Carnival of Retirement

I’m honored to host this November 12, 2012 version of the Carnival of Retirement on the day after Veteran’s Day.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Many of our WWII vets have been retired for years and now many of the Vietnam era vets are entering retirement as well.

The laying of the wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington Cemetery is moving each year.  It is humbling to think of all the veterans who have given their lives for our freedoms, rights and privileges – throughout our history.

A bit of Arlington Cemetery trivia:

Robert E. Lee lived in the house on the grounds (1100 acres) with his wife (who had inherited the property built as a living monument to George Washington).  After Virginia seceded from the union in 1861, Lee advised his wife to move out as he thought the estate would be dangerous for her.  Because Mrs. Lee did not appear in person to pay taxes, the property was confiscated by the federals and sold at auction in 1864.  A tax commissioner bought it.

The official site of the Arlington National Cemetery details the history of the cemetery establishment as:

“Arlington National Cemetery was established by Brig. Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, who commanded the garrison at Arlington House, appropriated the grounds June 15, 1864, for use as a military cemetery. His intention was to render the house uninhabitable should the Lee family ever attempt to return.”

And so, ironically, an estate lived on and managed by the Confederate General Lee came to be the final resting place for union soldiers.

Later, the rightful heir to the estate sued the federal government for the property, because it had been illegally seized.  It was returned to him, but later the government bought it back.

Today it is managed by the National Park Service.

Carnival of Retirement

Lance @ Money Life and More writes How Much A Cheap Cruise Really Costs – Have you ever wondered how much a cruise really costs? I’m going to give you a hint. It is much more than the list price you see when you’re looking into booking your first cruise. I still think a cruise is a great value but you need to be prepared for all of the costs.

James Petzke @ This Is Common Cents writes The Number One Way to Save Money – Being healthy is the best way to save money in the long run.

Wealth Effect Blogger @ writes The Debate Over Where Inflation is Headed – Predictions range from deflation, to little to no change in prices to hyperinflation and everywhere in between.

Vanessa @ Vanessa’s Money writes Myth! Working overtime isn’t worth it because the government takes more than I earn – For five years I worked for a group of people who argued that working more than 35h a week meant that you’d earn less money after taxes were deducted. I did the math to prove them wrong.

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IMB @ Investing Money writes ETFs – Pros and Cons – Find out the pros and cons of investing in ETF’s. There are many reasons to like them.

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes Are You Wasting Your Money? – Convenience and happiness don’t always have to equal being wasteful with your money though.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Why You Should Consider Selling Your Mutual Funds – There are times that it is best to just sell your mutual funds and let them go. Things change. Investing philosophies and goals change. Those are some of the reasons to consider selling your mutual funds.

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Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Important Calculation for Buying a Car – Want to know how much that new(er) car is going to cost your family? Find out what the most important calculation is.

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Making a Mid-Life Career Change – The average American will change jobs nine times before reaching their 33rd birthday. Changing your career can be difficult, but these tips can help.

Deacon @ Well Kept Wallet writes Top 10 Business Quotes – So much can be learned from those who have been successful in business. Here is a list of the top ten best quotes about business.

Bryan Maltier @ – Personal Finance writes Best Home Insurance Coverage, Companies, Quotes and Rates – Learn about the different types of homeowners insurance policies and coverage options, what each covers and how it will protect you, your family, and assets during specific circumstances.Then, consumers will get tips on how to lower their rates.

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes Insidious Examples of Lifestyle Creep – When we think of lifestyle creep – aka, lifestyle inflation – we tend to think of those big ticket items that prove to be budget busters.

PITR @ Passive Income To Retire writes How NOT to Build Passive Income – Find out what can delay and/or reduce your passive income. Don’t fall into this trap and regret it later.

Corey @ Steadfast Finances writes 5 Unforeseen Expenses That Can Ruin Your Retirement – Retirement is the culmination of everything we worked hard for throughout the first two-thirds of our lives. It is the time when we can truly start to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Well, ideally, it should be. But what if, before you even start to enjoy your rest and freedom, you discover certain financial obligations that you never even considered before.

Michelle @ The Shop My Closet Project writes S$&T Happens-Do you have an emergency fund? I don’t and that’s a problem – This is the reason that you need to have an emergency fund! Read more to understand why it is so important.

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Slowly Boiling in a Pot of COL Inflation and Increased Fees – The agency I work for has not given a cost of living increase in three years now.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Do You Pay For Services You Don’t Use? – The following post is by MSG staff writer, Shondell of Call Me What You Want, Even Cheap. She blogs about her recent car loan and mortgage pay off of over $95k and a whole bunch more.

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Budgeting for Singles vs. Families – Find out how budgeting for a family is different than budgeting as a single person.

Kanwal @ Simply Investing writes Buy or Hold? What does Warren Buffett Think? – Warren Buffett recently appeared live on CNBC’s Squawk Box for a two-hour interview with Becky Quick.  During their conversation, they discussed a number of issues about the global economey and investing. You can read the complete transcript here.

