Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Money Hacks Carnival #17 - Music of the '80s

Ahhh...the '80s. It was a time of the death of disco and the emergence of hair bands and bubblegum pop music. It was marked by wild long hair as well as the birth of the yuppie. It was a time of (eventual) financial abundance. Many people began truly indulging--in material wealth, themselves, substances, and even make up ( and women).

It is a time that will live in entertainment as very distinct. One identifying mark of the '80s is the music. That's where we will spend today's Money Hacks the music of the '80s, which, interestingly enough, talked an awful lot about money.

I wanted to note that there are some people that have more than one entry this week. Last week's carnival was posted a few days early and these people had some great posts that did not get included due to this error.

Before we really dive in, I just to make sure that we're all still focusing on the carnival here, I want to post my Editor's Picks:

*Retirehappy presents Naming Beneficiaries on Retirement Plans posted at My Retirement Blog. Okay, so we don't want to have to think about it, but this is information we all need to be on top of!

*Mike Leonard presents Passive income? Look at your passive expenses first posted at Until Debt Do Us Part. Great recommendation--look at your spending rather before trying to find out how to make more.

*J. Savings presents I'm back, and ready to spill the beans baby! posted at Budgets are Sexy. Great post. I love seeing testimonials on how resorts and vacation packages work. They can be very smart money-wise, but it helps to see the traps that others encountered! Congratulations, by the way!

*Silicon Valley Blogger presents Save and Invest Enough For Your Retirement: Are You On Track? posted at The Digerati Life. Although it seems like a long way off for me, I know that I have to stay focused on my retirement in order to survive when it comes!

*Brian Chin presents Why Gas Price Increases Aren't Really Affecting Your Finances posted at beechin financial consultant. Great perspective!

*Lisa Spinelli presents New Website Outs Companies With Poor Corporate Responsibility Records Greener Pastures: Personal Finance posted at Greener Pastures. I loved this post! It is wonderful that all of this information is gathered in one place, and I was so excited that Lisa pointed me to it! Thanks!

Now...on with the fun:

CAREER: 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton (1980)

It was a movie and a song. It was a great example of '80s media--silly and without real purpose.

Workin' 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by
Its all takin'
And no givin'
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
Its enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it

*Dorian Wales presents The Personal Financier: Actively Manage Your Career to Stay On Top of Your Game posted at The Personal Financier.

*FFB presents By What Cover Is Your Book Judged? posted at Free From Broke.

*Ellesse presents Free Career, Business & Trade Magazines for Your Career & Economic Goals posted at Goal Setting College.

DEBT/CREDIT: Material Girl by Madonna (1985)

Seriously, this song pretty much described the attitude that many people had at the time... and some people are still suffering from the fallout.

Living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl

*Shana presents Are You Ready to Budget? A Quiz posted at Smart Easy Money.

*Olen presents Pay Off Your Mortgage - Fast! posted at Get Out Of Debt.

*FMF presents The Ins and Outs of Reward Credit Cards posted at Free Money Finance.

*Mr Credit Card presents Cash Back Credit Card Video Guide posted at Ask Mr Credit Card.

*Ray presents The Best Credit Cards For College Students posted at Money Blue Book: Personal Finance Blog.

*Ryan Taylor presents Stop Bill Collector Harassment posted at Millionaire Money Habits.

*Mike presents Is it worth it to sign up for a Student Advantage card? posted at Living the Cheap Life.

*Joe Manausa presents Loan Limits - Contact Your Senator Today! posted at Tallahassee Real Estate Blog.

*Jose De Jesus MD presents Check Your Credit Score posted at Physician Entrepreneur.

*Erica Douglass presents When Should You Buy Real Estate — And When Is It Better to Rent? posted at - Erica Douglass challenges you to change your life!.

ECONOMY: Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi (1986)

You can't talk about '80s music without reviewing a hair band...and Bon Jovi was one of the most talented and most successful of the bunch. They have proven their success by altering their music enough to stay popular even until today.

She says we've got to hold on to what we've got
cause it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot
For love - well give it a shot
Whooah, were half way there
Whooah, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and well make it - I swear
Whooah, livin' on a prayer

*hank presents Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge Aren't Saving You Any Money On Their New $2.99 Incentive My Investing Blog posted at My Investing Blog.

INCOME: Money for Nothing by Dire Straits (1985)

Gotta' love a song about a working man begrudgingly observing the celebrity lifestyle. And this was a mind-altering video at the time.

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TVs

*Webmaster_1 presents Avoiding Make Money From Home Scams posted at The Entrepreneurs Online Magazine.

*Dave presents Can You Make Money Using the Internet? posted at Cheapo Groovo.

*The Shark Investor presents The Five Essential Elements Of Automated Income Generators posted at The Shark Investor.

*Patrick Schwerdtfeger presents 7 Steps to High-Conversion Sales Copy posted at Tactical Execution.

TAX: She Works Hard for Her Money by Donna Summer (1983)

She works hard for the money
So hard for it honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right
She works hard for the money
So hard for it honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

*RC presents How to Put Next Year’s Tax Refund to Work for You Right Now Think Your Way to Wealth posted at Think Your Way to Wealth.

SAVING: Working for the Weekend by Loverboy (1981)

So this song was not about saving money, so I am stretching here. Still a cool song that screams "80s!"

