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Festival of Under 30 Finances #21

Festival of Under 30 Finances #21

Welcome to the April 20, 2007 edition of festival of under 30 finances. There were a number of high quality entries and I did my best to pick out the articles that I best thought fit the spirit of the carnival. I had to exclude a few articles due to them having nothing even remotely close to finances for people under 30 and did have a couple duplicate submissions where I just picked the article I liked better.

For this Festival I asked the question

At what age do you want/plan to be financially independent (IE you don’t have to work full-time if you don’t want to) and what is your plan to get there.

A couple people answered the question and I will highlight the responses here.

  • John at Broke Now Rich Later wrote ” I want to be financially independent at 42. I’d like to have over $1mm saved in retirement funds, my house paid off and my kids’ college paid for. At that point, I no longer need life insurance and my income needs go way down. By 46 or so, I should only “need” an income of $30k or so. That leaves me wide open with options. More realistically, I might just stay in my career. By 55, I’d like to be able to retire and travel and be with grandkids. My goal for then is having $2000 a week in after tax income in 2007 dollars. That should fund just about anything I would want to do.”
  • The Finance Journey wrote an entire article on the subject – “Ideally I would like to have enough money to sustain me without taking away from principal with reinvesting for inflation….I think I will probably be able to think about retiring around 52 which is 26 years from now. By this time with inflation i will need about $4 million dollars for this plan…I don’t really have any magical plans to make this happen. Currently I am contributing the maximum amount to my 401k and ROTH IRAs”
  • Wanda at Well-Heeled wrote – I honestly don’t know how to define “financial independence.” And I can’t forsee myself leaving the workforce for extended periods of time, much less retire early, unless I win the lottery or something equally unlikely happens. But just to grab a figure that seems good to me, if I have $10 million (inflation-adjusted) by the time I’m in my 50s, I might become an independent consultant or work on non-profits.
  • Mr. Credit card answered – I plan to be financially free when I am 40 (or early forties). That means having a passive income of at least $20,000 a month. I plan to achieve that through a few businesses that will generate income for me.
  • I also wrote an article on this topic which can be found here. “Ideally I think I would like to retire in my early 40s. Now when I say “retire” I mean don’t necessarily have to chase the highest paying job and can do something that gives me the flexibility I want to really spend time with my family…….”
  • Finally WenchyPoo had the best answer – “Answer to question: already financially independent.”

Thanks to everyone who answered the question and now onto the Festival

Editor’s Choice

David Weliver wroteWhat I’ve Learned About Money posted at Money Under 30. – Eloquent but simple article that really fits spirit of the carnival.

Priya Jestin tells about the 10 Biggest Mistakes Made by Poor People That Will Keep Them Poor posted at 1031 Exchange Lowdown. – probably applicable to more than just “poor” people, but in my opinion he hit the nail on the head with many of them

ISPF explains Here’s Why I Like My Relatively-Frugal Lifestyle posted at Grad Money Matters. – in my opinion being frugal is more fun than spending on whatever you want. It’s also a great stress reliever and simplifies your life so that you can concentrate on what is really important to you.

Silicon Valley Blogger writes A Job Quitter’s Primer: 15 Ways To Resign posted at The Digerati Life. – probably something that many of us 20 year olds will have to do a couple of times. Great advice on how to do it properly.

And here are the rest of the articles

Wanda explains why I am NEVER paying back my student loans (early) posted at Wanda – Even though I don’t have as good of deal as Wanda I share her sentiment. My loans are locked in at about 2.5% and I am stretching out my repayment plan as long as they will let me. You’d be nuts to pay back money that is free or close to it.

The Frugalist writes Why Live Frugally? 15 Ways Frugality Makes You Happier, Healthier, and Sexier posted at Frugalist. – I love frugal articles

Ted Reimers presents 10 Tips on How to get a College Scholarship posted at CampusGrotto, saying, “Student Loans are a major cause of financial debt. Here are 10 tips to getting scholarships to fund your education.” – So often I think of under 30 as 20 year olds, but for you high schoolers this is a great list of tips on how to get additional scholarship money.

Sagar Satapathy wrote The Shopaholic’s Guide to Getting your Expenses under Control posted at Debt Consolidation Lowdown. – Kick that nasty habit and gain back control over your finances.

pfodyssey presents Pareto?s Principle (80/20 Rule) of Personal Finance posted at My Personal Finance Odyssey. – Great list of steps on how to get your financial life in order.

Mr Credit Card presents Roadmap of Career Paths and Financial Freedom (Ask Mr Credit Card’s Blog) posted at Ask Mr Credit Card’s Blog

Bryan C. Fleming presents Saving Money: $704.51 in 14 Weeks posted at Bryan C. Fleming.

Henry presents Lower Your Student Loan Interest With Automatic Payments posted at Binary Dollar!.

Pushpa Sathish presents 15 Financial Lessons from the Demise of Anna Nicole Smith (Yes, I’m Serious) posted at Credit Card Lowdown.

WBL presents Wealth Building Lessons » Blog Archive » How To Have An Extra $1000 In Monthly Retirement Income posted at Wealth Building Lessons.

Wanda Grindstaff presents Plant Your Flag and Claim Your Success posted at Creating Abundant Lifestyles Begin With Abundance Mindset

Wenchypoo presents Dollar Stretcher TNG–The Next Generation (L-O-N-G) posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket

Amy Pedersen presents Fair Isaac Corporation, What a Wacky Bunch of Statisticians Dedicated to Credit posted at Your Credit Score Secrets

FIRE Getters presents Automatic Enrollment In 401k Retirement Plan – A Revolution? posted at FIRE Finance.

