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Carnival of Money Stories #77

Welcome to the 77th Carnival of Money Stories!  If you haven’t visited here before, I blog about my journey to financial balance.  Finally on the tenure track after years floating by on student loans, I share my money stories while reading some of the greatest American stories about money.  Today, along with all this week’s outstanding posts, I’ve included my favorite American “classics” about work and money.  Take a look around and subscribe!

Editor’s PicksThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Here’s the work that starts Americans’ obsession with the self-made man.  Once you read it, you’ll never forget Ben’s jaunty walk down the Philadelphia pier with a loaf of bread tucked under each arm.  It seems to be all he needs to take on the world!

NtJS presents What Is The Dumbest Thing You’ve Ever Spent Money On? posted at not the jet set.

Kelly from Almost Frugal presents Setting Goals in the Face of Uncertainty posted at Almost Frugal.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Basic Business Advice from an Accidental Entrepreneur posted at The Digerati Life.

MoneyNing presents Living on $34.01 a Week posted at Personal Finance Blog by Money Ning.

The Happy Rock presents Helping Friends Save Money Can Be Bad For Your Back posted at The Happy Rock.

The Wide, Wide World

One of my favorite sentimental novels, this work by Susan Warner charts a young girl’s journey to adulthood.  With shaky financial resources and few friends, how will she manage to find happiness and security?  In the nineteenth century, this novel was almost as popular as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and tells us much about America’s middle-class ideals.

KCLau presents How not to Spend that Money posted at KCLau’s Money Tips.

The Financial Blogger presents I Failed…For Now posted at The Financial Blogger.

Dividends4Life presents Progress Update – August 2008 posted at Dividends4Life.

Chris presents Being Laid Off – 4 Steps to go From a Layoff to an Amazing Job. posted at

Laura presents What’s a Better Deal, Rebates or a Lower Price? posted at Green Panda Treehouse.

Jim presents Comcast Triple Play Deals Are Getting More Aggressive on Blueprint for Financial Prosperity posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Unlike Benjamin Franklin’s, Frederick Douglass’s life story emphasizes the inequality of antebellum America.  Born a slave on the eastern shore of Maryland, Douglass finds his way to freedom and activism. His life’s work is a sobering reminder of the rotten foundation on which American capitalism was based.

fwp presents a (small) sign of financial maturity » the financial wellness project » because money doesn’t own you — YOU own money! posted at the financial wellness project.

Mr. ToughMoneyLove presents How to be a Money Strategist to Achieve Financial Goals | Tough Money Love posted at Tough Money Love » Hard Truth about Money and Personal Finance.

Todd presents Hurricane Ike and Fear posted at HarvestingDollars.

Ryan Suenaga presents Ask the Readers: What Do You Do with an Unreliable Employer? posted at Uncommon Cents.

Tanesha Morgan presents Bad Health Insurance, No Insurance? How to Manage Anyway. posted at Personal Finance Analyst.

Sun presents Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Timeline posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary.

The Great Gatsby

If you’ve never had a chance to read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, take the time now.  In this slender novel, Fitzgerald captures all the longing and emptiness of an emerging consumer culture.  I’ll never forget the scene where Gatsby flings shirt after shirt out of his closet to prove to Daisy that he’s finally made it.

 J. Money presents I won the mega millions lottery!!! Well, a piece of it anyways 😉 posted at Budgets are Sexy..

Grace presents Grace and the Green-Eyed Monster posted at GRACEful Retirement.

Kevin presents My 300th Post and It?s Really Important posted at No Debt Plan.

Upside Trader presents Lehman, AIG, Merrill Lynch and the Catastrophic Ripple Effect posted at upsidetrader.

FIRE Finance presents Save Your Wallet With These Penny Hacks posted at FIRE Finance.

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison’s critique of the American Dream is one of the most powerful of the twentieth century.  His journey to understanding the racial dynamic of pre-Civil Rights America questions mainstream beliefs about the ability of anyone to get ahead.

FMF presents My One Tip to Being Productive Wherever I Am posted at Free Money Finance.

The Smarter Wallet presents Ways To Save on Seasonal Purchases: Time To Shop For Halloween! posted at The Smarter Wallet.

Ella Moss presents IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID! « Zodiac Times posted at Zodiac Times.

Will presents Making Money Online, Ten Things I Wish I Knew As A Beginner | Your Finish Rich Plan – A Personal Finance Blog posted at Your Finish Rich Plan.

GBlogger presents Success Stories: Couple Hits $515K Net Worth by Age 27 — and Seeks to Retire by Age 40 posted at CAN I GET RICH ON A SALARY.

Great stories everyone!  Hope you enjoyed the carnival and see you next week wherever the Money Stories go!