Carnival of Financial Independence, eight edition

Welcome to the second 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

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 Thursday night for the Saturday edition
  • Please mention the carnival in your roundups if you have been featured!


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Travel and Lifestyle


Mochimac explains what you should pack if you are traveling to a much hotter or colder country on The Budgeting Tool.

If you would like to retire in Guatemala, all the information about immigration, housing and banking is on San Pedro Itza.

Jessica from Mo Money Mo Houses brings us a bit of sun with diaries of her Thailand trip, while Jay recommends you follow those tips to avoid fraud when booking a trip online on The First Million is the Hardest.

Lauren knows how to ruin a friendship: lend money to your friend. On L Bee and the Money Tree.

Grayson reminds us that spending on what matters to you is the whole purpose of money on Debt Roundup.

No, the universe is not conspiring against you, and yes, you can make things better. Gareth studies the Art of optimism at Helpful Habits,

Girl Meets Debt will not push her kids through college, as it may not be the best way to turn them into successful adults.


Wealth and Passive Income


No more excuses! You too can build wealth and MMD shows you the way on My Money Design.

Robert shares five secrets from the millionaires next door on The College Investor.

Joe gives advice on how to invest a lump sum on Retire by 40. Greg from Club Thrifty recommends you do nothing until the emotions wear off, to avoid any costly mistakes.

If you want to grow your net worth, Nelson from Financial Uproar recommends you stop keeping so much cash on hand and invest instead. You can always resort to credit in case of emergency.

Kevin wonders what early retirement really means on Invest It Wisely

Real Estate and Investing


Chris from Stumble Forward goes through all the steps of building your own home. Make sure you don’t forget a thing!

Adina shares a few renovation projects you can do yourself on Timeless Finance.

Adam from Money Bulldog shares a worrying piece of news about UK mortgage rates.

Your Wealth Planners explains the process of buying a home in France.

Money Beagle shares his view about the stock market after the Dow Jones hit an all times high. Or is it? On Don’t Quit Your Day Job, PK points out it is 12% below its historical high if you adjust for inflation. Not a reason to sell, according to A Blinkin from Funancials. Barb also weighs in on what you should do when the market peaks on Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.

Digital Personal Finance reminds us that financial freedom won’t happen unless you plan for it.

Suba looks at investments in India, and whether the high interest rate makes up for the potential currency fluctuations on Wealth Informatics.

Doctor Stocks guest posts on I Hear Budgets about how to get started with investing, and Monevator helps us determine our risk tolerance.



Self employment


Need a free editor for your blog? Sam may have the perfect solution on Yakezie.

Kim  from Eyes on the Dollar gives us a peak at what weeks look like when you run your own optometric practice. Not a dull day in sight.

Maria shares four strategic ways of increasing your income on The Money Principle.

Sydney from Untemplater gives tax tips for entrepreneurs. Whatever your trade is, do not mess with the IRS! KC from Gen X Finance has an hilarious list of the weirdest write-offs taxpayers tried to pull.

Jose from Wise Dollar looks at ways to deal with the loss of a job. Create your own job and you’ll never get fired.

Kevin came up with 34 reasons why being a freelance blog writer is an awesome gig.



Saving and Simple Living


Kevin from Thousandaire and Len Penzo both had posts about a looming economic collapse recently. Better stock food and water, buy a gun and learn to barter. You can also learn to bake sourdough bread with this recipe from Memoirs of a Norwegian Girl.

Amanda reviews some energy saving devices you can fit even if you rent your house on Frugal Confessions.

Spring it a short week away! Time to plant your garden and dust your bicycle. Nicole has some gardening tips on Frugal Rules, Jen teaches us an easy way to start a minimalist garden on The Happy Homeowner, and  Mr CBB is also starting his gardening season with some delicious vegetables grown from seeds on Canadian Budget Binder.

Tony shows you how to simplify your lifestyle by breaking free from consumerism on You Only Do This Once.



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. Thnaks for including us and I love the new look :).
    maria@moneyprinciple recently posted..You and I, the System Glitch: Job Centre woesMy Profile

  2. Thanks for including my post, Pauline. Have a great weekend =)
    Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies recently posted..What’s An Appropriate Level of Stockpiling?My Profile

  3. Thanks for sharing my post Pauline. I hope that you have a great weekend.
    Justin@TheFrugalPath recently posted..January & February Income Plus Some UpdatesMy Profile

  4. Thanks for including CBB Pauline! Have a great weekend! Mr.CBB
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted..PF Weekly Reading List #10-Can I See Some Stolen ID Please?My Profile

  5. Thanks for including Nicole’s post Pauline! I love the idea behind the Carnival! Have a great weekend.
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Shout Out Saturday #8My Profile

