Jul 13, 2013

The Tortoise Banker Carnival, 1st Edition

Welcome to the 1st edition of the Tortoise Banker Carnival, a selection of my favorite articles related to building wealth this week. If you would like to be included next week, please submit your post via Blogger Carnivals. If you would like to host for a future edition, please contact me at slowandsteadytortoise@hotmail.com.

The guidelines are:
  • You can submit a post that was published during the last month
  • The posts have to relate to building wealth, and fit within the following categories: Savings and Simple living, Travel and Lifestyle, Wealth and  Passive income, Real Estate and Investing, or Self employment.
  • Submit by Wednesday night for the Saturday edition
  • Please mention the carnival in your roundups if you have been featured!
So, let's get started with this week's roundup.

My adventure in the personal finance blogosphere began this week with a nice post from Robert at Kids Ain't Cheap.  He gave us a nice set of tips for parents to marinade on when trying to save money when having kids.  I've done enough thinking about what will happen to my family's finances when we have kids to know that these types of saving tips are invaluable and I hope you have some takeaways.

I love this next post from Pauline at Reach Financial Independence.  What would be better than living a retirement in luxury on $2,000/month!  Pauline gives us some insight on how this can be done in Guatemala, even showing us it can be done for $1000/month.  Great post.

Keri from Student Debt Survivor gives us all a nice wake up call by providing statistics about the average American's ability to save... and let me warn you, it's scary.  76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck!

My fellow 20 something married friends at Cash Cow Couple give us a great reminder on how to set goals effectively using the S.M.A.R.T. method.  I've used this method before, but never for financial goals.  Really liked this post.

Bill Fay contributed a nice article at one of my favorite sites, The Frugal Toad detailing the importance of starting retirement savings early.  He provides some numbers on the amount your savings will add up to based on WHEN you start to save.  Good stuff.

My last stop in this week's adventure was at Mr. CBB's Canadian Budget Binder where my taste buds were brought to life after reading about a delicious recipe for Falafel... something I've never prepared before. Mr. CBB is a very active blogger and I'm grateful for his twitter shares... and for the meal I'm about to enjoy!

And with that, I'm off to the kitchen.  Take care readers... until next time!

TB

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