Everybody's working for the weekend
Everybody wants a little romance
Everybody's goin' off the deep end
Everybody needs a second chance,
oh...You want a piece of my heart
You better start from start
You wanna be in the show
Come on baby let's go

*Joe Caterisano presents how to save money using grocery coupons posted at Penny Pinching.

*Garret presents 7 Ways To Save Money On Your Fuel Bill posted at Personal Finance Basics.

*Body For Life Results presents 5 Money Saving Tips To Help You Survive The Credit Crunch posted at Tame Your Debt.

*Katie Gregg presents Powering Down posted at Frugal Fabulous.

*Rhiana Jones presents Book Review: Make-A-Mix posted at A Frugal Life - Just the two of us.

*Northern Cheapskate presents Northern Cheapskate: Tips for a Tight Traveling Budget posted at Northern Cheapskate.

*Card Blogger presents The Best Gas Rebate Credit Cards posted at Credit Card Blog.

*Aryn presents Save Money with Travel Rewards posted at Sound Money Matters.

*dmh presents Unwritten Rules of Bringing Your Own Wine posted at Daily Money Hack.

*Bryce presents Haircuts posted at Save and Conquer.

*Jamy presents The art of creative home budgeting. posted at Wealth=Wise(Investments+Strategies).

*Faron Benoit presents 15 Cheap Romantic Date Ideas posted at Financial Learn.

*Broke Grad Student presents 6 Ways A Boyfriend/Girlfriend Saves You Money posted at Broke Grad Student.

*Madison presents Free Blockbuster Movies posted at My Dollar Plan.

*Christopher Johnson presents Legacy Fund - Perpetuity posted at

*TooSmart presents Dress for Less: The sub $5 shirt. posted at Too Smart to Live Like This.

*Brian Chin presents 4 Ways to Find Cheap Airfare on Flights posted at beechin financial consultant.

*Amy @ The Q Family presents Catch a Reading Bug this Summer posted at The Q Family Adventure.

INVESTING: I Wanna' Be Rich by Calloway (1989)

This one just gets stuck in your head.

I want money lots and lots of money
I want the pie in the sky
I want money lots and lots of money
So don't be asking me why
I wanna be rich oh ;
I wanna be rich
I wanna be rich oh;
I wanna be rich
For a little love peace and happiness

*KCLau presents Picking the right Structured Fund posted at KCLau's Money Tips.

*Aussie presents Australian Stock Market Investing posted at Australian Stock Market Investing.

*jim presents TradeKing Review posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

*MoneyKing presents Real Estate Profits And Losses: Your Tenant’s Kids. Scenario 38. posted at The Money Kings - RULE your money at home, at work, and at play!.

*KCLau presents Ride on the Oil Palm Industry Boom posted at KCLau's Money Tips.

*Raag Vamdatt presents Want to retire early? Here's what you need :: :: Financial Planning demystified posted at

*thewild1 presents To Buy or Sell? posted at The Wild Investor.

OTHER: For the Love of Money by The O'Jays

Okay, I cheated. This song is not from the 1980s, but how can you talk about money songs and not cover the song that is now most popular as the theme song for The Apprentice? Donald Trump has practically adopted it as his own.

Money money money money, money (x6)
Some people got to have it
Some people really need it
Listen to me y'all, do things, do things, do bad things with it
You wanna do things, do things, do things, good things with it
Talk about cash money, money
Talk about cash money- dollar bills, y'all

*Ted presents Best Place to Sell Textbooks posted at CampusGrotto College Advice.

*John Crickett presents Is Now The Time To Buy A House? posted at Find Financial Freedom.

*The Financial Blogger presents Financial Super Powers Series: Telepathy and Mind Control posted at The Financial Blogger.

*Heather Allen presents Giving Can Breed Dependency. posted at The DebtFree Playbook Blog.

*Financial Goal presents 12 New Essentials We Think We Need posted at Goal of Financial Freedom.

*Chief Family Officer presents Review: posted at Chief Family Officer.

*Ryan Suenaga presents The Readers Ask: Where’s Best for Chicken Money? posted at Uncommon Cents.

*Heather Johnson presents Four Fabulous Ways to Be Happier posted at Miguel Trujillo.

*chica with issues presents Looking for a discount pays off, but so does waiting posted at One Snarky Chica with Issues.

*GBlogger presents Success Stories: From Newly Divorced With A Negative Net Worth to $150,000 — In Two Years posted at CAN I GET RICH ON A SALARY.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed reminiscing as much as I did. Submit your posts for next week's carnival, which will be held at My Investing Blog. Have a great week!


  1. Thank you for posting my article, and choosing it as an editor's pick! That's always very exciting.


  2. Hooray! Thanks for including, and for editor pickin' ;)

  3. Very cool theme. Thank you for hosting!

  4. Thanks for a fun carnival and including my article!

  5. I had lots of fun in the 80's. Thanks for the musical memories and for including my post.

  6. Many thanks to Mrs. Nespy for including me!

  7. Thanks for including my article!

  8. Great post! I love the content in your website and I will definitely be back

  9. wow this carnival is getting huge! Nice job with hosting! Thank you so much for including my article.

  10. Hi Mrs. Nespy,

    Thanks for all of your hard work in putting this carnival together! I enjoyed reading the posts.