Sunday Roundup

Just some quick carnival links today.

Carnivals I’ve Rocked

What Can Cause Damage to Your Credit? was included in the Totally Money Carnival.

Financial Blogger Conference was included in the Festival of Frugality.

53 Percent was included in the Best of Money Carnival.

Winning the Mortgage Game  was in the Totally Money Carnival.

Thank you! If I missed anyone, please let me know.

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    Sunday Roundup

    Today, I have a favor to ask.   I want to get to know you better because  I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you.  With that in mind, would you take a moment to complete a short survey?

    Click here to take the survey.

    Thank you!

    Best Posts

    All of us make assumptions.  Without doing so, we wouldn’t be able to function.   We assume the sky will stay up, the sidewalk will support our weight, and the other cars on the road aren’t going to turn into homicidal maniacs and attempt to kill us at the expense of their own lives.   Generally, those are safe assumptions.   Other assumptions can cripple us, keeping us from attempting to reach our full potential.  Challenge your assumptions.

    At the same time, fear keeps us back.  Are you afraid others won’t like what you say, what you do, who your are?   Let your fear fuel you.

    I get a kick out of whiny little entitlement kids running around wearing sweatshop-produced “viva la revolucion” shirts.   Similarly, capitalism-haters organizing their protests using mass-produced gadgets invented, funded, and created by successful capitalism, or Jobs-haters announcing their funeral protesting BS over the iPhone also makes me giggle.

    Carnivals I’ve Rocked

    Time vs Money was included in the Best of Money Carnival.

    Beauty School: Cutting Costs While Cutting Hair was included in the Totally Money Carnival.

    Discount Gift Cards: How Much Can You Save? was included in the Festival of Frugality.

    The Happy Butt was included in another Totally Money Carnival.
    Thank you! If I missed anyone, please let me know.

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    You can ‘Like’ LRN on Facebook.   Facebook gets more use than Google.  It can’t hurt to see what you want where you want.

    You can follow LRN on Twitter.   This comes with some nearly-instant interaction.

    You can send me an email, telling me what you liked, what you didn’t like, or what you’d like to see more(or less) of.   I promise to reply to any email that isn’t purely spam.

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    1. Thanks for including my link. Off to take your survey now :)

    2. Great round up and cool idea about getting to know your readers. I am heading over to do the survey now too.

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    Sunday Roundup

    Bugatti Veyron

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    I just realized that I screwed up on Friday’s post and accidentally scheduled it for July 31 instead of July 1.   Sorry about that.

    I am pretty excited about tomorrow’s post.   I’m going to…well, that should wait for tomorrow.   It’ll be fun, though.

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    It’s a basic economic principle:  If you want to sell less of something, charge more for it.   That works for labor costs, too.  Raising the minimum wage, especially when there is a recession, will only cause less employment.

    This is a neat business idea.   Sometimes, a small business wants a mailing address that isn’t the owner’s home address.

    Foreign CDs seem tempting.  You can make a decent return in India.   Just make sure it’s a legit bank, instead of the “Cayman Island” banks that exist just to collect wire transfers from the US.

    In a high-tax, high-regulation environment, the underground economy will thrive, every time.   Working for cash and no paperwork can be tempting.

    Here’s a sample email to help you buy a car.

    Carnivals I’ve Rocked and Guest Posts I’ve Rolled

    Shattering Taboos was included in the Carnival of Personal Finance.

    Thank you! If I missed anyone, please let me know.   I’ve been slacking off on carnival submissions lately.

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    You can ‘Like’ LRN on Facebook.   Facebook gets more use than Google.  It can’t hurt to see what you want where you want.

    You can follow LRN on Twitter.   This comes with some nearly-instant interaction.

    You can send me an email, telling me what you liked, what you didn’t like, or what you’d like to see more(or less) of.   I promise to reply to any email that isn’t purely spam.

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    Sunday Roundup: Reddit Rocks

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    Friday was my biggest traffic day, ever.   Mike‘s guest post, Brown Bagging Your Way to Savings, went slightly nuts on reddit.  For a few hours, it was in the top 10 on the front page, generating more traffic every half hour than I normally see in a day.  That was fun.

