Okay...so I can't keep that up. It's exhausting and it would be impossible to read. But have some fun with it today in your regular life.
Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance #327 - The Pirate Edition!
There were SO MANY entries in this carnival it was almost overwhelming! I couldn't possibly include every last one of them, but that should show you the scope of this week's editing task by the number that DID make it in! Please don't let the number of posts scare you, as there are a LOT of great articles included.
And to add to the theme of the day, I've included a bit of pirate trivia as well.
So without further ado....
I could load you down with all of the posts that I could have labeled as "great!" this week, but instead my Editor's Picks are those that introduced me to a new perspective. Honestly, I don't agree with them all, but I love posts that make me think and these did.
- Don't Quit Your Day Job... presents Athletes are Underpaid.... I don’t think I agree with him even after reading this post, but kudos for the perspective he is introducing! A great read.
- Gen Y Capitalist presents The Cost of Frugality – When Savings Attempts Cost You Money, sharing with us that sometimes we can get caught up in saving that we save TOO much.
- Div Guy from The Dividend Guy Blog presents Why You Should Not Care About The US Government’s Debt Problems with is a very interesting perspective on the topic.
- Dan Meyers from Your Life, Their Life presents You are now a Consultant. How work is changing. In this piece he looks at how the current environment of the workplace is forcing all employees to alter the way they approach their jobs on a daily basis. And extra props on the photo from Office Space.
- Darwin from Darwin's Money tells us that Older Americans Are Going to Wreck Your Life - Here's Why. With the demographic of our nation shifting so that our seniors are having a larger impact on the economy than ever before, we should examine how this might alter the plans we have for ourselves.
Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard, was an English pirate in the Caribbean Sea and western Atlantic during the early 18th century, a period referred to as "The Golden Age of Piracy." Blackbeard often fought wearing a large feathered tricorn hat and sporting multiple swords, knives, and pistols. He had hemp and lighted matches woven into his enormous black beard during battle. Accounts of people who saw him fighting reported that he looked like the devil.
- Bret from Hope to Prosper presents Money Fail: Broke on Thursday. This is the beginning of a new series and a great perspective to effect a change of how you handle your financial life.
Born in County Cork, Ireland, Anne Bonney disguised herself as a man in order to join John Rackham's (aka - Calico Jack) crew aboard the "Revenge." The couple stole the sloop at anchor in the harbor and set off to sea, put together a crew and took several prizes. Anne took part in combat alongside the male pirates and accounts describe her as competent, effective in combat and someone who gained the respect of her fellow pirates. According to legend, she once stabbed a fellow pirate through the heart when he discovered her gender.
- J.B. from My University Money encourages Getting Involved On Campus - Student Government by telling us that his experiences in college, rather than his GPA, were much more impressive to prospective employers.
- Alex Manson-Smith from TotallyMoney wants us all to Make money sitting on the beach and actually tells us how we can do it. Go check it out for the details.
- Jill from My Dollar Plan questions Should I Go to Grad School? and gives us several things to consider when making such a big decision.
- Flexo from Consumerism Commentary thinks you should Start a Salary Negotiation With a Ridiculous Request. Maybe you’ll have the upper hand in the end!
- SB from One Cent At A Time tells us how Spending Money on Self Improvement should be considered as an investment towards better financial future.
- ElizabethG from Modern Gal presents Juggling the Work-Stress Balance. If you don’t take care of yourself, all of that work will definitely not be worth it!
- John from Wallet Blog presents College and Future Earnings: What’s the Connection? It used to be obvious...these days, the waters are a bit more muddy. Check out this interesting post!
Red Legs Greaves' was known for merely stealing loot and leaving. His greatest success was his capture of the Island of Margarita. After capturing the Spanish Fleet, he turned the guns of their warships against the forts which he then stormed and was rewarded with a huge booty of pearls and gold. He didn't sack the town or rape and torture the Spaniards. Greaves then retired to the life of a planter in the island of Nevis. One of his former victims turned him in for the bounty on his head. He was quickly tried and sentenced to be hanged. When the great earthquake came that destroyed the town in 1680 he was one of the few survivors. Greaves then turned pirate hunter, retired to a plantation and died of old age. He got the nickname "Red Legs" because his legs continually burned from the tropic sun.
- Jake Gibson from NerdWallet Credit Card Blog gives us The Best Citicards of 2011. Citi sends out so many offers that it would be hard to choose which one to take them up on. If you decide to go with a Citicard, this post can shed some light on the topic for you!
- Meghan from Credit Donkey tells us How Retirement Can Increase Your Credit Score. Interesting – I’ve never given these points any thought, but they certainly make sense.
- Mike from Rewards Cards Canada presents MBNA Smart Cash MasterCard Review and tells us how he’s receiving cold-hard cash back just for using a credit card for every day spending.