David presents Becoming a Millionaire Investing $5,000 – Reality of Fantasy? posted at Worldwide Success.

John presents Morning Rant – Bad Bills and Worthless Change posted at Broke Now, Rich Later

Steve Faber presents – A few last minute tax deductions posted at DebtBlog.

Web Admin presents Mutual Funds: Newer is Sometimes Better posted at

The next edition of the Festival of Under 30 Finances will be held May 4th at No Money In Poetry. You can start submitting your posts here.

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Hosting Festival of Under 30 Finances AND a financial question for my readers/submitters

Hosting Festival of Under 30 Finances AND a financial question for my readers/submitters

I will be hosting the Festival of Under 30 finances next Friday April 20th. If you have some good financial advice for people under the age of 30, you still have until Wednesday night at midnight to submit your article to the festival.

The Festival of Under 30 Finances is a little unique in that it runs every other week and it usually includes a question that the host asks, to which the submitters can take a stab at answering. My question for next week’s carnival is “At what age do you want/plan to be financially independent (IE you don’t have to work full-time if you don’t want to) and what is your plan to get there.”

If you are participating in the carnival you are asked to answer this question. Even if you aren’t participating in the carnival and want to answer the question please feel free to leave your answer in the comments and maybe if it’s good enough I will highlight it somewhere in the carnival. Suppose I should start working on my own answer for the question 😉

Anyway if you want to participate in the carnival come up with a good article for those under 30 and submit it here. Otherwise if you just have a great answer for my question leave it in the comment or use my Contact form.

Festival of Frugality #69

Festival of Frugality #69

This week’s Festival of Frugality is being hosted over at The Digerati Life. My article on Frugal lawncare – Part II Overseeding is in the festival.

Here are some other articles from the carnival that I thought were especially good.

  • The Joys of Frugal Living by Dawn at Frugal For Life – Great collection of why living frugal is more about living your life how you want and not how others think you should live. Frugal living is fun and if you haven’t been to Frugal for Life I highly recommend the site, it is the holy grail of Frugal living.
  • Throwing a Birthday Party fit for a Princess on a Budget by Frugal Upstate – obviously Frugal Upstate doesn’t truly understand the “needs” of his little princess because according to Yahoo he should have blown $1000 on princess’s birthday bash. This is a great example of how to raise kids and how not to raise kids. I would bet my 401k that the kids at Frugal Upstate’s party had just as much if not more fun than the kids at I’m raising a needy little brat’s party. What’s more important here is that it just shows that 6 year olds don’t need or even want big fancy expensive things to be happy, it’s the parents who set the expectation and the parameters of what they “think” they need to be happy. This a perfect contrasting example of how a truly rich person throws a party versus how someone with a high income throws a party.
Carnival of Personal Finance #95 Recap

Carnival of Personal Finance #95 Recap

This week’s Carnival of Personal Finance is being held over at AccumulatingMoney. Each host usually puts their personal touch on the carnival and this week is no different. AccumulatingMoney actually put all the articles in a grid which is sortable by column (if you are using IE). It’s even AJAXY so no post backs 🙂 The geek in me love’s this touch and then you don’t have to worry as much about people complaining about where their article got placed in the carnival. My article on Save for tomorrow – but don’t forget to live today is included in the article

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Carnival Recaps & March Madness Update

Carnival Recaps & March Madness Update

This week I participated in two carnivals and still have one post in the Personal Finance March Madness contest.

The Carnival of Personal Finance #92 was hosted at LazyManAndMoney this week. My article on million dollar kids – give me a break!
made the Honorable Mentions Category right below the Editors choice. As usual many good articles.  Below are some of my favorites

The Festival of Frugality #66 was hosted today at The Frugal Duchess.  My now famous article on the Frugal cure for a sore throat is found at the very bottom (must have saved the best for last).  Here are some articles that caught my eye.

Finally somehow through some stroke of luck, one my articles(The True Cost of Owning a Home) made it to the Elite 8 over at FreeMoneyFinance’s March Madness and looks like it is on it’s way to the Final Four.

Carnival of Personal Finance No. 91

Carnival of Personal Finance No. 91

The Carnival of Personal Finance #91 is being held over at The Sun’s Financial Diary this week. My article on I just don’t get it – what is the big deal about gas prices is down towards the very bottom.

As usual a ton of articles were submitted. Here are a few that I enjoyed

  • My Money Blog’s review of Prosper (Took a very good objective look of Prosper – turns out it’s not all sunshine,roses, and 10%+ returns)
  • Broke Now Rich Later’s Taxation Diversification posts – (I have often talked about this and I’m afraid I’ve just got too much put away in retirement accounts that will prevent me from retiring before age 59.5 (although I do have access to all principal deposits I put into Roth IRA accounts). One point I would make about this article is that if you have a good mix of Traditional and Roth accounts you an manage your taxes by taking as much as possible out of the traditional account until you get to a certain tax bracket and then topping it off with tax free Roth money).
  • The “Get Rich Quick Fallacy” over at Stubborn Capitalist (I think he hits the nail on the head, the programs aren’t necessarily scams, but if you want to be successful it is going to require lots of time and hard work. It’s not easy and something you can do in your spare time like they promote. I have had friends and family members do pretty well with some of the MLM programs, but it was essentially a full-time job outside of their full-time job and even then they decide the work involved wasn’t worth it after a while.)
  • Poorer Than You’s The Road to Millions Starts at Age 16 – (Even though I knew the importance of compounding well before 16 I never followed through and didn’t start saving for retirement until I was 24 – what a complete waste that was and how incredibly harder it will be for me to get where I want to be because I waited so long to start saving for retirement).