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Holidays are about two things: family and food. Halloween is no different. Although families celebrate some holidays with a large meal, with ingredients like turkey, ham, fish, potatoes, and pies, the central food theme of Halloween is candy.

Once a year, everyone is provided an excuse to eat the stuff that parents always told them would rot their teeth, and not feel guilty (or as guilty) about it. The costumes can be entertaining, and I try to reward the better costumes I see with the better candy. For this Halloween edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance, I’m looking at some of the better and more popular candy for the holiday.

The Carnival of Personal Finance is a weekly celebration of the best articles covering a variety of money-related topics from the blogosphere. Consumerism Commentary initiated the Carnival in June 2005 and the event has continued on a weekly basis since then.

Editor’s picks

Twix is the only candy with the cookie crunch — at least it was when George Costanza said it. Twix was first produced in the United Kingdom in 1967 but didn’t find its way to the United States until 1979. The Twix bar was known internationally as “Raider” until 1991 when the brand was changed worldwide.

Here are our favorites for personal finance articles this week:

FT from Million Dollar Journey presents Wealth Tips for New College Grads. Here are strategies for going from a net worth of a negative $160,000 to a positive $500,000 in seven years.

Jenn from Paying Myself presents I thought I was supposed to be rich.. We tend to think lawyers are rich — or at least financially secure — but there may not be much truth to that stereotype.

Ryan from Cash Money Life presents Guaranteed Ways to Get Fired, and says, “It’s easy to get fired. Just follow these tips. Or, if you like your job, do the opposite and make yourself indispensable.”

Neal Frankle from Wealth Pilgrim presents Private Career Colleges – Calculate the Value. Are private career colleges worth the cost of tuition?

Bob from ChristianPF presents 7 Reasons To Rent Instead Of Buying A Home. If you are considering purchasing a home, think through these advantages of renting before you buy.

Nicole and Maggie: Grumpy Rumblings presents Another comment on doing what you love. Should do what you love or go where the money is? This article tackles to age-old question and helps explain the main purpose of a college education.

Betty Kincaid from Control Your Cash presents Debunkery yet again. Brett Favre’s riches are derived from one thing: how much revenue he can generate for his organization.

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Today’s Carnival of Personal Finance is hosted by ABCs of Investing. The host was kind enough to include my recent article, Number One Frugality Tip: Don’t Be a Woman, among the group selected for “Editor’s Picks.”

In addition to the other Editor’s Picks, I enjoyed The Purpose of Money, Opening a Roth IRA for the First Time, How the Federal Government Prints Money, and The Git-er-Done Redneck Bank. The community of personal finance bloggers continues to grow and great writing is everywhere.

Thanks to everyone who participates in the Carnival of Personal Finance each week.

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The Carnival of Personal Finance is a weekly collection of the best personal finance articles from across the blogosphere, usually with an entertaining or thematic presentation. This week’s Carnival was published last night by the blog Four Pillars.

Check out the articles picked for Editor’s Choice but don’t miss out on The DIY Haircut and Unexpected Check, but It Wasn’t Mine to Keep. I also participated with Which Comes First: Paying Off Debt or Starting Emergency Fund?.

The Carnival, which hasn’t missed a week since it began in June 2005, is a great way to discover new writers and new blogs.

A few of the blogs that participated in that first Carnival on June 20, 2005 are still around, and they deserve some attention for sticking it out through the years.

Only three of the original participants no longer maintain their website or now write about a topic other than personal finance.

The schedule for the Carnival of Personal Finance through June 2009 is in the final stages of organization and should be ready to be announced within the next few days. If you are looking to participate as a host, we are accepting applications for hosting for July, August and September.

If you would like to participate in next Monday’s Carnival to be hosted at Wide Open Wallet, please submit your best article from this week for consideration.

Find out more about the Carnival of Personal Finance, including what’s expected of hosts and participants.

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Welcome to the Carnival of Debt Reduction, a traveling weekly roundup of the best articles in the blogosphere covering credit cards, consumer debt, mortgages, and the elimination thereof. Here is more information about the Carnival of Debt Reduction, founded by Mighty Bargain Hunter.

Through this past week, many bloggers submitted articles to be featured in today’s Carnival of Debt Reduction. What follows is the best of those submissions. Interspersed throughout the links to articles are short tips provided through Twitter. Twitter is a micro-messaging social media website. Last week, I asked the people who follow my updates to send a micro-message with their favorite debt reduction tip, and I’m included a few responses randomly throughout the Carnival.

Let’s start with the top six debt reduction articles.

The Silicon Valley Blogger kicks off today’s Carnival with the dos and don’ts of reducing debt, gleaned from her own experiences with debt elimination.

@MillionMommyND‘s debt reduction tip: “Create a wall chart and update it weekly. Keep an eye on your goal and focus on driving the line on your graph consistently downward.”

Can a housing assistance program help prevent foreclosure and assist with housing debt elimination? The Smarter Wallet explains where to look within the federal government for assistance, if you qualify and if the programs operate as advertised.

Lately, a number of banks are shoring up their own finances by closing credit card accounts that have been inactive. PFR from Personal Finance Reviews explains what to do when your credit cards are closed due to inactivity.

@bargainr‘s debt reduction tip: “freeze cards, pay everything cash until you’re cc debt free.”

The Happy Rock explores what it means to “live within your means” with his recent article, As Long as You Can Make the Payments, You’re Fine. Don’t judge the article by it’s title, however.

