Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Awareness Carnival: What I Learned

What Your Money A-Ha's Taught Me

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a busy and exciting week as we just held the 2nd Annual Financial Literacy Awareness Carnival on Wednesday. This year, I gathered a group of bloggers to share their Money A-Ha’s with you. A special thank you to all the participants for sharing your knowledge and your support for financial literacy.

What Your Money A-Ha’s Taught Me

There were so many great stories and lessons in this year’s carnival that I wanted to highlight a few common themes I noticed.

Money/Investing Does Not Need to Be Complicated, Hard or Boring

There is a popular misconception that in order for investing to be effective, it must be complicated or hard. These posts will help change your mind:

Side and/or Passive Income Rules

If you want to get ahead as quickly as possible, you may want to consider a side hustle or setting up multiple streams of income from investing, rental properties, online work, etc. Your creativity is unlimited and priceless. Learn more from:

Getting Out of Debt Isn’t Easy but It’s Not Impossible

It’s unfortunately a lot easier to get into debt, than it is to get out of it. But it is also not impossible. These bloggers have done it and now enjoy a debt-free life.

Taking Control of Your Finances Puts You on the Path to Financial Freedom

Sometimes our control over our finances is a bit of an illusion. Whether it is fear, debt, our emotions or us playing “keep up”, we are not always the one in control. These bloggers figured out what they needed to do to put themselves back in the driver’s seat.

Stuff Doesn’t Create Happiness—You Do

We fill our lives with stuff because we believe it will make us happy, even though that is not always the case. These bloggers took a hard look at their lives and figured out what truly made them happy … and it’s not random stuff.

Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

Open communication is an absolute must between partners. Without it, even strong marriages can needlessly suffer.

Financial Literacy Changed My Life

Financial literacy doesn’t just happen. You have to educate yourself and sometimes ask for help too. These bloggers rose to the challenge and became financially literate, so they could better their financial lives.

Financial Literacy Matters to All of Us

Financial literacy may not be a mainstream topic … yet. But I believe that will change in the near future. Everyone wants to create a good life for themselves and their family, which means they need to make smart money decisions. And that, my friends, is the very definition of financial literacy. Becoming financially literate will change how you live your life. I appreciate you helping spread the word of its importance.


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April 18, 2014  •  21 Comments  •  Financial Literacy

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  1. Friday, April 18th, 2014
    Thank you again Shannon for putting this together. Reading all of these Aha! moments was awesome.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      You're welcome, Grayson! I loved reading all the posts too. They were fabulous. And thank YOU again for your support and participation.
  2. Friday, April 18th, 2014
    Great job on the carnival Shannon (and Tanya!)! I learned so much about everyone's life and it's great to see the humble beginnings that most of us had, but how well we are all doing now. It works! I was glad to be part of it!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      Thanks, Tonya! I learned so many new things too and it was very interesting to see what the catalyst was behind people making good changes in their financial lives. Thank YOU again for your support and participation.
    • Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
      Thanks, Tonya! I had a blast helping Shannon put this together! :)
  3. Friday, April 18th, 2014
    Thanks again for doing this Shannon and promoting the cause of Financial Literacy! I'm with may not be mainstream now, but it definitely will be with the effort being put in to do so and so many others sharing their stories. Hope you have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      You're welcome, John! Thank YOU for your continued support and participation. Every day more people realize the importance of financial literacy and it's because of people like us sharing our stories and knowledge. Some day we won't look at our financial literacy statistics and worry but celebrate instead. I can't wait!
  4. Friday, April 18th, 2014
    These are some great lessons to be learned from some great posts. Thanks for sharing :)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      Thanks! There were so many great lessons - something for everybody! :)
  5. Friday, April 18th, 2014
    I really enjoyed participating in my first Financial Literacy Awareness Carnival and loved hearing everyone's stories about their financial journey. I really love how you broke it down in this post! Thank you so much for organizing and hosting it Shannon! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      I'm so glad you were able to join us Shannon. I loved hearing about everyone's financial journey too. It's always fascinating to see what motivated people to make a change or what influenced them the most. Thank YOU again for your participation and support!
  6. Friday, April 18th, 2014
    This is an awesome collection of articles! Thanks for sharing! I love reading everyone's individual experiences and lessons learned.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      You're welcome, Stephanie! They did an amazing job sharing their stories. I learned so much too!
  7. Friday, April 18th, 2014
    Thanks again for putting this together Shannon! I am thankful to have been a part of it :)

    Have a lovely weekend!!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      You're welcome, Mackenzie! Thank YOU for being a part it. It means a lot to me!
  8. Friday, April 18th, 2014
    Thanks again Shannon for everything you do :)
    Have a great weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      And you, Corinne, for you everything you do as well! :)
  9. Saturday, April 19th, 2014
    This is a great collection, though I've read most of these already lol. Financial Literacy month is a really cool idea. If you do it again next year, I would love to be apart. I've enjoyed it greatly so far!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Monday, April 21st, 2014
      Thanks, Kalen. Lots of great posts this year! Let's stay connected and we'll get you added next year.
  10. Monday, April 21st, 2014
    Great article. I've learned a lot that I can apply to my debt repayment.
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