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GIVEAWAY: I’m in a Generous Mood!

By JLP | June 25, 2008

I’ll be out the next couple of days. So, to keep you busy I thought I’d do another giveaway. This one’s different from all the others because it’s going to require you to do a little work.

Here’s the deal:

This giveaway will be the entire collection of books listed on the right hand side of this page! I calculated the total and it comes to about $60 worth of books, which is pretty cool. None of the books are closely related so together they make a nice “success” library.

To be entered into the giveaway:

1. Tell me your favorite AllFinancialMatters post. PLEASE put some thought into your selection. In other words, don’t just pick something from last week. And PLEASE don’t pick one that you haven’t read. A good place to start is on my Directory Page, which is a listing of some of my favorite post arranged by topic. You can simply leave the title (you don’t have to post the link if you don’t want to).

2. Subscribe to AllFinancialMatters. If you’re already a subscriber just mention it in your comment. My subscriber numbers are way off so I’m trying to get them back up to where they’re supposed to be.

Finally, please remember my two rules:

1. The contest is only open to U.S. citizens (sorry I meant to say RESIDENTS).

2. Only one entry per person.

I’ll randomly-select the winner on Friday or Monday and announce it then.

I’ll see you in a couple of days! Good Luck!

Topics: Blogging, Books | 44 Comments »

44 Responses to “GIVEAWAY: I’m in a Generous Mood!”

  1. Katharine Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I think this is my favorite post –
    Though I haven’t been subscribed since 2006, when I have nothing to do I like to go read older blog entries. I think networking is something that is really important for people at all stages of life, and that it can’t be emphasized enough. I also think that many young people have a ‘what’s in it for me?’ attitude, and put very little effort into their networks. It would be interesting to see a re-visit that spoke about networking with websites such as facebook or LinkedIn, etc.

    And I am subscribed to your RSS :)

  2. David Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    My favorite post —

    I never considered reinvesting dividends until I saw this post, and I have been glad ever since! This made a big impact on my finances.

    I am subscribed to your RSS feed through Google Reader!

  3. Jordan Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    “5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 20” is my favorite post of yours, because I myself am 20 years old and in college, and have just recently begun my journey to financial freedom. I am so appreciative to have learned all that I have at so young an age. I can’t wait to graduate debt free, too!

  4. Jaime Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    My favorite post was “A Follow-up to the Dave Ramsey Mortgage Post – This is Interesting!” on March 8th. I read it recently actually since I am trying to determine if I want to pay off my house ASAP. I do not subscribe but you are on my google reader which I read constantly!
    (and my library doesn’t have Think and Grow Rich, and I want to read it so bad, so I hope I win!!)

  5. Dylan Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    My favorite is

    Not only do I like the post, but the comments following are quite lively.

    I subscribe via RSS.

  6. Mark Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    My favorite is from 2006 when you compared mutual fund classes.

    I subscribe via RSS through Google Reader. I actually had a quick question for anyone reading this. If you dollar cost average in a B-Share fund, is the CDSC based on the initial investment or the last investment made? I have a feeling it’s last investment made :(

  7. Don Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I suppose it will be no surprise that this is my favorite (since I had something to do with its creation):

    I subscribe to the RSS feed through iGoogle.

  8. Agus Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    favorite post:

    I subscribe to RSS feed

  9. Stacey Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Top 2 favorites: #1 article about prepaying mortgage and #2 seeing pictures of your kitchen makeover…along w/large screen TV discussion :)

    Welcome back!! (Now officially a subscriber as well….)

    How was Kansas and the reunion?

  10. Henry Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    My favorite is “The Cost of Waiting One Year”. It very simply shows what power compound interest and time has. One of the posts is particularly insightful… What to do if you feel you have been waiting too long to start saving/investing and feel discouraged.

    I subscribe with NewsGator.

  11. Bobby Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t say I have a single post, but rather a series and I am sorry you decided to stop updating it (although I understand why) – Magic Formula Portfolio. Pratical examples are great.

    Longtime RSS subscriber.

