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Carnival of Personal Finance #224 – National Dog Week

Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance, Edition #224 – National Dog Week. I’ll be honest, I had no idea it was “National Dog Week” until I realized I was hosting this week’s carnival. On my search for a carnival theme, I stumbled upon a site that listed this month’s holidays. When I saw that it was National Dog Week, I figured that it would work perfectly with my pro-dog stance while simultaneously allowing me to post a pic of our dogs! In conjunction with this week, if you are looking for a place to donate money to, consider donating to the ASPCA.

On to the carnival, there were 60 awesome submissions this week, and I am honored to be the host of all of them. Below I have chosen 5 articles that really stood out as “Editor’s Picks.” The rest of the articles are sorted by category in the order I received them, so make sure to read through the whole list!

Editor’s Picks

Baker from Man Vs. Debt presents The "Sh**-That-Doesn’t-Inspire-You" Factor, and says, "You’ve probably heard of the Latte Factor. But for me that doesn’t quite cut it. I’m having much more luck implementing the "sh**-that-doesn’t-inspire-you" factor! "

Doc S from Finance Your Life presents How To Pay Down $73,674.28 In Student Loans, and says, "Finally starting to see some progress as far as the big picture, but this mortgage like loan is sill a thorn in my side."

Paul from FiscalGeek presents Why My Kids Will Drive a Piece of Crap, and says, "Teach Jr. some valuable financial and life lessons by getting them a quality used beater for their first vehicle."

DR from Dough Roller presents 5 Ways to Calculate How Much House You Can Afford, and says, "Here are 5 ways to calculate how much house you can afford."

Kyle from Amateur Asset Allocator presents How To Invest When You Don’t Have Much Money, and says, "The past decade has brought many opportunities for investors to participate in the nation’s capital markets, even if they don’t have a lot of money to get started."


Pictured above are both of our (HLR and I) dogs. This is them after a play session, just relaxing together. Roxy is a Pit Bull/American Bull Dog Mix (Left) and Buddy is a Lab/Hound Mix (Right)… we think. It’s impossible to know for sure because both dogs were rescued from the SPCA!

Debt & Credit


Buying a dog could potentially save you money on health care via the extra walking. Walking reduces a lot of health risks, so a dog could be viewed as a “forced walking plan!” On top of that, dogs also somewhat force socialization and can be used for security.

Money Management



Dog ownership also has a tendency to put spending into perspective. Often times people won’t bat an eye at a $1,200 car repair, but will scoff at the notion of a $1,200 surgery to save a dog’s life. This also outlines the excess of our society.

Economy & Taxes



Thanks and…

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37 Comments For This Post

  1. Jason @ One Money Design Says:

    Thanks for hosting and including my post.
    .-= Jason @ One Money Design´s last blog ..Learn To Be Content =-.


  2. Darwin's Finance Says:

    Thanks for hosting and including my post! Go dogs!


  3. Jill Says:

    Thanks for including my post! Good carnival :)


  4. Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog Says:

    Thanks for hosting!


  5. Paul @ FiscalGeek Says:

    Yeah editors pick thanks so much! Great roundup.
    .-= Paul @ FiscalGeek´s last blog ..Why My Kids will Drive a Piece of Crap =-.


  6. Flexo Says:

    Thanks very much for hosting!
    .-= Flexo´s last blog ..Ten Things I Will Teach My Children About Money =-.


  7. Chief Family Officer Says:

    Thanks so much for hosting and including my article!
    .-= Chief Family Officer´s last blog ..My CVS deal this week: Cheap Tide, Puffs and Dawn =-.


  8. Jeremy Says:

    Great theme and good work! I appreciate being included.
    .-= Jeremy´s last blog ..Terrorism blog post goes to the dogs =-.


  9. Kyle Says:

    Thanks for hosting! Dachshunds are the best kind of dog.
    .-= Kyle´s last blog ..My Identity may have Been Compromised =-.


  10. Doctor S Says:

    Thanks again for hosting and giving the little guy a chance at the big guys! My fav def Man Vs. Debt presents The “Sh**-That-Doesn’t-Inspire-You” Factor. I told my fam about that one!
    .-= Doctor S´s last blog ..Take The Day Off =-.


  11. Paul Kamp Says:

    Thanks for hosting!
    .-= Paul Kamp´s last blog ..Key to Retirement: ForEx? =-.


  12. George Says:

    Thanks for hosting this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance. Nice work!
    .-= George´s last blog ..Special Situations Real Money Portfolio Summer 2009 Update =-.


  13. Bucky Says:

    love the dogs go for big the next time. thanks for the info.


  14. Carnival Party Supplies Says:

    Great post on the Carnival of finance. The dog photos are really neat and what great dogs!


  15. Personal Finance Test Says:

    My Life ROI hosts the Carnival of Personal Finance.i never seen this kind of finace web.its give us full details of finacial is an honest guide for assessing your ability to go big .
    .-= Personal Finance Test´s last blog ..Do We Need To Refinance? =-.


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