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Best of Money Carnival – Curling Edition

My husband and I were at a Curling Bonspiel (tournament) this weekend, so I do have Curling on the brain.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, think of Bocci Ball combined with Shuffleboard on ice.  Here are my Best of Money picks for this past week combined with David Letterman’s Top 10 Surprising Facts About Curling!

10. Every year it’s watched by dozens of people.

9. Consistently ranked the world’s No. 1 broom-related sport.

8. It’s a lot like hockey, minus the speed and excitement.

7. No #7 – writer fell asleep while researching curling facts.

6. Not to be confused with Norwegian sport “Carling” where you push a guy named Carl across the ice.

5. Longest match ever: unknown, because no one ever stays till the end.

4. No #4 – writer still asleep. Damn, curling is boring.

3. Mickey Rourke making film about washed-up curling legend who comes back for one last big curl.

2. Thing they slide down the ice is called “thing they slide down the ice.”

1. No one cares.

Remember to submit your posts for next week!

Calling Fellow Bloggers – Looking for Hosts for the Totally Money Blog Carnival

As some of you may already know, I created and run the Totally Money Blog Carnival.  I am now officially inviting any fellow personal finance or lifestyle bloggers to host if they’d like to participate in some link love.  :-)

Hosting Qualifications

  • You must have participated in a blog carnival before.  Please note, you are not required to have hosted a carnival before, just have been included in one.
  • You must consistently post on your site at least twice a week.
  • Your site must be at least 3 months old (I will make exceptions if you plan on blogging long-term).

Benefits of Hosting

  • Links – All included blogs are required to link back to you within 2 weeks, you will be linked to multiple times at Totally Money, and you will be linked to in my weekly roundup here at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff a couple of times as well. 
  • Traffic – When sites are included, the bloggers usually visit to say thanks.  Then, when they link back, some of their readers visit too.

Hosting Responsibilities

  • A host must have the time to consider all posts submitted by Sunday at 6pm CST.
  • The carnival must be posted on the scheduled Monday.
  • The host must email all selected participants when the Carnival is live and include the link.
  • The host must include a link to Totally Money in the carnival.
  • The host must include an “Editor’s Choice” section of 3-5 posts (worded as you see fit).
  • Have fun with it – fun themes get way more visits than straight-up link lists. 

In short, it takes a MINIMUM of 2-3 hours to put a carnival together, so please be prepared.  I do send out a detailed email with instructions one week before you host, so you will not be hanging in the wind by yourself.  As always, please contact me with any questions.  :-)

If you are interested, please take a look at this schedule and email me your preferred hosting date at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail *dot* com.  Thanks!!!

Totally Money Blog Carnival #4

To my regular readers, I will be hosting this carnival at least every Monday in January. So if blog carnivals aren’t your thing, please feel free to check out my archives, thanks!

Welcome the the fourth Totally Money Blog Carnival!!!  This one has funny motivational posters throughout.  Enjoy!

Editor’s Picks

If this doesn't make you laugh...

Careers

I'm still giggling...

Credit and Debt

Finance

Frugality

Money Management

Other

Real Estate, Reviews, and Saving

Taxes

Thanks so much!!!

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Please submit your posts to the February 7th edition of the Totally Money Blog Carnival hosted by Live Real, Now using the carnival submission form.

Please remember that this carnival will only include recent, original posts about personal finance or money AND that a description MUST be included when you submit.  The description field is used to weed out scammy posts, so please include one if you don’t want to be overlooked. Thank you!

Also, Totally Money is open to outside hosts, so feel free to throw your name in the ring if you match the qualifications.  Please contact me with your hosting date preference if you are interested!

Totally Money Blog Carnival #3!

I accidentally published this with the comments closed off.  I am so sorry.
Comments are never closed here at BFS!  :-)

To my regular readers, I will be hosting this carnival at least every Monday in January. So if blog carnivals aren’t your thing, please feel free to check out my archives or my guest post today at My Tenant From Hell, Even Room Renters Can Be From Hell:-)

Welcome the the third Totally Money Blog Carnival!!! Thanks for taking a look! I’ve riddled this one with funny signs, lol. I hope to make you smile enough to see you all next week again too!