The Military Finance Network fields this question: Will my credit cards affect my ability to get a car loan? PatrickCML explores the effect of credit scores on loan qualification and the best use of credit cards to maintain a high credit score.

@banker_girl‘s debt reduction tip: “Downsize your residence.”

Christian from Our Personal Finances explains how his family must start rearranging their finances to thrive with only one income for a time. While living below their means previously, they’ll need to make some choices; namely, whether to liquidate retirement savings to eliminate the mortgage, easing the stress on other living expenses.

@jeffrosecfp’s debt reduction tip: “Stop viewing new purchases as “It will only cost this much per month”. If you can’t pay cash, don’t buy it.”

Continue reading the Carnival of Debt Reduction for more of the best from the blogosphere and Twitter. Read the full article →

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New Carnival of Personal Finance Schedule, Carnival Coming Here

by Luke Landes

I have announced the new Carnival of Personal Finance schedule for the first three months of 2009. The Carnival of Personal Finance is a traveling celebration of the week’s best articles about personal finance throughout the blogosphere. Each Monday, a different blog hosts the Carnival, and the hosts bring their own style and flair to ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Broke Grad Student is hosting the latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance, highlighting the best personal finance articles as well as the Beijing 2008 Olympics. My recent article on Consumerism Commentary, Financial Tips for Students Entering College, earned a “gold medal” as an Editor’s Pick. There were many interesting articles in this week’s ... Continue reading this article…

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Check Out the Latest Carnival of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes

If you didn’t have enough Independence Day celebration and you’re looking for more, visit Mighty Bargain Hunter for the latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance. The Carnival of Personal Finance (or just “Carnival”) is a weekly selection of many of the best articles written about the topic and published recently online by bloggers. ... Continue reading this article…

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Carnival of Personal Finance #157: Third Anniversary Edition

by Luke Landes

Welcome to the third anniversary edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance! It’s hard to believe the Carnival has been in operation for so long, traveling to so many different locations week after week, yet here we are, starting the Carnival’s fourth year with a presentation of some excellent articles. Last year’s second anniversary was ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance is live on Prime Time Money. There were many great articles this week, so it’s worthwhile to look through the submissions. In addition to the Editor’s Choices, check out One PB&J a Day Brings a Home Within Reach?, A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned… Sometimes, ... Continue reading this article…

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Festival of Frugality #119: The Quitting My Day Job to Blog Full Time Edition

by Luke Landes

This morning I have the honor of hosting the 119th edition of the Festival of Frugality! I’d like to lead off with an announcement: I gave my notice yesterday. As of April 12th, I will be a full-time blogger. After months of deliberation, I have decided to take Consumerism Commentary to the next level, and ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival of Personal Finance is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance, a weekly round-up of some of the best articles on the web about personal finance, has been published at Stock Trading to Go. In addition to the host’s Editor’s Picks, be sure to read How to Manage Your Asset Allocation With Multiple Accounts, Grow Your Investments ... Continue reading this article…

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Consumerism Commentary to Host the April 1 Edition of the Festival of Frugality

by Luke Landes

Next Tuesday, the Festival of Frugality will find its way to Consumerism Commentary. I encourage all bloggers who write about frugality-related topics to submit their best article this week in consideration for the April 1 edition.

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Looking for a collection of great personal finance blog posts? The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is online at Million Dollar Journey. The Carnival of Personal Finance is a weekly traveling round-up highlighting some of the best personal finance articles from around the blogosphere. In addition to the articles starred by the host, check out ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The Quest for For Pillars has posted the latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance in with Canadian flair. In addition to the Top Hoser Picks, start reading with The Double Digit Myth (which I’ve also discussed recently), and Good News: You’re Standing in Your Own Way. My article, Teaching Financial Skills to Teens ... Continue reading this article…

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Bloggers: Apply to Host the Carnival of Personal Finance

by Luke Landes

Did you catch this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance hosted by The Baglady? She interspersed a plethora of good to excellent articles with facts (and widely-believed myths) about the homeless. Check out these tidbits bringing attention to the issue as well as the recent articles from the blogosphere at the the latest edition of the ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

I’ve Paid for This Twice Already, an excellent personal finance blog, has published the latest Carnival of Personal Finance in Superbowl fashion. (More information on the Carnival of Personal Finance is here.) An article from Consumerism Commentary, The New Emergency Find: Five Components of an Emergency Plan, was featured as the “Special Teams MVP (kick ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The 134th edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance is online at Mrs. Micah: Finance for a Freelance Life. It’s hard to find time for all the great articles, and they are abundant this week. Start with Mrs. Micah’s top ten picks, but don’t miss 25 Reasons to Love Credit Cards, Credit Card Companies Want ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

Happy new year! The last Carnival of Personal Finance has been published at We’re in Debt. The King of Debt was gracious enough to include my article about charitable gift funds in the Carnival as well as a number of other great articles. In addition to the Editor’s Picks, take a look at How to ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance is now online, hosted at the wonderful silicon valley blog about money, personal pinance, geeks and cyberspace, The Digerati Life, interspersed with beautiful holiday art and artifacts. My preview of the new Quicken Online was included in the Editor’s Picks, as well as other fine articles from the blogosphere. ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival of Personal of Finance is Up!

by Luke Landes

Check out the latest edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance at Get Rich Slowly. In addition to the editor’s picks and my submission, take a look at Index Funds vs. ETFs, Call Comcast and Save on Your Cable Bill, Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 18, and all of the public domain ... Continue reading this article…

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