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Nerdy Finance #9: We’re Back!

Oct. 1, 2012
Personal Finance
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After a brief hiatus, the nerdiest carnival out there returns, refreshed and ready to bring you the best in personal finance news! Congrats to this week’s features, and thanks to all who submitted.

Money management: Debt, loans and more

Glen Craig at Free From Broke gave us Four Ways You Can Pay Off Your Home Mortgage Faster, which advises homeowners on how and when to do so. It’s gotta be a great feeling being mortgage-free; read up on how to get there faster.

Glen at Credit Card Smarts tells us How to Use the Debt Snowball to Pay Off Credit Card Debt with a step-by-step tutorial on employing the debt snowball method, whereby balances are gradually paid off smallest to largest.

Money hacks: How to save without seeming cheap

Madison at My Dollar Plan shared How to Make Money on Amazon, a nifty article about buying discounted retail items and reselling them through Amazon for a profit.

John Schmoll at Frugal Rules shared 7 Frugal Ways to Save Money While Eating Out, a fun collection of tips on how to enjoy eating out on a budget.

Sean tells us How to Go on Cheap Dates Without Being Cheap – Spending quality time with your significant other makes for a deeper, happier relationship. Do it more often, and still keep the cost low and the fun high.

Investing: From primers to pro tips

Dividend Growth Investor sent Money Management for Dividend Investors – Successful dividend investing entails multiple components. This article advises investors to focus on diversification to ensure the major part of their income isn’t just coming from a handful of income stocks. An informative read worth checking out.

Dan at ETFBase wrote Gold Miner ETFs vs. Gold: Finding a Fair Ratio – He says, “There’s been a stark disconnect between returns on gold itself and gold miners. Here are some ways to exploit this development.”

Free Money Finance sent Real Estate 101: The Benefits of Investing in Real Estate – According to FMF, real estate investment is one of the best legal investments available, when done right. Read what they have to say about the right way to do it.

Michael Kitces at Nerd’s Eye View asks, What Makes Something An Alternative Asset, Anyway? – Many investors seek portfolio diversification by investing in “alternative” assets, but does low correlation to traditional investments truly indicate an alternative asset class?

Luke at Learn Bonds wrote Bill Gross Is Bullish on Municipal Bonds (Bearish on Treasuries) – Why did Bill Gross sell off his treasuries and up his exposure to municipal bonds? Luke tells us what investors can learn from his recent move.

Miscellaneous good reads

Michael at Financial Ramblings submitted a History of the Minimum Wage – Get your nerd on with graphs and numbers to better understand the history of the minimum wage in inflation-adjusted terms.

Money Reasons sent Fincon12 – A Unique Perspective – Part 2 – Money Reasons covers another exciting Financial Conference held in Denver.

L. Bee at L. Bee and the Money Tree asked, How much does a puppy cost? – Just how much money does a puppy cost? L. Bee discloses her puppy tab and shares tips on how to slash the cost.