Everything Finance Monthly Round Up: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Edition

This year Black Friday became Black Thursday with many retailers opening their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving night.  Did you brave the crowds, or do you prefer to snag your deals on Cyber Monday from the quiet of your home or office?  I am a fan of Cyber Monday, and I am looking forward to the deals that may be offered.

Around the web, I have been reading some excellent personal finance articles.  Here are some of my favorites:

  1. My Personal Finance Journey asks us to reconsider what we really “need”.  How many of these luxuries can you do without?
  2. If you are a blogger, you will appreciate My Multiple Incomes comprehensive list of affiliate marketing companies.
  3. Daily Money Shot reveals 15 truths she has learned about money from years of reading personal finance blogs and books.
  4. Frugal Confessions, who lives in Texas, still hasn’t turned on her heat.  How long could you tolerate a 60 degree house?
  5. Afraid to ask for a raise?  Free Money Wisdom gives you 5 steps to ask for a raise and suggests you do so, even in this economy.
  6. The interest rate for savings accounts is the bane of all good savers, but Financial Samurai shows how to increase the money you earn on your emergency fund.
  7. Retire by 40 shares the many reasons he is thankful this year, including his adorable 22 month old and freedom from the corporate world.
  8. Could you retire by 40 even if you are currently living on one income?  Wealth Informatics plans to and details exactly how.
  9. Many personal finance bloggers applaud peer to peer lending, but Edward Antrobus argues that it is a scam.
  10. Would you be willing to take a $30k home improvement risk?  Afford Anything is and shares why she thinks her plan will work.  (Love the kitchen redesign!)
  11. Speaking of housing, Bible Money Matters explains the rock star benefits of owning a duplex.
  12. Live Real, Now explains how he got several job offers at once.  Congrats on the new job and excellent tips!
  13. Did your home get damaged by Hurricane Sandy?  If so, you will want to read Free from Broke’s post explaining how to get FEMA assistance.
  14. Looking to create a side income?  Money Crush has 101 ways to do just that.

On a different note, Everything Finance was featured in several blog carnivals recently:

Yakezie Carnival hosted by The Ultimate Juggle

Carnival of Money Pros  hosted by Debt Black Hole

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #54 hosted by Cash Net USA

Yakezie Carnival hosted by Parenting and Money

Carnival of Money Pros   hosted by Finance Product Reviews

Carnival of Retirement #44  hosted by Cash Net USA

Yakezie Carnival hosted by The Ultimate Juggle

Lifestyle Carnival #28 hosted by Club Thrifty

Carnival of Money Pros  hosted by My Multiple Incomes

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #56 hosted by See Debt Run

Carnival of Retirement #45 hosted by Family Money Values

Yakezie Carnival   hosted by I Heart Budgets

Carnival of Retirement #46  hosted by Making Sense of Cents

Carnival of Investing #12   hosted by Investeem

Thanks to all of the hosts who included Everything Finance’s posts!