Carnival of Retirement

On behalf of and , here are the best article submissions for the Carnival of Retirement.

Carnival of Retirement

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes – Living practical with money doesn’t mean that people have to cut out all entertainment, splurges on wants every now and then, and other fun events.

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes – Planning a holiday party? ‘Tis the season! Read here for the smartest and least expensive ways to keep down your holiday party costs.

Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance writes – Start Off the Year Right with Your Investments has been published on Minimalist FinanceAs 2013 comes to an end, there are a few things that you an do financially to ensure that you start the new year with a solid financial footing. Last week, we posted some ideas of some strong financial new year’s resolutions to make.

GD @ MCI123 writes – Unfortunately, car insurance in the United States is a mandatory expense, so why not make sure you are getting the best coverage and cheapest premiums? Learn about the factors to consider, types of coverage available and discounts you may qualify for.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes – If you want to reach financial independence or financial freedom, you need to know how to avoid debt. Any debt that you get yourself into only furthers you from your goals.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes – As appealing as retirement sounds, it’s something you have to prepare for! Sounds intimidating? Don’t worry – we can break it down for you in 10 steps.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes – By filing for Chapter 13, you can regain power of your financial status by acquiring a payment plan that fits nicely into your budget.

Cat Alford @ Budget Blonde writes – Here’s my idea for a budget friendly nursery, which I’m ready to decorate (asap!) in case the twins come early. The “theme” is very us! I hope you like it!

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes – A review of the book Getting Things Done by David Allen, a guide to productivity and increasing organization of offices and other work spaces for increased work

IMB @ Investing Money writes – Bitcoin, started in 2009, is taking the world by storm. What is it? Who owns it? How do I buy and sell Bitcoins? Learn here!

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes – Before I start, just wanted to let everyone know that I’m in a better overall mood. Generally perky and back to normal.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes – A look at short term bonds vs. money market funds and which is best for investors in the current environment.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes – Looking for a career change and considering job auction sites? Read here for the good and bad of these job auction sites like Elance and oDesk.

Cindy @ MidLife Finance writes – What if you could give them the best present in the world…and not spend much, if anything?

Lisa Park @ Secrets 2 Save writes – Often we delay saving for retirement when we first land a job. This can be a very big mistake. In this article lets us take a few examples and try to understand why it is important to save for retirement from the get go. We will compare two cases where someone starts saving early vs someone who starts late and see who comes out ahead and why?

Marvin @ Brick By Brick Investing writes – A detailed list of reasons why I chose not to become a financial advisor at this point in my life.

Glen @ Glennalicious.org writes – Do you think your tenant’s rights have been violated? Or maybe your landlord has breached the terms of your lease? From uninhabitable living conditions to your landlord ignoring your requests for repairs, can you sue your landlord? If so, this guide will teach you how to do prepare for court.

Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes – Noreena Hertz advises people in power, including presidents, prime ministers and CEOs, about international debt and globalization. She also wants to help people like you and I make better financial decisions.

Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes – Why is it that some people seem to be able to get an amazing amount of tasks done in the same time that other people get practically nothing accomplished?

Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes – While digital marketing definitely has its merits many small business owners are hesitant to use it simply because of the time that they believe it takes to make it work.

Monica @ Monica On Money writes – I bought a PT Cruiser in 2004 for $17,5000 and still have it today. Some people think that’s crazy.

Holly @ Club Thrifty writes – In Social Theory, framing refers to the schema or interpretations of collective anecdotes and stereotypes that individuals rely on to interpret events, meaning its totally normal to lock your car door when you see people that do not look like you.

Larry @ KrantCents writes – Technology has made me lazy! I used to do basic arithmetic in my head. I could count out change without the cash register telling me what change I needed to make. I could spell without using spell check.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes – You know when you do not check your email for a few days and then you start to dread it because you just know you are going to have like 100 messages in your inbox? That is how I was feeling yesterday.

Natalie @ Debt and the Girl writes – One day when I was teaching one of my classes, I had a student that was in a very good mood. He had a smile from ear to ear and his head bobbed up and down as if he was singing a song to himself.

Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes – If you want to speed up the debt payment process you need to make budget cuts. Here are seven ideas to save money on food.

John @ Frugal Rules writes – Investing in the stock market is vital to building wealth and with the variety of options available of where to invest it can be confusing. Choosing a good brokerage that has good offering and low fees can be a great way to help grow your retirement portfolio and get your investing on the right foot.

Mark Ross @ Money Saving Dude writes – If you’re having a hard time saving money, then maybe you’re not following some of these rules.

Matt Becker @ Mom and Dad Money writes – Read all about how a single mom with two kids started from nothing and created her own happy life, thriving business and strong financial position.

Pauline @ Make Money Your Way writes – Real estate investments haven’t performed so well over the last couple years, as the bursting of the housing bubble really hurt the market and impacted many lives in a negative way.

Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence writes – This is a guest post from Troy who will share his thoughts on the current U.S. stock market. Here’s what’s been going on in the 2nd half of 2013 and what he thinks will happen in the first half of 2014.

Pauline @ Savvy Scot writes – We have New year financial boot camp. I review my utility bills once a year to make sure I get the best deal. If you don’t, once your introductory offer ends, you are usually sent back to the rack rate, and zero discount.

Michael Kitces @ Nerd’s Eye View writes – While Roth retirement accounts have become increasingly popular to create or convert to, they have special 5-year rules that apply to determine whether growth can be tax-free or principal can be penalty-free. In this article, we look at the two 5-year rules, how each works, and when each one applies.