Well, what do you know. The Indianapolis Colts have managed to win their first game of the season. At least, the didn’t lose all of them. They should still be able to get a decent draft pick. They sure better not screw that up.
On the other hand, Team A has been doing incredibly well. I am thankful to all the Yakezie Team members who have been coming by and commenting on my blog. I have been stopping by their blogs and want to highlight my favorite posts from the past week or two, so let’s get to it.
Team A Links
Ultimate Smart Money asks “Do You Believe in the Santa Claus Rally?” Well, I do but I think we will be getting coal this year.
Your Finances Simplified wonders how will we be funding our retirements since the 401(k) is simply not enough. Well, I have a plan. Do you?
Krant cents points out the benefits of holiday networking and how to do it right. This is great advice and a must read.
Sustainable Personal Finance points out that sustainable index investing often is not true in its objectives for sustainability. It is vital that you know what is in these indexes.
Mom’s Plans gives another debt free journey update and proves that the intensity is still there. Great progress!
Aaron Hung ponders whether you should buy a home in this economy. I would say that the record low interest rates makes now a great time to purchase if you are secure enough in your job. If I didn’t have a bunch of college expenses in my future, I would be buying real estate hand over fist.
The Money Principle shares lessons learned from the game of Cashflow. I would love to play this game sometime. More important though, how is your real life cash flow?
The Saved Quarter has enough stuff! Instead, how about getting those you love something they will remember for a lifetime instead of wear out.
Back to the real estate theme, Prairie Eco Thrifter suggests how to plan to buy a house. These are great tips.
Money Cactus shares another awesome interview. This time Untemplater is the interviewee.
The Frugal Toad recommends renting a home when going on vacation for big savings. I can tell you that if you have 6 kids, there is no other way to do it. It is usually about the same cost or less compared to renting two hotel rooms with much more space and more amenities. We can cook our own meals in the kitchen and save that way as well.
My University Money offers ideas for educating the leaders of tomorrow. A great post with video as an added bonus!
The Jenny Pincher points out the difference between making money and becoming wealthy. Time to reevaluate the mindset.
Cents to Save shares 12 goals for 2012. I wish her the best on these goals and that she absolutely crushes them. I also wish the best for her mother’s health.
Now is the time to highlight those carnivals in which I have been included this past week. Thanks to me, there were absolutely NONE! But thanks to Melissa from Mom’s Plans, I was included in THREE! Yippee!
Canadian Finance Carnival #66
Carnival of Financial Planning–Edition #214
I would like to share the fact that my monthly visits have been just over 2000 for the past week or so now. I owe it all to the members of Team A and the Yakezie Network. In fact, my one month Alexa ranking has been under 130,000 so I couldn’t be more pleased. I suspect that traffic will dip a little going into the Christmas Holiday, but I am OK with that. After the first of the year, I bet things will pick up and that 2012 will be a great year!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and feel free to savor a Colts victory with me!
It has been a very unproductive week as I have been fighting a stomach virus and am probably only about 80% of normal currently. I am on the mend and should be back to 100% in a few days, but the day I had off work to go Christmas shopping found me in bed until 6 pm. Then I got up for 4 hours and went back to bed. Oh well, life happens from time to time. I plan to get a little caught up today on the past week’s mail.
Stock Dividend Links
In the meantime, I have some links that I would like to share with you. Since I have thinking about stock dividends lately and will be sharing my plan for increasing my own dividends in tomorrow’s post, I thought I would share link based upon that theme.
First up, Mark talks about BP as a dividend play. I think everyone needs to have some exposure to energy stocks since it is such an important part of daily life.
Next up, Dividends4Life shares Dividend Stock to Shield Your Portfolio from Inflation. I have already invested in Intel and am looking at Nucor as part of my plan.
This next link at Dividend Growth Investor has the Aristocrats List for 2012. This is a great list to start with if you are looking to get into dividend investing as the Aristocrats are companies that have increased dividends for 25 consecutive years. So not only are they reliable in their payments, but those payments are growing. Safety and growth is an awesome combination for wealth building.
Money Reasons shares his thought on using dividends to pay for expenses. Personally, I think it is a good idea. I do plan on ultimately using dividends and rental income to fund my retirement allowing the principal to remain intact for generations.
The Dividend Blog Guy has a fun quiz on becoming a dividend investor. I enjoyed it, but was a little disappointed that I couldn’t get my score.
Carnivals Featuring CFM This Week
Next I wanted to provide links to the various carnivals in which I had articles included over the past week. I must say a big thanks to Melissa from Mom’s Plans for doing all this submitting and tracking for me. I would be in a grand total of zero carnivals if it were up to me since I barely have time to do what I want to do and enjoy doing which is writing and keeping up with the other personal finance blogs on the web.
