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Blog Round-Up: Week of August 19, 2013

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This summer has flown by. The girls start school next week and we’ve pretty much wrapped up all of our back-to-school shopping. They did a great job this year and I am so proud of them. Not only did they make smart choices with their budget, but they looked for things they already had or could reuse.

We all enjoy new things, but it doesn’t always make sense to buy new. This can sometimes be difficult for kids to understand, and they can get upset or feel deprived if they have to reuse something. So I was particularly pleased to see Lauren and Taylor love the new things they bought (and needed) but also embrace the things they could reuse. They were adamant about not wasting money, which was music to this Mom’s ears. Let’s hope this lasts through their teenage years and beyond! 🙂

This week, I was over at Breadwinning Mama where I shared Passing on a Father’s Gift of Financial Literacy. If you haven’t had a chance, I would appreciate you checking out my post and my friend, Kerry’s blog. Also thank you to Money Aware for including me in their Top 10 Online Articles this month.

A Few Good Reads

Enjoy my favorite posts from the past week!

John from Frugal Rules made me stand up and cheer with his post, Teaching Kids about Money: A Call to Action. I agree wholeheartedly that teaching kids about money is one of the best gifts we can give them.

Erin at Broke Millennial talked about Losing My Entitlement. It’s very easy to become entitled (especially when you are young and accustomed to a certain lifestyle, thanks to Mom and Dad) but it is the strong who learn how to thrive on their own.

Vanessa over at Cash Cow Couple shared how she and Jacob have discovered The Art of Contentedness. Love this line, “…being happy where we are, while not forgetting where we want to go.” That sounds like a great life to me.

Taynia at Fiscal Flamingo posed the question, How to Find the Time to Get Out of Debt? I love the answer she stumbled upon from The Art of Nonconformity. Instead of the old stand-by “I don’t have time” say “It’s not a priority” which feels very different. A subtle but powerful switch to keep you moving forward.

Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That had a great post on Economag where she boldly suggests that we Screw the Joneses, They Are Not Worth Going into Debt Over. We live in a world where there is a lot of pressure to keep up with those mythical Joneses. The happiest people I know are the ones who live their lives for themselves.

Well, that’s it for this week! I hope everyone has a great weekend!


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August 23, 2013  •  23 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    Hope you have a great weekend!!!
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      You too, Holly!
  2. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    Sounds like back-to-school shopping was a success. Nice work! Enjoy your weekend Shannon.
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      It really was; I couldn't be happier about it! It just few year's you'll be gearing up your son for back-to-school shopping. :) You have a great weekend too!
  3. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    Ha! I knew you'd have John's great post about kids on your list this week. It's awesome to share a passion for teaching children about PF with you, Shannon. Have a great weekend. :-)
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      I am predictable when it comes to posts promoting children's financial literacy! I love that you share that passion too and are working hard to instill these values in your kids too. Enjoy your weekend, Laurie!
  4. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    That's so awesome your girls have learned the value of reusing. Thank you so much for the mention, Shannon, have a great weekend. :)
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      You're welcome, Anna! You have a great weekend too!
  5. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    New stuff is almost always better in the eyes of kids, so it's great that your girls are recognizing the value in re-using some things. Have a great weekend!
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      Exactly, DC. New things often have that shine we crave but don't always need. It was really nice to see the girls looking for things they could reuse and be excited when they found items they could reuse, rather than be disappointed. You have a great weekend too!
  6. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    Hope your girls enjoy their last few days of summer vacation. Have a great weekend!
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      We're looking forward to a nice last weekend before school starts. But I think we're all ready for them to head back-to-school, including the girls! :) You have a great weekend too!
  7. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    Loved your profile on Breadwinning Mama. Thank you for the shout out, Shannon. Have a great weekend!
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      Thanks, Erin! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Financial literacy has been a part of my life for so long and the book is very personal to me and the girls so it's nice to share that with everyone. You have a great weekend too!
  8. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    I agree, this summer has just flown by. It's crazy to think that Labor Day weekend is next weekend - that's just nuts! That said, it sounds like you had success with the back to school shopping. Thanks so much for the mention Shannon, I really appreciate it! Have a great weekend.
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      This summer really feels like it went by super fast. We did have a really good back-to-school shopping season. It's the second year the girls really owned their budgets and did such a good job. You have a great weekend too!
  9. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    Thank you for the mention Shannon! Hope your girls have a great week at school next week.
  10. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    I can't believe it's already next week! Hope the girls have a great year!
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      I know! The girls are ready to go back and I'm ready for the routine again. :) Have a great weekend!
  11. Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    Thank you for the link! I am so impressed with your girls and your parenting skills. That is so awesome. Sounds like you are already teaching them contentedness. ;)
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      You're welcome, Vanessa! I enjoyed your post. It's been so much fun teaching the girls about money. I get such a kick out of seeing them make such smart choices by themselves. Yes, I believe they are well on their way to learning how to live a life of contentedness, which would make me very happy.
  12. Saturday, August 24th, 2013
    We are a blended family and one of the tough things is we can't control the other biological parent:)) My step son came back to our home the other day with a brand new lunch bag and a whole bunch of new things for school, when he already had perfectly good things! It so annoys me - as it is so wasteful and teaches nothing about choosing wisely on how to spend your money. However, my step daughter, who is older, said "I don't know why he got another lunch bag - his was perfectly fine. I just said I don't need one as mine from last year was perfectly fine too." Hurray! Just keep repeating the same message and setting the same example, I guess!
    • Saturday, August 24th, 2013
      I can absolutely see how that could make things more difficult. At least his big sister gets it! Hopefully as he gets older and continues to see you set a good example, he'll feel differently too. You being consistent with messages and actions will definitely influence him. Thanks for stopping by Leah, I appreciate it!
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