    In other news, my kid is in the #2 slot for wrestling the heavyweight slot on his wrestling team.

    30 Day Project Update

    This month, I am trying to establish the Slow Carb Diet as a habit.   At the end of the month, I’ll see what the results were and decide if it’s worth continuing.   For those who don’t know, the Slow Carb Diet involves cutting out potatoes, rice, flour, sugar, and dairy in all their forms.   My meals consist of 40% proteins, 30% vegetables, and 30% legumes(beans or lentils).    There is no calorie counting, just some specific rules, accompanied by a timed supplement regimen and some timed exercises to manipulate my metabolism.   The supplements are NOT effedrin-based diet pills, or, in fact, uppers of any kind.  There is also a weekly cheat day, to cut the impulse to cheat and to avoid letting my body go into famine mode.

    I’m measuring two metrics, my weight and the total inches of my waist , hips, biceps, and thighs.   Between the two, I should have an accurate assessment of my progress.

    Weight: I have lost 25 pounds since January 2nd.   That’s 3 pounds since last week.  17 more to meet my goal for February.

    Total Inches: I have lost 14 inches in the same time frame, down 2.5 since last week.

    Best Posts

    J. Money has launched an awesome new project called Love Drop.  Once a month, they go make a huge difference in someone’s life.   Wise Bread interviewed them yesterday.

    Tip: Use the word “solved” in a google search to find the answers to tech problems.

    If OMG and Awesome got drunk and made a baby with Optimus Prime, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cobra Commander’s nastiest fantasies, the offspring wouldn’t be this good. Holy crap.  Major cheese alert.

    Q. Why do some business lobby hard for excessive regulation in the name of protecting the environment or forcing people into decisions they disagree with, only to turn around and lobby for waivers to those regulations once they are passed?  A. Because it’s not about the environment or health or giving-a-crap.  It’s about the money.  When an established company pushes for regulations, it’s to keep upstarts from entering the market.  Regulations add barriers to entry.   Anybody who’s trying to force you to do something for your own good has a product to sell to meet that “need”.

    LRN Timewarp

    This is where I review the posts I wrote a year ago.  Did you miss them then?

    Have you ever given any thought to the idea that debt is a social disease?  It’s taboo, you usually didn’t do anything nice to get it, and it’s hard to get rid of.

    In case I haven’t made it obnoxiously clear, I’m more than a bit of a geek.  The post I wrote about D&D and personal finance should make it more obvious.

    Carnivals I’ve Rocked and Guest Posts I’ve Rolled

    Medical Costs and Choices was included in the Festival of Frugality.

    How to Save Money On Anything was included in the Carnival of Personal Finance.

    Mike from http://savingmoneytoday.net presented Brown Bagging Your Way to Savings, which is the post that went kinda nuts on reddit.  He also hosted my post, Resisting Temptation.

    Thank you! If I missed anyone, please let me know.

    Get More Out of Live Real, Now

    There are so many ways you can read and interact with this site.

    You can subscribe by RSS and get the posts in your favorite news reader.  I prefer Google Reader.

    You can subscribe by email and get, not only the posts delivered to your inbox, but occasional giveaways and tidbits not available elsewhere.

    You can ‘Like’ LRN on Facebook.   Facebook gets more use than Google.  It can’t hurt to see what you want where you want.

    You can follow LRN on Twitter.   This comes with some nearly-instant interaction.

    You can send me an email, telling me what you liked, what you didn’t like, or what you’d like to see more(or less) of.   I promise to reply to any email that isn’t purely spam.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I’m glad my post was such a hit for you! Wish every one I wrote would go over so well. :)

      PS – I love that one of the tags for this post is Cobra Commander. I used to love that cartoon when I was kid!

      • Thank you! I wish I knew the secret to making things take off like that.

        I loved the show, spent all of the money I got as a kid on the toys, and actually enjoyed the recent movie. :) I didn’t feel like my childhood was wrecked.

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