With Melissa on the job, I am able to be included in 3 or 4 carnivals each week which is certainly much better than zero.
Carnival of Financial Planning #213 hosted at PT Money.
Yakezie Carnival — Mighty Ducks Edition hosted at 20s Finances.
Totally Money Carnival — Building Wealth Edition hosted at Faith and Finance.
The Wealth Builder Carnival #56 hosted at My Wealth Builder.
Be sure to stop by a few of these carnivals and check out some of the other articles that are featured. I am sure that all you regular readers already had a chance to check out the ones that I wrote.
That’s all I had for now. I need to get going on that stack on my desk and get working on tomorrow’s post. Have a good remainder of the weekend.
First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has come by to read my posts and especially those of you who have taken the time to comment. It is appreciated so much. As a result of all of your interaction, I was able to meet my goals for the month of July. I will recap those goals here followed by the actual results.
July Goals and Actual Results
There are now 5 months remaining in the Yakezie Challenge meaning that I am trying to get to an Alexa rank of 200,000 or less by the end of this calendar year. I have posted the actual stats for the month of July in italics with the original goal in parentheses followed by a new August goal in brackets.
Alexa ranking: 421,789 (700,000) August [350,000]
Alexa in US: 42,646 (90,000) August [40,000]
Visits according to Analytics: 645 (500) August 
Search visitors: 67 (40) August 
Subscribers: 2 (4) August 
Earnings: met goal ($1.00) August [$5.00]. I am hesitant to include actual earnings as a CPM might be able to be calculated based upon all of the above information which would seem to violate the AdSense TOS.
Five Top Referring Sites Plus a Link
These sites are the ones that have referred the most visitors to CFM over the past month. I have included my favorite post from each during the month of July as well.
1. retireby40.org explains how he and his wife have been living on one paycheck. My wife and I have been doing this for quite some time, but I am no where near retiring like he is.
2. ptmoney.com shares his biggest summer splurge. Try not to feel too guilty.
3. lifeandmyfinances.com warns about this black money internet scam. This is a new one on me but it pays to remember that if it sounds too good to be true…
4. inmintcondition.wordpress.com explains this great tool for getting out from under an avalanche of debt. This is by far my most favorite post of the month. I will be using this tool as I put together my budget for the next month.
5. afford-anything.com writes about money saving habits. I need to learn some of these.
Shout Outs to Yakezie Team 3
I would also like to offer a big shout out and link to each of the members of the summer Yakezie Team 3. A lot of them have been visiting my blog as well and I appreciate it. I have also included my favorite link from the past month.
Nickel by Nickel is working to minimize debt while completing a house renovation. Good luck.
My Personal Finance Journey offers up 7 reasons it is better to be a financial blogger than a financial professional. I liked this post. Maybe next year I will do better in the Tour de Finance.
The College Investor warns about the trouble with target date funds. It pays to know the benefits and pitfalls of any investment you consider.
My Multiple Incomes explains how he generates passive investment income. There is nothing better than passive income.
So Over Debt makes an interesting comparison between personal finance and cross-dressing. Must say that I never would have thought of that.
Fat Guy, Skinny Wallet offers tips for eating healthy on a budget. Very timely and useful advice. Plus I love the name of the blog.
The Penny Hoarder explains how one guy figured out how to make millions off spelling mistakes. I love the ingenuity.
InvestorzBlog shares tips on investing in a bubble. Good advice since there seems to be bubbles everywhere.
Spruce Up Your Finances shares how he spruced up his older car. Great job on the car, and great way to save some money.
The Debt Myth offers sage advice on how to get your debt payoffs back into gear. We all get stuck sometimes and need a little shove. Here is how to do it.
The Saved Quarter helped Erin save some big money. I love this follow up post. It is very encouraging to read things like this.
The $60K Project explains much of the basic terminology related to student loans. I am a big one for understanding terminology and effective communication. Lack of knowledge can be behind many of the financial mistakes that we make.
Prarie-Eco Thrifter shares these tips for energy efficiency. I saw that I had used less electricity this June than last when I opened my latest bill. Yippee!
Money Talks explains that it isn’t so bad selling stuff on Craigslist for the first time. That’s good to know since I have a few things that I might consider selling.
Winding Up This Post
I hope you get a chance to check out a few of these links. There is some really good stuff on these blogs and link lists like these are one of the ways that I get to discover all sorts of new, entertaining, and informative bloggers. Have a good week.