Welcome to the Carnival of Money Pros. This is another compilation from financial professionals across the blogging world.
BUDGETING AND ECONOMICS
Robert @ The College Investor writes Best Online Tax Software: TurboTax Online vs. H&R Block Online – This year, I decided to compare the two major pieces of tax software (at least the online versions), and let you know my thoughts.
Green Panda @ Green Panda Treehouse writes How-to Have a Booming Social Life This Year Even If You’re Broke – How you can have fun when your wallet is empty.
Penny Thots @ Penny Thots writes Options for Selling an Old Car – In my current car, the transmission is going, part of the exhaust system needs repair, it leaks oil and it needs a new chain tensioner. All in, the repairs would cost me close to $3,000. The value of the car, in mint condition is only $2,000. So what are the options when selling an old car?
Bank Free Credit @ Bank Free Credit writes Best Free Software: Seven Programs You Shouldn’t Be Without – Between work and personal time, I spend a large part of my day on the computer using a wide variety of software programs. While some of them are paid for, a majority of the programs I use on a regular basis are free. Below are seven of the best free software programs I use every day.
CAREER AND INCOME
A Blinkin @ Funancials writes Why I Think We’re Adding The Wrong Jobs – A lot of people played up the fall in the unemployment rate from 7.9 to 7.7 Percent as a sign that the economy is improving. I’m not one of those conspiracy theorists that believes all government numbers are fudged, but I think the media can do with them what they want.
Robert @ Kids Ain’t Cheap writes Breastfeeding at Work? – One sector of our health department is telling her, and all women, to breastfeed anywhere and everywhere while another sector is conflicting telling her to breastfeed privately and not at her place on employment, a restaurant.
md @ Start Freelancing Now writes Let’s Fix Your Business Idea Together — It’s Time to Make Some Real Money – Let’s make some real money now!
DEBT AND CREDIT
Martin @ Studenomics writes Should You Build Credit in College? – We look at the idea of building your credit from an early age.
Maria @ The Money Principle writes Do you have too much debt? At the beginning was…feeling – Here I set out the six signs that one may have too much debt. This can be a check list; answer ‘yes’ to four and you better get checking accounts.
Corey @ 20s Finances writes APR vs APY: Understanding the Difference – When searching for a loan or savings product, you are quoted with the annual percentage rate (APR) and the annual percentage yield (APY).
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Start Managing Your Debt – There are some simple ways to manage your debt and you will find four helpful tips here in this article. I learnt many of them from personal experience when I realized that I had to do something about my credit card debt that was spiraling out of control.
INVESTING AND SAVING
Suba @ Broke Professionals writes My Husband’s Coworkers Think I’m Cheap – I’ve always been proud of my frugal habits – until my love of saving money got me teased at my husband’s office party.
Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes Should My Wife Quit Her Job? – I saw this question on Yahoo the other day and thought how many times clients have asked me this question over the years.
Tushar @ Earn More and Save writes How to Apply for a New Job on the Down-Low – How to find better-paying career opportunities and apply for a new job without tipping off your current employer.
Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy writes Resolutions for 2013. – Check out my new resolutions this year, modest but interesting!
Div Guy @ The Dividend Guy Blog writes Best 2013 Dividend Stocks – We have researched the best stocks to get your hands on this year.
Daisy @ Add Vodka writes 2013: The Plan – I know lots of bloggers don’t believe in resolutions, and I don’t really either. Frankly, most years when I make them they last until maybe March, upon which time I forget all about them…
Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes New Year Plan – Its time to be settting Goals – A Simple Practical way to look at your financial goals for the New Year Plan. A guide to setting Goals for 2013 and starting your finance journey right.
krantcents @ KrantCents writes My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions – My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are a commitment to a variety of projects. I decided this year to embody the real meaning of resolutions. I recently shared that resolutions are a commitment, an individual makes to a project or reforming a habit.
MR @ Money Reasons writes Aggressive Financial Plans For The New Year – I’m tried of being normal. This year I’m going to explore more aggressive financial plans and I’m planning on doubling my net worth in five years.
Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Buying Corporate Bonds – Your Free 11 Lesson Guide – Thinking about investing in corporate bonds but not sure where to start? Our free guide to buying corporate bonds was designed for you. Come learn today!
Jason @ Work Save Live writes How to Start and Use the Cash Envelope System – If you’re serious about getting your financial life in order, then learning how to use the cash envelope system will save you thousands of dollars over the course of the next few years and it will play an integral role in helping you manage money better.
Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Budgeting in the Roommate Stuff – I was asked Can you do a post on how having roommates affects your budgeting? Yes, yes I can.
Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes Tips for Understanding Commodities Spreads – Let’s face it, the term commodities spread betting is enough to make most people’s eyes glaze over. But if you’re thinking about getting involved in commodities trading, it makes sense to find out everything you can about spread betting.
PPlan @ Provident Plan writes How Your Identity Could Be Stolen – Identity theft happens to many people every year. Many people are unaware that they have even had their identity stolen.
Marvin @ Brick By Brick Investing writes Successful Investor Eliminate Debt – Detailed description of why it is imperative for you to eliminate debt if you want to become a successful investor.
RISK MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE
Hank @ Money Q&A writes Lifetime Milestones When To Buy Insurance – With each new milestone in your life, your life insurance coverage may need to change. So, you must decide when to buy insurance. You need to check your coverage.
REAL ESTATE AND PROPERTY
Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes Best Mortgage Calculator – Find the best mortgage calculator out there amongst the banks and the alternate mortgage lenders.
RETIREMENT AND TAXATION
Philip @ PT Money Personal Finance writes Federal Income Tax Brackets – We break down the current (and proposed) tax brackets in an effort to help you plan for your upcoming taxes.
Michael Kitces @ Nerd’s Eye View writes Financial Planning Implications of HR8 – the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 – The last-minute legislation this week not only averted the so-called “fiscal cliff” – it also brings about a number of significant changes to the tax code itself, and its permanence (unlike so many temporary rules and sunsets of the past decade) may herald in a new era of productive tax planning!
Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Six Money Moves to Make in 2013 – Recently, The Wall Street Journal posted a story about six money moves you should make in 2013. These aren’t the typical [increase your 401(k) contribution rate], but other financial moves that can have a big impact on your finances.