Another great round of carnivals this week. I’ve been extra-posty lately, and so more carnivals are being entered. Sue me.
First, I’m thrilled that my post Twenty Things to Do Before We Buy a House was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Carnival of Personal Finance: The Baby Education Edition hosted at Million Dollar Journey. I’d not been submitting to that carnival lately because I keep missing the deadline.
Posts of note in this carnival include:
- A guest post written by a for-profit company on FMF’s blog Free Money Finance titled How to Keep Your Child’s Identity Safe had some great suggestions, and also increased my worry factor. Their suggestion that the last “four numbers of the child’s social security number can be easily used to obtain the full social security number, creating numerous opportunities for a child’s identity to be stolen,” gives weight to a concern I’ve long had about many companies’ practice of asking me for the last four digits of my own security number to “prove” my identity. Yikes.
- Squawkfox‘s article Just say ‘NO’ to crap! is really good, serious article, but I confess that the title me laugh. All my Mommy friends know how much I love talking about poop, and crap is a close cousin.
Some great posts:
- I loved Uses for Aluminum (tin) Foil, submitted by Frugal for Life. There are tons of great tips!
- CAN I GET RICH ON A SALARY’s post How The Word “Free” Makes Us Lose Our Minds was very good, and talks about the same thing I talked about in my post, Buy One Get One Free. Sort of., only much more thoroughly.
The Carnival of Money Stories was hosted at Dividend Growth Investor this week. My post about my phone service, Turning Phone Service Lemons Into Satisfying Lemonade, was included.
Check out these posts I really enjoyed, and all of the others, too:
- I was a bank teller when I was in high school, so I thought Finance Gets Personal’s post Confessions of a Former Bank Teller was hysterical. Just so you know, though, my kid’s fish faces are really, really cute.
- Family and Finance’s article We Got Rid of Our Escrow Account! proves that you never know unless you ask. I don’t escrow for taxes and insurance because I put 20% down, and I knew I could insist on it. I think I need to write a post about homeowners insurance and how mortgage companies can really screw you up! Stay tuned…
Also check out:
- Mommy Cliques: A Ninja Survival Guide at ParentingSquad. As much as I hate to admit it, there’s something about a group of women that can immediately make me feel twelve again. The difference at age 43 is that I’m much more willing to take the initiative, I can laugh about it, I care a whole lot less, I don’t mind looking silly (and often do!) and it certainly matters much less to my general state of well-being.
- Blog Against Sexual Violence Day 3 April 2008 at abyss2hope: A rape survivor’s zigzag journey into the open. Just because.
Next up is the Money Hacker’s Carnival #5 – Haute Couture Edition hosted by Antishay Ventenne. My article Time To Increase the Grocery Budget. Or Eat A Lot Less. was included.
Other articles that I liked:
- How To Make Sure This Is Your Dream Home by The Personal Financier. It’s a great complement to my own article Twenty Things to Do Before We Buy a House.
- PaidTwice not only picks up another notch in her 50 Editor’s Picks in 52 weeks goal, she echoes my own eye-rolling experiences about a myriad of poor choices portrayed as “the thing to do” in the media in her article Critical Thinking and the Media – Awareness Brings a New Eye.
Finally, I’d like to thank Funny About Money for including my article Saving by Delusion in her Saturday Round-up, and PaidTwice for mentioning Shrinking Package Sizes Screw up My Recipes in her Sunday Morning Link Love. I’m so glad you thought them worth mentioning!
Thanks to all of the carnival hosts and participants, and a special thanks to you, who take time out of your busy days to read my ramblings.