Today is the Retire Gracefully edition of the Carnival of Money Stories.
- Philip from PT Money presents Anatomy of a Big Financial Mistake, “A funny story involving a drunk call with some pretty good personal finance takeaways.”
- Darwin presents People Aren’t This Stupid, Are They? posted at Darwin’s Money, saying, “You’ve gotta check out this ridiculous coupon deal from a major retailer. People aren’t this stupid are they? Please don’t ever fall for this gimmick.”
- Jessica presents Keeping Up with the Joneses: A Tale About a “House Poor” Life posted at MomVesting, saying, “They were one of the many families who had over-extended themselves and couldn’t afford anything besides their house payment. They were “house poor.”
- Beth from SmartFrugality presents When the Best Deal Isn’t posted at Smart Frugality, saying, “It is easy to get caught up in a great deal and buy more than we need or really even want. I look at the opportunity cost of the “great deal” for a rather minor purchase – and the results are surprising.”
Neal Frankle presents Life Insurance For Children. Never Buy It. Here’s Why posted at Wealth Pilgrim: Money Management Advice, Financial Stess Management, Addiction Recovery Plan & Resources, saying, “No. Never. Forget it. Bad idea. Life insurance is a tool to protect your family. There are two ways this tool helps your life insurance beneficiaries.”
Dr. Dean presents Was It A Mistake To Work In These Arenas? posted at Dr. Dean’s TheMillionaireNurse.com Blog, saying, “People change careers on average 4 times in their life before retirement. If you chose one of these career paths, you may be better off getting out early.”
CreditDonkey presents 10 Purchases You Should Never Put on Your College Credit Card posted at CreditDonkey.com Tips, saying, “College allows us to experience money and freedom, for some of us, the first time. Avoid the 10 common mistakes students make.”
Craig Ford presents How to Get Your FICO Credit Score Online (Any Free FICO Score Options?) posted at Money Help For Christians, saying, “Simplify the process of trying to find the best location for getting your FICO score.”
Joe Morgan presents Is Your House More Important Than Your Family? posted at Simple Debt-Free Finance, saying, “This is the story of one family’s drive to keep their house at the risk of losing everything. Is this the new normal in America?”
My Journey presents Canceling My Cell Phone Insurance posted at My Journey to Millions, saying, “Last April I asked the question, Is Cell Phone Insurance Worth the Price? I think I came up with the proper determination as to whether Cell Phone Insurance is worth it.”
Money Reasons presents Coinstar Counts Money For Free? posted at Money Reasons, saying, “I’ve always thought Coinstar’s coin counting machines were a rip off with their 9.8% fee, but now I’ve changed my mind with their new fee free plan!”
The Wise Squirrel presents Priceless Baseball Opening Day Memories posted at Squirrelers, saying, “Sometimes we just have to spend a little money and create some priceless memories. This story of a baseball opening day is an example of how a small splurge can result in such memories”
Tom presents Is Netflix the Answer For the Frugal Movie Buff? posted at StupidCents, saying, “At nearly $1.50 a rental, the value has been there and that is a big reason we’ve continued the service. In my book, that is a win for movie buff frugality.”
Thanks to all the bloggers who submitted stories or money experiences.