Welcome to the First Finance Fiesta!

Hola (that’s ‘Hello’ in Spanish, for all you uncultured philistines!), and a warm welcome to the first ever Finance Fiesta! In case you haven’t heard, the Finance Fiesta is a celebration of the Blogosphere’s best Personal Finance articles, handpicked for your own personal enjoyment. The Fiesta is a Blog Carnival: Every week it travels from Blog to Blog, showcasing a carefully selected collection of the Web’s most insightful Finance related posts.

This weeks theme is… The Piñata!

Photo by peasap

From Wikipedia: “Given its special association with Mexico, the piñata probably derives from pre-Columbian Aztec ritual clay pots. One version of these were the rain-god clay pots which ritually represented a thunderstorm. The pots were decorated and included a face of the rain god Tlaloc. These pots were filled with water rather than candy or toys. Striking a pot represented thunder and the resulting outflow of water represented the downpour of rain.”

Oh how times have changed! And while we’re on the subject, a piñata is cheap, easy and fun to make (and, obviously, destroy!). Check out this guide for more info.

For our first week, 16 submissions made the cut… First, the pick of the litter:

Life of the Party

Brip Blap’s Into the wild…without spending a lot of money takes this weeks top acclaim for his excellent post on camping – an absolute must-do activity for anyone with children. Not only is it fun & frugal, but it’s a great way to teach your kids (and yourself!) independence and self-sufficiency. Bonus points for starting a fire the old-fashioned way!

Honorable Mention (in no particular order…)

Mom presents 10 Tips to get your House Sold at Wide Open Wallet.

Why you should check it out: The housing market ‘aint no party at the moment, and if you want to get a good price on your house you’ll need all the help you can get!

Bill presents How Much Is A Dollar Worth? How About $53.70. posted at The Wealth Hunter.

Why you should check it out: Einstein once said that the most powerful force in the universe is compound interest. Well, who are we to argue with Einstein? If this doesn’t entice you to save, nothing will!

Kevin presents Think balancing the federal budget is easy? Give it a shot. posted at No Debt Plan.

Why you should check it out: It’s simply fascinating. With the US government running deficits of hundreds of billions of dollars, and the national debt approaching $10 trillion, the politicians could learn a thing or two from us humble Personal Finance Bloggers!

Penelope Pince presents Guide to Safe and Smart Traveling with Pets posted at Our Fourpence Worth.

Why you should check it out: Aside from the fact that Whiskers and Rover are as much a part of the family as any human relatives (and should be considered just as carefully!), the sensible and forward thinking pet owner will save big money in the long run.

Jim presents SmartMoney’s 2008 Best Discount Brokers posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Why you should check it out: Who doesn’t like the occasional flutter on the stock market? This post is worth checking out if you’re considering doing some trading in the future – not all brokers were created equal!

FIRE Getters presents Top 7 Energy Saving Tips for this Summer! posted at FIRE Finance.

Why you should check it out: The best thing about saving energy (apart from the fact that you’ll be saving the planet, that is) is that you also get to save money too! It’s win-win!

Stephanie presents Graduating? Evaluate Benefits for Job Offers posted at Poorer Than You.

Why you should check it out: Graduating college can be harrowing experience, and selecting that first job is a really important decision. A must-read for all of you approaching that fateful day!

And the other Señors and Señoritas…

The Village Idiot presents Fool-proof Grocery Shopping posted at Save, You Fool!.

Woody Maxim presents You can’t please them all posted at Woody Maxim.

Christopher Johnson presents Your Most Important Finance Tool – Your Vote posted at christopheraaronjohnson.net, saying, “Your single most important financial tool.”

retirehappy presents Should You Invest In A Non-Matching 401K? posted at My Retirement Blog.

Save Money presents Changing How I Save Money in My ING Accounts posted at How I Save Money.net.

Dollar Frugal presents Why You Should Not Go Garage Saling posted at Dollar Frugal.

Madeleine Begun Kane
presents Cautionary Verse posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

And last (but certainly not least!), Raymond presents How Long Does A Bankruptcy Filing Stay On Your Credit Report? posted at Money Blue Book.

And that concludes our very first edition! Did you enjoy it? Don’t forget to submit your blog article to the next Finance Fiesta, hosted on June 12th at Wide Open Wallet, using our carnival submission form.

Until next time, Adiós Muchachos!

8 thoughts on “Welcome to the First Finance Fiesta!”

  1. Congrats on such a great start to the Fiesta! You really did a great job getting such wide range of articles to share with us. I look forward to reading and participating in the upcoming Fiestas.
    And thanks for including my article in this First Finance Fiesta!

    Bill

  2. I am finally catching up on my blogging so a belated thanks for the designation as the “life of the party”! Great carnival, off to a promising start!

    Steve

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