Well, this is #7 of the Yakezie Challenge Carnival! The membership list just keep growing and growing!
Wait… You might be wondering what is the Yakezie Challenge? It all started as an effort by Sam at the Financial Samurai. This is the original post that started it all: Creating Powerful Friends: Samurai’s Alexa Ranking Challenge.
Basically the first phase wave of this challenge is improving your Alexa ranking. Sam has since added addtional challenges, trying to help members improve their financial blog sites.
Since the formation of the group, members had added value to the group by additional sub-projects. In fact, this Yakezie Challenge Carnival is one of the results from the group brainstorming process!
And now enjoy the great financial posts from the Yakezie members below:
Eliminate the Muda: Combat The Closing Technique – The Consultative Close – This post had me at ““You can skin a sheep once, or you can shear it for life.”! Actually the entire “Combat The Closing Technique” is a great educational read! In fact, I’d go as far to say this is a must read series!
Free From Broke: Wedding Questions With Anja Winnika Editor At Knot.com – Great interview and answers for those getting married from the Knot.com website editor!
Sweating The Big Stuff: When You SHOULDN’T Worry About Money - Action speak louder than spreadsheets (ratios really). Daniel points out that not all people are motived by money ratios, and to find what works for you, the individual.
Credit Card Chaser: Infamous Credit Card Hacker Albert Gonzalez Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison - I blogged about the dark elements in personal finance… This Albert guy takes it to a whole new level. Interesting read!
Darwin’s Finance: PEG Ratio: Why It’s More Relevant than P/E for Stocks - I’m a fan of the P/E ratio comparisons and the Market Cap. level. Darwin, present a good argument for using the PEG Ratio too.
My Jouney to Millions: What is Keyman Insurance? Is Your Business Protected From Death? - This is something I’ve never thought of, but make an incredible amount of sense. Unrelated to the article, but congratulations Evan for getting under 100,000 in the Yakezie club!!!
Deliver Away Debt: Zero Debt Christmas 2010 - Now (or even earlier) is the time to start preparing! I know in previous years, Christmas, and surrounding birthdays, has always had me start the new year extremely tight! Using Jeff technique, you can really take the bite out of one of the negative aspects of Christmas. Nice!
Monevator: The truth behind the Natwest Black Card’s shocking APR - Amazing way of advertising a credit card! Check this out, it truly is a shocker!
Fiscal Fizzle: Can You Make a Living Recycling 10 Cent Bottles & Cans? – Interesting read and great concept (especially as a side job), but it was the Seinfeld reference that made me choose this article by guest poster: Dough Roller.
Punch Debt in the Face: Funny Money Habits - I’ve studied the martial arts in the past, but apparently, I’m also a student of financial ninjitsu and I didn’t even know it! Great post, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I have some of the same funny money habits!
Wealth Pilgrim: What is the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy? - Pretty obvious what the post is about on this one. This is a good area to talk about, you don’t see this much out in the pf blogsphere. Nice writeup!
The Centsible Life: Desperate Housewives, David Arquette, and an auction - There is great material at this site, but I chose this article because of her incredible experience!
The Amateur Financier: Correlation is NOT Causation - Truly great writeup on spurious relationships! I see so many people come to false conclusions because of what Roger blogs about here! This is a must read article!
Redeeming Riches: IRA Withdrawal Rules – When Can You Withdraw Your IRA? - Nice writeup on the withdrawal rules on a traditional IRA!
Beating Broke: UPS To Become Luggage Carrier - This is about Spirit’s airlines decision to charge for luggage.
Personal Finance by the Book: With Apologies to Dave Ramsey, One Size Doesn’t Always Fit All – I must be the only pf blogger that hasn’t read any of Dave Ramsey’s books… I think this post sounds like a great topic of a great debate!
Foreigner’s Finances: Why a Spreadsheet is Your Money’s Best Friend - Instead of buying special financial software, I also go FF’s route and use my spreadsheet for everything! Great point on this topic!
Cool to be Frugal: What Is Your Family’s Money Dynamic? - Mrs. Frugal talks about how Mr. Frugal’s family handles discussions of money matter differently than her family does. Interesting dynamic, good read!
Bucksome Boomer: 4 Career Tips for Success from the Military - Interesting, in just Bucksome’s military history in itself. Interesting read!
Moneycrush: Can You Invest With Just a Small Amount of Money to Work With? - Great article for someone that only has a little to invest per month or is just starting out with only a small amount to contribute! Great job taking into account the fees associated with investing small amounts of money!
The Debt Hawk: Opening a Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP) To Lower My Taxes - Great details about using a SEP to lower your taxes! Also to my surprise, I learned that you can have a 401(k) and a SEP at the same time (as long as you have a side business that creates the income for the SEP).
Girl with the Red Balloon: wedding-wednesday-planning-wedding - Sounds like a race against time! But that you are going a great job of managing it! Good luck and thank for sharing!
Dividend Monk: Harleysville Group Inc (HGIC) Dividend Stock Analysis - Great research on this particular stock. But more importantly, the Dividend Monk does great analysis of many quality dividend stocks!!!
Well, that’s all the members that I’m aware of!
The previous carnival was hosted by Tom @ Canadian Financial Blog