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Money for College Project Roundup: Traffic Apocalypse

So winter might not be truly here for all of you around the world…but here in the southeast at Money for College Project HQ, it sure feels like it!

We got back from our cruise where we enjoyed 85 degree average temps, to a balmy 35 degrees and rainy. Not exactly the best welcome home present. Beyond that, we had to get our furnace serviced so we have spent 2 of the past few days without any heat. I now 35 degrees might seem like a summer heat wave compared to many of you, but for us here in the south it’s cold!!

However, the cold weather does seem to get everyone in the holiday spirit, and Christmas lights and decorations have been springing up around our neighborhood all week.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 22 days away, but indeed it is. I hope you enjoy these links as you prepare for the upcoming Christmas season, and cold winter temps!

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Top 20 Christmas Gifts for College Students This has become far and away my most popular post I have ever written. It was a lot of fun because these are all gifts I would love to receive (although many of them are quite extravagant).  This post has also been climbing up the google search engines in a fury, which has been a lot of fun to see.

My Carnival Cruise Many of you know that I just got back from my first Carnival cruise. It was a unique experience, and one that I will probably share more about in the coming weeks.

My Carnival Cruise Understanding your financial aid award letter is a tough thing to do. The video in this post gives a very simple explanation of what goes into this letter, and how it can be easily understood.


Awesome Articles You Need to Read


Traffic Apocalypse: Pakistan  Talk about a living nightmare! Traffic gridlock in the middle of Pakistan, after Benazir Bhutto was assassinated. This article rings true after seeing the traffic in the countries I visited on my cruise, and I can only imagine how this must have been. As much as red lights bug me and kill my fuel mileage, I suppose they have a good use.


BiFS November Monthly Report  Once again Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff rocks it with another killer month in revenue. Definitely one of the best in the personal finance arena as she is truly killing it!


How to Choose Perfect Survival Knife  Art of Manliness once again delivers a great article on how to choose the perfect survival knife. Not everyone will enjoy a post like this, but if you in the market for a survival knife (who isn’t?) then this post will make you happy.


Yakezie Friends


Sustainable Life – No Spend November


The Millionaire Nurse – Why Garden?


Daily Money Shot – Weird Side Hustles


Money Beagle –  Always Check for Promo Codes


KNS FInancial  – Black Friday Host Gator


Bucksome Boomer – Greed and Violence


Invest in the Markets – Have an Exit Strategy


Dog Ate my Wallet – Will Work for Food


My Personal Financial Journey – Different Types of Loans



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  1. Good roundup of links. I liked the one about the traffic apocalypse and the the survival knife… which led me to the one article and video on throwing knives…. which led to whiling away a half-hour while I should have been doing other things. No problem, time well spent. The other knife article on ARt of Manliness had a link to Meadowlake Ranch, a place just outside of town that we’ve been meaning to visit for a while now. Cheers…
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  2. Ah, sadly after vacation ends, the real world always find it’s way to be known.

    Thanks for including me in your roundup (genuine thanks) and thanks a lot for the reminder on how little time is left (sarcastic thanks)

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  3. Ahhh, coming back from a cruise is so hard, I know – it took me days to come back down from the clouds last time. 🙂 Thanks for the mention!!!
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    • @Crystal — It has certainly been tough. The cold weather and having to do dishes have been the hardest parts! But I wont complain too much. The vacation was amazing while it lasted.

  4. Thanks for the mention
    I’m with you- 35 is cold. There’s a reason I don’t live in eastern MT or northern NV anymore. Hope the heater is fixed and everything is good.
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    • @Shanendoah — Sometimes it’s easy for me to forget the bubble we live in. Especially when you consider the crazy weather patterns around the U.S. and around the world. The heater did get fixed today finally, and all is well! Thanks again for always stopping by!

  5. I’d love to go back several years and work on a cruise ship… I know it wouldn’t be the same as a patron, but still… how beautiful the sites and time off.

    Thanks for the inclusion.
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    • @Dr. Stock — I think it would be a lot of fun, but I did speak with our main waiter about his contract. He works for 6-8 months straight, without a real vacation of any kind, and then has 2 months off to go back to his home country. His wife is on the ship with him, but his baby girl is back home being raised by his mother-in-law. He says he does it for the money that he could not earn in his home country, but it sounds like an incredible sacrifice.

  6. Thanks for including me!

    • @Jeff — Any time! I hope the elk hunting this weekend is successful. Sounds like all kinds of fun.

  7. Thanks for the ‘friend’.
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  8. Thanks for including me!
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