The Carnival of Financial Goals III

Welcome to the February 4, 2008 edition of the Carnival of Financial Goals. In no particular order I’ve included some great goals (using the term a little loosely) from sports history throughout the carnival – given yesterday’s great game I thought it was appropriate to focus on sports. Just as the New York Giants showed us, nothing is impossible – even beating “the greatest team in football history” if you have goals, focus and discipline.

I’ve also identified editor’s picks throughout by giving them a BRIP.

OK – to kick it off? A non-goal: Scott Norwood’s miss in Super Bowl XXV that gave the New York Giants their first, now of three, Super Bowl wins.

Alternative/Passive Income

Lazy Man and Money presents My 2008 Goals posted at Lazy Man and Money. He’s not sure if he’s going to continue being independent or become a corporate sell-out, but by virtue of calling it a “sell-out” I think his preferences are clear!


Jacob presents How to get wealthy on minimum wage posted at Early Retirement Extreme. He thinks that there is no reason why you can’t get wealthy on a minimum wage salary – as long as you are focused on your goal.

FIRE Finance presents 2008’s Financial Goals – Budgeting & Conscious Savings! posted at FIRE Finance and gives a detailed breakdown, to the penny, on how they will achieve their 2008 goals through savings.

Brooke presents Electricity is Killing Me posted at Dollar Frugal. She is looking for more ways to meet her goal of cutting her electricity bill to under $100.

BRIP! Michael Bass presents Staying within Budget is all about Focus posted at Debt Prison. He says “While brooding over my psychological battle with debt, 20/20 hindsight has taught me that staying focused on my personal budget is the real challenge. I have a toy sized $7,000 remaining between Discover Card and Citibank. So why have I stopped making budgets and pinching pennies when the end is so near? Because I lost my focus.”

Another great football goal takes us all the way back to 1983. Mississippi State University is lining up for the winning kick against the University of Mississippi. The quality is not that great, but watch the ball. You could watch football for 100 years and never see this happen again.


freefrombroke presents My Work Goal for 2008 posted at Free From Broke. With four definite and achievable goals, he’s got a plan to develop his team and move everyone ahead in their careers – including him!

Debt Reduction

Steve Faber presents -Financial New Year’s Resolutions – 3 You Can Set and How to Achieve Them. posted at DebtBlog. These goals should be on anyone’s list, particularly if you have debt – make 2008 the year it disappears!

In the 1989 playoffs, a promising young player named Michael Jordan hit a goal so perfectly it’s now referred to simply as “The Shot.” The goal won game 5 for Jordan’s team, the Chicago Bulls, against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs and signaled the beginning of one of the most storied careers in sports history.

Goal Setting

Raag Vamdatt presents Goal Based Investing :: :: Financial Planning demystified posted at – Financial Planning demystified. This article teaches you to save and invest in a disciplined way by defining major investment goals in one’s life.

RacerX presents Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Money: financial goals posted at Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Money, saying, “This shares my 2008 Goals that will be tracked by the blog throughout 2008!”

The Little Dough Girl presents No, young lady, you cannot go to lunch! posted at The Little Dough Girl. She tells us how her stomach has interfered with her money saving. She hasn’t paid a dime for lunch so far this year!

Matthew Paulson presents How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions posted at American Consumer News. Making them is easy. Keeping them is hard.

BRIP! paidtwice presents The Importance of Long Term Goals | I’ve Paid For This Twice Already… posted at I’ve Paid For This Twice Already…, saying, “Making goals a moving target was not the right strategy to employ.”

The Miracle on Ice. 1980. The USA team – amateurs and college players – defeat the “unbeatable” professional Soviet team. This was the goal that put the Yanks ahead to stay. I don’t even care that much about hockey and it still gives me a chill.

calgirlfinance presents My Goals for 2008 posted at calgirlfinance – to financial freedom. She’s keeping her list of goals short and sweet to make sure she can achieve them.Ginger presents 2008 Personal and Financial Goals posted at Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, saying, “This was a bit difficult as I’ve never set concrete, specific goals but this year we have a plan and we are sticking to it!”

Writers Coin presents Starting a New Job: How much will I make? posted at The Writer’s Coin, saying, “It’s all about checking in early in the year on the goals set at the end of ’07 and how finding a new job has me in a great position go achieve my goals. But there is still work to be done.”

vh presents Financial Goals, Urban Angst posted at Funny about Money. He’s got one specific goal: Find the money to move someplace quieter and safer by or upon retirement.

This one is just frightening – a young Shaq Diesel makes a massive slam dunk and mayhem ensues.

Other (Related to Personal Finance)

FrugalTrader presents Financial and Blog Goals for 2008 posted at Million Dollar Journey, setting his net worth, charity, saving and blog goals for 2008.

Dan presents 7 Financial Goals for 2008 posted at MoneyMyths. Like other bloggers, he’s ready to set specific goals and isn’t afraid to share them.

BRIP! Cash Money Life presents I Need to Organize My Financial Accounts! posted at Cash Money Life. His goal is to get all of his accounts organized, so either he or his wife can take care of everything in the even something happens to one of us. It’s a cheerful thought.

BRIP! Lynnae presents My 2008 Goals: An Update posted at She’s already updating and although she doesn’t feel she did as well as she hoped, she’s glad that’s she’s being held accountable for her misses.

Randall presents The Forty Year Olds’ Wakeup Call | Credit Withdrawal – Helping You Kick the Credit Habit posted at Credit Withdrawal. These are good general goals for someone in their 40s.

The Goal of the Century, an award given for the greatest goal ever scored in a FIFA World Cup tournament. It was decided by a poll on the FIFA website, as part of the coverage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament. The winner? Diego Maradona (Argentina), 1986 FIFA World Cup vs. England, beating everyone on England’s team on the way to a brilliant goal.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of financial goals using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.Technorati tags: carnival of financial goals, blog carnival.Editor’s note: I tried to keep the carnival focused on financial goal related articles. If you submitted an article that didn’t meet the requirements then I didn’t include it. My intention was to make this carnival as useful as possible for readers. To everyone who submitted, thanks!

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  2. Awesome job! Thanks! It’s wild thinking that all of the Giants SuperBowls were within my lifetime. That or I’m getting old.

    Thanks again! -FFB

  3. Great list of articles! I have quite a few windows up to catch up on the posts I missed.

  4. The only thing better than seeing you poke the Bostonians on the upper left is seeing Maradona single-handedly (footedly?) beat the English. The Welsh rugby team also did that on saturday, so ’twas a good sporting weekend for the venomous side of me.

    There are some good articles here; I much prefer the more managable carnivals and this is a good one. Nice job!

  5. Outstanding job hosting the Carnival of Financial Goals! The Shaq video is almost scary – he could have been injured. As it stands, it goes down as one of the most ferocious dunks of all time. How cool would it be to be the guy he dunked on! Seriously that beats any story I’ve got. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for hosting this good carnival, and thanks for including Funny about Money!

    Great videos, too… πŸ™‚

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