Carnivals and Links, Week of November 7, 2011

First off, welcome The Frugal Toad to our blogroll!  Great content is being produced over there all the time, often of a frugal nature.  If you like saving money, go check out The Frugal Toad today!

Another week, a few more Twitter followers – up to 61. Not bad, considering we had 0 a few weeks ago.
We added a Facebook page. Go like us. Or just talk trash on our wall; we’ll enjoy it either way. What’s in it for you? Now you have to read us rambling about it weekly in these posts.  Go visit – I have 12 exclusive pictures of random things that will surely ignite loads of controversy.

Enough of the updates, let’s talk Carnivals and Links (and eBooks)!

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If you haven’t read these yet, you’re in for a treat!


Last Up, an eBook

Martin (MD) over at Studenomics sent me a copy of his guide to credit cards in your 20s entitled “Completely Conquer Credit Before You Hit 30.

Martin, (I hate to admit) I did read it in one sitting, even though you warned me a few times throughout that I should put it down.

Who is the Target Audience?

Students and “recent students” would benefit the most from the book.  Recent students who worked their way into some student loan or credit card debt would definitely benefit from the book.

Two of the main concerns in the book are establishing your first line of credit, and the psychological process behind paying off accumulated debt.  Martin intersperses acquired wisdom and mandatory actions during your journey through the book, and writes with a jovial tongue and liberal use of curses – admittedly a refreshing change of pace on a subject as serious as crushing credit card debts.  For a student considering a first line of credit (and perhaps wondering what the Credit CARD Act of 2009 means for their application) to a post-grad looking to get drunk at bars in Europe – Martin’s got you covered.

It’s certainly a good read for that crowd – not so long that it strains attention spans, and not so short that you’ll read it in a single sitting.  The copy I received was 62 pages long.

Can’t You Get This For Free?

Certainly, a lot of the things Martin writes about are published in various corners of the internet – and even his own site.  That’s not entirely the point of a guide – you’re paying for the author’s time in collecting that information in a convenient form.  Many other things you could glean from reading credit card agreements or even getting yourself into debt yourself and experimenting with ways to get out (not recommended!).  However, what’s your time worth?  I believe this eBook makes sense at the $17 price point – I believe that’s about 2 hours of work at work-study rates.  It’s possible you’ll be saving yourself quite a bit more than that over the course of a credit-card-using life.  Go check it out.


    • says

      MD does enjoy the cursing – haha.  He’s a funny guy though, and passionate about what he writes.  A winning combination, and probably why more people read his site than my pedantic ramblings!

      Thanks for stopping in!

  1. says

    Thanks for the inclusion.  I’m glad to have been the “Tweet of the Week.”  That Tweet might follow me around for awhile!

    • says

      5 weeks on Monday – 2.7M, and we cracked 500k this morning. Under 200k in three months? I hope so!

      Thank you, likewise! Saw the link on your site – it’s much appreciated.