Carnival of Financial Independence, 18th edition

And the winner is… Feedly. Since Google reader retired, Feedly has almost painlessly replaced it. Feedly, I love that I am still able to read posts offline when the Guatemalan wifi is getting weird, and that you easily show the keyboards shortcuts (discovered those 3 days before G reader shut down!). j opens the next post, k the previous, that is really awesome. Where did you guys switch to?

Now on to the carnival…


Welcome to the 18th 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!


Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Travel and Lifestyle


Jason Hull @ Hull Financial Planning shares his fabulous Hamburger recipe for July 4th, and makes you work for it with some PF appetizers. I agree on lean beef but not too lean or the burger will dry.

Adam @ Travel Ideaz wonders if Going to Libya is an Option? Not my first choice but after visiting all its North African neighbors why not.

Mike @ The Financial Blogger explains Why he doesn’t mind spending more on coffee.

Nick @ A Young Pro asks How Much Money Should be Spent on a One Year Old’s Birthday Party.  Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder shares his tips to spend less and have a kid’s birthday parties on a budget.


Wealth and Passive Income



DW @ Great Passive Income Ideas teaches us How To Make Money On The Side In Five Easy Ways

MMD @ My Money Design thinks for financial motivation on your way to wealth you should get Off Your Computer and Go Outside!

Usiere Uko @ Financial Freedom Inspiration explains how Paying Yourself First works with your monthly budget.


Real Estate and Investing


Anton Ivanov @ Dreams Cash True describes the Dispelling Investing Fears

Ryan @ Cash Money Life shares the Top 7 Common Investing Mistakes to Avoid

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor explains why Dividend Growth Investing is a Perfect Strategy for Young Investors

Robert @ The College Investor compares Stock, ETFs, And Mutual Funds

Michael Kitces @ Nerd’s Eye View studies AXA And Hartford Prospectus Changes
and how it may affect your retirement planning.

Matt Becker @ Mom and Dad Money wonders if Now is the Right Time to Buy a House?


Self employment and Career



Gary @ Gajizmo put together a list of the Highest Paying Jobs in America

Adam @ Money Bulldog explains how to Make Money from Patents

MMD @ IRA vs 401k Central discusses how you can Take Full Advantage of Your 401k Employer Match and Get Free Money!

Robert @ Entrepreneurship Life thinks It’s All About Your Bio and not so much your resume.

John S @ Frugal Rules describes The Potential Pitfalls of Working from Home

Jon Haver @ Pay My Student Loans reminds us of the Student Loan Forgiveness for Nurses


Saving and Simple Living



SF @ Modest Money talks about ”Experimenting in Extreme Frugality” Could you do it?

Michelle @ Diversified Finances considers whether you  Should get rid of all debt for financial independence.

David Wombell @ Ashley Park shows how you can save money by taking the downshift challenge.

CF @ Outlier Model shares how to make buns

Adam @ Money Rebound has a few ways to Realistically Slash Your Student Loan Debt

Daisy @ Suburban Finance shares 5 Things You Can Stop Paying For

Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance wonders whether you should Cut Coupons?

Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money helps you perform a Semi-Annual Insurance Check-up to save on premiums

Jeremy @ Modest Money has free online coupon codes

Thank you for reading, have a great weekend!




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  1. Thanks for the include Pauline! I’ve switched to Feedly too and I’ve like it for the most part. Pretty easy to get around, though I’m not a huge fan of the Android app. May just take some time getting used to. But I’m not reading from my phone much so that’s not a huge deal for me anyways.
    Matt Becker recently posted..Carnival of Financial PlanningMy Profile

  2. I’m going to have to checkout Feedly. Any take on Bloglovin?

    I’ll be sure to make a submission on your next carnival Pauline. Blog Round-ups and Carnivals are lot of work that I expected. Beautiful picture of Croatia. :)
    Peter recently posted..Exercising Good Stewardship in Marriage with Time and MoneyMy Profile

    • Bloglovin is nice looking but takes more bandwith for my slow slow slow internet. Every post read counts as a pageview so as a blogger you want to push that one!

  3. Thanks for the mention Pauline! Will check out the Feedly
    Usiere @ Financial Freedom Inspiration recently posted..Budget Busters – The Emergency MonsterMy Profile

  4. Thanks for including me, Pauline, and congratulations to your fellow Frenchwoman on her Wimbledon win!

    If you have an iPhone, check out Reeder – it allows offline reading as well and just connected with Feedly. It’s usually $0.99, but they put it out for free recently, so I don’t know if it’s still a freebie.

    Also, thanks for the help in the PF challenge!
    Jason Hull recently posted..The Four Questions You Should Ask BEFORE Hiring a Financial PlannerMy Profile

  5. Hi Pauline, thanks so much for the mention! I really need to get a new feed reader sorted. I do receive a lot of posts by email but not nearly as many as I read on Google Reader. Something for next week!
    Adam @ Travel Ideaz recently posted..The Best Film Locations in US CitiesMy Profile

  6. Thank you for hosting!
    Anton Ivanov recently posted..Money Saving Tips – Organize Your FinancesMy Profile

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