  6. Pauline, thanks for the mention! Love this new carnival series – it’s laid out well. Have a great weekend!
    Laurie @thefrugalfarmer recently posted..Good Reads for the Week Ending 3/8/13My Profile

  7. Thanks for including me. Have a lovely Saturday.
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..The Line Between Making Money and Being a Sell OutMy Profile

  8. I’m in the lifestyle section! I feel so cosmopolitan. 😉 Good luck with your new carnival
    Edward Antrobus recently posted..Job Search Tip: Never Answer Phone Calls When BusyMy Profile

  9. Thanks for inclusion and hosting, I really appreciate it. It is always nice to be first at something. congratulations on the new carnival.
    krantcents recently posted..I Am Broke!My Profile

  10. Love this new Carnival idea :)

    Thank you so much for sharing my post Pauline! Have a fantastic day :)
    Mackenzie recently posted..Link Love: TGIF Edition!My Profile

  11. Thanks for hosting and including my article!
    The College Investor recently posted..Can You Invest if You Make Minimum Wage?My Profile

  12. Thank you for including my DIY article Pauline. Good luck with the new carnival.
    Debt Roundup recently posted..Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 3/9/2013My Profile

  13. Pleased and honored to be a part of the first carnival! I enjoy reading everybody’s posts and carnivals are a great way to get all the best in one shot.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..A Letter to My Alumni Association AKA the BloodsuckersMy Profile

  14. I’m still trying to think positive about everything! :) Thanks for including my article!
    Budget & the Beach recently posted..Link Love/Week in Review 3/7/13My Profile

  15. Way to go with the Carnival, Pauline! Great idea for sure (and thanks for including me, of course!). i think you made the right call with all of this!
    Tony@WeOnlyDoThisOnce recently posted..The Best Decluttering ExerciseMy Profile

  16. This is a great idea for a carnival. Financial Independence would be so incredible. I’ll be sure to submit in article for a coming edition.
    Digital Personal Finance recently posted..5 Things to Watch Out For in Retirement PlanningMy Profile

  17. Thanks for the mention Pauline, I’ll be sure to submit a link this week!
    Money Bulldog recently posted..2012′s Biggest Compensation PayoutsMy Profile

  18. Thank you so much for the mention! btw I just posted my recipe for the sourdough starter, so now the recipe is complete:-) Have a great weekend!
    The Norwegian Girl recently posted..Whole Wheat Sourdough StarterMy Profile

  19. “No, the universe is not conspiring against you, and yes, you can make things better.”

    Pauline, that is poetic – in fact you just summed it up better in that single statement than I did in my entire post. I will quote and attribute you with that in a future post.

    Thanks for the great link in your carnival Pauline, it’s massively appreciated. Link or no link though, I find your blog a great read, and despite our topics having only a tenuous link I will always give you a mention where I can.

  20. Thanks for the mention Pauline!
    Jose recently posted..The Wise Dollars Mid March 2013 Favorite PostsMy Profile

  21. Cheers Pauline for the mention!!! Have a lovely weekend my friend. :-)
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted..PF Weekly Reading List #11- Free Money, Want Some?My Profile

  22. Girl Meets Debt says:

    Thank you for including my post pretty lady :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  23. Thanks for the inclusion Pauline! Looks like there’s a lot of great posts I have to try to read this weekend!
    The First Million is the Hardest recently posted..Five Dumb Ways To Spend Your Tax RefundMy Profile

  24. Thanks so much for including our post Pauline! Have a great weekend!
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Shout Out Saturday #9My Profile

  25. Didn’t get a chance to submit to any carnivals this week, but I’ll be submitting you a post for next week for sure. Great selection of articles this week, look forward to perusing all of them.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..My Spending Life StagesMy Profile

  26. Thanks for the inclusion Pauline. I hope the carnival is going well for you. Enjoy your weekend.
    Debt Roundup recently posted..Research Credit Cards Online and Shred Those Mail OffersMy Profile

    • ahem ahem.. I just used the same template this week than last week and lost the first edition so had to fish it back from cache to put it back…which is why comments from last week are showing on this post :( thank goodness I realized early, since it also disappeared from RSS. but apart from that, all is going great! have a lovely weekend Grayson.

  27. Hi Pauline, so glad you got my submission. Hope you’ve had a great weekend!
    Money Bulldog recently posted..Fun Friday ~ The Amazing Chalk ManMy Profile

  28. Thanks for the mention! I like that picture you used. It reminds me of a hike I went on once that had tons os switchbacks like that because the mountain was so steep. Have a great week!
    Untemplater recently posted..Do Entrepreneurs Need Financial Advisors? The Importance Of Managing Your MoneyMy Profile

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