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Carnival of Personal Finance #175 – "Jokey McJokester" ed.

by J. Money on Monday, October 20, 2008

CoPF - Jokey McJokester ed.

Hello my frugal little friends, and welcome to the 175th Carnival of Personal Finance – “Jokey McJokester” edition! As many of you know, i’m a huge fan of mixing entertainment with financial learning, so get ready for some fun up in here :)

I know some of you are pretty groggy/hungover/un-excited for the “real world” today, so i’m hoping some of these jokes wake you up a bit. And just in case, i threw in a few cheezy ones to see if you’re paying attention ;) If you like what you see here, join the other “cool” ones and hook yourself up with my RSS feed , or even with one of my icons. Now, let’s get started shall we?

J. Money’s Fabulous Four:
These were my all time favorite posts from all 92 submissions! Needless to say, i did quite a lot of reading over the weekend :) But i’d be lying if i didn’t learn anything – each article highlighted today has something to offer, especially these next ones in my opinion. But first a joke!

A man being mugged by two thugs put up a tremendous fight! Finally, the thugs subdued him and took his wallet. Upon finding only two dollars in the wallet, the surprised thug said “Why did you put up such a fight?”

To which the man promptly replied “I was afraid that you would find the $200 hidden in my shoe!”

  • How Can YOU Save the US Economy – The Secret to Success of the American Dream by Ben from Money Smart Life. An overall enjoyable read! You gotta love the postiveness that comes out of it too, absolutely loved it :)
  • Stop Watching Market News, Start Watching LOLCATS by jim from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.OMG the title says it all! I didn’t even need to read it to know that this was gonna be a fun one. I did though, of course, and it was all that i had hoped it would be ;) It goes pretty well with today’s theme, doesn’t it?
  • Tipping: Psychological Warfare? by Richard over at Student Scrooge. An interesting look at how waiters work the “upsell” angle – think kneeling down, writing smilies on the check, etc. While some of these got me pretty fired up (i HATE when waiters touch me. *shiver*), it’s definitely cool to wonder if these tricks affect your tipping!
  • Is it a Smart Move to INCREASE Your 401k Contributions Now? by RC from Think Your Way To Wealth. I’m a huge fan of anything 401(k) related, and especially those articles that are SUPER easy to read like this one. GREAT job circling some of the questions being asked around town!*And The Two Runner Ups*
  • What Is Your Deepest, Darkest Financial Secret? by Broke Grad from Broke Grad Student. Another one i couldn’t pass up! Similar to the “Post Secret” concept, Broke Grad asked people to send in postcards w/ their deepest financial secrets on it – freakin’ cool as hell to look at (esp for all you A.D.D. readers).
  • Accepting The Bailout For The Van from DD over at The Happy Rock. Brilliant! Personal stories make for interesting reads, esp. when you go against all the advice that you just asked for ;) It’s all part of the process baby!

You KNOW i have to put this topic first, i mean look at my blog name :) I’m all about the budget. Whether it’s hand written, typed, automatically calculated online, whatever: Budgets = Confidence = Sexy. End of story. Actually, not end of story, we have lots more to go here…. let’s continue w/ another joke:

“The president announced new budget slashes. And he’s slashing education. It is a genius plan — when the kids graduate they won’t have the math skills to calculate how much debt they’re actually in.” —Craig Ferguson

The word frugality is one of my favorites! Not only do i love saying it (it come out so crisp, ya know?) but it really does capture a way of life…esp with many of you who’s reading this. Anyone who can master the art of frugalness (not as fun to say) wins big points in the life of financial freedom!

After 40 years of hard work, a man retired with $5,000,000.00 which he had gained through courage, diligence, initiative, skill, devotion to duty, thrift, efficiency, shrewd investment, and the death of an uncle who left him $4,999,999.50.

It is what it is right? Some weeks are great, some weeks are sad, and others are downright c-r-a-z-y. But that’s life, and i’m pretty sure we’re all starting to get used to it :) So why not joke about it?

“If you watched the debate last night, you know John McCain kept talking about this guy Senator Obama met on the campaign trail named Joe the Plumber. Do you know the saddest part about the Joe the plumber story? Last month he was an investment banker.” –Jay Leno

Ooooooh how i love me some credit! The more, the better in my opinion. While it’s DEF. not for everyone, i’m all about slapping my expenses on the ol’ credit card & then paying it off in 30 days. I seriously hope the credit crisis works itself out – i am ADDICTED to it. And now for another joke:

Did you hear about the $3,000,000 Maryland State Lottery?
The winner gets $3 a year for a million years.

Finance covers a looooot of stuff, and a looooot of industries. So, naturally, we have a looooooooooooot of good articles on this topic :) Please to enjoy:

An FBI agent is interviewing a bank teller after the bank had been robbed 3 times by the same bandit:
“Did you notice anything special about the man?” asks the agent.
“Yes,” replies the teller. “He was better dressed each time.”

