Carnival of Financial Goals–Election Day 2008 Edition

Welcome to the November 4, 2008 edition of carnival of financial goals. As you head to the polls today, you probably cannot help thinking that our country could use some financial goals. You know, things like (1) let’s slow down on the borrowing just a bit; (2) don’t spend more than you make; and (3) pay off some of your debt. Maybe the next President will read some of these great articles on financial goals and learn a thing or two. It certainly couldn’t hurt. In honor of election day, I’ve included some fantastic pictures taken of our Nation’s capital. The pictures were taken by a good friend of mine and are used with his permission. Enjoy the pictures and the articles. Oh, and be sure to read to the end where you’ll find some freebies on this election day that you won’t want to miss!

us capital at night


J. Savings presents The easiest way to be financially confident? Track your Money. posted at Budgets are Sexy., saying, “Tracking your money goes a looooooong way!”

John Rhodes presents The Game Plan: The Difference Between Lawn Care Business Success and Failure posted at Pro Garden Biz, saying, “Some things that will determine whether your lawn business is successful or not”

KCLau presents Financial Consideration for New Parents in Malaysia posted at KCLau’s Money Tips, saying, “Recently, there is an interesting post written by Xin Lu at Wisebread about the financial consideration of having a newborn baby. The article is more catered to the situation in the USA. Although it might differ in terms of currency, the other facts might similar and worth our study. This sparks the idea of writing this post to share with you the financial side of being a new parent in Malaysia.”

Career & Education

FMF presents How to Demonstrate that You Deserve a Raise posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “Get a raise by showing you deserve one.”

Tushar Mathur presents Looking For A College Fund Bailout posted at Everything Finance, saying, “Wouldn’t it be great if, just like a fat-cat banker on Wall Street, you and I could call up the Secretary of the Treasury and say “Well Mr. Secretary, it seems like the risk analysis I ran for the cost of my child’s college education was WAY off, and gosh, thanks to that forecasting error, the amounts I reserved to cover tuition and other costs just aren’t going to be anywhere near enough. So… how about one of those bailout thingies you guys are so good at?””

Debt Reduction

Ace Elliott presents Learning About Debt Relief Programs posted at Care on Credit, saying, “Do you know the myths of debt relief? There is a lot of misinformation out there and you deserve to know that facts to manage your debt better. Educate yourself and reduce your debt quicker.”

Sammy Delena presents How to Lower Your Taxes posted at Fix My Personal Finance.

Mr Credit Card presents Credit Card Debt Settlement – How To Do It Yourself posted at Ask Mr Credit Card.

Joshua Seth presents 5 Steps To Prosper In Hard Economic Times posted at Joshua Seth Blog, saying, “As I write this article the stock market has seen historic declines, property values are declining, unemployment is on the rise, and inflation is increasing. A lot of people are justifiably worried and glued to the TV news every chance they can get. So what can you do about all this? Actually, quite a lot. You may not be able to change what’s happening in the world, but you can absolutely change how it affects you and actually profit by it in a big way.”

Financial Education

David B Bohl presents 6 Ways to Benefit Financially in a Bad Economy posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, saying, “With the economy in a slump and questions of whether or not we are in a recession, many Americans are worried about their personal financial situations. The good news is that you don’t just have to sit there and take it under the chin allowing the economy to control you. There are steps that you can take and things that you can do to benefit from a bad economy.”

Master Your Card presents Bank Collapse Survival Guide posted at Master Your Card, saying, “I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people at work about what they should do if their bank collapses. I also had a friend that called me and was freaking out because he banks with Wachovia. We thought a survival guide of sorts might be a good idea.”

Shaun Connell presents Realistic Financial Planning for the Future posted at Financial Planning, saying, “Financial planning is all about the future. The first step to creating your own plan should be to analyze the up and coming economic speedbumps, such as social security, outsourcing, inflation and other “crises.” An educated planner doesn’t have to suffer.”

MoneyNing presents Even A Decade Long Recession Will Be Okay posted at Money Ning, saying, “We will all come out of this okay!”

washington monument us capital building

Goal Setting

Fitz Villafuerte presents The Importance of Writing Down Your Goals On Paper posted at Ready To Be Rich, saying, “Do you write down your goals on paper? If not, then this article hopes to convince you that doing so could help you achieve your goals faster in life.”

Dollar Frugal presents October Groundhog Day Goals – 2 Days Late posted at Dollar Frugal.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents How The State of The Economy Has Affected My Financial Goals posted at The Digerati Life. Here’s a thoughtful analysis of how the current economic crisis may impact your financial goals.


Shaun Connell presents Why You Shouldn’t Even TOUCH Your Stocks posted at Personal Development, saying, “Don’t touch your stocks — doing so will be one of the biggest mistakes you’ll ever make. Find out why!”

FIRE Getters presents How To Protect Our Finances From A Market Crisis? posted at FIRE Finance.

ChristianPF presents My 401k has lost a lot of money – how about yours? posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “What to do when your 401k balance is dropping like crazy!”

Net Worth

Raymond presents How To Calculate and Track Your Net Worth posted at Money Blue Book.

Other (Related to Personal Finance)

Heather Johnson presents 100 Free Self-Assessment Tools to Choose Your College, Major, and Career posted at eLearning Gurus.

Livingalmostlarge presents Can you live without a budget? posted at LivingAlmostLarge, saying, “Is it a goal to live without a budget?”

The Smarter Wallet presents Buying A Car? Get Your Financing First posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Is your goal to buy a car? Here are some thoughts on how to get the financing needed to help you reach that goal.”

dress whites and flowers

Real Estate

Kelly Sonora presents 10 Amazing, Beautiful Houses Built from Trash posted at International Listings Blog.


Randall presents Don’t Neglect Your Retirement Investment, Especially NOW! posted at Credit Withdrawal – Helping You Kick the Credit Habit.


Ken Schulte presents How To Generate Your Own Alternative Energy At Home | Alternative Energy Secrets posted at Alternative Energy Secrets, saying, “Alternative Energy Secrets is all about exploring avenues of living greener and helping out the planet. Saving money is also a great topic of discussion as well.”

marjorie presents Are You Saving With A Goal In Mind? posted at Wealth Junkies, saying, “Most of us want to save money, but we aren’t sure what we’re saving for. It’s important to have a goal in mind for your savings and to constantly remind yourself of your goal. if you’re saving for a down payment on a house, you could carry a picture of your dream house. It’s also easier to save if you can watch your savings grow.”

Topics: Personal Finance

6 Responses to “Carnival of Financial Goals–Election Day 2008 Edition”

  1. Those are excellent photos! I voted and took advantage of the free StarBucks (it was on the way to work) but I skipped out on the free Chick-Fil-A sandwich. The line was about 30 deep out the door and the drive through lane had about 30 cars in it. All for a $2 sandwich!

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