Editor’s Picks

Budgeting and Careers

Credit

Debt, Economy, and Finance

Frugality

Money Management, Real Estate, and Review

Saving

Taxes

Other

Thanks so much!!!

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Please submit your posts to the January 31st edition of the Totally Money Blog Carnival using the carnival submission form.

Please remember that this carnival will only include recent, original posts about personal finance or money AND that a description MUST be included when you submit.  The description field is used to weed out scammy posts, so please include one if you don’t want to be overlooked. Thank you!

Also, Totally Money is open to outside hosts, so feel free to throw your name in the ring if you match the qualifications.  Please contact me with your hosting date preference if you are interested!

Totally Money Blog Carnival #2

To my regular readers, I will be hosting this carnival at least every Monday in January, but I will have another post up in a few hours too. So if blog carnivals aren’t your thing, don’t worry, please check back in again after 9am CST. :-)

Welcome the the second Totally Money Blog Carnival!!! Thanks for taking a look! I’ve riddled this one with crazy diet fads I found at Mark’s Daily Apple in honor of all of our resolutions, lol. I hope to make you smile enough to see you all next week again too!

Editor’s Picks

In 1964 Robert Cameron published “The Drinking Man’s Diet,” a weight loss book that emphasized carbohydrate control but also recommended that readers drink gin and vodka, which, in and of themselves, are low-carb beverages.

Budgeting and Saving

In the early 1900s, San Francisco art dealer Horace Fletcher unveiled a new weight loss technique under which you were allowed to chew your food – 32 times to be exact, one for each tooth – but could not swallow it. Fletcher – or the Great Masticator, as he was often called – theorized that by only chewing your food in this fashion – a technique that was dubbed Fletcherizing – your body would absorb all the nutrients it needed and you would be able to enjoy the taste of food without the risk of weight gain.

Money Management

Eat, eat, eat and always stay thin – or so claims a promotional poster for The Tapeworm Diet. Under the plan, all you had to do is simply swallow a worm-laced pill and watch as the worm dined off your food.

Spending and Debt

Like grapefruit? Want to eat it for every meal? Well, on the grapefruit plan, you will…for 12 days…grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit…all day grapefruit. Sound boring? Absolutely. Will it work? Well, yeah, but only because your daily intake on this diet hovers around 600 calories or less (beefed up of course by the odd egg and the occasional cup of coffee).

Finance

Ever tried the “Sacred Heart Diet”? How about the “Military Cabbage Soup,” the “TJ Miracle Soup Diet,” or the “Russian Peasant Diet”? Why would a diet need so many aliases? Well, when the key ingredient is freakin’ cabbage you need to do something to jazz it up! Popular in the mid-80s, the cabbage soup diet required followers to consume as much cabbage as they want for seven days (and presumably stay away from open flames!).

Credit

Introduced in 1987, the F-plan advocated a high-fiber, low-fat, calorie-controlled eating plan. The idea is to fill up on fiber and you’ll be less inclined to overeat from other food groups. However, the diet literally sang the praises of carbohydrates, with a particular emphasis on the consumption of potatoes, legumes and grains, which we now know is not a recipe for optimal health.

Taxes

Popularized most recently by one Ms. Beyoncé Knowles, the diet requires users to drink six to 12 glasses of lemonade laced with cayenne pepper and maple syrup. Still hungry? Have another glass…and another… and another.

Careers and Real Estate

Think you can lose weight drinking beers and knocking back tubs of ice cream? Then you might interested to learn about the beer and ice cream diet, a concept built around the very real scientific law of thermogenesis. Based on this principle, the diet’s developers theorized that you could lose weight by consuming cold foods because your body had to work hard to warm up the meals before you could digest them. Effective? Nope, but people sure did have fun giving this one a whirl (or a swirl…if you’re into ice cream humor!)

Economy and Reviews

Popularized by faux-Brits Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, the Macrobiotic diet borrows from the traditional Japanese diet, emphasizing whole grains, vegetables, beans, and modest amounts of fish and then throwing in a part about every meal needing to hit a balance between yin and yang. While the diet is generally sound in that it advocates a diet rich in vegetables, it can cause a number of nutritional deficiencies, including inadequate intake of protein, Vitamin D, calcium, and iron, among other essential nutrients.

