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Saturday Sneak-Peak: PimpYourFinances.com

Welcome to this weeks edition of Saturday Sneak-Peak! Every week I explore a personal finance blog and give a brief review of the site. My major intent of the adventure is to expose everyone to new and/or obscure blogs. Up this week is PimpYourFinances.com. David has commented on the site a few times and I greatly appreciate his input. This blog would be nothing without you readers!

David is a twenty-something college grad who is just trying to get his financial house in order. He is tired of his debt and wants to rapidly decrease it while increasing his savings. David has a very unique writing style and I think that is what has given him a lot of success over the past few months (he has only been blogging since October of 2008). Here are a few of my favorite posts:

Are Savers Dooming the Economy? NO!!

What Would Bilbo Do? 14 Money Lessons from “The Hobbit” (Featured on MSN SmartMoney)

12 Easy Ways to Sabotage Your Financial Life In College

The Escalator Not Taken

I also asked David a few questions to help you get to know him. Here they are:

YMR: What inspired you to start a PF blog?

David: When I started making money at a real job, I had no idea what to do with it. So I started look around PF sites, and was disappointed that there wasn’t more stuff aimed at young people.

I started thinking that if I was desperate for information, there were probably a lot of people in a similar position.

YMR: You have had some pretty rapid success getting your name out there over the past few months. How do you explain that?

David: Thanks! It’s very flattering to think that my name is getting out and others consider me a success!

I think there are a few reasons.

First, I just try to be myself. I don’t try to write that same articles that other people are writing. I write articles that I’d want to read, especially if no one else is writing about them. That also means that I try to keep a very strong sense of humor and sarcasm.

It also means that I’m brutally honest about myself. I’ll admit the mistakes I’m making. I’ll tell people exactly how much debt I have, and the things I know I should be doing, but I’m not. I think people can relate with that, and hopefully use it to avoid similar mistakes. I’ll never pretend that I’m doing everything right.

Another big reason for what I’ve accomplished is that I teamed up with someone else when I started the site. I handle all the writing, and he does all the technical stuff. It’s allowed me to focus on writing and content – things I enjoy (and that take up most of my free time). It’s allowed him to focus on coding, layout, presentation, etc… stuff he enjoys, and is very good at.

By focusing on our strengths, we’ve done a lot more than we could have done by ourselves.

I’ve also tried to build strong relationships with other bloggers. I link heavily to the sites I like to read, especially ones that are similarly sized to mine. I need to be better about commenting on other sites though.

And one thing I definitely can’t leave out is Tip’d. It’s a social media site for personal finance. They’ve embraced bloggers, so it’s given me a way to publicize my site that didn’t exist a few months ago.

YMR: Which article has been your favorite so far?

David: The most fun I’ve had is with a post on What Would Bilbo Do? 14 Money Lessons from “The Hobbit”.

The reason I enjoyed it so much is that it came naturally. I love J.R.R. Tolkien, and have read the Hobbit / Lord of the Rings trilogy constantly.  At least 10-15 times each by now.

One day, I saw some financial undertones, and started taking notes. It came together by itself. I even ended up with 14 lessons – the same number that Gandalf intended – without trying. So it was fun and easy to put together. Plus I got to embrace my inner nerd.

And more than anything I’ve written, it struck a chord with the masses.  Get Rich Slowly linked to it.  Then MSN money did, and so did Mental Floss Magazine.  It was huge!

It was never a marketing ploy. I just wrote about something I was passionate about, and others picked up on it. It was a very cool feeling.

YMR: Do you think we will ever have too many PF Blogs?

David: Never! I think we all compliment each other. It’s great to having multiple opinions, and multiple points of view.

Even if we run out of unique ideas, you can always learn from the experiences of others.

Also, no one knows The right answers. We can all share our thoughts, but no one has it exactly right. By reading a variety of opinions, hopefully we’re all getting closer to the Truth.

It’s like good music or food. You can never have too many options. Each has their own audience, and even if they’re not normally your thing, there are some times when it hits the spot perfectly.

That’s it! I wanted to thank David again for taking time out of his busy schedule to do this interview. Head over to his site today and poke around! You will find many great things there, trust me.

Have a great weekend!

Money Hacks Carnival #51 – The Office Edition

Welcome to the 51st edition of the Money Hacks Carnival! My name is Adam and I am pleased to be your host this week. Please feel free to poke around the site if it is your first time visiting! You can subscribe to the blog using the links on the right or you can follow me on Twitter to stay up-to-date.

