Carnival of Personal Finance #426, where did the summer go?

Have you made a difference this summer? With your finances or personal life? Or did you enjoy some time off to relax and be with family and friends? Let’s look at what our blogger friends did. Editor’s picks are in bold.





Atlantic highway

Atlantic Highway, Norway

The ones who took time off


Kathleen O’Malley from Frugal Portland went on a Road Trip using AirBnB.

Harry Campbell from Your PF Pro quit his job and thought about the Best Day of the Week do so.

The ones who stayed home


Brasov, Romania

Emily from Evolving Personal Finance checked out her neighbors’ Inexpensive Houses and Expensive Cars.

Daniel from Sweating the Big Stuff thought about Gaining 25 Pounds To Get Rid Of his Debt.


The ones who worked


Kim from Eyes on the Dollar offered tips on Finding a Job in a Tough Market.

Grayson from On Better Terms Brown bagged his Lunch to Get Out of Debt faster.

Donna Freedman from MSN Money Smart Spending thought about ways to make a quick $50.

Buck Inspire Forced Himself Out Of his Comfort Zone, and ventured into networking.



Dolomites mountains, Italy

The ones who went shopping


Bryan from Gajizmo put together a guide for the Best Time To Buy Everything.

Odysseas from Card Hub checked whether you can Buy with a Credit Card & Return for Cash.


The ones who visited family


Pamukkale, Turkey


Evan from My Journey To Millions wondered if a parent can Choose his Child’s Degree or Major.

Nicole from Nicole and Maggie helped her dad consider where to invest $300K in cash.

Miss T. from Prairie Eco Thrifter warned us about Cosigning a Loan for Someone Else, unless it is family, and so did Jason on Modest Money.



The ones who did their homework and got their financial house ready for the Fall


Jason Hull from Hull Financial Planning reminded us that we rarely Get a Trophy in Life and can’t expect a reward if we don’t work hard for it.

Michael Kitces from Nerd’s Eye View calculated the benefit of starting saving young.

Savvy Scot from The Savvy Scot confirmed the high cost of Being Disorganized.

Michael from Financial Ramblings calculated how Expenses impact his nest egg.

Ben Naylor from This Healthy Budget found out How to Get a Better Return on Lending Club

Money Beagle from Money Beagle worked out A Rule Of Thumb Estimate For Extra Mortgage Payments.

Dividend Growth Investor from Dividend Growth Investor used science and his experience for Dividend Investing.

Holly from Club Thrifty had a few margaritas in Mexico then prepared for the Club Thrifty Fall Financial Lockdown.

Monica from Monica on Money researched How to Payoff Your Mortgage ASAP.



Santorini, Greece


Pauline from Make Money Your Way (yes that’s me, I love to talk on a third person basis) Smile ran numbers on Renting part of your house or basement long term.

FI Pilgrim calculated The True Impact Of Lifestyle Choices.

Spencer from Military Money Manual got some Auto Insurance Quotes for Military Personnel.

Barbara Friedberg put together a money management program to Build Wealth In 15 Minutes A Day.

Eric from Narrow Bridge Finance listed some Important Investment Accounts You Should Have.

Glen Craig from Free from Broke tried to negotiate life insurance premiums.

Rita P from Digital Spikes confirmed the best way to get rich quick is to take it slow.

Jon from Novel Investor looked at Tax Harvesting, a legal way to lower your taxes by offsetting capital gains against losses.

Investor Junkie from Investor Junkie worked out a great way to make a sure high return: Paying Off High-Interest Rate Debt.

Russ Thornton from Wealthcare For Women explained why Higher Investment Returns Don’t Always Produce More Wealth For Women.


Where did your summer go?

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  1. Nice carnival Pauline!! I think we all like talking in third person sometimes! I would really enjoy visiting Santorini Greece one of these days!
    Thomas recently posted..Watch Your Wallet – Saving money and losing weightMy Profile

  2. Great carnival! Thanks for sharing the On Better Terms post in this weeks edition!

  3. Great theme! Thanks for hosting and including me.
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..Do I Have What It Takes To Be a Big Time Credit Card Churner?My Profile

  4. I was just saying to my wife the other day that it won’t be long and winter will be here, scary isn’t it. Nice to see something different with the carnival :-)
    Adam @ Money Bulldog recently posted..Common Investing Mistakes and How to Overcome ThemMy Profile

  5. Thanks for the inclusion in *both* carnivals! I didn’t realize I was going to get to double dip in the pool of Pauline goodness this weekend.
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  6. Ben@ThisHealthyBudget says:

    Thanks for the great carnival and for my first inclusion! Great work, Pauline!

  7. This summer is flying by for sure! Crazy how that happens!
    Budget and the Beach recently posted..Oprah & the $40,000 HandbagMy Profile

  8. Rita P @ Digital Spikes says:

    Thanks for the carnival and including my post for the first time. Appreciate Pauline
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  9. I noticed when I got up this morning it was still mostly dark. *Sigh*
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  10. Thanks for including me in this week’s Carnival, Pauline. Appreciate it.
    Russ Thornton recently posted..What Women Need To Understand About Child CustodyMy Profile

  11. Pauline- Thanks for including my blog in your carnival! I really appreciate the support.
    MonicaOnMoney recently posted..Debt collectors: What can defend you from their harassments?My Profile

  12. Thanks for the great Carnival :) My summer was the best financially it has been since a long time. As a guitar teacher my students end up going away for the summer and I am left with none or maybe one. This year, I saved some money before and and also worked some “side hustles” so I didn’t have to worry about being completely broke this summer. It’s great to know that there’s money in the bank if needed and that one’s rent and bills are not a concern, at least for a few months.

    Plus I did some personal stuff that rocked my summer as well. A post will be following that in the coming weeks :)

    Thanks again for your hard work and take care. All the best.

    Lyle @ The Joy of Simple recently posted..Turns Out The “Side Hustle” Is NOT The Latest Dance Craze :)My Profile

  13. Thanks for including my article. This has been a cool, wet summer but we had one of the hottest and driest summers on record last year, so I knew we’d have to balance out at some point.
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  14. Thanks for hosting and including me! How are you stepping out of your comfort zone?
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