Carnival of Money Stories #49 – The Sakura Spring Edition


Welcome to the Carnival of Money Stories!

This week we’re celebrating spring in Japan and the beautiful sakura (cherry blossoms) which are the hit of the season.

I hope you enjoy some sakura pictures and facts, and of course, some insightful money stories from over 20 great bloggers!

Most Japanese schools have a sakura tree on grounds for good luck

Life Tuner - Why Healthy and Young Need Life Insurance

The Writer’s Coin - Becoming First Time Homebuyers

PT Money – 5 Ways the Library Can Save You Money

Personal Finance Analyst – It’s the Grocery Game and I’m Actually Interested

The Japanese enjoy Hanami in the spring with friends and family; the custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers

The Life of a Insurance Salesperson – Worst Salesperson Ever, Strikes Again at Verizon

Young and Thrifty – Cohabitation Agreements and Living Together Common Law: What you Need to Know

Balance Junkie – 2010 Financial Plan: Q1 Update

The Dough Roller – I Was Audited by the IRS!

Sakura start blossoming in Okinawa in January and arrive north in Hokkaido by the end of April

The Bigger Pockets Blog - Manslaughter and a Crackhouse: How My Husband Became a Real Estate Investor

The Orange Paper - 10 Money Tips for a Holiday Abroad

Free Money Finance – Gold Dollar Coins Not Treated as Cash Advance on My Credit Card

Frugal Dad – How I Saved $2,500 By Ignoring My Inner 5-year old

The Japanese Meteorological Agency tracks the path of the sakura for the public

Good Financial Cents – How to Make Interest on Your IRA

Funny About Money – Hidden Costs of Illness or Injury

My Dollar Plan – Which Is Your Favorite Discount Broker?

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff – Want a Raise? Got These Traits?

Japan gave the U.S. 3,020 cherry trees in 1912 as a sign of friendship

Learn Save Invest – Benefits of a Pension Plan

The Digerati Life – Does the Economy Affect How You Save Money?

Personal Finance By the Book – A Prisoner Raises the “Serving Others” Bar

Dinks Finance – You Don’t Have To Be Ready – Just Go

There are over 200 varieties of sakura in Japan

Budgets are Sexy – Your Take: Who Pays the $200?

Christian PF – Buying Groceries in Bulk: The Hidden Dangers

The Consumer Boomer – How to Choose the Best 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards

Money Help for Christians – Credit Cards vs. Cash: Do I Really Spend More With Credit?


That’s it for this edition of the Carnival of Money Stories. If you’re interested in hosting a future Carnival of Money Stories, submit your site today.

Remember, submissions for next week’s carnival at Buxr are due Sunday at 5 EST.

Thanks to the blogs for some great content and the readers for hanging out and enjoying the scenery!


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  1. Thanks for including my story, and for the beautiful pictures!


  2. Joe Plemon says:

    Great job with the carnival. Makes me want to visit Japan!
    Thanks for including my post. Much appreciated!
    .-= Joe Plemon´s last blog ..March Money Madness Winners Have Been Named / Weekly Roundup =-.


  3. Craig Ford says:

    I was in Japan at this time of year a couple of years ago and I loved the cherry blossoms (I also loved the respectful people).
    Thanks for taking the time to put this carnival together.
    .-= Craig Ford´s last blog ..Introducing the Money Mavens Network =-.


    Austin Reply:

    Vacation? Where did you visit?
    .-= Austin´s last blog ..Carnival of Money Stories #49 – The Sakura Spring Edition =-.


  4. BEAUTIFUL photos! Thanks for hosting, thanks for including Funny’s squib on the hidden costs of injury, and thanks for creating such a spectacular carnival.
    .-= Funny about Money´s last blog ..How Middle-Class Are You? =-.


  5. Thanks for including our article from BiggerPockets in the carnival! As others have said already, the pics are quite beautiful, and this makes for one of the most pleasant carnivals to read as a result. Nice!


    Austin Reply:

    I guess people need to consider aesthetics when creating carnivals from now on ;)


  6. Thanks for hosting the carnival and including my post too — really appreciate it :)


    Austin @ Reply:

    Have linked to this carnival here:


    Austin Reply:

    Thanks, man.

    Nice name, by the way.


    Austin @ Reply:

    Mine or my website? ;)
    .-= Austin @´s last blog ..PayPal’s Important Information For Sellers In India =-.


    Austin Reply:

    Specifically, the Austin.


  7. Julie Broad says:

    What a fabulous carnival!! Your pictures are beautiful and there are some really fabulous posts here that I will come back and read in detail.
    Thank you for including the post I wrote for Bigger Pockets. I really appreciate it.


  8. Beautiful beautiful pictures!!

    In Vancouver, we have cherry blossom trees too! =) I love them, they’re so pretty.

    Thanks for including me in your carnival, Austin!
    .-= youngandthrifty´s last blog ..Variable and Fixed, Open and Closed Mortgages =-.


  9. J. Money says:

    Love the pics bro, well done :)


  10. Thanks for the mention! :) Great money stories set here.
    .-= The Digerati Life´s last blog ..Target Date Funds or LifeCycle Funds: Pros and Cons =-.


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