- Chris Holdheide from Stumble Forward instructs us How To Fix A Bad Credit Score In 5 Actionable Steps, giving us practical steps to take which he has garnered from his personal experience.
- Michal from Credit Card Offers IQ presents Be Smart, Be Picky, & Be Responsible – Helpful Tools For Choosing A Student Credit Card.
- Jeff Weber from Smart Balance Transfers presents Student Credit Card Mistakes to Avoid. I wish I had taken heed to tips like this earlier in my life!
Port Royal is situated in Jamaica opposite Kingston in the same harbor. Gallows Point, where a number of pirates were hanged was one of the first points of land visible when entering the port. The gallows were placed there conspicuously to discourage piracy. The bodies were left there after they were hanged. Calico Jack and Captain Charles Vane were among the many pirates hanged there during a 100-year span.
- Kyle Berks from Safe Online Payday Loan presents Make sure your Payday Loan Lender is Licensed. If you have a take out a payday loan, you need to do it as safely as possible.
Piracy was quite a problem in ancient Rome. At their height, pirates had about 1,000 ships and raided over 400 cities, including Ostia, the port of Rome. Julius Caesar was captured while on a sea voyage and held for ransom until his wealthy family paid up. This was a fairly widespread practice. In the end the effects on Mediterranean trade became so serious that Pompey got the commission to get rid of the pirates, which he did in about three months in 67 BCE.
- FIRE Finance educates us in What is the Current Unemployment Rate? by taking a hard look at how unemployment is measured and what it means for our economy.
- Khaleef Crumbley from Faithful with a Few presents No More Checks for Social Security Benefits (and he’s talking about paper checks). There is more to this post than just a fact-of-the-matter point stated in the title. Go read and weigh your options.
The cutlass, the most well-known of pirate weapons, was a slightly shorter, curved, single edged sword. Its size and shape made it a better weapon for fighting in the limited spaces aboard ship. The sharp outer edge made it ideal for hacking and slashing at an opponent rather than stabbing. It could also double as a tool for cutting through rope and so on. Other pirate weapons were also useful as tools, like the marlinspike and the gully.
- Juhli Newkirk from A Boomer Girl's Guide looks inside her own situation at Why I'm not collecting Social Security benefits - yet! The tool she uses sounds incredible and certainly worth a look for those nearing retirement age.
- Big Cajun Man from THE Canadian Personal Finance Blog presents Always Put off Today and tells us that “the things I don’t want to do always come back and bite me.”
- Boomer from Boomer & Echo educates us in Estate Planning: Creating Your Estate Plan by telling us how we need to be prepared BEFORE taking our plan to a lawyer.
Klaus Stoertebeker was a famous German freebooter of the 14th century who plundered Danish merchant ships during war time and brought the goods to besieged cities along the Baltic and North seas. But soon he and his men were plundering ships of other nations and the German Hanse itself. Do you know what his name refers to? "Stoertebeker" means roughly translated "bottoms up". He and his men were finally captured and faced execution. Legend has it that Klaus Stoertebeker made a deal that all his companions should be lined up. After he was beheaded he would try to walk by as many of them as he could, and they would be spared. He managed to walk past eleven of them and could have gone farther if the executioner had not tripped him.
- Bryan from Pinch that Penny! enlightens us by telling us 5 Ways to Save on Theatre Tickets. I know I’m always looking for inexpensive ways to enjoy life!
- Corey from 20's Finances writes Getting Through College Without Student Loans. Is it possible? Absolutely…I did it. You just have to have a plan and stick to it. Corey gives us practical steps to accomplish this feat that start with learning to manage your finances.
- Pam from Frugal Living presents How to Cut the Cost of Your Car by looking at various ways to prolong the life of your car and get more for your money by extending your ownership.
- Miranda from Financial Highway presents her favorite 45 Ways to Save Money. Look over this list. I’m sure there are at least a few you have not thought of or are not using.
- FMF from Free Money Finance shows us how Paying Cash for Gas May be a Worse Deal than Paying on a Credit Card. This is not a thought I had considered, but I’m sold!
- Lindy from Minting Nickels presents The Time I Made My Own Detergent and Didn't Save Any Money. She notes that this is the point where people go from normal frugal, to crazy frugal. Read up to see how this story has a happy ending.
- Bob from ChristianPF gives us 5 Tips To Save On Your Electric Bill. Are you doing all of these?
- Jeff from Deliver Away Debt compares Netflix vs Cable TV and HBO Movies to answer the question if you're going to spend money on TV and Movies, where should you spend it?
So this is a bit of a departure from the rest of the post, but did you know that pirates have their own stock market? I mean, an actual stock market for today’s pirate funding. Please check out the advice below instead of investing in those funds:
- Dividend Growth Investor gives us My Bullish Case: Stocks are cheap, explaining that now is the perfect time to start accumulating stocks
- Dan from ETF Base presents Shorting Treasuries For the Ultimate Risk-Takers. With US Treasury Bonds at lows not seen since WWII, here's a primer on how Dan shorted T-Bonds and has had success!
