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Credit Card theft update and the Yakezie Carnival

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Before we get to the Yakezie Carnival excitement, I just wanted to update everyone on the news regarding the theft of credit card numbers during holiday shopping at Target.  Previously, Target reported that the only victims were people who shopped in store between November 27 and December 15 of 2013.  Target has now revealed that online shoppers have also been victims of this security breech.  According to Target over 70 million people have been affected by this massive theft.

Target has stated that they will offer free credit monitoring for one year for all of their guests.  However, the details of the program and the signup forms will not be available for at least one week.

If you think you might have been affected by this crime, or want to learn about what you can do to prevent credit card fraud, be sure to check out our original article on the Target theft.

Now for the fun stuff…

The Yakezie Carnival

The Yakezie Carnival is brought to you to by the network of personal finance bloggers at Yakezie. The purpose of the carnival is to give readers of this blog an opportunity to check out other personal finance related blogs.  If you are a blogger who would like to be included, you can submit articles at Blogger Carnivals.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Satellite Radio: Is it Worth the Cost? – Looking to subscribe to Sirius/XM or other satellite radio stations? We give you some of the pros and cons.

Cindy @ MidLife Finance writes Can You Afford It? – A once-in-a-while decision like this isn’t bad when you do it, well, once in a while. If it’s really important, go ahead.

Moneycone @ Money Cone writes Laziness is my vice and I put it to good use! – If I were to meet my 20-something year old self, I would probably punch him in the face! Among other questionable activities, for not signing up for a 401k,

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Book Review – Starting an Online Business All-in-One For Dummies – A review of the book Starting an Online Business All-in-One For Dummies, a guide to creating an online business and making it profitable and functional.

Cat Alford @ Budget Blonde writes For Everyone Who Wants to Buy a House in 2014 – I’ve been seeing a few New Year’s Resolutions from people who want to buy a house this year or people who really want to whip their finances into shape.

Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves writes How To Maximize Your Holiday Gift Cards – Ho! Ho! Ho! It appears that you’ll need Santa’s sleigh to get around town to return the clothes you didn’t like and the mountain of gift cards you received…

Ryan @ Cash Money Life writes Is Medical Tourism a Viable Option? A Look at the Pros and Cons – Medical tourism has grown recently as the cost of medical procedures and health insurance has increased. Here are some pros and cons of medical tourism.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes Position Yourself for Career Advancement – Position Yourself for Career Advancement is a post from: Broke Professionals if you enjoy it, please visit us and subscribe to the Feed.

Tony @ We Only Do This Once writes First Time Home Buyers? Watch Out for These Scams – Buying a home for the first time is exciting and terrifying at the same time but fret not, low deposit mortgages are helping first time buyers to get on the market.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes Bonds and Younger Investors (Are Bonds for Kids?) – There is some debate within the investment community about whether bonds are a wise investment for children and young adults. Here are my thoughts.

Tushar Mathur @ Everything Finance writes What to Do with Gifts You Don’t Want – Unless you very explicitly told people what you’d like for Christmas gifts AND those you told listened to you and bought what’s on your list, chances are y

Bargain Babe @ writes How I Saved Money This Christmas – How I saved money this christmas, spending only $300 so I can save for my trip to Europe this summer.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes How To Get Ahead At Work And Become Filthy Rich – Do you want to know how to get ahead at work? How to become invaluable to your company and start earning more money? Here are 4 tips to accomplish just that.

Tushar @ Finance TUBE writes 3 ways to get your financial house in order – Hi and welcome to another episode of everything finance blog. I’m am Susan and today we are talking about three ways to get your financial house on order for 2014.

Debt Guru @ Debt Free Blog writes The Timeshare Trap: 5 Facts and 5 Fibs on Timeshares – Timeshares might sound like a great idea. You pay a little bit to “own” part of a getaway. However, timeshares are often not what they appear.

Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance writes Cash or Card? – Cash or Card? has been published on Minimalist FinanceBelieve it or not, but the way you pay for something can have a fairly large affect on how much money you spend, where you spend your money, and your overall financial health. This sounds far fetched, but it’s actually more impactful than you may think.

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Preparing Your Budget for the New Year – 2014 is coming up fast! Don’t forget your budgeting! Here are some of the budget items you need to look at before the new year arrives.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes The Dangers of Credit Cards – It’s easy to get into credit card debt. I am testing out the envelope budget system to see how effective it really is in controlling my spending.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes A Completely New Life 4 Years Later – How many of you have been reading BFS from the very beginning – way back in early 2010? Read how my experience has been in the past 4 years.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Who said New Year’s resolutions don’t work? – New Year’s resolutions do work; you just have to chose ones that really excite you.

Tushar @ Earn More and Save writes 3 Options for Using Unwanted Gift Cards – I’m sure that many of you received your fair share of gift cards as presents. As an adult gift cards seem to be the most frequently given gifts. The only problem is that you often receive gift cards for places you never shop.

Lindy @ Minting Nickels writes Use Social Media Marketing to Grow Your Small Business in 2014 – A shaky economy and job insecurity has increased the interest in entrepreneurship.

