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Blog Round-Up: November 11, 2013

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I read a post the other day where they mentioned Christmas was only 40 days away. At first I thought it was a typo, but then I realized they were right! The next few weeks are so busy but are a favorite time of mine. How is everyone doing with their Christmas shopping?

This week I shared a great infographic on What You Need to Know about Life Insurance. It’s not always a topic that people are comfortable discussing, but it’s important to protect your most valuable asset—your family. It gives me great peace of mind knowing that may family will be financially okay if the unthinkable happens.

Special thanks to Budget and the Beach, Enemy of Debt, and I’m Every Woman Weekly for mentioning The Heavy Purse. I appreciate your support!

A Few a Good Reads

Here are my favorite posts from the past week. Enjoy!

Grayson at Debt Roundup shared the Gift of Debt: Enjoying My Hobby. We don’t often consider debt to be a gift, but it does offer us some powerful lessons as Grayson shared with us.

FI Pilgrim from FI Journey shared Financial Lessons I Remember Learning from My Dad. My father taught me about money, and I loved hearing the great lessons other fathers are teaching their kids,.

Andrew from Living Rich Cheaply had some great information on Tax Shelters for You and Me. The end of the year is fast approaching, so now is a great time to see if there are any tax moves you can make now to help lower your bill come April.

Laurie from The Frugal Farmer shared How Paying Off Debt Is Like Running a Marathon at Three Thrifty Guys. Just like running a marathon, eliminating debt requires perseverance and keeping an eye on the finish line.

Anna at Are Ya Gonna Eat That reminded us about the importance of Giving To Those in Need. We can get caught up in our own problems, but when tragedy strikes like it did in the Philippines, it gives us perspective. In the month where we give thanks, now is the perfect time to give to those in need here and abroad.

Well, that’s a wrap for this. Have a great weekend everyone!


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November 15, 2013  •  28 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    Life insurance is something I WILL sign up for in 2014. I've been thinking about it a lot lately and I need to just make it happen. Ahhhh Christmas is really creeping up on us isn't it? My wife has already bought quite a few gifts. I should probably help her out with that...

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    • Shannon
      Friday, November 15th, 2013
      I'm glad to hear it, DC! Yes, Christmas is really coming up fast. It does this every year. :) You have a great weekend too!
  2. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    I can't believe that Christmas is so close. We're normally close to being done at this time of the year, but we've been so busy lately that we've not started yet. The grandparents have already started sending stuff, and by the looks of it, we won't need to be buying much though. ;) Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon
      Friday, November 15th, 2013
      I love grandparents! They take a little pressure off of us. :) You have a great weekend too!
  3. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    Thanks for the mention, it is greatly appreciated! I can't believe the holidays are here already. Time flies! Have a great weekend.
    • Shannon
      Friday, November 15th, 2013
      You're welcome, Andrew! Time really does fly. :) You have a great weekend too!
  4. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    As always, a great reading list for the weekend. Happy to see so many nice articles here.
    • Shannon
      Friday, November 15th, 2013
      Thanks, Dojo! You have a great weekend!
  5. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    Thank you kindly for the mention! I mostly just gave baked goods and ship it out to my loved ones, so B's the only one I have to think about for gifts (and it's usually self-serving, as it gives me a chance to spruce up his wardrobe lol). Best wishes in braving the hectic stores during Christmas shopping, and have a great weekend, Shannon! :)
    • Shannon
      Friday, November 15th, 2013
      You're welcome, Anna! I bet your family loves receiving some homemade treats for Christmas. And I'm sure B loves having your spruce up his wardrobe. :) You have a great weekend too!
  6. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    I don't even want to talk about how fast this year has gone. It is sad. Thank you for the mention Shannon. I appreciate the support. Have a great weekend.
    • Shannon
      Friday, November 15th, 2013
      It really have flown by. Of course, I say that every year! You're welcome, Grayson - happy to support. Have a great weekend!
  7. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    I'm Ukrainian so my family celebrates Xmas on January 6th, following the old calendar. It's great cause I get to shop all the post-holiday deals!
    • Shannon
      Friday, November 15th, 2013
      Nice! You can always find the best deals after Christmas. You have a great weekend, Stefanie!
  8. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    Christmas is way too soon. Add to that the fact that our due date is 12/21 and we really need to get on top of shopping. Too much avoidance going on right now. Enjoy the weekend!
    • Shannon
      Friday, November 15th, 2013
      Wow - I couldn't remember when your due date was. I didn't realize it was so soon. You guys must be so excited and busy getting ready. You have a great weekend too!
  9. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    Thanks for the mention Shannon!
  10. Friday, November 15th, 2013
    Oh boy, If Christmas is only days away I suppose we need to think about starting the shopping...
  11. Saturday, November 16th, 2013
    Thanks for the mention, friend! We are probably half-way or so done with the Christmas shopping, and hoping to finish up in the next 2-3 weeks, leaving plenty of time for baking cookies and other fun Christmas-y stuff. :-) Have a wonderful weekend!
    • Shannon
      Monday, November 18th, 2013
      You're welcome, Laurie! Sounds like you've got a great handle on your Christmas shopping. :)
  12. Saturday, November 16th, 2013
    I started Christmas shopping back in September lol. I didn't want a big dent on my spending come December, so I spaced it out over those few months.
  13. Saturday, November 16th, 2013
    My goodness...Christmas always seems to come so fast! But I'm always ready. I have my outdoor lights ready to go up this week and the day after Thanksgiving, the house gets decorated.

    As for shopping....it is all going to be online this year.

    • Shannon
      Monday, November 18th, 2013
      Christmas always does seem to come so fast, but it sounds like you're ready for it! I love shopping online. It makes it so much easier when you don't have to deal with all the crowds.
  14. Monday, November 18th, 2013
    Just 40 days!? Phew, thats way too close, havent even saved enough for all the gifts I intended to buy! I might barely make it through the shopping season...
    • Shannon
      Monday, November 18th, 2013
      I know, Simon! It's coming up fast. Thankfully you have a little bit of time to save some more and look for some good bargains. :)
  15. Monday, November 18th, 2013
    Hi there Shannon!

    Thanks so much for the mention! To have you as a participant, well the honor is all mine girlfriend!

    Thanks for introducing us to these great posts...I'm trying to get the hang of Pocket to read 'em later but ugh...it's gettin' on my nerves :).

    Hope you had a great weekend and started the new week on positive note! Talk to you in the socialsphere!
    • Shannon
      Monday, November 18th, 2013
      I love being a part of the weekly newsletter and appreciate all your work putting it together, Corina! :) I saw Maggie talking about the pocket a couple weeks ago but I haven't tried it yet. :) You have a great week too!
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