Corey @ 20s Finances writes Buying Your First Home: How Much House Can You Afford – We are planning our first home purchase. When doing our research, we found popular guides to determining how much house you can afford.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes The Effect of ETFs on Individual Bonds – How bonds that are included in ETFs react differently to changes in market conditions than bonds that are not included in ETFs.

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes How to Earn More and Work Less Using Passive Income – You have the opportunity to learn something about earning more money with passive income, and I hope you will take advantage.

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TDB @ Tax Deduction Blog writes How Do I Deduct Points Paid on My Mortgage? – Due to improvements in the home markets across US, more and more families are on the look out to buy a home. When you own a property with equity, not only do you gain financial benefits but also receive advantages in terms of tax, one among which is points being deducted on mortgage. In your…

Maria @ The Money Principle writes How to Trade Forex – This article offers basic knoweldge about Forex traiding.

JP @ My Family Finances writes Average Family Spending on Christmas Gifts 2012 – If you want to keep your family budget underneath that average family spending for Christmas gifts, you are better off planning early.

Shawanda @ You Have More Than You Think writes How Hard is It to Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy? – If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed or e-mail. Thanks for visiting! TweetSharebar TweetEarlier this year, the United States’ collective student loan bill topped $1 trillion.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes Getting The Most (Bang) For Your Halloween Bucks – A lot of people always complain that Halloween costumes are such a waste of money.

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes What Happens When I Swipe My Debit Card? – When you make a purchase with cash, the merchant keeps ALL of the cash you give them. If you give them $100, they keep $100. When you make a purchase with a debit or credit card, the merchant gives a small percentage of that transaction to a processing company AND the bank that issued that debit or credit card. So if you swipe for $100, the merchant keeps $98.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Reader’s Question: How to Deal with Your Partner’s Family’s Financial Situation – I sometimes wonder why we put up with situations within our families that we wouldn’t even consider if the same thing happened with a stranger.

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes Social Security, Pensions, and Other Bubble Bursters – It’s no surprise that at some point Social Security will have to be revamped. There just aren’t enough workers contributing to the already retired and soon to be retired baby boomers’ generation. So guess who gets the short end of the stick?

krantcents @ KrantCents writes Why I don’t Have a Bucket List – Any bucket list is stupid! If you wait to do things or need to put it on a bucket list, you probably won’t do it anyway.

Rich @ Growing Money Smart writes What Is Your (I Am Rich) Threshold – This is the investment threshold level that I would consider myself entry point rich. See if your threshold is the same as mine!

Joe @ Midlife Finance writes Using Your Age To Your Advantage – It’s easy to let inner uncertainties stand in the way of a new direction in your life, especially if you’ve gone past the ‘middle’ point, Truth be told, though, age can actually work to your advantage.

Steve @ Ready To Quit My Job! writes Dealing With An Abrasive Boss – You’ve got more experience now; why not put it to good use? Go back to school for what you really want to be doing. Switch departments. Cross-transfer. Or look elsewhere.

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes How Much Should a Professor’s Salary Be? – As government budgets get squeezed tighter and tighter these days, and their commitment to young people rests at the weird intersection of democracy and age demographics, it is somewhat inevitable that their contribution to post-secondary education costs will continue to fall. This means increased tuition rates to make up the difference.

TRL @ The Retired Landlord writes Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper? – Deciding whether you should buy a fixer-upper as a real estate investment is all about weighing the time commitment with the savings in the asking price.

Edward @ Modest Money writes Saving Money By Making Homemade – Recently, I embarked on a quest. Instead of getting ideas from other personal finance bloggers, I wanted to get the opinions of average people on the topic of frugality. I started asking friends and coworkers one simple question: what is your favorite way of saving money?

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Book Review – The Motley Fool Money Guide – A review of the Motley Fool Money Guide, a guide to personal finance and investing, particularly individual stock investing.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Paid Sick Time: What It’s Costing You – The U.S. is the only industrialized nation without a paid sick time policy, making calling in sick a battle of financial vs. personal health for many.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes Basic rules of avoiding debt online – I know firsthand it’s hard to stay debt free and many of my friends laugh at how committed I am to living within my means. What they don’t understand is the freedom I experience in owing absolutely nothing, and how hard it can be to dig your way out of debt accumulated over many years.

Passive Income Earner @ The Passive Income Earner writes Differences between Forex and Other Markets? – Learn the difference between forex and stock market.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes Save Money With Coupons This Holiday Season – I’m a big fan of frugality, and an easy way to do this is with coupons. Many people only seem to think that coupons work for groceries or household commodities, but coupons are great ways to save on holiday gifts.

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Five Ways to Take Control of your Finances – Here are five ways anyone can better organize their finances and get their wallet in order. Stop wasting time, get your finances together now.

Beating Broke @ Beating Broke writes Cost of Living Can Make a Big Difference – Where you live, and how much it costs to live there can make a huge difference in what your finances look like. The differences in the cost of living between someplace like Seattle, or San Francisco and where I live, in North Dakota are stark.

Mr. Money @ Smart on Money writes Keeping Sight of Your Retirement Goals – Sometimes, it can be hard to look beyond what is happening right now and see the big picture of the future. It can be easy to forget long-term benefits as we look at short-term possibilities. However, if you want to reach your goal of a successful retirement, you need to remember the long-term, and spend some time focusing on the big picture things.