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder writes The 5 Best Ways to Make Extra Money in 2014 – Welcome to 2014!! Like every year, the holidays did quite the number on both my bank account and waistline. Bah. I definitely can’t help you with the waistline (and it’s -4 today in Maine, so there’s no chance I’m going to start working on mine today).

Lauren @ L Bee and the Money Tree writes Getting Your Life in Order For the New Year – Set goals to improve each aspect of your life in the new year!

IMB @ Investing Money writes Trading Like a Pro – Many persons go trading the markets and make a comfortable living. yet many more fall. What makes the difference? Here are a few ideas that may help you.

Dominique Brown @ YourFinancesSimplified writes What is a SEP IRA? – The SEP IRA, or the simplified employment pension IRA, allows business owners to provide retirement funds for their employees as well as themselves…

CAPI @ Creating a Passive Income writes How To Expand Thinking Outside the Space of a Small Business – Want to know how to expand outside the small business? Small businesses are important but clever thinking can grow it into something substantial.

Tushar @ Start Investing Money writes 3 MORE Ways to Free Up More Cash to Invest in 2014 – In the last article we looked at three easy ways to find more cash to sink into your best investments next year. Now we have three more ways for you to get you into the saving and investing mood in time for 2014.

Eva Baker @ TeensGotCents writes Obligatory New Year’s Resolution Post – I can’t help myself. I must jump on the New Year’s bandwagon. Even if I have never made any resolutions myself so far. For those who do – good luck!

Hank @ Money Q&A writes 5 Types Of Emergency Loans To Help You Get You Back On Your Feet – Knowing your options when you need emergency cash is important. Depending on how long you have to find money, some options for emergency loans work and others don’t.

Irfan @ Being Investor writes Effective Money Saving Tips for 2014 – Starting a new year is exhilarating and challenging at the same time. If you are one of the many people who consider 2014 as an important year, then you will surely exert extra effort to meet your goals for the year. To help you kick off your plans, here are some great money saving tips for 2014.

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Dee @ Color Me Frugal writes Mortgage debt: good, bad, or ugly? – Mortgages are often touted as “good” debt- but they are still DEBT. Can there really be such a thing as good debt? We dive into this question here.

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Jason @ The Money Makers writes Monica Wright Gets Engaged: How Much Ring is Too Much? – If you are a true basketball fan, then you have already heard of the recent engagement of NBA star Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the WNBA star Monica Wright of the Minnesota Lynx.

Graham @ Moneystepper writes 2014 Goals – December update of my 2014 goals – December is a tough month with Christmas and the related costs. Here is my progress for December related to my 2014 goals.

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Jay @ Daily Fuel Economy Tip writes Hypermiling – 5 Tactics to Reduce Gas Consumption – With gas prices averaging $4 around the country, the average person is always looking for a new way to save money on gas and get the most mileage out of every tank. Many today are trying something new called hypermiling, a driving technique that many believe squeezes every last mile out of every gallon of gas.

Alexa @ Defeat Our Debt writes 7 Ideas for Saving Money on Food – If you want to speed up the debt payment process you need to make budget cuts. Here are seven ideas to save money on food.

Alexa @ Single Moms Income writes Beginner Investing: 12 Investing Books to Read This Year – Since the start of the New Year I have decided I need to kick my personal finance skills up a notch. I have been just coasting by the last few months but I am ready to hustle, learn, and make 2014 a good year financially.

Natalie @ Debt and the Girl writes Ahhhh, 2014. Its Good to Meet You – I have been the equivalent of a lazy sloth lately and have been putting everything off except for my staff writing commitments as I refuse to be unprofessional on those.

Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Boost your Productivity with these 8 Excellent Tips – Why is it that some people seem to be able to get an amazing amount of tasks done in the same time that other people get practically nothing accomplished?

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Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes Top 8 concerns for Small Business in the Coming Year – Anyone who has been in business for any length of time will tell you that the only constant in business is simply this: change.

Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes Holiday Travel Tips 2013 – If you are planning to travel this holiday season? If so, you definitely should start making plans as early as possible because, as most of us know, traveling during the holidays can be expensive, tiring and stressful.

Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes The final 2013 $3k Challenge Update – The year is now over and with it comes the close of the 2013 $3K Challenge. And I have some great news. For the first time ever, I have completed the challenge! As of today, I have earned $3067.32 for 2013. Actually, I passed the $3000 mark on November 6 when I received final payment for the sale of this blog.

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Sam @ The New Business Blog writes How to Build a Brand People will Adore – Many people outside of marketing think of a brand as sort of this false cover that is given to a product or service in order to con them into buying something that they do not actually want or, even worse, do not need.

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  • MoneySmartGuides

    Thanks for sharing my post. The data breech at Target is amazing. It seems as though everyday it just keeps getting bigger. Here’s to hoping that companies will learn from this.

  • It’ll be interesting to see what ends up happening with the Target breach… not sure what “one year of monitoring” means either… Let’s hope it actually has some teeth to it to actually protect folks and not just let them know if their info is used somewhere else.

  • Terrific! Thanks for the include! I’m lucky to have not shopped at Target during that time period…. or maybe unlucky? If they give everyone credit monitoring, it might almost be worth it, given how close I track my credit cards anyway..

  • squirrelers

    Thanks for including my post in the carnival!