Yakezie Carnival: The Power Ballad edition

May 27, 2012 Off By Jana

I’m in the middle of reading Chuck Klosterman’s Fargo Rock City, his phenomenally written book about the importance of hair bands/glam metal. As someone who is a not so closeted fan of this music, I’m intrigued by this book. He wrote a chapter about the significance of MTV, including a commentary on how bad hair band videos were. I agree. But that doesn’t mean they’re not fun. And because “carnival” implies “fun”, I’d like to welcome you to the Yakezie Carnival, Power Ballad edition! Yakezie is a group of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers (if you would like to be included in a future edition, please submit your post here).

“Love Song” by Tesla. Released in 1989 as a single from their album The Great Radio Controversy. Reached #10 on the US charts. This is my favorite power ballad and Tesla is one of my favorite hair bands of all time. 

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Is It Time to Eliminate the Penny – A discussion of one of the issues that occasionally arises in the country, the discussion of whether we should eliminate the penny and only use nickels, dimes, and quarters as change.

JP @ My Family Finances writes How Much Does the Average Family Spend on Mother’s Day Gifts in 2012? – While, I count myself among the mass of average Mother’s Day shoppers, my goal is to stay away from the average family Mother’s Day spender.

Roshawn Watson @ Watson Inc writes Is it Better To Be Frugal or Earn More? – It is certainly not frugality alone that accounts for building wealth.Today, we explore the loaded question: is it better to be frugal or to be a high earner?

Kurt Fischer @ Money Counselor writes Cashing In on Facebook – Borne of venture capital, angel investing, innovation, and risk-taking, Facebook will make a few people very rich on May 18.

Dr. Dean @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog writes Your Co-worker Quits Breathing, What Do You Do? – A sudden cardiac arrest can occur at anytime to anybody. Are you prepared to help if your coworker or family member quits breathing or is choking?

Jeffrey @ Money Spruce writes Only 72: If You’re Serious About Building an Online Business – If you want to get right to the sale, click here to go to Only 72. I’m writing today about the Only 72 sale. It’s 90 percent off over $1,000 in ebooks and guides for the entrepreneur – but only for 72 hours. Why I’m writing a post about it Almost 2 years ago, I began searching for a different path in life.

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Don’t Forget About Life Insurance!– Forgetting to purchase life insurance can be one of the worst mistakes you could make in your life. Don;t forget about life insurance.

Jen @ Master the Art of Saving writes How to Start Saving Money (Even if you’re always broke) – Yep, that’s right…broke people can save money too.

“Only Time Will Tell” by Nelson. Released in 1991 as a single from their album After the Rain. It charted in the US but I could not find its peak position. I know that Nelson got a bad rap but I like them. Yes, I said like. Not liked. 

PK @ Don’t Quit Your Day Job… writes Predicting the S&P 500 – May 2012 Edition – My attempts to divine the direction and magnitude of the S&P 500

Philip @ PT Money Personal Finance writes The Best Approach to Long-Term Savings (Non-Retirement): Building Your Nest Egg – Discusses creating a savings plan for money to be used on a yet-to-be-determined long-term expense. Analyzes it by looking at a few of the major factors: liquidity, return, and risk tolerance.

Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes Tradeking and Zecco to Merge – More Capabilities, Same Great Pricing – Online brokers TradeKing and Zecco have announced that they will be merging. See more about the merger.

Eric J. Nisall @ DollarVersity writes Don’t Be An Ass: Rules For Using Bank Drive-Up Services – The drive-up lanes at your bank have rules to keep traffic flowing smoothly and quickly. Don’t be the one who screws it all up by not following these rules!

J.P. @ Novel Investor writes The Complete Shareholder Proxy Vote Guide – As a shareholder, understanding your rights, the proxy voting process and knowing the SEC proxy rules is the best way to stay involved. How you vote could have a direct impact on the company and your money going forward.

Lance @ Money Life & More writes Business Mileage Reimbursement – Do You Really Make Money? – Whenever I’ve talked to anyone who receives mileage checks they all tell me how much money they “make” by driving for business miles. The mileage rate more than covers the cost of the gas they use! I want to challenge this assumption. The IRS doesn’t aim for people to make money.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes 5 Reasons Why You Should Meditate – What I like the most is that anyone can meditate, anywhere. It’s free and all ages of people can do it.

Lina Zussino @ Baby Alerts writes Top 5 kids clothing stores & some savings tips – There are quite a lot of choices when it comes to buying your kid’s clothing. Here are my top 5 choices for kids clothing stores, and some tips on how to get deals and discounts there.

Bonus video: “I Still Think About You” by Danger Danger. Danger Danger was my most favorite hair band and I was absolutely obsessed with them. My walls were covered with pictures of them, and meeting singer Ted Poley and guitarist Andy Timmons remains some of the most memorable days of my teenage life (interesting footnote: I met Ted Poley outside a parking garage after a Nelson concert. Yeah, I can’t process it that well either).