Carnival of Money Stories #86: New Year’s Resolution Edition

by Kay Lynn

Times Square BallWelcome to the New Year’s Resolution edition of Carnival of Money Stories.  All articles are recent personal money stories or experiences about money.

It’s that time of year when you’ll read a lot about goals, plans and resolutions for 2011.  But what is the story behind New Year’s resolutions?

The common consensus seems to be that a form of the practice began with the ancient Babylonians when they would pay off debts (sounds like a familiar resolution) and return borrowed items.  The Romans kicked it up a notch by making resolutions for good conduct.

Here we are thousands of years later still trying to get it right.  While working on your resolutions, enjoy some good reading which may just inspire you.

Editor’s Picks

PT presents Lending Money to Family Members: Worth the Risk? which has four tips on how to avoid what happened in this story.

 Our $300+ Pile of Laundry from Amanda Grossman is a honeymoon tale about shopping around for services.

MoneyNing presents Does Making More Money Make You Rich? Income alone is not a good way to tally wealth.

 Paying Cash For A Home & God from BWL is a inspirational story about spending within your means and the results.


Kyle Taylor presents Make Money By Taking a Walk.  You never know what you may find.


HOW TO CHANGE CAREERS posted by Forest Parks shares two stories of successful career changes.

The Financial Blogger presents Running Multiple Blogs, Earning 6 Figures, Working Less Than 40 Hours – A How To Guide To Financial Freedom.  The title says it all!


Tim Chen presents Best Way To Buy Gas ? Gas Credit Cards or Discount Stations? saying, “Figuring out how you can score the cheapest gas can get complicated.”


Dave@50plusfinance presents Grandma’s Money Lessons Still Are True.  Of course they are!


retirebyforty presents 2010 Asset Allocation – It’s time to rebalance which is a timely story for all of us.

Investor Profiles is a story about frustrating communications with financial services company from Big Cajun Man.

Jessica shares The Modern Oregon Trail: Investing in a Family Future about how a 20-hour trip home “became an investment in ourselves, our family, and our futures.”


I Got Scammed from Money Cone is a reminder about the importance of confirming subscription cancellations.

MoneyThinking presents Road Trip for Cheap. Another story about cutting costs while traveling.

How I Make Money Blogging from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff shares how a hobby turned into a nice side income in less than 9 months.

 Your Relationship With Money from Flexo discusses the importance of  money  to people.


Boomer shares successful strategies for Cell Phone Shopping that can cut the stress down if not out.

Sustainable PF presents Your Dog’s Diet Could Cost You and Your Dog .  We examine ingredients a lot in our pet’s food and ours!

 The Time I Gave Cars is a wonderful story by Lindy demonstrating that teenagers can think of others.

Wenchypoo presents A Slave to the Spice Trade No More! I’m going to remember this strategy.

Super Saver presents Senior Discounts Begin at 50 , saying, “To my surprise, I learned some stores offer senior discounts beginning at age 40.”  I may be missing out on some bargains!

I’m a happy customer of all the businesses included in this article on Companies That GET Customer Service posted by Free From Broke. Some companies  just know how to treat a customer.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Money Stories using our carnival submission form. Make sure to visit next week for new stories at Funny About Money.

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Echo December 27, 2010 at 7:50 am

Thanks for hosting this Carnival and including our article on Cell Phone Shopping.

The Financial Blogger December 27, 2010 at 8:25 am

Thank’s for the mention! Really appreciate it! Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!

Dave@50plusfinance December 28, 2010 at 6:07 am

Thanks for hosting the carnival. Your site looks great.

krantcents December 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

I am relatively new (1 month) to the Yakezie Network, but I am reading and commenting a lot! Maybe next year I can participate in the Carnival. I look forward to it..

Super Saver December 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

Oops, I made a typo error for the remarks associated with my submission. It should read, “To my surprise, I learned some stores offer senior discounts beginning at age 50,” not 40.

Lindy Mint December 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

Thank you so much for hosting (especially on the Monday after Christmas)!

Wenchypoo December 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

If you like my “spice trade” article, try this followup:–check the updated part at the bottom.

I’m sending it to the next carnival.

Mrs. Accountability December 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Awesome job hosting! Thank you!

Amanda L Grossman December 29, 2010 at 5:14 am


Thank you for hosting, and choosing my article! I will post the link back to your site.

Sustainable PF December 30, 2010 at 8:06 am

Thanks for the mention BB!

Philip January 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I never knew that about resolutions. Thanks for including us!

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