- D4L from Dividend Growth Stocks presents 6 Higher-Yielding Consumer Stocks With A History of Rising Dividends
- Neo from NetWorthProtect.com asks Should You Leverage The S&P 500 Index In Your Retirement Investment Portfolio? Most people invest in an S&P 500 Index Funds for the long haul, but is this the right choice for you?
- Kevin Mulligan from RothIRA.com's Retirement Planning Blog presents Using Mobile Apps to Check Your Retirement Accounts. What a great overview of some tools available thanks to current technology!
- Clint from Accumulating Money answers the question What Is An Annuity? This is a great overview for those who are investigating how to invest their money.
Bartholemew Roberts was captured by pirates in 1719 and ended up joining them. He became known as one of the most successful pirates in history for having taken 400 ships in the space of only three years. Due to his competency he was elected captain upon the death of the previous captain, Howell Davis. Roberts was killed in 1722, in battle. His crew threw his body overboard rather than let it be taken by the British Navy.
- Justin from Money Is The Root writes The Importance of Cash Management to tell us how our personal finance management does not differ greatly from a business model.
- Sustainable Personal Finance encourages us to Go Paperless, a simple way to improve your sustainably, with these tips.
- Shaun from Money Cactus presents Your Personal Finances: The Hardest Team Sport In The World? I will agree that this is one of the touchiest subjects in most relationships. But once you get on board together, you can move mountains (of money!).
- Mike from Experiglot questions Is the Past Ruining Your Financial Future? and tells us not to let our past hold us back.
- Andy from Saving to Invest presents Middle Class Doomed as Millionaires Boom but tells us not to dismay. Read up to find out why!
- Eric J. Nisall from DollarVersity proclaims that Financial Advice Is Not A One Size Fits All Proposition. There are some solid basic principles, but you should really work to figure out what works best for your situation.
- Jim from Canadian Finance Blog asks Is Retirement Planning Just a Form of Lifestyle Planning? Good retirement planning looks beyond money and assets, and focuses on lifestyle planning.
Captain Woodes Rogers was a former privateer became governor of The Bahamas and is credited with driving the pirates from the islands. Rogers was appointed Governor-in-Chief over the Bahama Islands by King George I on February 6, 1718. After he became governor he offered the "King's Pardon", which gave amnesty to most of the pirates in the isles. The most notorious and powerful pirates were not granted the amnesty and were hunted down and killed. It was Woodes Rogers who found Alexander Selkirk, inspiration for the novel "Robinson Crusoe."
- Miss T. from Prairie Eco Thrifter presents No Cost Refinancing--Pros and Cons. She explains that a no cost refinancing loan can be a great idea, but only if the circumstances are right.
- Melissa from Everything Finance Blog tells us to Pay Biweekly to Shave Years off Your Mortgage and save some money in interest!
- Ben from Money Smart Life instructs us in FHA Loans 101. You’ll learn about about benefits and drawbacks of an FHA loan and how it can help if you don't have much money to put down.
- Crystal from Stupid Cents presents Why You Need House Insurance and stresses why it is so important regardless of the cost.
Captain William Kidd was commissioned as a pirate hunter in 1696, before turning pirate in the Indian Ocean. Kidd was neither particularly successful nor ruthless. While hunting pirates and not being able to find any he decided to turn pirate, he took prize of an English ship which had been flying a French flag as a lure to pirates - Kidd wanted to return the ship to its owners but the rest of the crew wouldn't allow this. Upon his return to New York he was arrested and sent to trial in England, found guilty and hanged.
- Tim from Canadian Dream: Free at 45 insists that people should Stop Bitching & Save Already, a rant about people who won't save and ways they can actually do something about it. To #3, I want to yell out a hardy “Amen!”
Piracy continues today. An average of 500 deaths occur every year due to contemporary pirates. Pirates of today usually board large luxury motoryachts with a swift and quiet dinghy and try to steal things, kill, or do both and take over the yacht all together. For instance, the Seabourn Spirit was attacked by pirates on November 5th, 2005 about 70 miles off the coast of Somalia. Pirates boarded the ship from two small boats. The pirates used machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades when attacking. Luckily only one person, a crew member, was slightly injured - due to shrapnel.
- Dough Roller from The Dough Roller presents I’m Stuck Between a Rock and Comcast. So many people have had so many complaints about this company. It’s amazing how they are still in business.
- Philip from PT Money gives us 4 Reasons to Love the Part Time Job or Business. This just might be the encouragement you need to start (or continue!).
Join the Carnival again next week when it will be hosted by Wealth Informatics. Make sure to get your submissions in!
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