July 30, 2012, 5:00 am

Carnival of Personal Finance #372: Olympic Sports I Would Be Good At

by: MD    Category: Financial Rambling
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Welcome to the #372nd edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance.

With the summer Olympics starting, I wanted to think about Olympic sports that I would be good at. I was going to throw myself into the Olympics this year, but I was tied up with lots of blogging work and just couldn’t make it to the trials. I wanted to write about the sports that I was debating trying out for had I not been so busy with blogging.

Let’s break down the categories and sports that I would have done well in.

I would like to hear about what Olympic sport you think you would be good at. Are you a runner? Are you a jumper?

Editors Picks.

100m race: A hundred metres isn’t so bad. You finish the race in a few seconds and your job is over. Seems like something I would be good at. I might even do the 200m race.

Martin (me) from Start Freelancing Now presents How You Can Start Freelancing Right Now, and says, “the most detailed post on covering how you can make money through freelancing.”

Glen Craig from Free From Broke presents Best Gear to Rock a Mobile Office, and says, “These days you don’t need to be confined to a cubicle in order to get work done. More people are location independent. Here’s the best gear to rock a mobile office.”

FMF from Free Money Finance presents The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, and says, “There are hundreds of money saving tips available these days. The sheer number of ideas can be so overwhelming that many people just give up and do nothing. So in the spirit of applying the 80-20 rule to your finances — finding the best ideas that give you the most results for your efforts — I’ve taken a stab at providing a list of the BEST money saving tips.”


Wrestling: I did wrestling in high school and have done BJJ the past few years. I could see myself going in there and throwing some people around. I would probably cut some weight to wrestle in a smaller weight class. I would have my own theme music and manager too — oh wait, that’s the wrong type of wrestling.

Lance from Money Life & More presents How To Pull Your Free Annual Credit Report, and says, “I’ve seen a lot of talk on personal finance blogs about buying credit scores and credit reports. If you don’t care what your credit score number is and just want to make sure everything on your actual credit file disclosure (commonly referred to as a credit report) is accurate this post is for you.”

Bethy from Credit Karma Blog presents How to Win the Gold Medal of Credit Card Management, and says, “The 2012 Olympics Games are upon us! For the next 16 days we’ll watch the world’s greatest athletes battle it out for those coveted medals. Just as these athletes have trained for years to perfect their sport, so should you train yourself to achieve good credit health.”

Ray from Squirrelers presents You Can’t Work Forever: 5 Reasons Your Retirement Will be Sooner than Expected, and says, “Many of us think that retirement is something far off in the future. The reality is that many of us many retire sooner than we expect to, as this post discusses.”

Money Management.

Rowing: I love chilling by the beach. I like to swim as well. Rowing at the Olympic level would allow me to enjoy beaches around the world.

TTMK from Tie the Money Knot presents A Prenup: Good or Bad Idea?, and says, “Money can be a great thing, but it can also cause conflict. Given how this impacts relationships, we ask the question: are prenups a good idea, or bad.”

Mike from Experiglot presents 10 Ways You Can Make More Money Now, and says, “Are you ready to increase your income?”

Miss T. from Prairie Eco Thrifter presents Who Needs Umbrella Liability Insurance, and says, “We went for years without having any umbrella liability insurance and didn’t have any trouble. We couldn’t really afford the premiums (heck we could barely afford the life, health, auto and home insurance) and didn’t feel that we had enough assets that anyone would want to come after us.”

CF from The Outlier Model presents Don’t donate to charity, and says, “Feel like donating your money to a good cause? Think twice before donating to your favorite charity – they might not be as charitable as you thought! Donating your time to a good cause is often more effective.”

Robert from My Multiple Incomes presents Improve Your Small Business Cash Flow, and says, “If you run a small business, cash flow can sometimes be an issue. If you’re working on a big project, income may not always line up with expenses. It is essential that you maintain a good reserve of cash. Here are some ways to boost your cash flow if you find yourself in this situation”

Roshawn Watson from Watson Inc presents Breaking Bad Financial Habits, and says, “Our financial lives consist of patterns. That doesn’t mean that the habits themselves can’t change.”


Weightlifting: More weights equals more dates, right? I would go in there and just max out the bench press. My only concern would be that they enough weights for me to lift.

Myscha from Financial Highway presents Cheap Healthy Meals, and says, “Putting cheap healthy meals on the family dinner table can feel like a military operation on a good day, let alone on one where you have soccer practice, parent conferences and a traffic jam thrown into the mix. Here are ten recommendations, none of which require a tremendous amount of time.”

