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Nerdy Finance #2

July 13, 2012
Personal Finance
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Welcome again to NerdWallet’s Nerdy Finance Carnival! This week we have some great articles that should save you some coin on food and fun, as well as some interesting pieces on financial management. The balance of immediate fun and long-term responsibility make for a nice read after the holiday week.

The submissions

Trying to save us money and helping us nerds break our usual diet of Mountain Dew and Reese’s Pieces, Jessica Bufkin at PT Money brings us 5 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget. The irregular summer months are a great time to break habit and get into healthy living. These good ideas should help you on your way to feeling better without making your wallet feel worse.

What better way to compliment eating healthy than with being active? Katherine Furlong of MyDollarPlan gets us on the right track with 8 ways to save money camping. Also useful for the summer months, this is rundown ought to get potential outdoorsmen in the mood to experience nature on the cheap.

Roger Wohlner of The Chicago Financial Planner submitted an article with great advice on what to consider in a mutual fund manager. Instigated by a request to comment on a manager’s choice to buy Facebook stock, he sheds light on what is important in choosing a mutual fund manager, including comparing their expenses, management tenure, and a fund’s asset gains and losses. Anyone with or looking for an actively managed fund will appreciate the insight.

Lastly, Prairie Eco Thrifter’s Miss T. sent over her thoughts on moving towards financial security. She outlines some great points about being aware of regular payments and accurately determining what you can realistically afford and not relying on readily available credit to live outside your means. Saving early and often, and recognizing the value of slow and long-term planning versus jumping at investing opportunities round out some of these helpful tips.

This concludes the second Nerdy Finance Carnival. Keeping spreading the word and thanks for submitting!