It’s my honor today to be hosting the Carnival of Money Hacks #76! Due to my upcoming move to Australia, I’ve decided to host “The Land Down Under” Edition. Throughout the article you’ll find fun facts about my future home to be! I hope you enjoy.
Are you unfamiliar with blog carnivals? Basically, if you are a reader this is a great chance for you to find some great new blogs. Be sure to check out the “Editor’s Picks” for my favorite posts. You can then browse the rest of the articles by category and post title to find some you enjoy. If you are a new blogger yourself, carnivals are a great way for you to get your content in front of some awesome new readers (just like mine)!
Must-Read Editor’s Picks!
Scott over at College and Finance featured a unique post entitled, 10 Economic and Business Pro Tips from World of Warcraft. Scott had no way of knowing that I wasted over 6 months of my life playing this game several years ago. Although I played for years, I absolutely devoured every word of this post. This is a fantastic read for any fan of gaming, but the true beauty is that it isn’t necessary for you to have played WoW to gain insight. WoW player or not, give this post your time. You won’t regret it!
Peter from Bible Money Matters reflected on an important questions in this economy, If You Were Strapped For Cash, How Far Would You Go To Make Money? This post really got me thinking on a personal level about my work ethic and family situation. It contains several great comments that further the discussion. It’s a quick read and well worth your time!
My Life ROI presents an information-packed post entitled 11 Tips to Get Ready for Your Road Trip. This is a great post to kick off summer. The key to this post is that it goes beyond just the basic automobile maintenance you should look into before you leave. It also provides advice on setting expectations, as well as remembering to pack effectively and efficiently. My favorite tip is #5.
Jim from Bargaineering created a step-by-step guide on How to Compare Mortgage Refinance Offers. This article covers it all. Jim starts by defining common terms, offers top sites to get quotes, provides a great calculator to compare the numbers, and even talks about interpreting the end data. In this current economy, refinancing your home can be a very wise financial move. If you are intimidated at where to start or simply looking for more information this post is an absolutely must read!
Pinyo over at Moolanomy Personal Finance outlines How To Improve Your FICO Credit Score. My favorite part of this post is how Pinyo breaks down a complex topic into easily digestible pieces. He utilizes graphs, tables, and bullet points to effectively deliver the essential information you need without bogging you down with jargon or unnecessary points. He includes a complete break down of each section that makes up your score and a couple things you can do to help each category. Check it out!
Although indigenous people had been calling Australia home for nearly 42,000 years, the first European discovery came in 1770 by Captain James Cook. Cook mapped nearly the entire East coast and claimed the land for Great Britain. Cook’s adventure wasn’t all fun and games though. Not having seen anything like it, Cook ran his ship Endevour straight into part of the Great Barrier Reef. His journey was delayed for nearly 7 weeks as they repaired the vessel in what is now known as Cooktown, AUS. After Cook’s return to England, the British would use Australia as a penal colony, exiling prisoners to camps all around the island.
Jeremy Simon presents Criminal Charges, XLII: When it comes to credit card crimes, father knows best posted at Taking Charge.
David presents Discover Card Doubles Rewards for Military Families posted at Credit Card Offers IQ.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s main attractions. It is the largest coral reef system in the entire world. You can see the reef from outer space and it is the largest living composed of living organisms. The area is a World Heritage Site and home to an unbelievable amount of diverse life forms. The reef also helps support over a $1 Billion tourism industry. It even has it’s own fully-functioning, official floating post office!
Dan presents How to Save Money with a Contractor – Patio Example posted at Everyday Finance.
Vh presents INSIGHT! Thinking outside the (digital converter) box posted at Funny about Money.
David R. Lampsen presents Tips for Finding Applebee’s Coupons… Though I Question Your Judgment! posted at Personal Finance Analyst.
My Journey presents Bachelor Party Finances – 5 Ways to Keep Costs Low posted at My Journey to Millions.
Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation and yet another World Heritage Site in Australia. The world-renowned sandstone formation stands 1,142 ft. high with most of its bulk below the ground, and measures 5.8 miles in circumference. One of the most noted features of the rock is that it commonly changes color depending on the time of day and season. At sunset the huge rock briefly glows an intense read color, while during the wet season it turns a silvery-grey color, with streaks of black algae along where any rare rainfall collects.
Nissim Ziv presents Good Answers to Interview Questions | Possible Interview Questions posted at Job Interview Guide.
Len Penzo presents How to Avoid Neighbor Conflicts When It’s Time for a New Fence (Part 1) posted at Len Penzo . Com.
B Simple presents Seven Questions to ask to Help Simplify Refinancing of your Mortgage posted at Simplified Financial Lifestyle.
Australians have a well-documented love affair with beer. In fact, it is commonly said that the very first European settlers consumed more alcohol per person than any other culture in the history of the world! It’s often noted that local pubs occupy more land than Australia’s mining industry, which accounts for over 15% of it’s GDP. And just in case you were wondering, Australians actually try to avoid Fosters. A local friend I recently talked to quipped, “Foster’s is actual Australian for tastes like piss…”
Mike presents The Collapsing Treasuries Market Is Signaling Change posted at Bear Market Profits.
Darwin presents The Riskiest ETFs on Earth – 3X Sector ETF Short/Long posted at Darwin’s Finance.
Matt SF presents Want to Be an Active Investor? Try a Fantasy Stock Market Game First! posted at Steadfast Finances.
Chris McClelland presents Touch Not the Retirement Fund, Thus Sayeth the Experts posted at Lucrative Investing.
Raag Vamdatt presents Defined contribution and defined benefit pension schemes / plans posted at RaagVamdatt.com.
Australia has some of the most diverse and unique wildlife on the planet. For example, the official bird is the Emu. Emus are large birds that can reach up to 6 feet in height and weigh up to 110 pounds. Emus are flightless birds, but can reach a land sprint of over 30 mph. Australia is also home to Koalas, Kangaroos, Dingos, Wombats, Quoll, and Tasmanian Devils! The island even has over 1500 different species of spiders, which is good to know since the average human swallows 3 spiders per year in their sleep! Yum Yum!
DR presents Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card Review posted at The Dough Roller.
Silicon Valley Blogger presents myFICO Score Watch: Equifax Credit Score Monitoring posted at The Digerati Life.
Jorge presents Book Review: Design Your Child?s Financial Future (Part 4) posted at Independent Minded.
Morgan presents Inch by Inch-How to Reach those Long Term Goals with Ease posted at The Debt Dance.
FFB presents Interview With Personal Finance Columnist Liz Pulliam Weston posted at Free From Broke.
Matt B presents Five Simple Ways to Help you Make it Through your Awful 9-5 posted at Financial Methods.