Marie at Family Money Values @ Family Money Values writes Prepare Your Child to Leave the Nest – Want to retire someday and do what YOU want? Start now to train up your children to be able to leave your nest successfully.

Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes How Pinterest Ruined My Retirement – This is how it begins. Rationalizing away your savings goals pushes them to next month, and then the next… and finally into oblivion. I know deep down that if I blow my money on clothes, I will continue to do so every month thereafter. My goals? Gone. My retirement? On hold.

MR @ Money Reasons writes Why I Want Rich People To Buy Things And Spend Money – I want Rich people to buy things and spend there money! Believe it or not, but their spending just might be keeping us middle class folks employed

Investor Junkie @ Investor Junkie writes How Much Do I Need to Retire? – Whether it’s inflation or some other factor, when it comes to retirement planning goals, you’re better off setting them high. If the worst happens you’ll be prepared for it. And if the worst doesn’t happen, you’ll be richer for the effort.

J.P. @ Novel Investor writes Bond Market Forecast: The Interest Rate Paradox – For the past four years investors have searched for higher yield as the Fed pushed rates lower to spur economic growth. But it won’t last forever.

Ashley @ Money Talks Coaching writes Just Make More Money – We have gotten into hiking lately as a family. I’m doing what I always do when I find something I like.

PPlan @ Provident Plan writes Short Term Funding for Household Emergencies – Short-term financial problems are a part of life. You may have had an unexpected car repair bill, taken a few unpaid sick days from work or received an

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes 10 Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Can Make – There are 10 Mistakes that Entrepreneurs make that can prohibit them from creating a very successful business.

My Own Advisor @ My Own Advisor writes FREE Giveaway and Book Review – Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots – Check out my site to win a free copy of David Trahair’s new book!

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes A Cash Budget – Its not all bad news – Handy tips on transition to a cash budget to help curb your spending and give your debt a quick cut.

Daisy @ Add Vodka writes Things I Want to Do With My Money – Last week, I had reason to sit down and think about whether or not I was putting enough money away for my future goals. Despite saving around 35% of my income (+ any extras), it turns out I’m not. I … Continue reading →Things I Want to Do With My Money is a post from: When Life Gives You Lemons.

Tushar @ Finance TUBE writes Investing 101: The Top Twelve Investing Mistakes – Today we will talk about the Top Twelve Investing Mistakes. In the last ten years buying and selling the mutual funds in a strategy that has lost money. However you ETFs, Modern Portfolio Theory and semi annual balancing has worked beautifully.

Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes Failure to Save Leads to Financial Disaster – Do you worry about being able to pay your bills? Let’s look at how saving part of every pay check will ease these worries and allow you to get some sleep at night.

Ken Faulkenberry @ Arbor Investment Planner writes Dividend Growth Compounding Versus Interest Compounding – Interest compounding is a powerful financial concept, but dividend growth compounding multiplies the benefits of exponential growth.

Steven @ Grocery Alerts writes The Myth of Great Savings on Black Friday – The Wall Street Journal has exposed the Black Friday deals myth as just that. In fact, for all the guilt-tripping over last minute Christmas gift shopping, the truth is that many items go down in price toward the end of the holiday season, as the initial rush slows. Although it varies from store to store, your chance of buying toys for half off improves every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Paul Vachon @ The Frugal Toad writes 5 Things That Must be on Your Moving to do List – A moving to do list is essential for a successful move and can save both time and money. Add these tips to your own moving to do list for a problem free move.

FMF @ Free Money Finance writes The False Promises of Annuities and Annuity Calculators – Ever-popular annuities sometimes sound too good to be true, which in itself is probably a good reason to avoid them.

Bob @ ChristianPF writes How to retire at age 85 (or hopefully older) – While my title is an admitted spoof on the “retire early” movement, please understand that I greatly admire anyone who can achieve retirement at age 35, 40, or 45. It is just that I find myself wondering if the goal of retirement is overemphasized…

John S @ Frugal Rules writes You Won’t Reach Retirement Without Saving for It – Saving for retirement is not something that happens overnight, rather it takes years of commitment. Start investing now, even if in small amounts, and put time on your side. One of the easiest ways to begin is to take advantage of free money offered in 401k matches.

Emily @ Evolving Personal Finance writes The Great Debate: 15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgages – I lay out all the figures that show that a 30-year mortgage has an advantage over a 15-year mortgage in terms of net worth outcomes and then list all the mitigating factors that make those numbers less relevant. Which do you prefer, numbers or psychology?

Steve @ Canadian Personal Finance writes Why does crime pay in Canada? A look at investor fraud – Former Victoria financial advisor Ian Thow who conned investors of more than $8 million has been granted parole after serving just two and a half years of his nine-year prison sentence.


25 thoughts on “Carnival of Retirement

  1. I visited Arlington Cemetery when I was in DC, and found it very moving. Being European, WWII is something that impacted me a lot, I know veterans and am grateful both because they served so I could live in a free country, and to know such amazing people who told me their stories first hand.

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