Carnival of Financial Independence, 25th edition

Welcome to the 25th 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!
Sergel Torv, Stockholm, Sweden

Sergel Torv, Stockholm, Sweden

This week on Make Money Your Way

Troy talks about the Things to Be Aware of When Investing in American Real Estate, Alexandra wonders if you Are you too busy to make money? And I share How I got my Alexa rank below 100K in eight weeks




NOTE: this carnival is late because I am in Cancún, Mexico trying to catch a cheap last minute flight to Europe and learning the hard way that cheap often ends up expensive haha, but that is for another post. I may be MIA for a few more days, have a good one!


Travel and Lifestyle


Jason Hull @ Hull Financial Planning offers 21 Tips and Tricks to Evaluate Travel Options

Cat Alford @ Budget Blonde’s husband shares his Trip to India.

Simon @ Airline Miles Experts thinks you can holiday on a budget and Cutting Cost Doesn’t Mean Cutting Fun

Bargain Babe @ tells us How to Run a Swap

Matt Becker @ Mom and Dad Money reminds us of The Hidden Costs of Having a Baby

Tushar Mathur @ Everything Finance explains what you will have to Sacrifice When You Have Children, Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance thinks you may want to consider the Extra Cost of Private School for your Child. Thanks to Brock Kernin @ Clever Dude, they will be Dressed for Success This School Year, and SarahN @ Livetolist helps you figure out children’s pocket money



Wealth and Passive Income


Michael @ Financial Ramblings calculates How Much to Save for Retirement

DW @ Great Passive Income Ideas explains Passive Income Streams

Michael Kitces @ Nerd’s Eye View shares the Renaming Outcomes Of A Monte Carlo Retirement Projection

MMD @ IRA vs 401k Central helps you learn about the 401k Rules of Your Employer Retirement Plan

Little House @ Little House in the Valley warns us against outliving Your Retirement.

Kathleen O’Malley @ Frugal Portland shares thoughts on The Value of Having Money

Lindy @ Minting Nickels helps you Make Zero Interest Credit Cards Work for You

Mr FD @ Financial Debauchery warns you against The 72 Month Auto Loan

Matt @ Living in Financial Excellence talks about Your Values and Beliefs About Money being Tested

Jayson Coomer @ Modest Money thinks Man Can Live By Luck Alone

FI Pilgrim @ FI Journey thinks you should Be Flexible With Your Financial Goals



Real Estate and Investing


Jon @ Novel Investor put together a Guide to the Different Types Of Mutual Funds

Derek Chamberlain @ reviews the Best Dividend Paying Stocks

Mrs. Accountability @ Out of Debt Again thinks Mobile is The Future of Funds Management

Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder talks about When to renovate your home

Monica @ Making Sense of Cents recomends you Pay off Your Mortgage Faster and Save Thousands of Dollars

Anton Ivanov @ Dreams Cash True lists The Best Online Brokers

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money helps you Do a Whole Home Audit

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor thinks that Your best ideas might already be in your circle of competence

John S @ Frugal Rules wonders How to Invest in the Stock Market With Little Money

Robert @ The College Investor shares the second installment of The Only Thing That Matters in Investing

Pamela Douglas Webster @ Hands on Home Buyer reveals 5 Strategies to Help Home Buyers Deal With Rising Interest Rates

Jeremy Berretta @ My Financial Road helps you find out if you have Accountability

Robb Engen @ Boomer & Echo studies Where to invest for short term financial goals


Self employment and Career


PK @ Don’t Quit Your Day Job… proves that The Slow Recovery is Not Due to Baby Boomers Retiring

Eva Baker @ TeensGotCents continues with her Teen Entrepreneurs series, today is about Ben Lamb.

Jon Haver @ Pay My Student Loans reviews the Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers, and Kevin Watts @ Graduating from Debt details the Oregon’s Pay it forward, pay it back program

S @ Grad Money Matters shows us how to Make Money with eBay, while Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance @ Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance offers 7 Ways To Make Money Fast.

Harry Campbell @ Your PF Pro thinks  The Best Customer Service is Now on Twitter

Michelle @ Diversified Finances list the things Not To Do When Leaving Your Job

Esther @ Bons Vivants Blog suggests 6 Ways To Make Money From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life tells us why Blogs Have Saved her Money

Gary @ Gajizmo lists different Part-Time Summer Jobs For Teachers

MMD @ My Money Design celebrates 2 years of blogging and gives some SEO Tips and Tricks

Michael @ The Student Loan Sherpa reviews  The College Survival Guide

Daniel @ Sweating The Big Stuff is Canceling his  LLC Because There Are Too Many Rules

Grayson @ Debt Roundup shares One of his Biggest Money Mistakes

Nathan @ Ask n Why wonders if You Meet All Your Customers Needs?


Saving and Simple Living


Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans lists some Simple Things  anyone can enjoy while living a frugal lifestyle.

AB @ Aspiring Blogger helps you how Save Cash by Ditching Your Cable TV

Travis Pizel @ Enemy Of Debt thinks Your Perspective On Money Changes….When You’re Paying the Bills

Monica Iannacone @ Monica On Money give some ideas on How To Be Frugal When You’re Not

Holly Johnson @ Club Thrifty shares Operation Frugality (Plus This Week’s Frugal Moves)





Thank you for reading, have a great weekend!


A 30 something French girl embarking on a journey towards Financial Independence. I blog about money, travel, simple and deliberate living, freedom and choices. You can find me on Twitter, Google+, or Reach Financial Independence's Facebook Page

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  1. Thanks as always for including me! I hope your travels are uneventful and that the ticket isn’t so cheap that you have to fly in the luggage compartment!
    Jason Hull recently posted..Do You Really Need a Financial Planner?My Profile

  2. Thanks for the mention!
    Michael | The Student Loan Sherpa recently posted..Celebrating Six Months with the Student Loan SherpaMy Profile

  3. Thanks for including my post mate. Cheers
    Canadian Budget Binder recently posted..Reader Question: Ways money can kill the spark in a relationshipMy Profile

  4. Pauline! I remember when you put together your very first one of these!! My, how time flies…..great Carnival!
    Tony@WeOnlyDoThisOnce recently posted..The Problem with DesireMy Profile

  5. Thanks for including my post, Pauline! I hope you had a safe flight! :)
    Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans recently posted..Links Lisa Likes – 8/23/13My Profile

  6. Thanks so much for including us in the carnival. Hope you found that cheap but not too cheap flight. :)
    Pamela | Hands on Home Buyer recently posted..Home Buyer’s Thesaurus – Different Words That Mean the Same ThingMy Profile

  7. Thanks for including my post!

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