Carnival of Money Stories – Signs of Summer Edition


Summer is one of my favorite and one of my least favorite times of the year. It is great to be able to get out, get some sun and enjoy the great weather. It can also be unbearable to be outdoors without some way to cool off. This weeks theme will highlight some of the things that say summer to me. The first, and biggest has to be the beach. Nothing says summer like sand, surf, and mai tai’s.

As always I take this carnival very literally so I have only included those submissions that were actual stories related to money.

Editors Picks

Nicole over at Rainy-Day Saver talks about having to adjust to a new mortgage payment. A lot of people forget that property taxes and insurance aren’t fixed cost items and can fluctuate from year to year. When there is a change your mortgage company is going to adjust the amount you pay to compensate. This was a good look at how it can affect you.

Ace from Ace of Wealth is pondering whether or not he really needs two cars. Personally we couldn’t live without both cars in my home. There is no certainty as to when my wife will get off work and we both have to be able to pick up the kids at any time. If it wasn’t for that we would probably be able to swing it.

Johnathan with Christian PF talks about how he handles occasional expenses. A key point he makes is how our personalities play into how we handle our finances. As an introvert I tend to try hard to hold on to everything I get and I know some outgoing people who love to buy.

I have relatives from Southern California who are always amazed by our summer thundertorms here in the South East. They blow in, make a lot of noise and then blow out. I love sitting on the front porch and watching the storms blow through.

The Rest

Katie from the Tripbase Travel Blog talks about traveling full time without spending a fortune with Nora Dunn.

Kristina from Dinks Finance discusses Marrying Money and whether or not marrying for money is a good financial strategy or poor financial planning.

Miranda Marquit wants to know what you are willing to go into debt for over at MoneyNing.

J. Money from Budgets are Sexy ran a guest post by Ms. Tiffani that discusses how she and her friends started the G.O.O.D. $ Gals group to help them own their dreams.

Austin over at ptMoney talks about using your daily salary to put expenses into the proper perspective.

Balance Junkie has provided their Q2 update for their 2010 Financial Plan.

Free From Broke asks whether you should automate or unautomate your finances. Personally I think it should be a balance of the two that works for you.

Bucksome with Bucksome Boomer talks about their experience with Adility.

Watermelon, or any melon for that matter, seems to be a common item in the heat of the summer. I love kicking back and eating a watermelon/spitting the seeds.

Squirrelers postulates on whether or not you can ever get a truly free lunch.

Ryan from the Military Wallet talks about his experiences shopping for mortgages and what the different types of mortgages are.

Free Money Finance highlighted a reader comment this week that boils down to one fact: No One Cares About Your Career Like You Do.

Adam with Money Relationship provided his update for July and discussed what has been going on in his life financially.

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff discussed a cruise they went on last year. I love cruises as a vacation, even if they aren’t the cheapest thing on the block.

Donna Freedman over at Surviving and Thriving discusses how you can exploit a potluck as a frugal meal (or two).

Finally, boating is my favorite thing to do  in the summer. I don’t know how to sail but I love running around the lake in my bowrider, towing the kids, and going for a swim. I feel more alive on the water than any other time.

What is your favorite way to pass the time in the summer?


1 Miranda July 12, 2010 at 8:41 am

Thanks for including my MoneyNing post in the carnival. I love being on the water, too!

2 Craig July 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

We’re loving Summer so far!

Thanks for including my article on automating finances.

3 Ace July 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Kyle, thanks for hosting. I’m honored to be selected as an editor’s pick. For me the best part of summer is the longer days! Warm weather is really nice, but nothing says summer like it being 8pm and still bright outside!

4 Donna Freedman July 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Thank you for selecting my post. I’m glad to have discovered your site through the carnival.

5 Budgeting in the Fun Stuff July 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Thanks for choosing my post at BFS! Great theme btw!

6 Doug L. July 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

My favorite activity in the summer is to lie on a blanket outside and read. You can get a great book for $3 at a half-price store, or rent it from the library for free! It usually takes me a few full days outside to finish a book, so that’s $1.50 per day plus all the vitamin D you can handle.

7 Rainy_Day Saver July 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Thanks for hosting (and the editor’s pick)! I love thunderstorms. Here in the Northeast, they don’t quite “blow in/blow out,” but they’re great to watch from the porch when they come through.

8 J. Money July 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Thank you sir!!! Hope all is well on your end 🙂

9 Mandy June August 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I love the summer time as well! Unfortunately, in southern California right now we aren’t experiencing the summer like it’s supposed to be! The skies are super gloomy and the weather is kinda cold actually. And it’s already August!

10 Tracy August 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Things that remind me of Summer, Fireworks, BBQs, Vacation. All of which I enjoy. Going to the beach and eating water melon always sound good to me too.

11 Jeff August 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I dunno, the hot summers make me want to stay indoors and beat the heat, I must be living in the wrong state as I find the cold more invigorating.

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