NBC’s The Office is my favorite show on TV. I just love watching the office banter and politics. Every week there is a moment that reminds you of something a co-worker did recently. For this carnival, I decided to categorize the topics by some great characters in the show.

Editor’s Picks

Michael Scott is the Regional Manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. If anyone has the right to pick this week’s best articles, it’s him. He is the glue that holds his team together. Did I really just say that?

Credit Shout tells us to Beware of ATM Scams. Honestly, I really had no idea about some of these. I will be thinking twice about going to the ATM now!

Living Almost Large talks about a family that is in trouble and Their Ship Is Sinking. Looking at this person’s cash flow, it’s hard to believe that they did not see the major problem.

FIRE Finance shares a great story on how Smart Refrigeration Lowers Electricity Bills. Who better to tell you about saving energy on your refrigerator than someone who works with them every day?

PF Credit Cards shows you How to Beat Priceline and Get a Winning Bid. Personally, I have been using Priceline’s Name Your Own Price for over a year now. I will never go back to paying full price again! You really have no say in the brand of your hotel, but you still get to pick the star level. I have yet to be disappointed in the hotel I end up getting.

Career

To me, no one seems more focused on their career than Dwight Schrute. He is constantly reminding everyone about his position with the company and how he is the top salesman. He is also good at sucking up to the boss. Watch the show and learn from Dwight if you are searching for a new job!

Tom at The Strump gives his opinion on How to Translate Employment Ads.

FMF at Free Money Finance lets you know How to Waste Money on a MBA.

Debt and Credit

Kelly is really into fashion and fancy things. Only working at Dunder Mifflin, I can imagine that she has some major credit card debt. Hopefully, some of these articles can help her get on the path to becoming debt free.

Jim at Bargaineering has a Review of MyFICO ScoreWatch. He says it’s perfect for credit score junkies!

Tyler from CreditCards.com talks about how Credit Card Regulation is Brewing for College Campuses Again. Personally, I have never signed up for a credit card at a table at college, sporting event , airport, etc.

Looking for a new rewards credit card? Credit Addict tells us about the Pentagon Federal Visa Rewards Card.

Shaun from Learn Financial Planning gives his 5 Principles for Getting Out of Debt. Some great insights here!

Mr. Banker at Best Interest Rate Banks gives us his review of High Interest Savings Accounts.

Studenomics Breaks Down Student Loans in a non-confrontation manner.

Chris at StumbleForward gives you some tips on Becoming a Blogger to Get Out of Debt.

Housing

Jim just recently bought a house from his parents. I bet he wishes that he could have had some of these great articles to read!

Len Penzo provides us with A Layman’s Guide to Mortgage Application Junk Fees.

Passive Family Income talks about The Recession in America and Home Foreclosures.

Frugality and Saving Money

If anyone on the show is frugal, it’s Pamela. She dresses simple, religiously watched her money while going to college, and was thrifty while planner her first wedding.

Silicon Valley Blogger at The Digerati Life has a Valentine’s Day Tip on Using Ebates to Get Cash Back.

Pete at Bible Money Matters reminds us that Small Decisions Equal Big Results.

J Money at Budgets are Sexy says The Budget is Back, Baby!

Lisa from Greener Pastures presents Economic Collapse-R-Us: 22 Lifestyle Changes of Middle Class America.

The Writer’s Coin presents Am I a Thief or an Entrepreneur? The overwhelming majority of the comments suggest a thief. Head over there and give your input. He has even written a response post to the naysayers.

Matt at Stupid Cents gives us Five Simple Ways to Buy Everything Cheaper and Save Money.

The Shark Investor gives us Strategies for Raising Savings.

Mr. Tough Money Love show us how Arming Ourselves to Save Money on Car Repairs can be a good thing.

Patrick at Money Saving Deals has some Godaddy.com Coupon Codes to share.

David at Personal Finance Analyst gives us The Best Free Budget Worksheets on the Internet.

Dana at Not Made of Money tells us How Her Family Keeps the Breaks on Spending.

The Smarter Wallet shares some delicious Cheap Meals You Can Cook at Home to Save Money.

Debt Kid shows us Why Budgets Don’t Work for Everyone.

Hank at Own The Dollar wants to know Is Three to Six Months of Expenses Enough Money For Your Emergency Fund?

Aryn at Sound Money Matters shows you The Pros and Cons of Homemade Yogurt.

