Welcome to the 59th edition of the Best of Money Carnival! This is a traveling personal finance carnival that doesn’t merely list good personal finance articles around the web, but tries to rank them and pick a winner.
This week saw 59 submissions, from which I was able to select a good 26 or so – after that it was difficult to narrow. These final selections represent a mix of criteria, from articles that I thought would be beneficial to a wide range of readers, as well as personal finance topics which personally grabbed me by their in-depth focus or original take on a common issue or problem.
Chances are, you or someone you know watched all or part of the FIFA World Cup Final yesterday – I watched the whole thing; I admit it started to confuse me that neither team seemed able to score. Spain was so clearly offensively better than the Netherlands, but they just couldn’t seem to finish the job. At many points, they seemed too focused on fancy strategy.
One major takeaway from the event is that the goal is all that matters – even if it comes in overtime and took everything you had to make it. At the end of the day, it’s that one goal that makes you a winner. No one’s going to go back and check to see whether it was a pretty goal or just a fluke – all that matters is that you got the job done.
With finances, what’s your ultimate goal? What is the one achievement, that, if accomplished, would change everything? Figure that out and then just take your best shots. Don’t be too concerned with all the details or how shiny it looks from the outside. What can you do to just make it happen as quickly as possible?
With that I’ll share with you my top ten picks.
Top Ten Personal Finance Articles
The winner is: The Budget Life Blog, for Miranda Marquit’s article, 10 Steps Everyone Should Take to Prepare for Their Own Demise submitted by Susan Howe.
As Susan puts it, “No one likes to think about dying, but it’s something that we all experience, and ignoring it won’t make it any easier. And, while it probably won’t be any walk in the park for you, remember that your loved ones will be also profoundly affected by your passing. Here are 10 things you can do to prepare for when you finally cash in your chips.” This is an excellent read and great starter for thinking about leaving behind a legacy, among other things.
The other nine finalists include:
PT Money presents Do You Know Your Daily Salary? Use it to Better Understand Your Money posted at PT Money.
Jessica Bosari with Five Lessons on the “Up”s and Downs of Financial Life | billeater.com posted at Billeater.
That’s it – thanks for checking out this edition. Please let us know your favorite article below (or the answer to the question of what is *your* ultimate financial goal) and be sure to check out all of the blogs above.
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