Carnival of Financial Independence, 19th edition

Something tragic happened recently. My laptop’s charger died. Yes, I may be overdramatic, but this one of my most valued possessions, it serves as my office to manage investments and run this blog, living room to watch movies and listen to music, phone for Skype, and this is where I do 80% of my social interactions, as aside from BF and a few neighbors, most of my friends live in the computer.

It is the kind of thing that makes you realize you live in the middle of nowhere. I checked quickly online, had I been in the US it was just a matter of ordering one for $9 and getting it on the mail the next day. Some friends were going to Miami for the weekend but I didn’t want to overwhelm them with the errand unless I really had to, so I drove 20 miles to the next town to see if someone could fix it. A guy offered to order a new charger from the US for $100. Delivered in 12 working days, the $91 over Amazon price didn’t even include overnight courier. Yeah, sure.

Then another guy offered to fix it. The cable was burnt from the inside, from 3 years of traveling on 4 continents, being carelessly stored at the bottom of a motorcycle pannier and enduring the Guatemalan heat. $10 later, I was on my way with a working charger. Living in the middle of nowhere has its perks, because new things are scarce, so you learn to do without, or fix them. Ordering anything fancy means it has to come at least from Guatemala City, more likely the US. Motor parts for example, are ordered in the US, shipped to Guatemala City then couriered to the North. It can take up to 2 weeks. So in the meanwhile, people improvise. There is a word called “chapus”, which describes a temporary fix that will make the thing work until it breaks again. It describes perfectly the mindset here.


This week on Make Money Your Way


How to make money online freelancing

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and Why I believe real estate is one of the best ways to make money and build wealth.


Now on to the carnival!


Welcome to the 19th edition of the Carnival of Financial Independence, a selection of the best articles related to Financial Independence this week. If you would like to be included next week, please submit your post via Blogger Carnivals. If you would like to  host for a future edition, please contact me.

The guidelines are:

  • You can submit a post that was published during the last month
  • The posts have to relate to reaching financial independence, and fit within the following categories: Savings and Simple living, Travel and Lifestyle, Wealth and  Passive income, Real Estate and Investing, or Self employment.
  • Submit by Wednesday night for the Saturday edition
  • Please mention the carnival in your roundups if you have been featured!


Kyaiktiyo, Burma

Kyaiktiyo, Burma

Travel and Lifestyle


Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter helps you Control Garden Weeds

Anton Ivanov @ Dreams Cash True gives tips on how to Manage Money Like a Pro – Summer Travel Edition

Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance has some Free or Inexpensive Summer Activities To Do With Kids

Little House @ Little House in the Valley discusses her Summer Progress and Goals Update

KK @ Student Debt Survivor does not want an Invite to Your Wedding

Brock Kernin @ Clever Dude is Planning A surprise wedding..and NOT Talking about Finances


Wealth and Passive Income


Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents considers whether  you should get rid of all debt for financial independence?

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money reviews the book A Million Is Not Enough

Jason @ Live Real Now hopes you have Improved Your Situation Today and every day.

Money Cone Money Cone thinks Life Is Full of Choices. But Some Money Decisions Are Easy!

DW @ Great Passive Income Ideas uses A Residual Income Formula to make money from your blog.

Walt My Wealth Desire shares The Truth of Creating Financial Wealth and Its Advantageous Rewards

MMD @ IRA vs 401k Central studies the Roth and Traditional IRA Income Limits 

MMD @ My Money Design explains How the Lower Taxes From a Long Term Capital Gain Can Work Into Your Early Retirement Plan.

Robert @ The College Investor wonders if  a 401k Rollover Always Make the Most Sense?

Alice @ Hurricanes, Panties & Dollars presents the pterodactyl retirement plan.


Real Estate and Investing


Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank @ Monster Piggy Bank tells the story of The Best Penny Stocks he has Owned

Investor Junkie @ Investor Junkie teaches us how to read a financial statement.

Roger Wohlner @ The Chicago Financial Planner lists 5 Investing Lessons Learned So Far in 2013.

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor explains Why most dividend investors never succeed.

Matt Becker @ Mom and Dad Money shows How to Beat 80% of Investors With 1% of the Effort

Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder has An introduction to investing for beginners.

John S @ Frugal Rules encourages us to Finding Strength in our Lack of Investment Control


Self employment and Career


Dollar @ Easy Extra Dollar lists down  tips on how to Make extra money through working from home

Melissa @ Minting Nickels shares ideas to Earn Money Online and Live Like a King

Jessica Moorhouse @ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses talks about How to Keep Positive While Unemployed

Chris Topher @ This That and The MBA thinks The economy is recovering, hopefully

Ryan @ Cash Money Life lists some Part-Time Jobs that offer Health Insurance Benefits

Alexis @ FITnancials shows  how to Turn Your Passions into Profits

Saving and Simple Living


Cash Flow Mantra @ Cash Flow Mantra  Sold his Minivan Online and explains how.

Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog runs the number on Deep Freezers
to see if you would really save money.

Grand Per Month @ Grand Per Month thinks you can  Make a Grand Per Month By Buying in Bulk

Grayson @ Debt RoundUp wonders Why is Prepaid Such a Dirty Word?

CF @ Outlier Model shares her garlic pork shoulder recipe

Jeremy @Modest Money reviews the Discover it credit card.

Adam from Money Bulldog helps you save on kids’ shoes

Thank you for reading, have a great weekend!

PS there were a lot of duplicate submissions, probably due to July 4th, remember you have to submit by Wednesday night for that week’s carnival or your post will be published the next week (and duplicate submissions removed).

Money Cone Money Cone lists down The 10 Commandments of Personal Finance

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  1. Glad you were able to find a cheap fix. And thanks for the include. Have a great weekend!
    Matt Becker recently posted..A Money Lesson For Me and My NieceMy Profile

  2. Nice! I’m glad you were able to find a way to fix it!
    SavvyFinancialLatina recently posted..The Home Search BeginsMy Profile

  3. Only $100 why didn’t you buy two? 😉 Thanks for including my post in the carnival. Have a great weekend!
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..June Goals Progress & Incomes UpdateMy Profile

  4. I understand your feelings, the same happened to our laptop few days months ago. Just last June 30, 2013 we sent to repair and the repair shop told it will take for one day but we took it only this Thursday. They changed the mother board and now its working well. It cost us $145.

    Thank you for hosting and for mentioning my blog here.
    My Wealth Desire recently posted..Ramadan Celebration and Weekend RecapMy Profile

  5. Thanks for including A post from CBB :) Have a great week.
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted..PF Weekly Grab A Brew #28: Protect yourself when buying and selling onlineMy Profile

  6. Thanks for hosting and for including my post.
    Roger @ The Chicago Financial Planner recently posted..Annuities: If You Aren’t Getting 2.5% on Your Investments …My Profile

  7. Great job on getting the charger fixed, Pauline! Sounds like some great articles here; thanks for sharing and have a fun weekend. :-)
    Laurie @thefrugalfarmer recently posted..Good reads for the week ending 7.12.13My Profile

  8. I hate when my laptop charger dies! It’s happened to me 4 or 5 times and chargers around here are really expensive. I think I paid $60 one time! Luckily I got a purchase protection plan on it for $5 so if it dies again I’ll get a free new one.

  9. When I worked in southern Honduras, my mother would send me regular supply packages of things that just weren’t available down there.

    I don’t know what I would have done without them.

    • I am getting used to what is available, but the offer of general goods has drastically improved since I lived here 10 years ago. Now you can get almost anything, but the price can be high for imported stuff.

  10. re the charger and fixing things–
    Having traveled to Nicaragua quite a bit, I have to say I’m impressed with how they can keep pretty much any vehicle in driving condition.

    Enjoying the blog, keep it up!
    Nick @ Personal Finance Digest recently posted..$200 KeyBank bonus, domestic medical tourism, and another real estate boomMy Profile

  11. My charger is currently held together by a large quantity of duct tape… it may be a fire hazard, but for now it works.
    Michael @ The Student Loan Sherpa recently posted..Why Everyone* Should be on the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Repayment PlanMy Profile

  12. Glad you were able to get your charger fixed Pauline. It is always nice to see that people can fix things without having to buy new. I wouldn’t have paid that much for a new one either. Thanks again for including my article. I really appreciate it.
    Debt Roundup recently posted..The Weekly Personal Finance Digest – 7/14/2013My Profile

    • It is weird because they try to charge me tourist price in some places and normal price in others. I think $10 was really fair to fix it, as it was a precision work, $100 was pure crazy.

  13. Seems like you should open a store and partner with some say in the US to ship things to you and then you can sell them. I have a friends who does that in Costa Rica and is making a killing and his prices are a lot better than those who live there. Glad you were able to get the charger fixed. $91 is a lot of damn money for a charger. How much is shipping to where you are?
    Thomas recently posted..Real Estate Investing How Do I StartMy Profile

    • It depends, 2-3 days shipping on amazon is about $25 minimum then goes up with the weight. I know a guy who does like your friend and imports electronics, I don’t think I would have the patience to clear the items from corrupted customs every week.

  14. Thanks for including me in your carnival!

  15. Thanks for including me Pauline :)
    Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank recently posted..Monthly Bill Payments vs Yearly Bill PaymentsMy Profile

  16. this is my hometown picture, have you ever been there? It is a great place to visit.

    • Hi Ron, yes, all the pictures are mine unless specified, I was in Burma in 2003 and loved the country. So much natural beauty, and the people were amazing, even when they didn’t speak English they made an effort to help me communicate with them. I would love to go back some day.

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