A friend of mine has an extra ticket to the Indianapolis Colts game today and invited me. So, I want to get some of my favorite links from the week done before I have to leave in 2 hours. I had hoped to get some more writing done this past week, but that didn’t happen so I will have to be working to get the posts for the next week done in real-time rather than simply have them go out as scheduled. It just seems impossible to write enough in advance that I don’t feel the crunch at times. I admire all you bloggers who can schedule posts several weeks in advance.
On to the Links
The Saved Quarter talks about finding good deals which is wise advice as we enter this holiday shopping season.
Prairie EcoThrifter offers tips to be a frugal shopper. Combine this article with the previous one and you can’t go wrong this Christmas.
Money Cactus has a great interview with Barbara Friedberg. I enjoy both Barb’s and Money Cactus’s blog so it was like getting the best of both worlds.
The Frugal Toad has a financial bucket list. What a good idea. I also love the blog name. Who knew toads were that frugal?
My University Money wrote about the Brandon University strike. Personally, I had never heard about professors striking and causing students to lose academic time. I think it is shameful.
The Jenny Pincher has an article on how to choose a debt relief company. This is actually the second part of a very useful and informative discussion.
Cents to Save is starting a 2012 goals list. I admire those who plan ahead. I will be Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve, going out on Christmas morning for batteries, and thinking about 2012 goals on January 2nd.
Mrs. LAMF writes a great post on landing a dream job. Yes, there are even jobs to be had in Michigan. Go figure! Congratulations!
The Dividend Guy wants you to look at the whole picture when thinking about asset allocation. Great advice. I am sure not everyone considers this when investing.
Tony at Investorzblog has a confession. No worries, Tony. We are all here to learn and teach and grow together.
Tom at the Canadian Finance Blog shares how to build an emergency fund.
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Finally, my kids have some Cockapoo puppies for sale. There are 3 males with all shots and deworming stuff done. Two are smaller and one is bigger. They all have great personalities (puppies not the kids) and are working on being housebroken (again puppies not the kids). I am very willing to negotiate the price. Just tell ’em CFM sent you. (Would it help if I begged?) Let all your friends know, too!
Carnivals I was in this Week.
Carnival of Financial Planning #211
The Yakezie Carnival for Nov 20
Canadian Finance Carnival #63
Ok, time to get ready for the game. I have to get lunch in the oven before going as a tradeoff. Like I said, I am always willing to negotiate.
I am honored to say the least that I have been nominated to participate in the Seven Links Project. This is where I have to identify those posts that I have written which fall into 7 different categories. I would like to thank Beating the Index and The Passive Income Earner for thinking of me even though my blog is less than 3 months old. Little House in the Valley also thought of me, but asked if I had already been picked.
The Seven Links Project
1. Your Most Beautiful Post
I hadn’t really thought of judging my posts as most beautiful but I think I would have to pick Four Ways to Make Money in Real Estate. With the real estate bubble in the process of exploding, I think it is worthwhile to remember that it is possible to make money in real estate in other ways besides capital appreciation. Positive cash flow is always a good way to make money.
2. Your Most Popular Post
This was pretty easy since all I had to do was go to Google Analytics and find that since I started Cash Flow Mantra, My Apologies to the Economy has gathered a full 2.9% of all the views on my site. The interesting thing about this post is that it didn’t require any research and was written in about 15 minutes while I was in an interesting mood.
3. Your Most Controversial Post
First, I try not to stir up controversy. I don’t think the post itself was all that controversial nor was the reaction to it, but it does touch on a somewhat controversial topic in personal finance. New Car vs Used Car-Throwing My Hat into the Ring brings my personal point of view to the topic in what I would think is a non-confrontational manner.
4. Your Most Helpful Post
I think the most helpful post has been How a Dead Russian Guides My Investment Philosophy. I know that several comments were made indicating that the reader learned something new. I hope that they can take some of the information away that led me to purchase gold and silver in the mid-2000’s. These purchases have been my most successful. I think identifying the longer term trends is the most important part of investing, and I would hope this post helps other do just that.
5. A Post Whose Success Surprised You
That would have to be My Mom Thinks Hedonics are Crap. I have been on an inflation kick recently since I am seeing the cost of gasoline and food (especially Velveeta) go through the roof. Everyone knows that the budget is getting squeezed but the government continues to report minimal levels of inflation. I guess it just hits close to home.
6. A Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved
This one is easy. Saving Money is Good for the Environment was my fifth post and got absolutely no comments at all. I think part of it was the fact that it was so early and I had so few readers at the time. I am sure that many of the frugal bloggers feel the same way. About 3 weeks ago, I took my aluminum cans in for recycling and got $59. Yippee!
7. The Post that You are Most Proud Of
I am particularly partial to How to Turbo Charge Dividend Income with Call Options. I feel this way for several reasons. First of all, there are a lot of dividend investors so I think this information is incredibly useful. Second, I am actually doing this in my retirement account with my recent purchase of Intel stock. I plan on writing another post to detail those transactions in the future, but I think that the ideas are something that could used to generate more cash flow out of a stock in addition to the dividends.
I think this was a fun project. I enjoyed looking back through what I had written. Hopefully, some of my new readers will get a chance to look back and see what they might have missed. I think it would be fun to do this annually, so maybe next summer, I could do it again.
Finally, the last part of the project is to nominate 5 other bloggers and keep the “chain” going. It seems like most of the financial bloggers that I read have already participated so I will jump genres and move to nominate some of the bloggers that I read who work to make money online.
Felicia at No Job for Mom. She is incredibly professional, driven, inspiring and successful. I have learned a lot from Felicia.
Master Dayton at Master Dayton. He has been very encouraging to me over the past few years as I struggle online.
Lis Sowerbutts has a funny name and a great writing style. She is living the dream of making money online building up from nothing to thousands per month.
Ruth from Web Career Girl has been very supportive during my time writing. She is a faithful reader and has developed her own method of making money online. She wants to travel while making passive income. I bet she will be able to do it.
Finally (but not because I think any less of her) is Deanna from Write Moms. She is another supportive individual who is a professional author and has published print books. She is writing online and enjoying the experience. I always enjoy her comments at my other blog.
I am sure that some of them read this blog since they are supportive of my online efforts. I might have to contact some as well. I would certainly look forward to seeing what they all have to say about the Seven Links Project. I know that I would enjoy learning a little bit more from each of them.
I haven’t been able to post as much recently since I spent the past few days working on a new site with my daughter. We have some Cockapoo puppies that are not quite 3 weeks old, and my wife wanted a site to advertise and show the puppies. So, I have been helping with that. I am sure that some of you will want to see the puppies, so I am including a link to AvonCockapoos.com.
I hope to be able to get back to posting on a more regular basis and get my investment philosophy for Kondratiev winter up soon.
Feel free to comment on the puppies (especially if you would like one) or the site.