Dan Meyers from Your Life Their Life presents 12 ways I stay frugal, and says, “Here are 12 things I do regularly to stay frugal – and we’ve learned to make it fun!”

Jefferson from See Debt Run presents Six Ways To Listen to Music Online For Free, and says, “There are many great websites available that allow for you to listen to music online for free. Detailed are Pandora, Slacker Radio, Spotify, Google Play, & NPR.”


Cross-country mountain biking: I love going for bike rides. I imagine at the olympic level that this would be a pretty scenic route.

Peter from Bible Money Matters presents Buying Online To Avoid Sales Tax, And Not Paying Use Tax? Congress May End That Soon, and says, “For a while now some governors have resisted making changes to existing laws to require businesses to collect sales taxes on online sales. Now, however, many states are cash strapped and looking for ways to increase revenue. Requiring businesses to collect the sales tax would be one way to do that.”


J.P. from Novel Investor presents How Often Should You Do An Investment Review?, and says, “Tracking your investments is more than glancing at those monthly statements. A regular investment review needs to be done.”

Mike from Do Not Wait presents Why You Should Focus on Skills in Retirement Planning, and says, “Why your skills are critical to increase your retirement savings.”

Eric from Narrow Bridge Finance presents Investing in Fine Art, and says, “On Saturday afternoon, I went to an art gallery and bought my first very high quality painting. I have graduated from the college days of posters to the grown up days of fine art. A lot went through my head before I handed over my credit card.”


SB from One Cent at a Time presents Top 5 Financial Aid mistakes students make, and says, “In an era of spiraling student loan debt, every student should avoid any kind of student aid mistake that can increase student loan debt further. This article lists 5 most common mistakes american students commit.”

Real Estate.

Earth and Money from Earth and Money presents Seven Reasons for Renting over Buying, and says, “There’s a lot of reasons to buy property, but sometimes its better to rent. Here’s seven reasons why renting is better than buying.”


Bryan from Gajizmo.com presents Millionaires By The Numbers – Up Close and Personal, and says, “Meet the millionaires of the United States. With 8% of all U.S. households qualifying as millionaires, the million-dollar club is more attainable than ever with the right financial habits and attitude.”

Neal Frankle from Wealth Pilgrim presents How To Retire Without A Retirement Plan, and says, “People automatically think about retirement plans when they try to figure out how to retire. That’s because when it comes to having enough money to retire, the tax deductibility of qualified plans provides a significant boost to investment returns.”


Henry Keegan from TotallyMoney presents Slush Fund vs Emergency Fund, and says, “Helpful tips about budgeting and how to keep your emergency fund only for emergencies”

Philip from PT Money presents Conquer Your Monthly Expenses, and says, “Tips for reducing and optimizing your monthly expenses.”


Martin from Studenomics presents How to Move on a Budget, and says, “This article will help you figure out how to move without breaking the bank.”

Sammy from Channel Positivity presents 45 Little Life Reminders, and says, “Sometimes you have to find the positive in a dark situation.”

Bridgette Stevenson from My University Money presents Packing for University, and says, “Preparing for university is a task which can be extremely stressful, time consuming, and comes with many new responsibilities. As I assume many freshmen students are at this time of year, I have begun anticipating the move to my new home come fall, in an on campus dorm…”

Paula Wethington from Monroe on a Budget presents When “full time” college class schedules don’t get you graduating on time, and says, “One of the topics that emerged when I looked into the student loan crisis was the amount of time it takes many students to graduate. One of the details that can delay graduation dates is not taking enough classes per semester. I did the math on that detail.”

Oh and I do realize that I would have absolutely no chance at any of these sports. Looks like I will be sticking to blogging. Take care!

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My “sport” was marching band : ) I do remember learning some synchronized swimming tricks because our high school team was more just for fun than competition, but I ended up not trying out.

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Thanks for hosting this week! Is golf an olympic sport yet? I think I could handle walking around all day 😀

Thanks for including our post! I think if I could choose any Olympic sport to be awesome at, it would be track. As far as equipment goes, it’s one of the most frugal. 🙂

Thanks for hosting and including me this week! I don’t think I could make any Olympic team even if I tried my whole life! I am just not that athletic.

Thanks for the inclusion! I always figured I would participate in Volleyball…random I know!

Thanks for hosting this week!

I think I might be able to do archery. Well, if I practiced from the time I was real young almost every day.

Thanks for hosting!

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