Welcome to the September 11, 2011 version of the Yakezie Carnival. Today is the 10th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Rather than just post photos of the disaster, or tell what I was doing when the planes crashed – 20 miles away from my job – I decided to do something different.
I wanted to find a couple of stories of people who could/should have died during the attacks, but because God orchestrated certain events in their lives, they survived! I hope you enjoy them and are encouraged to know that many miracles happened…even in the midst of a tragedy.
Richard Wadja – An American Express worker and 9/11 survivor. He was advised to get off the street and go to his desk in South Tower of the World Trade Center, minutes before it burst into flames. His decision to ignore the advice and run saved his life. (Source)
KNS Financial (Faithful With A Few) – that’s me! : No More Checks For Social Security Benefits – Social Security Benefits will only be paid out electronically. Find out what that means for beneficiaries, and what their payment options are.
Fat Guy, Skinny Wallet (me again): Why Do I Get Itchy Legs When Walking – Getting itchy legs when walking is one of the main reasons that I don’t workout outdoors. Find out the common reasons, and see why nothing has helped!
Little House in the Valley: The Tiny House Trend – Tiny houses aren’t just more efficient and less expensive, they’re also becoming quite popular. View new models or how you can “test-drive” one.
Financial Success for Young Adults: Stock Options vs. Individual Stocks Battle Royale – Which is better? Buying individual stocks or purchasing stock options? See the duel live!
The College Investor: You Can Get Deals Like Buffett – Warren Buffett isn’t the only one who can get great returns on companies. Check out how you can mimic the same deals as him without being him.
101 Centavos: Gold Bubbles and Gold Stocks – Jim Cramer’s advice on Gold from 2010. Not as golden as you’d think.
My Journey to Millions: Who Runs Your Financial House? Is It One Captain or Two Captains? – My house is a one captain ship. I handle 98% of everything to do with Money:
20’s Finances: Using Rental Properties as Retirement Income – It describes how investors use real estate as a secure investment to supplement their retirement income.
The Frugal Toad: S&P Credit Rating Downgrade – What it Means to You – Standard and Poors recently downgraded the US Credit rating. Read this article to find out what it means for your finances.
Phil Oye – An information architect who lives in Manhattan. He boarded the subway as he does each workday and got off the train in the basement of the World Trade Center five minutes after American Airlines flight 175 struck the first tower. (source)
Invest It Wisely: Five Personal Finance, Economic, and Life Lessons Learned from the Lion King – Here are five lessons based on my own personal interpretation of The Lion King.
Money Cone: Vanguard’s Most Expensive Funds – Vanguard is known for its selection of low cost, no-load funds but Vanguard does have a few funds up its sleeve for those who are willing to pay more.
Prairie Eco Thrifter: How to Build Meaninful and Lasting Relationships – Building a meaningful and lasting relationship needs time and nurturing; much like a planted seed. Here are four pillars of a meaningful relationship:
Smart Family Finance: What are the Odds of a High School Graduate Out-Earning Someone With a College Degree? – A gamblers look at income earning potential and how education level improves your odds for making more income.
Aaron Hung.com: Finding ways to spend less – It’s very hard to save when you’re offered the lowest interest rates of all time on savings, people are getting laid off left and right and the stock market not performing as good as people would like. At the same time, prices are rising ever slowly on everything else such as gas, food, energy, etc
Eric Levine – Was at his desk on floor 64 in the south tower when the first plane hit! He managed to get out safely (on the stairs) as the building crumbled around him. (source)
Buck Inspire: Metal Slug: Twenty-Five Cent Time Machine – Do you remember your favorite video arcade game? If not, do you recall your favorite childhood pastime? Lessons learned from a two person shooter can be applied to personal finance, blogging, and relationships!
Miss Thrifty: Caring for Designer Shoes: Resole, Resole, Resole! – If you are (ahem) a “shoe investor”, then make sure that you look after them properly. A few tips and tricks can ensure that your investments last longer…
Sustainable Personal Finance: Fashionable Pregnancy Clothes on a Budget – You can get stylish pregnancy clothes while maintaining a budget but you need to embrace recycling.
The Penny Hoarder: How to Make $750 a Month Selling Used Books – You can make a nice side hustle by buying books on Ebay and then selling the same used books to buyback companies. Here’s how I do it…
The Happy Homeowner: Yeah, I Come From Money – This post investigates what the correlation is between adult work ethic, interpersonal relationships, financial generosity, and how much money our parents had when we were growing up, based on a recent experience with a roommate.
Tonya Young – Was in the subway during the attack. (source)
Squirrelers: Are Actively Managed Funds a Fool’s Game Compared to Index Funds? – There’s an allure to obtaining better than average returns. However, sometimes, taking the passive approach and acheiving those average returns might offer a better result than actively managed investment funds. This post explores the topic of actively managed funds vs. index funs.
