I am honored to host Carnival of Money Pros for the first time. There are some stellar articles this week from some of the best personal finance bloggers out there.

Kayla @ Shoeaholic No More writes Holiday Parties and What’s Going On? – Holiday events are in full swing. I’ve got 3-4 holiday parties taking place in the next week.

Brad @ Enemy of Debt writes Why I’m Completely Changing My Health Insurance in 2015 – Much like car insurance, it’s something I willingly pay for each month to help pay for the result of a catastrophic medical event.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Four Ways to Skyrocket the Value of Your Home – The more additions you make to your home, the higher its value – and the heftier your wallet will be when you sell it.

Danielle @ TeacHer Finance writes How Does Cash Advance Work? – A cash advance is very similar to a payday loan, except the terms are generally a bit longer.

Aaron @ Aaron Hung writes Watch out for these Back to School Spending Mistakes – Much to the chagrin of children everywhere another school year is about to start, and that means that parents across the country are busy stocking up on school supplies.

Justin @ Edward Antrobus writes 6 Ways Shoppers are Deceived! – Brands and advertisers use specific marketing tactics to convince shoppers to make purchases There are some tactics that they use that, while not illegal, border on being unethical.

Marissa @ Thirty Six Months writes You Should Always Seek Value – To get yourself financially free, to make good investments and to get through life in a calm and relaxed manner – you should always seek value.

Marissa @ Finance Triggers writes Best Way to Collect Superannuation Funds during Retirement – If you work in Australia, then you are likely to have at least one superannuation account set up to help you out financially during your retirement.

Sam @ The New Business Blog writes Want to be Successful? Avoid These 5 Emotionally Charged Habits – There are, to be sure, many things that contribute to your overall success. Things like your attitude, your ability to lead, your people skills and so forth all have a big influence on it, no doubt.

Katie @ IRA Basics writes 4 IRA Withdrawals that Actually Make Sense – Withdrawing funds from a traditional IRA before a person turns 59 ½ usually means that they’re going to pay a lot of taxes and penalties.

Lily @ Paying Debt Down writes Some Facts to Consider before Filing for Bankruptcy – For many consumers the thought of having to file bankruptcy can cause quite a bit of anxiety.

Bob @ Dwindling Debt writes Looking for a Store Credit Card? Don’t Look Here

Andrea @ So Over This writes You’re Handling Retirement Savings All Wrong! – Saving money for retirement is something that is very near and dear to me.

Hadley @ Epic Finances writes Stock Investing Myths and Truths Part 4 of 4 – Even though there’s plenty of information about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to investing in the stock market, many myths still refuse to die.

Lenny @ Best Money Saving Blog writes Stock Buybacks are Booming! – After faltering for a couple of months, buyback announcements from many major US companies shot up to a three month high recently, putting 2014 on track to be one of the biggest years ever for buybacks.

Amy @ Money Mishaps writes These are the Biggest Money Mistakes Couples Make When Divorcing – When people get divorced, it’s the spouse who hasn’t had a whole lot of experience with the family’s finances that often ends up on the short end of the stick.

Jack @ Money Saving Ethics writes These 5 Savings ‘Tricks’ might not be so good after all – Even the best intentions that you have for saving money can sometimes lead to financial problems.

Matt @ Budget Snob writes Investing Doesn’t Take Genius Intelligence, Just Common Sense – A quote that’s attributed to Albert Einstein goes something like this: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Danielle @ Saving Without a Budget writes Common Money Mistakes – If you’re not keen on throwing your money away, the mistakes below should definitely be avoided.

Jay @ Daily Fuel Economy Tip writes How to Save on Gas – Uncommon Ways – I will describe a few less common ways you can save on gas – I hope you will find them useful.

Oscar @ Money is the Root writes Paying Off Debt Smarter and Faster – There are few things better for your financial health than paying off any debts that you have as quickly as possible.

Daniel @ Make Money Make Cents writes The Expenses of Buying and Owning a Home – From finding the perfect mortgage with the appropriate fees, to the year round upkeep and maintenance, this investment requires a lot of time and capital.

Natalie Bacon @ Financegirl writes A 5 Step Guide to Setting Your Priorities So You Win in 2015 – Instead of a resolution try this 5-step guide of reflecting, taking inventory of your values & planning for your future. Intentional living in the New Year.

Ryan @ Better Credit Blog writes 3 Ways to Fix Your Credit Score for a Mortgage Loan – Many readers have asked me the quickest and easiest way to fix up their credit report and credit score when they are ready to buy a home. The steps below will help you improve your credit score so you can get the best possible mortgage rate.

Tyler @ Debt Reckoning writes What Is An Investment Banker? – Even though investment bankers are highly coveted professionals, not everyone knows exactly what these people do. After you learn the investment banker’s job description and the investment banker’s salary, you may believe that entering into this profession would be worthwhile.

Michelle @ DiversifiedFinances writes 5 Tips For Renting Out a Room In Your Home For Extra Money – A great way to make extra money each month is to rent out a room in your room. If you have a spare room, a separate apartment (such as above your garage), a finished basement, and so on, then this may be a money making option for you.

Alexis @ FITnancials writes How To Find A Place To Live On Craigslist + Scary Personal Experiences – Before I moved to Chicago, I had to find a place to live. I was a little hesitant to use Craigslist at first, but I wasn’t sure where else I could try. I was looking on Craigslist for a while and it didn’t take too long to find a place, but I feel like I should have done more searching to find somewhere closer to work, etc.

Geny @ GenyFinances writes Personal Finance Tips For College Students – College can be a fun time. You are making new friends, trying out new experiences, and probably have the time of your life. However, it can also be very expensive.

724Credit @ 724Credit Blog writes 4 Tips To Pay Down Your Student Loans – For me, I am all about paying down student loans as quickly as possible. They are probably your biggest or one of your biggest monthly payments each month, and the stress that comes from that can be very high.

BudgetingForTravel @ BudgetingForTravel writes How To Save Money On A Ski Vacation – Skiing is a fun hobby, but it can be a very expensive vacation if you want to make a trip out of it. Skiing and “frugal vacation” are not exactly words that are often in the same sentence together.