Other

Remember when we were told that fat was bad? And the stores responded by stocking reduced fat foods. And then Americans were thin…wait, what? Nope, it didn’t happen like that, and here’s why. When food manufacturers reduced or altogether eliminated the fat in products, they added sugar to improve the taste. As for the claims that following a low-fat diet could improve your health, a 12-year study published in 2006 the Journal of the American Medical Association found that low-fat diets did not significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease or stroke in women (with the same being said for men, just not in this particular study). So to clear up any confusion, low fat diets DO NOT WORK and fat is not the enemy. In fact, a diet that contains a high amount of healthy fats is considered only one thing in our books – healthy!

Thanks so much!!!

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Please submit your posts to the January 24th edition of the Totally Money Blog Carnival using the carnival submission form. :-) Please remember that this carnival will only include recent, original posts about personal finance or money AND that a description MUST be included when you submit. Thank you!

Also, I opened up Totally Money to outside hosts starting the week of February 7th, so feel free to throw your name in the ring if you match the qualifications. Please contact me with your top 3 date preferences if you are interested!

Totally Money Blog Carnival – Inaugural Edition!!!

Welcome the the FIRST EVER Totally Money Blog Carnival!!!  My sincere thanks to everybody who submitted to this inaugural edition!  I’ve riddled this one with fun New Year’s quotes in honor of a new beginning.  I hope to make you smile enough to see you all next week too!

To my regular readers, I will be hosting this carnival every Monday in January, but today is the only day I will not have another post too.  So if blog carnivals aren’t your thing, don’t worry, I’ll have some regular BFS every Monday after this one too.  :-)

Editor’s Picks
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.” ~ Anonymous
Budgeting
“I’m a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a little bit rounder, but still none the wiser.” ~ Robert Paul
Saving
“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!” ~ Joey Adams
Money Management
“New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” ~ Mark Twain
Frugality
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~ Bill Vaughan
Finance
“New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” ~ James Agate
Debt
“Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year’s resolution.” ~ Jay Leno
Credit
“The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.” ~ P.J. O’Rourke
Taxes
“New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.” ~ Mark Twain
Careers and Economy
“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” ~ Bill Vaughan
Other
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. ~ Brooks Atkinson

Thanks so much!!!

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Please submit your posts to the January 17th edition of the Totally Money Blog Carnival using the carnival submission form:-)  Please remember that this carnival will only include recent, original posts about personal finance or money AND that a description MUST be included when you submit.  Thank you!

Also, I am opening up Totally Money to outside hosts starting the week of February 7th, so feel free to throw your name in the ring if you match the qualifications.  After looking at the qualifications and the Hosting Schedule, please contact me with your top 3 date preferences if you are interested!

Best of Money Carnival – Funny Christmas Quote Edition!

Welcome to the Best of Money Carnival – Funny Christmas Quote Edition!  I hope you enjoy the funny and the posts – and then come back to visit Budgeting in the Fun Stuff on my non-carnival days too, lol.

I love this picture! :-)

Here are my choices for the Top 10 Personal Finance posts of the last couple of weeks (that were submitted properly of course).  The first 9 are in alphabetical order by blog and the Editor’s Choice is the furthest down:

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic. – Anonymous

Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered. What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day. – Phyllis Diller

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included. – Bernard Manning

The one thing women don”t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband. – Joan Rivers

You know you’re getting old when Santa starts looking younger. – Robert Paul

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph. – Shirley Temple

Even before Christmas has said Hello, it’s saying ”Buy Buy”. – Robert Paul

The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. – Johnny Carson

Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it. – Richard Lamm

And, for the long awaited Editor’s Pick, the quote that made me laugh the hardest:

The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin. – Jay Leno

  • Randall Davidson presents 277 Ways to Save Money posted at Transcription Blog.  Okay, I will admit it.  This post just had to win when I saw that it was a real list of 277 ways to save money…it was just too complete to ignore!  I cannot imagine how long this took to write!

Please submit your posts to the next edition of the Best of Money Carnival using the carnival submission form. The next carnival will not be live until after the holidays, so Happy New Year’s from Best of Money!