Welcome to the Best of Money Carnival!  There were nearly 70 entries submitted, and it was tough picking just 10; I easily could have picked 20, so congrats to the blogs whose posts were chosen here.

We are planning a trip to Washington D.C. at the end of the month, so I thought it would be fun to include some fun facts you may not know about Washington D.C. throughout the post.  Ready?  Here we go.

#10  Free Money Finance presents All about Home Safes posted at Free Money Finance.

Are you considering buying a home safe? Are you wondering what the pros and cons are of having your own safe? Then you’ll be interested in this interview with a product manager from SentrySafe.

#9  Neal presents The Secret That Secured My Lower Cell Phone Bill posted at Wealth Pilgrim.

If you want a lower cell phone bill, I can share a quick tip to help you achieve just that.

Washington D.C. gets the Washington portion of its name from George Washington, and the Columbia portion from Christopher Columbus.

#8  Investor Junkie presents How to Be Wealthy posted at Investor Junkie.

This post isn’t about how to get rich quick, but how to get rich slowly via savings and investing. In my opinion, over 20 – 30 years everyone should be able to at least achieve some level of financial independence, but most don’t. A recent survey showed 64% of Americans don’t have $1,000 in savings. Which means many are living pay check to pay check.

#7  DJ presents 7 Tips For Reducing Child Care Costs posted at The Family Wallet.

With the cost of just about everything on the rise these days, families have begun an earnest search for less expensive childcare. Luckily, there are ways to reduce costs without sacrificing quality.

In 1961 residents of Washington D.C. were given the right to vote in presidential elections.

#6  Sustainable PF presents Cross Border Shopping posted at Sustainable Personal Finance.

The price discrepancies between Canada and the United Sates for goods that are similar, if not precisely alike, is an egregious double standard. Therefore, we participate in cross border shopping.

#5  DJ presents How to Save Money by Renting College Textbooks posted at Free Money Wisdom.

You have the ability to save a lot of money off of your textbook cost each semester, and you won’t have to worry about getting taken to the cleaners by your on-campus bookstore ever again if you rent books.

The vice president didn’t have an official residence until 1974!

#4  Kevin presents Five Personal Finance, Economic and Life Lessons Learned from The Lion King posted at Invest It Wisely.

Here are five lessons based on my own personal interpretation of The Lion King. 

#3  Joe presents How to Raise Your Children to Be Generous posted at Christian PF

We all want our kids to be generous, but are we doing the things we need to do to raise them that way? 

Washington D.C. averages more rain than Seattle at 39 inches a year.

#2  Donna presents The Value of Work posted at Donna Freedman.

You won’t get the same props (or paycheck) for vacuuming an apartment building as you would for performing open-heart surgery. But that doesn’t mean a janitorial job is demeaning. It just means we don’t have the sense to appreciate it.

#1  Marie presents How to Get a Deal on Group Hotel Reservastions posted at Broke Professionals.

Most of us don’t have much practice making group reservations. Group reservations can be helpful if you are hosting a reunion, or if you are traveling with your extended family and want to stay close together. Here is how to get a good deal on group reservations.

Next week’s carnival will be hosted by The Penny Hoarder.

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