Investor Junkie: Morningstar Free Subscription Giveaway – This is an Investor Junkie exclusive. Morningstar gave me not one, but three – one year premium memberships to giveaway. Each membership has a retail value of $165.
Financial Excellence: The Seven Day Stamina Challenge – I recently set some audacious business goals for myself thanks in part to the 7 day challenge. It will be amazing to accomplish these!
Live Real, Now: The Virtues of Preparation – The first day of school caught me by surprise yesterday. I knew it was coming, and we had almost all of the stuff we need in the brat’s backpack, but we weren’t ready for it.
krantcents: Anothe 15 Coolest Jobs on the Planet – Another 15 coolest jobs on the planet. Scouring the web for another 15 coolest jobs on the planet.
Free Money Wisdom: New E-Course! Win $50 in Cold Hard Cash – I’m thrilled to announce my first e-course, “How to Retire a Millionaire: The Only Guide You Will Ever Need.” It’s available to anyone completely FREE. All you gotta do is subscribe! Call me crazy, but to spice things up a bit, I’m going to be giving away $50 in cold hard cash to one lucky soul!
Control Your Cash: Control Everything but your Cash – Inflation’s coming. It has to. Are you going to be ready for it, or are you going to panic?
Jim Hime – He was in tower 2 when the plane struck tower 1, and said the following (on his cell phone) to his wife in Houston, “Don’t worry, I’m in Two World Trade, there’s nothing to worry about.” Then he lost the connection. At that time, she was still watching when the United jet hit Two World Trade. – I can’t imagine how frightened she was at that point! (source)
TotallyMoney: 10 truths about frugal living – This article examines how living frugally can make change other parts of your life
Investorz’ Blog: Why You’ll Fail at Investing – If you want financial success, here are 7 moves that you should avoid when investing. Committing any one of these mistakes can be fatal to your investment portfolio.
DollarVeristy: The Secret to Keeping Your Job? Try Doing it Well! – With unemployment rates still sky-high, people are doing anything they can to stay employed. How far do they go? If they are playing games or resorting to schemes like this, I’d venture a guess and say too far.
Daily Money Shot: Guide to financially surviving infidelity – No one expects a marriage to end but just in case it does, it’s good to be financially prepared.
PT Money Personal Finance: Is Your Emergency Fund Big Enough? – So, how do you know if your emergency fund is big enough? I will give you some points to think about to give you confidence in your emergency funds.
Outlaw Finance: Target Date Funds: Will Your Funds Hit Their Target? – Target Date funds have become increasingly popular with 401(k) plan investors and managers. The post includes some tips people should consider before investing in them.
Sue Frederick – “I remember thinking there is no way I walked down 77 flights to die 3 floors from safety. We climbed back up to 4 where a firefighter punched a hole in the wall to get us out.” (source)
Deliver Away Debt: Mint.com Review: The Ultimate Budgeting Software – A review of the website and what it offers.
Faith and Finance: 12 Items You Shouldn’t Skimp On – Sacrificing quality for price isn’t smart with these items. Do yourself a favor and don’t skimp on this stuff!
Invest in the Markets: Food and Beverage Stocks – With such slim pickings over the Summer, many investors are now looking for some healthy choices to add to their portfolios. Doctor Stock lays out a “buffett” of choices to satisfy any palate looking for returns.
Mom’s Plans: My Experience as a Virtual Assistant – I had not planned on doing virtual assistant work, just writing, but the virtual assistant work fell into my lap, and I am very glad that it did.
Family Money Values: Tax Lien Certificate Sale – Researching Properties in the County Recorder’s Office – Buying tax lien certificates can be an interesting way to earn a higher percentage return on your money than you would at the bank. In our county for instance, you could earn 10%. However, you need to do some research before investing – here is what I did in the recorder’s office.
Wealth Informatics: Loyalty cards : Do they provide rewards or threats? – Loyalty cards are something we sign up without even thinking for a minute. They do provide discounts, but do you know what other threats they pose?
Broke Professionals: What to consider before blogging for cash? – Lot of people think it is very easy to make money blogging. Here is a list of things to consider before taking the plunge.
Our Journey To Zero: Paying More and Getting Less – I paid more, got less, and feel like it was the right decision. Check out the post to find out why!
Free From Broke : Condo Fees You May Not Be Aware Of – Buying a condo may seem like a great way into a first home but there may be condo fees you may not be aware of. See some of these fees to help you decide if a condo makes sense to buy.
NetWorthProtect.com: I Don’t Want To Be Rich, I Just Want To Be Free – How you spend your time and your money says a lot about what you value in life. So, what do you value?
Master the Art of Saving: Net Worth Update~ September 2011 – My monthly net worth update. This last month, our tiny little net worth increased by $2,998.68. Mostly due to the addition of a new account, but that’s not all…
Pasquale Buzzelli & Others – In Stairwell B of the North Tower, 16 people lived amid the avalanche of concrete and steel. (source)
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