Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-UP: Week of April 29, 2013

My Favorite Posts: The Frugal Farmer, See Debt Run, Club Thrifty, Luke 1428, One Smart Dollar, ThriftGenuity, Modest Money, Johnny Moneyseed

Happy Friday! May is officially here, so I hope Spring is in full bloom wherever you are. I did hear that parts of Minnesota had snow on Thursday, which is hard for this California girl to imagine. šŸ™‚ It’s been another fantastic week as I received a ton of great feedback on my post, The Sweet Spot: Where Spending and Frugality Coexist, which I really appreciate.

As I have said multiple times: Money is emotional. Some people believe their money entitles them to treat others poorly—not true at all. Nothing entitles you to behave that way. While others struggle to use their money in a manner that feels good to them and fills them with joy. It takes a few tries to figure out your personal saving and spending mix, but once you can joyfully spend your money on the things that matter to you without creating debt or worrying whether others approve, you’ll be glad you took the time to find your sweet spot.

And on a humorous side note … I saw a definite increase in porn spam after Monday’s post. šŸ˜€

Favorite Blog Posts of the Week

There were lots of great posts this week, so without further ado, here are my favorites. Enjoy!

Getting out of debt is not for the faint-hearted. It takes a lot of work and time. As Laurie, from The Frugal Farmer pointed out in Fighting Boredom and Restlessness as You Work on Long-Term Goals.

Jefferson and Michelle from See Debt Run recently became debt-free. Congratulations! Jefferson wrote a great post on Taking the First Step Towards Debt Freedom for all those ready to join them and live debt-free.

Uncle Greg or half of the fabulous duo at Club Thrifty wrote Dear Becky: A Letter about Retirement Planning extolling all the reasons why saving for retirement might be even better than a fancy tattoo.

Brian at Luke 1428 immediately caught my attention with the words “personal finance high school class” as he asked his Students to Comparison Shop for Generics and Save Big as a classroom assignment. A great lesson to teach the young and old.

These are mistakes I regularly see as a financial advisor and Sean from One Smart Dollar did a great job articulating The Five Biggest Money Mistakes Couples Make. A must read for couples.

ThriftGenuity is a new blog I recently discovered (thanks for commenting, so I could find you!) and if you haven’t visited his blog, definitely check it out. In his post, Life and Debt: What Would You Do? Greg asks for some advice on how much paying down debt should weigh in making important life decisions. Go give him your two cents.

As a relatively new blogger, I appreciate Jeremy’s Guide to Blogging over at Modest Money. In his latest post, he talked about the importance of Mastering Efficient Blog Time Management. A skill I definitely want to master!

If you’re in debt, getting out of debt is your #1 priority (hopefully), but it doesn’t have to be an either/or situation as Johnny Moneyseed noted in Learn How to Invest When You Still Have Debt. An excellent idea and one I strongly encourage you to do too.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Shannon

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  1. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    Thanks for the mention, Shannon! Yes, your article this week was wonderful - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have a great weekend, my friend. :-)
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      You're welcome, Laurie! I enjoyed your posts this week too, my friend! :) Have a wonderful weekend with your family and visiting relatives.
  2. Greg@Thriftgenuity
    Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    Thanks for the mention Shannon! Will check out any of the material I may have missed this week.
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      You're welcome, Greg. Glad we got connected. Look forward to getting to know you better. Have a wonderful weekend!
  3. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    Thanks for the mention :D Fabulous duo? You are making me blush! Have a great weekend!

    P.S. - Sorry about all the porn spam. I'll stop sending to you.
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      I should have known it was you, Greg!! :) You and Holly make a great team! Enjoy your weekend!
  4. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    First off, gross in regard to the new spam you're getting :)

    Just like with search engine optimization and the new resume keyword optimization, it's always a surprise what people look for :)

    Great article this week and thanks as usual for all the help.
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      Yeah, it's been interesting. Oddly, it was well-written too. :) I love seeing the fun search engine terms people use to find blogs too. Most of mine are boring, although accurate! Happy to help and am glad to see you out and about in the PF community and twitter. Have a great weekend!
  5. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    Wow, sorry to hear about the spam. I see some of what brings people to my site and just have to shake my head sometimes. Spring has yet to hit us in Omaha...it was 85-86 on Monday and I was having to avoid the temptation of turning on the AC, it was 75 on Tuesday AND we got two inches of snow Wednesday night - with more on the way this weekend. Maybe we'll get to start gardening this year. ;) Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      I love reading the search terms you share in your Friday post. :) Always fascinating! Oh my! 80 one day followed by snow two days later? Crazy! It's been unseasonably warm here the past 2 days too. I probably shouldn't complain about 90 degree temps since you're still dealing with snow. Have a great weekend, John - snow and all!
  6. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    I'm happy that it's finally May! However, it was hot all week, and now it's going to be cold all weekend. BOO.

    Have a great weekend :)
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      The weather is crazy everywhere! It's been hot the past two days, but it's supposed to cool again. But at least, no snow! :) You have a great weekend too, Michelle!
  7. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    I thought you might get some interesting stuff from Monday's post. ;-)

    Have a great weekend Shannon.
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      LOL! I did. Some of the nicest spam you could ever receive until you took a closer look at their link. :) You have a great weekend too!
  8. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    LOL, on the porn spam :) People are cuckoo!

    Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      I know! Maybe I'll get a huge uptick in visitors, although they might be awfully disappointed. :) You have a great birthday weekend!
  9. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    Well, we aren't in MN, but it is snowing in the Midwest too! I was wearing shorts two days ago... this weather is bananas. Wish I was in CA! Have a good weekend! :)
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      It's official - Mother Nature is laughing at us. Snow, unseasonably warm temperatures - she must be feeling moody! :) You have a wonderful weekend too!
  10. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    Thanks for the mention of my post Shannon! Your article this week was great! Enjoy the weekend.
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      You're welcome, Brian. You know I'm always going to support financial literacy in schools and it's great you're teaching your students how to think about money. You enjoy your weekend too!
  11. Friday, May 3rd, 2013
    Great links! Hope you have a great weekend.
    • Friday, May 3rd, 2013
      Thanks, Mike. You have a great weekend too! :)
  12. Justin
    Sunday, May 5th, 2013
    Shannon, that's a great list of blogs. As a Michigan boy, I'm glad that spring is finally here. Have a great weekend.
    • Sunday, May 5th, 2013
      Thanks, Justin! I hope you had a wonderful weekend too! :)
  13. Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
    Thanks so much for the recognition and praise, Shannon! Hope you're having a great week!
    • Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
      You're welcome, Michelle! Congratulations again on eliminating your debt! :) You have a wonderful week too!
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