  • Super Saver from My Wealth Builder presents Passive Income is not Effort Free. Ain’t that the truth! While it may look like it’s easy-peasy money, there’s a loooot of work that goes into building up passive income.
  • ABC from ABCs of Investing presents Investment Asset Classes Explained. A brief and simple explanation of asset classes!
  • Henry Stern, LUTCF, CBC from InsureBlog presents Now THAT’S Customer Service!. Sometimes, getting what you pay for’s a GOOD thing. Here’s a true story of how one e-tailer handles orders in an honest and personal way.
  • My Journey from My Journey to Millions presents Stay Away from Seller Financing.
  • A Dawn from A Dawn Journal presents ADJ Picks Canada’s Best High Interest Savings Accounts.
  • Money Answer Guy from Money Answer Guy presents How to Compare Lenders Online.
  • The Financial Blogger from The Financial Blogger presents How To Beat Inflation Part 2, and states that we need to find other trick to keep our lifestyle intact. Tricks to beat inflation are becoming smaller.
  • Joe Manausa from Tallahassee Real Estate Blog presents The US Treasury On Market Turmoil. Joe goes into some remarks by Secretary David H. McCormick about the current economic turmoil – identifying how the chaos basically got started, and acknowledging that we are now paying the price.

Money management:
I’m a HUGE management guy, esp. when we’re talking about money (actually, it’s the ONLY thing i manage ;) ), so this subject is near and dear to my heart. If you know where your money is coming from, and you now exactly where it’s going, you’re a-okay in my books! Another joke:

A businessman was confused about a bill he had received, so he asked his secretary for some mathematical help.

“If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?” he asked her.

The secretary replied, “Everything but my earrings.”

I’m not the smartest man around when it comes to the nitty gritty here, BUT, i do know that investing wisely will go a long way here. That means no panicking and emotional selling of one’s nest eggs (ya hear that economy?). Which leads us to our next jokey mcjoke:

A frightened investor goes to his financial planner and asks if he’s at all worried about the volatility of the markets these days. The planner replies that he sure does! In fact, he says that he sleeps like a baby.

The frightened investor was amazed! “Really? Even with all the fluctuations?”
“Yup! I sleep for a couple of hours, and then I wake up and I cry for a couple of hours.”

Debt = no fun. But alas, 99% of us have some debt laying around. At least it’s not all “bad” debt though – college loans, mortgages, business loans, etc. But either way, we’re all in this together :) Here’s another joke, and then the beautiful posts:

What did the car dealer say?
The best way to get back on your feet is to miss a car payment!

Saving has always been a cornerstone of building wealth. So make sure to do lots of it :) (can you tell i’m tuckering out now?)

“Why do the Irish keep their money in banks?
Because it’s Dublin!”

Real Estate:
I used to be a realtor during the boom a few years back, and i must say that i came away with a lot of knowledge out there. Sadly, much of it was stuff i’d rather forget (shady bankers, realtors, and just people in general). BUT, it did teach me a very important lesson – Everyone’s financial situation is different, and you really have to know what you’re comfortable with, not what others are comfortable with. Advice is GREAT, don’t get me wrong, but just be sure you know which advice to take in, and which to dump in the trash. Now another joke :)

If you owe the bank $100, that’s your problem.
If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.

Some may call taxes a “joke” in itself, but unfortunately we all have to deal with ‘em. Sure it may bore you to death, but it helps keep our country paved with the golden dreams of opportunity! (Did that even make sense?) Let’s have another joke:

Late one night a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs. “Give me your money,” he demanded.

Indignant, the affluent man replied, “You can’t do this – I’m a US Congressman!”

“In that case,” replied the robber, “Give me MY money!”


VERY important to have if you wanna bring in the big bucks. I’d like to consider blogging my “Career”, but it’s all in due time :) For now, i’ll keep being amazed by the ballers of our industry (ahem Jonathan…cough cough…..J.D…). Either way, i’m all for doing what makes you happy. And as long as you have your head on straight financially, you can get by with any paying job! Now, another joke from our sponsor:

A social worker is facing a mugger with a gun.
“Your money or your life!” says the mugger.
“I’m sorry,” the social worker answers,
“I am a social worker, so I have no money and no life.”

Other? hmm……this can encapsulate a whole mess of different things! But unfortunately, or fortunately if you’re tired of me already, i’m running out of time here. So on w/ the last joke and hand picked posts of the day:

A preacher gets up one Sunday and announced to his congregation:
“I have good news and bad news…
The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program.
The bad news is, it’s still out there in your pockets!”

  • Bret Frohlich from presents Fighting Global Poverty, and adds, “October 15th was Blog Action day and this year’s subject was Poverty. This post offers suggesions on how to fight global poverty.” Yup, I’ve been seeing a few posts on this lately, pretty interesting.
  • LAL from LivingAlmostLarge presents Is the middle class gone?.
  • Mr Credit Card from Ask Mr Credit Card presents Organizing Your Personal Finance.
  • Steward from My Family’s Money presents US Poverty: How Is It Defined? A look at what we define as “poor” in the United States for statistical purposes.

That’s it for this week kiddies! Go ahead and take yourself a breather for now – you’ll need it for next week’s CoPF over at Master Your Card (i love it!). If you liked what you saw, don’t forget to sign up to the ol’ RSS feed or grab an icon! And remember: Budgets = Confidence = Sexy!

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