example of a long, bulleted list of bureaucratese developed explicitly to hide intelligent thought.
Credit, Debt, and Finance
- Len Penzo explains how to get out of paying a mandatory gratuity for bad service.
- Insureblog plugs Cartopia.
- Taking Charge recommends payment cards for keeping spending habits in check.
- Foreigner’s Finance serves up something a little different: seven countries’ credit card stats, side-by-side.
- Digerati Life talks about frequent-flyer credit cards.
- PT Money runs through Charge Cards 101.
- Simple Financial Lifestyle nicely explains the power of one.
- Personal Finance Analyst recommends doing your own mortgage acceleration.
- One Money Design shares some common traits of people who successfully got out of debt.
- Debt Free Adventure has a how-to handbook for credit card debt reduction.
awesome (n.) — an otherwise indescribable great thing; something awesome. Examples: Stackoverflow Careers’ invitation to “amplify your awesome” or Sheetz’ call to “wake up and taste the awesome.” This always leaves me asking: “My awesome what?“
- Pragmatic Environmentalism shares some tips for getting more mileage out of your laptop batteries.
- Tiny Money was taken on a trip to Bait and Switch, Inc., by the mall Santa.
- You Have More Than You Think (great title!) lists the five questions you should ask yourself before buying anything.
- Rainy Day Saver talks extreme frugality.
- Quest for Four Pillars dishes out some last-minute cheap gift ideas.
- Free From Broke really enjoys saving at the supermarket.
- Live Real, Now flogs his inner impulse shopper.
- Bible Money Matters suggests ways to give more and spend less this Christmas.
- A Gai Shan Life reminisces about the holidays.
- Money Crashers lists five last-minute Christmas gifts that don’t suck.
- Think Your Way To Wealth explains how to save money with Bing Cashback.
- Eliminate the Muda wonders what the ROI is on an iPhone.
fly (adj.) — stylishly cool; bangin’; sweet; tight. Examples in song: “Pretty Fly For A White Guy” by The Offspring; “Pretty Fly For A Rabbi” by Weird Al Yankovic; “Feelin’ So Fly” by TobyMac. (Let’s just say I’m in touch enough to know that I’m not even the slightest bit fly. Just ask J. Money.)
- Narrow Bridge Adventures talks about using microfinance to invest in someone’s future.
- Dividends Value lists the 2010 Dividend Aristocrats.
- The Dividend Guy reviews The Investor’s Manifesto.
- Good Financial Cents warns that the 80% rule might not be enough to retire on.
- Dividend Growth Investor suggests using dividend stocks to combat inflation.
friend (v.) — to add someone to your online social network (e.g. Facebook). Example: “Thanks for friending me.” As it is possible to friend someone, it is also possible to unfriend someone. Or is it defriend? Disfriend? Antifriend? Who knows …
Money Management & Saving
- Fiscal Geek reviews budgeting software You Need A Budget 3.0.
- Free Family Finance makes a case for why your income isn’t your greatest wealth-building tool.
- Don’t Quit Your Day Job (another great blog title!) explains how to control your giving.
- Free Money Finance discusses the net worths of the members of the US House of Representatives.
- Science and Money gives a run-down of the financial aftermath of a car accident.
- Well-Heeled with a Mission has a super-simple net worth calculation.
- Budgets Are Sexy‘s brother put on his reflection pants and swam in the lake of him.
- Gen Y Wealth suggests a savings goal for 2010.
- Get Rich Slowly states that no one cares more about your money than you do.
- Studenomics asks: “How do people get rich?”
- Bargaineering rates checking accounts and selects the best on a number of criteria.
- My Wealth Builder recommends giving saving priority over spending.
- Money Smart Life has a tip for Christmas shopping deals on name-brand goods.
- A Modern Gal discusses the confession of financial sins.
- No Debt Plan has a way to change your financial life radically in four steps.
fail (n.) — a spectacular non-success; a flamboyant failure. The example here is pretty obvious. Not only a parts-of-speech abuse, but lots and lots of spawned noun pairs! A total fail in standard written English!
- Oblivious Investor discusses tax planning in retirement.
- Darwin’s Finance has some year-end tax tips.
- Stumble Forward explains in what way the rich don’t pay taxes.
- Provident Planning gives a summary of tithing in the Bible.
- M is for Money discusses holiday tipping.
That is it! Stay tuned as Gather Little By Little carnivals next week.