Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Wealth Builder Carnival #48

Welcome to the forty-eighth edition of The Wealth Builder Carnival. The purpose of this carnival is to collect articles from the blogosphere on building, preserving and keeping enough wealth for a comfortable retirement. For reference, I have tried to keep the carnival content tightly focused on wealth building and did not include submissions that were off topic. For reading convenience, the posts are listed with a brief summary or comment by the submitter and organized them into seven categories: Earning, Insuring and Protecting, Investing, Living Frugally, Retiring, Saving and Taxes.

And now onto the Carnival:


Kyle Taylor presents How to Make $750 a Month Selling Used Books posted at The Penny Hoarder, saying, "You can make a nice side hustle by buying books on Ebay and then selling the same used books to buyback companies. Here's how I do it..."

misst presents Five Career Killer Moves posted at Prairie Eco-Thrifter, saying, "As a hiring (and firing) manager for a mid-cap financial services company I saw plenty of ways otherwise competent people messed up their career chances for advance. Here are five of my favorites."

Tim Fraticelli presents 33+ Side Job Ideas posted at Faith and Finance, saying, "If you're looking for a side job to make extra money, explore a few of these ideas to get your mind working. Ignite the entrepreneur inside of you!"

Insuring and Protecting



Jonathan from Debt Loans presents 5 Useful Steps to Manage Your Windfall posted at Frugal Living, saying, "Have you received an inheritance, lotto money or work bonus recently? Think of how you can stretch the money by generating passive income for yourself from your windfall through sound investment methods."

Dividend Growth Investor presents Why I am a dividend growth investor? posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, "My research shows that a portfolio of carefully selected dividend stocks will provide a sufficient income stream for me to live on, without having to touch principal. The fact that the companies I purchase also grow earnings to pay growing distributions each year means that over time stock prices would go higher, thus providing some protection to my capital from inflation."

Will presents The End of an Era? Apple CEO Steve Jobs Steps Down posted at Money Mastered, saying, "When Steve Jobs came back to Apple, it was close to bankruptcy. When he stepped down, he left it with a market capitalization of over $350 billion. What will happen after him?"

MoneyCone presents Following Buffett Blindly Can Be Injurious To Your Wealth posted at Money Cone, saying, "An individual investor is not in the same boat as Mr. Buffett. It is hard to predict in which direction BofA’s stock price will swing, but either way, Buffett will make money, not so for the individual investor who follows Buffett blindly"

Dividends4Life presents 5 Higher-Yielding Healthcare Stocks With Increasing Dividends posted at Dividend Growth Stocks, saying, "As we age, our need for medical services, devices and medications seems to increase as each year passes. This week week, I screened my dividend growth stocks database for healthcare companies with a yield at or above 2.8% and have increased their dividends for at least 10 consecutive years. The results are presented below:"

Mike Piper presents You Call This an Efficient Market? posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, "Is the extreme volatility of the stock market a sign that it's not an efficient market?"

Living Frugally

Andy Boyd presents The Mac App Store’s Best Budgeting Apps posted at Tricks Machine – Mobile Apps | Blogging Tips | WordPress Tips | Freewares | Gadgets | Social Media, saying, "Keeping track of your budgets has never been easier with the myriad of financial planning apps available in the iTunes store. Whether you are budgeting for a specific event, the future or just simply trying to spend smarter, there’s an app for you. Here is a list of ten budgeting apps to get you started on your way to financial freedom (all prices in USD)."

Kevin presents Five Personal Finance, Economic and Life Lessons Learned from “The Lion King” posted at Invest It Wisely, saying, "Here are five lessons based on my own personal interpretation of The Lion King."

Jon Elder presents 12 Free Summer Activities for Your Family posted at Free Money Wisdom, saying, "Here are 12 of our favorite activities you can enjoy with your family this summer:"

Jonathan from Debt Loans presents Give the Gift of Financial Finesse: Your Young Child posted at Wallet Watcher, saying, "Money is, for better or for worse, one of those things people learn about early in life. If a child learns the wrong things and gets the wrong impression, a multitude of adult financial woes can be the result. Parents, here are some money concepts to teach your young children, and tips on how to make them work in your family."

Nathan Richardson presents Credit Score Needed To Buy a House (and get a Mortgage) in 2011 posted at Deals & Tips, saying, "Lenders like to work with consumers who maintain a credit score of 730 or higher in order to offer the best interest rates on a mortgage. Find out what it takes to get a home and a mortgage in 2011."

Joe Morgan presents Stop Acting Rich! Introducing The Frugal Rich. posted at Simple Debt-Free Finance, saying, "How the frugal people can become wealthy by following the frugal rich and not acting rich."

Linda Rodriguez presents How has credit grown? posted at Credit Cards for Fair Credit, saying, "The growth in the debt burdened carried by American households began to accelerate in the 90s. Adjusted for inflation, the average family in the 1990s had a debt to income ratio of 85%."

Kevin presents What My Dysfunctional Aunt Taught Me About Wealth and Finances posted at Invest It Wisely, saying, "This is a story by someone who is close to me, and is about how fortune, easily gained, can also be easily lost."

DJ presents Pros and Cons of Buying Foreclosure Properties posted at The Family Wallet, saying, "The foreclosure game is one that can get you properties for less. But if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get burned. Doing your homework is essential if you want to come out a winner."

Jonathan from Debt Loans presents Cure Common Ills Without Spending a Fortune posted at Money Mum, saying, "Feeling under the weather? If so, you might like to try some of the following tricks to cure common ills. Rather than buying commercial remedies, which can be expensive, these home remedies use ingredients that you’ll find in the kitchen – and allow you to stay within a budget."


Justin Tops presents Making 401k Withdrawals posted at 401k Calculator, saying, "With the economy doing badly, you may be thinking of making a 401k withdrawal. This post outlines some of the things to consider before you do."

Jonathan from Debt Loans presents Why Should You Retire Abroad? posted at Frugal Living, saying, "If you’re considering making a big move when it comes time to retire but you’re not absolutely sure yet, then check out the following tips. They’ll almost certainly convince you."


Marie presents How to Calculate Your Net Worth posted at Money Spending Mommy, saying, "Figure up your net worth today, then do it again in a year. This will tell you whether or not you’re moving in the right financial direction."

Investor Junkie presents How to Become Wealthy posted at Investor Junkie, saying, "This post isn’t about how to get rich quick, but how to get rich slowly via savings and investing. In my opinion, over 20 – 30 years everyone should be able to at least achieve some level of financial independence, but most don’t. A recent survey showed 64% of Americans don’t have $1,000 in savings. Which means many are living pay check to pay check."


John presents Hurricane Recovery Tax Benefits Explained posted at Wallet Blog, saying, "Hurricane Irene has done an estimated $7 -13 billion in damage over 10 East Coast states. Given the widespread devastation, many of you were likely affected in one way or another, so here are five steps that will help you to minimize financial loss and expedite recovery."

Chloe Simpson presents Make IRS Pay Your Moving Expenses posted at Tax Brackets, saying, "If you are moving because of a new job you could get the IRS to pay your moving expenses."

Jeff Canon presents What You Need To Know About Child Benefit posted at Tax Credit Calculator, saying, "If you have children you may be eligible for child tax credits. This post provides answers to some of the common questions about child tax credits."

My Journey presents Income Tax Planning for Savings Bonds posted at My Journey to Millions, saying, "There are various tax strategies when dealing with your Savings bonds. The first has to do when you should “choose” to pay tax on the interest gained and the second has to do with a possible way to eliminate the tax totally."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of The Wealth Builder Carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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