  12. EN Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I’ve been a RSS subscriber for awhile now and always look forward to your posts. That’s why it’s so hard for me to choose only one favorite entry among so many great ones!

    Nonetheless, because I’m exactly 20 years old and still navigating the realm of personal finance, my favorite is probably “5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 20.”

    I love all 5 tips and strive to implement them as much as possible!

  13. Andrew Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    My favorite post would have to be the one on algae:

    This has caused me to put a lot of thought into potentially driving a bio-diesel vehicle or even buying a farm. Being from the midwest I have seriously considered buying farm land the last couple years because of the growth of the bio-diesel and ethanol industry. I think algae is a better option and one I will be watching closely.

    Thanks for being generous!

  14. john Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    1. I would have to say that this is my favorite post. By far.

    Want to know why?

    Becuase for years and years I’ve been wondering what in the world makes up the Dow Jones Industrial Average. And I read, on a regular basis, multiple personal finance websites. And yet NO ONE has ever explained this!

    I know I should have finally just Googled or Wikipedia’d it, but instead I found it here. Which got me reading more and more and more. To the point that now I read on a daily basis.

    So, more than anything, I guess I’m saying thanks :)

    2. I subscribe via RSS to my Yahoo page.

  15. Mary Says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    My favorite column is “9 Financial Questions to Ask Before You Get Married”

    I’m headed for marriage #2(#3 for him) and we had this conversation.

    I am an RSS subscriber.

  16. Patrick Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 12:23 am

    I’ve been a subscriber for a year and a half now. In that time I’ve read a lot of your articles, but the one that stands out the most does so for another reason… Things That Remind Me of My Dad>.

    Sharing your stories and memories about your father reminds me of what is really important in life and why we even care about money. When it comes down to it, the reason for money is living, and the reason for maximizing and growing our money is to give us the opportunity to live the life we want with the people we love and care about.

  17. matt Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 6:08 am

    I think my favorite post at this time is:

    I am a contract worker for a large corporation, and have been promised a permanent job for almost 4 years.

    I think this summer will finally be the time for me due to the ROI buzz I keep hearing. While it will cut my take home pay it will allow me to participate in some great profit sharing plans and 401k with a great match. It will allow my wife to possibly return to school since I could be eligible for benefits.

  18. Mike Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 6:34 am

    I know you asked not to pick something from last week, but I really liked “Save For One Year, Retire With $1MM.” As a 24 year old with about 10k in my 401(k) so far, I feel pretty good about the path I’m on with that article.

    I’ve been a subscriber only since about April, when Money or Forbes or someone gave you a blog award.

  19. VG Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 6:38 am

    I have been subscriber at my home computer as well as google reader for more than a year now.

    The post that actually made me change something in my 401k is

    I started looking at fees closely and moved most of my 401K to index funds available.

    Thanks and keep writing.

  20. matt Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    I forgot that I am a faithful subscriber through netvibes :)

  21. Nate Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 7:25 am

    I’ve been a subscriber the last three months. So far my fav post was “Question of the Day: Rewards Cards” and the variety of comments associated with it.

  22. Nate Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 7:27 am

    I’ve been a subscriber for about three months. So far my fav post was “Question of the Day: Rewards Cards” and all the comments associated with it.

  23. acehbee Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 8:32 am

    My favorite post would be “Trent Let Me Down”

    No, it is not because I don’t like Trent (although I don’t read his blog anymore now since I found his blog is more inspiration blog instead of deeper financial/investment discussion that I find with this website). The reason I like the post “Trent Let Me Down” is because I think it is important to really think about what is the best asset allocation for you and stick with that. Don’t get in and out of stock market. Invest for a long term view and adjust your stock and bond allocation as one gets closer to retirement.

    I am a subscriber to the RSS Feed.

  24. Master Phu Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Definitely “5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 20” as my favorite post. Reminds me of some of the things I wished I’d done a few years ago and what I will teach my kids when they get to that age.

    I’m subscribed through the RSS feed.

  25. Meenakshi Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Things I knew when I was 20. I am a subscriber.

    BTW – why is this only open to US Citizens? Or, did you mean US Residents?

