Welcome to the Yakezie Challenge Carnival! The Yakezie is a network of personal finance bloggers who are dedicated to improving our individual blogs through selfless promotion and information exchange between fellow members in the group. The Challenge, at least initially, is to raise our Alexa rankings. When my site, MyMoneyMinute.com, first began the challenge, my blog was ranked well into the 3 millions; now, as of today, I am ranked #264,844 — and I owe it all to this great network of bloggers!
This Week’s Yakezie Highlights
Here’s some select posts from our Yakezie members:
Free From Broke gives us Different Bank Cards And Their Uses.
Not Made of Money shows us How To Save Money When Buying Plane Tickets.
Eliminate the Muda tells us about Health Care For Kids When You Can’t Afford It!
Jason from One Money Design submitted a video in a contest on how to Save Money Commuting To Work.
Jeff from Deliver Away Debt hosted a carnival of his own — 111th Money Hackers Carnival: Don’t Hassel-the-Hoff Edition!
The Millionaire Nurse gives you 8 Tips To Improve Your Credit Score.
The Simple Life In France asks: Do You Wish You Spoke Any Other Languages? I wish, but I only have to my credit two semesters of American Sign Language and the curse words in Spanish. I should get moving!
College For 10k tells us How The iPad Could Save Money.
Zordane says Getting Into Debt Doesn’t Solve Another Debt.
The Yakezie, Death & Taxes!
April 15th was last week, which can mean only thing — taxes! Here’s some great articles from the Yakezie archives that are tax-related. Enjoy!
20s Money — What Is The VAT Tax?
Beating Broke — What We’re Doing With Our Refund
Buck$ome Boomer — How To Spend $1,100 On Medical Expenses…Fast!
Car Negotiation Coach — Done With Taxes? Stop And Check Your Auto Finance Health
Christian Common Cents — What Is Tithing? (Okay, this is more of a God-tax, but I liked it. If only Uncle Sam’s taxes were voluntary like God’s…)
Clarifinancial — Insurance Crucial In Irrevocable Trust
Conquering PF — PF Defined
Consumer Boomer — How To Check The Status Of Your Federal And State Income Tax Return
Cool To Be Frugal — Should I Put My Emergency Fund Into A Roth IRA?
Couple Money — Our Tax Return Plans
Credit Card Chaser — Are You Sure You Want To Pay Your Taxes With A Credit Card?
Darwin’s Finance — My Effective Tax Rate Is Under 5% – That’s Just Wrong
Downturn Living — Fifty Four Billion, Awww That’s Nuthin’!
Early Retirement Extreme — Marginal Earnings, When Working Is No Longer Worth It
Ending The Rat Race — Being Ready For Tax Season (Canadian blog)
Engineer Your Finances — Financial Lessons From Running
Eventual Millionaire — Highlights the Carnival of Personal Finance: Famous People With Tax Troubles
Evolution of Wealth — Gives you his Finale post in a series titled Tax Savings.
Financial Samurai — Tax Refunds Are Good For Most People, Because Most People Can’t Save
Fiscal Fizzle — Why Tax Refunds Are Bad
Foreigners Finance — Reader Question: Roth & U.S. Taxes While Working Abroad
Frugal Zeitgeist — Cheapest Places To Live: Texas
Girl With The Red Balloon — State Politics And Student Loan Repayment
Inexpensively — The Library – A Fantastic Tool For The Budget Minded
Learn Save Invest – Teach Your Kids About Money With The Family Tax
Little House In The Valley — Choosing A Neighborhood Based On Schools
Monevator — Do You Realise You’re Paying More Income Tax? (U.K.)
Money Beagle — Taxes Are Done
Money Funk — Taxes 101: 3 Ways To Reduce Your Taxes
Money Reasons — The Catch With Winning A Free House
My Financial Objectives — 4 Part Series on Tax Savings
My Journey To Millions — Why Doesn’t Anyone Feel Remorse When It Comes To High Earners And Income Taxes?
Narrow Bridge — Would a 20% Tax Make You Give Up Candy And Soft Drinks?
Out Of Debt Again — I’m Surprised More People Don’t Cheat With Tax Problems
Peak Personal Finance — Can’t Pay Your Taxes? Get An Installment Loan From The IRS
Personal Finance By The Book — The Fair Tax: Is It Too Good To Be True?
Personal Finance Firewall — The World’s Worst Credit Card Spenders
Personal Finance Journey — Should I Tithe Off My Income Tax Return?
Personal Finance Ninja — Why You Don’t Need To Rush Out And Take Advantage Of The Expiring Housing Credit
Planting Dollars — How Much Will My Paycheck Be After Taxes?
Punch Debt In The Face — Taxes Are Funny!
Rainy Day Saver — Finally: Our Tax Refund Has Arrived
Redeeming Riches — What You Need To Know About Roth IRA Conversions
Saving Money Today — 7 Smart Things To Do With Your Tax Return
Single Guy Money — Taxes Filed – Results Not As Bad As I Thought
Stay At Home Mom CFO — Getting a BIG Tax Refund Was Keeping Us In Debt
Sweating The Big Stuff — Funniest Tax Return Ever? (LOL!)
The Amateur Financier — 10 Ways To Celebrate Tax Day!
The Centsible Life — You Win Some, You Lose Some
The Saved Quarter — Why It Doesn’t Pay For Me To Go To Work
The Debt Hawk — Opening A SEP To Lower My Taxes
Ultimate Money Blog — I Still Haven’t Finished My Taxes
Wealth Pilgrim — 9 Overlooked Tax Tips For Self-Employed Fools Like Me
Well-Heeled Blog — I Like Getting A Tax Refund
Young And Thrifty — Tiger Woods: Here Are 16 Last Minute Tax Tips For Year End (hey! same number as your mistress count!) [Canadian blog]
No Refund Needed
Read articles from my fellow Yakezie members – it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Thanks for stopping by this week. For an entire world of selfless personal finance bloggers, continue to follow my fellow Yakezie members. Last week’s Yakezie Challenge Carnival was hosted by Don at Money Reasons, while next week’s carnival will be hosted by Austin from Foreigner’s Finances.
Stay tuned this week for some observations on personal finance from my recent trip to Washington, D.C.!