Best of Money Carnival #162 – Heat Wave Edition

Money Wise Pastor is proud to host the Best of Money Carnival, featuring the 10 best money blog posts of the past week.

Over 80 articles were submitted by bloggers from around the world, so the heat was on for me to narrow all of these great posts down to the top 10.

And speaking of heat, we’re experiencing an intense heat wave where I live in Michigan, and across most of the U.S., with temperatures in the 90’s and 100’s (30’s and 40’s for the rest of the world)! That’s why I’ve decided to entitle this Best of Money Carnival the “Heat Wave Edition.”

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So, slip into something comfortable, grab a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade or your favorite refreshing beverage, and check out these scorching hot Best of Money Carnival picks of the week.

Best of Money Carnival Picks for July 2, 2012

Honorable Mention:  Before I get to the top 10, I want to share an honorable mention, because this article will save my family money next week!  Grocery Alerts shared great tips on how to save money at Canada’s Wonderland amusement park in their Guide to Saving Money at Canadas Wonderland.  My in-laws are taking our three boys to Canada’s Wonderland next week with one of their cousins, so the timing on this post was perfect! Oh, and Happy Canada Day, by the way, eh?!?

10. Janet presents 7 Tips for Bootstrapping Your Business posted at Credit, Eh. It’s never been easier to start a business on a shoestring, according to Janet, you just have to know how to booststrap it. Shoestring. Bootstrap.  Sounds like shoe business to me!

9. Ok, this one caught me by surprise.  Teacher Man says Thank You To People With Credit Card Debt, posted at Young And Thrifty, and explains why you should thank them too.  Why?  Because somebody has to pay retail!

8Marie at FamilyMoneyValues presents Financial Fables – A Slave for Great Black Bear. Read this fable to your kids or grandkids, about how Brother Fox gets into debt with Great Black Bear and learns an important financial lesson.

7. MD at Start Freelancing Now wrote about My First Experience With Selling Stuff and explains that the most basic, and important, financial lessons can be learned at a young age.

6. Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff presents Mr. BFS Grabbed a New Hobby Job, and shares some great tips on how to monetize free time.

5. Invest It Wisely shares Living to 100 and Beyond: Building an Infinite PortfolioThis is the fourth and final post in a series of articles on living to 100 and beyond, to help you plan so that your money lasts as long as you do!

4. Jefferson at See Debt Run presents Skating By For a Week When Your Checking Account is Nearly Empty. If you have no money, and a few days or weeks until payday, here are some tips to help you get by. Discussed are food, gas costs, work, and ways to find money.

3. Steve at Brip Blap explains why In the Future, College will Be for the Rich and Smart and warns against the dangers of high student loan debt for a degree that will give you a low-earning job.

2. Jeff offers some great tips on How to Avoid Money Problems in Your Marriage in a video blog post at Good Financial Cents. As a pastor for 14 years, I can testify to the fact that money issues are one of the major causes of marital strife, while agreement and teamwork on money issues can be one of the greatest unifiers in marriage.

1. My favorite post of the week is Neal Frankle’s Why You Are Broke – Top Ten Reasons posted at Wealth Pilgrim. Neal says, “If you don’t know why you are broke I have some excellent news for you. I’m going to explain exactly why this happens and go one step further. I’m going to explain how you can change that terrible cycle immediately if you are willing to change your way of thinking and behavior. That’s right; your state of being is largely a state of mind – not your circumstances.” So true!

Congratulations to everyone in the top 10 and to Neal for writing the hottest post of the week.  And thanks to everyone who submitted an article.  I also want to thank FMF at Free Money Finance for giving me the opportunity to host the Best of Money Carnival this week!

Well, that’s it for me. My family is headed to Chicago to escape the heat.  It’s cooler by the lake (Lake Michigan) they say. We’re excited about enjoying the “suite life” at a fancy hotel for a few days (totally free, thanks to Priority Club points I’ve banked), visiting the world-famous Shedd Aquarium (with our tax-deductible museum membership), watching the Independence Day Fireworks from Navy Pier, shopping the Magnificent Mile (with the requisite stops at The American Girl Store for our two daughters and the Lego Store for our three boys), hot dogs at Portillo’s, popcorn at Garrett’s, pizza at Uno’s, Giordano’s, Gino’s East, or maybe Lou Malnati’s (I have a hard time deciding – I love em all) and unlimited rides on the ‘L’.

What do you like to do to beat the heat?  And for readers in the U.S., how will you celebrate Independence Day?

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Rich Rich writes on personal finance from a pastor's perspective here at Money Wise Pastor. He loves In-N-Out Burger (and has the t-shirts to prove it), urban living, homeschooling, Gungor concerts, helping people succeed in life and work, camping, dreaming with his wife, and equipping his five children to become financially faithful and free. Find him on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Thanks for including my fables! This is something new I am trying – they are fun to write.

    Your Chicago trip sounds fun – makes me want to go too!

  2. Thanks for the pick sir! An honour to be included with such great PF writers!

  3. Thanks for pick!

    I see you and I are both In-N-Out burger addicts – YES!!! You must check out my post: I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

    • Jeff, thanks for the link to your In-N-Out Burger post! Here’s a post I wrote about In-N-Out on my personal growth blog:

      Like you, it is my first and last stop when I fly to the southwest!

      They’re moving closer to the east with several new stores in Dallas. But I’ve only been to In-N-Out in LA, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. I’m headed to San Diego next week and I can’t wait for my next double double animal style with well-done fries sand neapolitan shake.

      In February I visited their company store in Baldwin Park, CA and drooled over all the great merchandise. And I bought a new shirt, of course.

  4. Thanks for the mention.

    The heat wave in Toronto is sort of over. I didn’t mind it. I got one heck of a tan lol.


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