Taxes

When I think of someone who would evade income taxes, I think about Creed. Hopefully some of these articles will help him file his return this year. His first return ever?

Money Tipper lets us know about TurboTax Discounts for Vanguard Customers.

Nickel at Five Cent Nickel gives us Ten Common Income Tax Credits. Head over there to make sure you are getting all the money you deserve.

Thinking of buying a new house? Madison at My Dollar Plan talks about the Possibility of a $15,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit.

Patrick at Military Finance Network answers a question about What You Need to Do If Your Stimulus Check Was Lost of Stolen.

Christian Personal Finance found some places that have Free STATE e-file Online! Living in Maryland, I know that we have free e-file for the state return. It makes it nice and easy!

Insurance

If I had to guess which employee had the greatest amount of insurance, I would say it was Andy. I’d bet he has whole life, term, universal, two health policies and a deferred annuity. He also seems to be the most likely to be a insurance salesman. He just has that way about him!

Mr. GoTo at Go To Retirement gives you an idea about Fixed Annuities and Financial Risk. I think fixed annuities are a great thing to have in retirement. It’s unfortunate that they get such a bad rep from many mainstream media types.

Junior Boomer from The Consumer Boomer talks about Women and Long-term Care Insurance.

Economy

Now honestly, who cares more about the economy than Stanley? Just look at that face!

Kathryn at Out of Debt Christian tells us about The Importance of Shopping Local.

PFR at Personal Finance Reviews tells how the FDIC Plans to Restrict Interest Rates of Troubled Banks.

Curt at Penny Jobs presents The Fiat Money System is Failing.

Money Blue Book Finance wants to know is there a Second Stimulus Check for Obama in 2009?

Investing

Toby is the head of human resources at Dunder Mifflin. If anyone was maxing out their 401(k) there, it would be him.

Sun at The Sun’s Financial Diary alerts you to a Free Stock Analysis Tool.

The Financial Blogger shows you some Options to Secure Your Investment Portfolio.

The Intelligent Speculator wants to know if Super Bowl Ads are Really Worth It?

The Investor at Monevator gives their 10 Reasons to Be Cheerful as an Investor.

Jeff from Good Financial Cents has 7 Things to Know About the 2010 Roth IRA Conversion.

Dividend Tree shows us how Everyday Life Teaches us Dividend Investing.

Other

When I was thinking about what character would be good for the category other, I thought of Ryan. He definitely had some ups and downs with Dunder Mifflin!

MoneyNing presents What Everyone Ought to Know When Applying for Free Stuff.

Patrick at Cash Money Life has some $25 Sign-up Bonuses from Lending Club. You even have 2 chances to win $100!

Mara Rodgers at Secrets for Money gives some great Tips To Teach Kids About Money.

Chris at Financial Reflections lets you know How Identiy Thieves Sell Your Data Online.

Mighty Bargain Hunter gives you Some Great Sources for Free AudioBooks.

Miss M at M is for Money shares with you Deliverance from Debt: Budget Basics.

Mike at Money TLD shares with us 10 Places to Click for Cash. There are quite a few things on this list that I have never heard of. I think I will check some of them out!

Are We Heading for A Depression?

In an October poll conducted by CNN, 6 in 10 Americans believe that it is somewhat likely or very likely that we will head into a depression. Personally, I blame the media for this. With several 24 hour news channels, we are constantly bombarded with negative news stories talking about how bad things are. I don’t see a majority of people living in mud huts, do you? Who did these people poll, 100% of the unemployed?

I feel that there is NO WAY that we will see another depression and even the experts seem to agree. Mark Riepe, a CFA at Charles Schwab, gives a great explanation on how a depression is highly unlikely. Here is a snipit of some of the numbers that were used to debunk depression fears:

GDP Growth

-27% in Great Depression vs. 1% today

Unemployment

25% in Great Depression vs. 6.7% today

Industrial Production

-52% in Great Depression vs. -2% today

If my eyes are seeing this right, these numbers are nowhere near Great Depression figures. Yet, when you watch the nightly news it seems like cardboard boxes are only a few months away. I think we may be getting to the point where we just have too much information available to us. Many people also fall into the trap of not forming their own opinion or doing the research for themselves. Many of these reporters can say anything that they want to and many people believe every word they say.

Where you one of the original people who thought a depression was probable? What made you come to that conclusion?

Anyone think the media is getting too powerful?