  26. Nicole Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 10:16 am

    “The contest is only open to U.S. citizens”


    As a hardworking, tax-paying U.S. resident, I guess I won’t be reading this blog anymore.

  27. MP Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I enjoyed the “things I knew when I was 20” like many of your other readers. But the article I thought was the most beneficial was “A Letter to Their Daughter”. I thought this was a great thing to share with all new investors out there and have passed it on myself to my own family members despite their age to give them insight into why they need to save and invest. Plus it’s written in such a way that it cuts straight down to the necessary points that anyone could understand.

    I subscribed to the RSS feed.


  28. Carlos Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    1. My favorite Post: 10 Relatively Cheap Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained During the Summer

    2. I’m already a subscriber to the RSS feed.

    With two kids not in school this summer and a limited budget, this post showed me not only that there are plenty of things to do on the cheap, but that there also lots of educational opportunities for children that are often overlooked.


  29. Dave Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Actually, the post discussing Israelson’s asset allocation monogram and your twist on it was my favorite post. Keep up the great work!

  30. DSA Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    1 – My favorite post was your tribute to your dad. No contest.

    2. I’m a subscriber to the RSS feed.

  31. Nicole Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Favorite – impact of a couple bad years.

    I subscribed!

  32. revanche Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    This is my favorite post on building on relationships with people.

    And my favorite comment from Miguel: “sometimes you have to settle for being feared and respected.” Amen to that!

    I’m subscribed via Bloglines.

  33. Shari C. Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now and I am proud to say I am officially a subscriber. (My first blog subscription ever!)

    My favorite post(s) is the College Funding Math series. It was was actually more than one post but more of a continuing story so I think that counts as one! :)


  34. shiwala Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    My favorite was “The Cost of Waiting One Year” and I subscribe through my iGoogle page.

  35. JLP Says:
    June 26th, 2008 at 11:19 pm


    I meant to say RESIDENTS and not CITIZENS. I corrected the post.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  36. Megan Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 7:03 am

    I’m subscribed! And my favorite post is this one:

    I bookmarked it a while back when I was trying to figure out what I needed to keep in my overstuffed file box. I keep way too much stuff and really need to get to shredding. Though I guess that’s better than shredding too much, right?

  37. G.L. Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Hi – I subscribe to your blog via the google RSS reader. :) My favorite post of yours is “5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 20″ – I’m 21 and I believe in learning from other people’s experience. :]

  38. CCA Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I’m subscribed on RSS, and my fav was The Illusion of Money.

  39. Steve Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I saw your blog listed in Money Magazines “100 Best”. I am now a susbscriber to your blog.

    My favorite post would have to be “How I Squash the New Car Bug”

    I currently have a 2004 Ford Taurus and owe nothing on it. It’s in great shape and has been well maintained. For some reason though I constantly have the new car bug and am always looking at new cars and actually went and test drove a 2008 Honda Accord. After reading your blog, I now spend my time constantly washing and cleaining my Taurus, and I’ve decided to keep it for years to come. Thank you!

  40. Anuradha Says:
    June 27th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Hi, My favorite post is

    I like this, becos I did make one of the mistakes after I started at work after college. I have seen many of my friends, who have spent on BMWs and Mercs as soon they started. Wonderful summary of very important facts.

    I just now subscribed through My yahoo.

  41. VMH Says:
    June 28th, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Favorite Post

    I am a big Index Investing guy

    Subscribed with Google Gadgets

  42. James Says:
    June 28th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Actually, my favorite post may just be yesterday’s (June 27). In it you referred to Mint is looking like it might very well be just the tool I have been needing!

  43. steve Says:
    July 1st, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I think this would be great. i ahve read one of those books but would like to read the rest. Thanks.

  44. Raymond Says:
    July 3rd, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I’m not yet a subscriber.I was directed here because I goggled double cycle billing and I must say I’m glad I picked your website because I have never had credit card interest calculations explained in such simple and layman’s terms. I now know where to go with my financial questions.