Carnival of Retirement

2013 is really flying by for me, how about you? I can’t believe that it’s already the beginning of June—where did that come from?

Retirement seems pretty unattainable for me right now, I really need to step up my game or I’ll be working at McDonald’s until I croak. That does not sound the least bit appealing.

How are you doing with your retirement plans? Any pterodactyls coming your way?

Whether your sucking ass like me or kicking it, below are some posts that might help you out.

Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents writes Pursuing What I Love or What Brings in the (Stable) Money – I’m sure that a lot of you can imagine and/or see where my posts have been going lately. Last year I made the post Do You Want To Be Self Employed and I have been thinking about it ever since.

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor writes Are we in a REIT bubble? – Low rates have made investors hungry for yield. As a result, traditional higher yielding investments such as utilities and real estate investment trusts are getting bid up by investors. If this madness continues, the possibility that many investors will get burned down the road increases exponentially.

Lance @ Money Life and More writes Americans Think You Need How Much Money To Get By?!? – Apparently Americans think a family of four NEEDS $58,000 to get by in today’s world and I think that is outrageous. Why? Americans have lost sight of what is a need versus what is a want. Granted, everyone will strive for nicer versions of needs, but those nicer versions are wants.

Robert @ The College Investor writes Should You Invest In Frontier Markets? – Frontier markets offer potentially overlooked opportunities. They are typically less crowded with global investors. So, they offer the potential for gain…but they are risky and speculative investments.

Hank @ Money Q&A writes Are Your Budget Assumptions Throwing Off Your Family Finances? – You need a budget, but you need an accurate budget. Budgets are built on both facts and assumptions. Are your budget assumptions throwing off your family’s finances?

Tushar @ Earn More and Save writes Patience: A Financial Virtue – Time is money. That’s certainly true, and when people want to save or make money, normally they want instant results and, not only that, but also the best ones. This impatience, however, has the opposite effect, putting them more out of pocket than in the money. Slow and steady wins the race.

MMD @ My Money Design writes Exploring My 401k Alternatives – Maybe More Dividend Stocks? – Lately I’ve been exploring my 401k alternatives in an effort to retire early, and am thinking of contributing more to my dividend stock fund.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes True cost of a mortgage – Have you just found the house of your dreams? Just make sure you don’t over-stretch on the mortgage.

Evan @ My Journey to Millions writes Completed My First Short Term Financial Goals and My New Set of Short Term Financial Goals – Since selling my first home and moving into my second earlier this year I had noticed that I haven’t been as focused when it came to goals regarding my finances, so I knew I had to come up with a plan. The idea, while not perfect, was to create short-term financial goals that would keep my attention (a hard task) and excite me to allocate funds. Here’s what I accomplished and my new set of goals:

Peter @ Bible Money Matters writes Don’t Like Your Companies 401(k) Options? Open a Self-Directed Account – Take a look at your options; if what your employer offers for your 401(k) is inadequate, consider opening a self-directed retirement account.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Ways to Give When You Don’t have Much Money to Spare – The end of the year is a wonderful time to donate. But what about the rest of the year, during times when there are no natural disasters to rally our wallets?

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes How to Live Rent Free – Suze Orman’s response to the caller’s question got me thinking, “What if you could live rent-free?” Researching this topic lead me to few ideas that seemed viable.

Grayson @ Debt RoundUp writes When Passion Turns Into Work – There have been quite a few bloggers jump ship into self-employment these days and I think it is awesome. The one question I have is what happens when your passion just turns into work? Do you plan for it or do you diversify your work to keep it interesting?

Adam @ Money Bulldog writes Want to start a business? Just Do It! – Starting a business can be daunting and many things can put you off. Often the best and only way to start a business is to Just Do It!

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes There’s A Difference Between Investing and Speculating! – The stock market has been on an ABSOLUTE tear this year. If you live in Japan, you have seen the Nikkei index rise close to 40% year-to-date. According to my readers’ demographics, no one in Japan even knows I exist so I’m not sure why I’m quoting the Nikkei.

Mike @ Personal Finance Journey writes Are you chasing the coupon dream? – Do you spend time saving money with coupons and is it worth your time. How your coupon spending can benefit others and your family.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes The Greener Option That Saves You Money: Paper Towels Vs. Rags – You need to continually buy paper towels if they are your cleaning cloth of choice, so they do represent an on-going expense. Have you ever stopped to think if the convenience is worth the cost?

Corey @ 20s Finances writes Real Estate Investing: Single Family Unit vs. Multi-Unit – If you’ve read any piece of financial news lately, you’d know that American real estate is back on an upward trajectory. Last month it was reported that single family homes in the United States had increased in price at the fastest pace since 2006. This trend looks sustained.

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Steps to Start Down the Extreme Early Retirement Path – It is exciting to me that extreme early retirement is not some exclusive club that is unattainable for those of us with moderate incomes.

Tushar @ Finance TUBE writes 3 Painless Ways to be Frugal – Today I will be talking about 3 Painless Ways to be Frugal. Frugality get a bad wrap often because it thinks it gets confused with the miser. There is also the misconception that frugality does not matter. Well rolling income is certainly an important component of becoming wealthy.

Investor Junkie @ Investor Junkie writes The One Thing You Need to Do Before Retiring – Since debt is one of the biggest “X factors” in life, eliminating it before you retire will also take away that uncertainty. You want to be able to enjoy your retirement years, and that won’t be quite is easy if you’re carrying a significant amount of debt.

Sean @ One Smart Dollar writes Refinancing a Rental Home – Refinancing a rental home is not as easy as it might sound. Let me tell you about the obstacles that might stand in your way of making this a passive income source during retirement.

John S @ Frugal Rules writes Online Brokerages I’ve Used: Etrade Review – There are many online brokerages to use as you look to invest in the stock market. The good ones are there to meet your needs and help make sure you’re doing what you can to be investing for things like retirement.

Jon @ Novel Investor writes ETFs For Rising Interest Rates – The recent Fed hints at ending QE means rising interest rates. Here are several ETFs to protect yourself and invest in as interest rates rise.

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Where To Invest Extra Money When The Stock Market Is On A Hot Streak – Since I have a lump sum investing strategy, it’s time to decide where to invest my checking account balance.

krantcents @ KrantCents writes Are You a Genius or a Fool? – “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction”. (E.F. Schumacher) Do you move with the herd? The real estate bubble and recession wrecked a lot of financial goals and plans.

Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder writes Buy or Sell First: One Home, One House, Two Mortgages and A Pool – If you are hoping to sell your house and buy a new home you might want to do your research first so you are an informed homeowner. Don’t make the same mistakes as this couple who are stuck with a house, a home, a pool and 2 mortgages.

Invest It Wisely @ Invest It Wisely writes 5 Fees You Should Never Ever Pay – These 5 fees that no one should pay result from being careless, disorganized, impulsive or distracted.

BARBARA FRIEDBERG @ Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance writes IS MONEY THE ONLY MEASURE OF SUCCESS? – Every job makes a contribution. And doing one’s job enthusiastically and competently can make you a success in any area.

Jules Wilson @ Faithful With a Few writes Dealing With Financial Stress Is Driving Us To Get Out Of Debt! – Dealing with financial stress can really cause a mountain of problems. A lot of things have been going on with us recently, and our finances almost came crashing down because of it!

Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey @ My Personal Finance Journey writes City Living: The Perfect Lifestyle for the Retired? – Is living in the city or the suburbs better for retirees? This post discusses some of the benefits of city living and why it may be a great option for some seniors.

That’s all folks!

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