Unless you’re Greek, you’re probably a little confused by the title of this post and my half-assed Photoshop cropping job.

Apparently today is Greek Easter, or Greaster for short. I’m not Greek, so this is news to me.

My good friend Nick from Step Away From The Mall is Greek though and he founded this carnival. So he asked me to host his week’s Financial Simplicity Carnival so that he can spend the holiday with his family. I was happy to oblige and give this blog carnival hosting thing a try. Hopefully I didn’t offend him or any other Greek people by associating John Travolta with their holiday. If they had just had their Easter on the same day as everyone else, we could’ve avoided this travesty.

I did a little bit of reading about Greaster. It turns out they base their Easter off of a different calender, which leads it to sometimes fall on a different weekend than ‘western’ Easter. Also it sounds like they’re big on red dyed eggs, which seems a tad bit too symbolic for me. Mostly though it just seems like other holidays where it is a time for families to come together and enjoy some good food.

Anyways, I’m the last person to be giving lessons on religion. So on with the feature personal finance blog posts.

Career

Glen Craig from Free From Broke presents Should I Climb The Corporate Ladder Or Start My Own Business?. Is it worth climbing the corporate ladder? By starting you own business you have much more potential. See how Steve at started his online business.

Kathryn from Financial Highway presents Interview Questions. This guide not only tells you what the interview questions are but also provides insight into what the interviewer is really asking and what types of answers will help you get the job.

Investing

MyMoneyDesign presents How to Buy an Index Fund. If you’re new to investing, you’re probably not totally sure what an “Index Fund” is or why people always talk about them. Read on and I’ll show you how to buy one of the easiest and cheapest Index Funds available.

Dividend Growth Investor presents AT&T (T) Dividend Stock Analysis. AT&T Inc. (T), together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, and other providers worldwide. This dividend aristocrat has paid uninterrupted dividends on its common stock since 1984 and increased payments to common shareholders every for 28 consecutive years.

Todd Tresidder from Financial Mentor presents The Essential Wealth Building Principle Revealed By Roth IRA Conversions (It’s Not What You Think!). Discover how I transformed one of the dumbest financial decisions of my life into gold using Roth IRA conversions, and learn the essential wealth building principle it illustrates.

Mich from BeatingTheIndex presents Parallel Energy Trust: Post Acquisition Dividend Sustainability Analysis. Parallel Energy Trust announced the acquisition of the remaining 41% interest in the West Panhandle Field increasing the monthly dividend from $0.075 to $0.08 per share. However, before you get carried away with the extra money you will be pocketing every month, let’s take a quick look at the sustainability of this distribution.

Van Beek from Stock Trend investing presents Buy and Hold Dividend versus Trend Following Risks. When you apply a certain stock investing strategy, you implicitly choose to accept the risks that go with that strategy. Here we describe the specific risks for two well-know and often applied strategies: buy and hold dividend funds and trend following index funds.

Making Money

Greaster Red Dyed Eggs
Photo: greekalec

Sandy from Yes, I am Cheap presents Money Traps You Should Never Give In To. When trying to work your way out of debt, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel can seem impossible. Feeling like the debt is endless is a typical feeling, and because of it, many people are quick to look for extreme options to put cash back in their pockets. A few major money traps to avoid include.

Spending and Budgeting

Bob from Christian Personal Finance presents How to stop living paycheck to paycheck. Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Tired of it? Looking for a new way to handle your money so that you aren’t anxiously waiting for your next direct deposit? Here are some simple steps to follow that will ensure you’ll stop living paycheck to paycheck – and never go back.

Roger from The Amateur Financier presents Should You Worry About Leaving Your Children an Inheritance?. A discussion of the concept of inheritances, as well as whether they have served their purpose and are no longer needed. There’s further discussion about the effects on your children and yourself by going the no inheritance route.

Paul Vachon from The Frugal Toad presents Where to Find Financial Aid for College Tuition. With college tuition rising much faster than the rate of inflation, more college-bound students depend on financial aid to help pay for college.

Tim from Faith and Finance presents What is a 529 College Savings Plan?. Saving for college got you feeling broke? For families looking to send their children to college, a 529 plan is a must. Here’s the rundown on a 529 College Savings Plan.

Shilpan from Street Smart Finance presents 7 Habits to Live Happy Life with Less. Simple life is a pathway to happiness. It’s as simple as a rainbow of seven colors. In the modern world full of gizmos, simplicity is an extinct virtue. Simplicity is a subtle, profound way of life leading to the nurturing of your inner happiness. That makes me believe that sources of external happiness veil our capacity to nurture inner happiness.

Carnival Submissions

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What’s your personal favorite holiday tradition? Or what’s a holiday tradition that you just think is peculiar? You could probably make a case that most holidays are at least a little bit strange in nature.

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