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Blog Round-Up: Week of December 2, 2013

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It feels like there was no breathing room from Thanksgiving to Christmas this year. Or is that just me? As I was running errands, one store helpfully had a big sign to remind me that there are only 18 days left until Christmas. Yikes! I better get busy. 🙂 How is your Christmas shopping going?

This week I shared with you How To Create Your Child’s True Holiday List. So often when we ask kids what they want, they have a long list, but it is not always filled with the things they TRULY want. Helping your kids determine what is worthy of their Christmas list is also great practice for handling and prioritizing their wants outside of Christmas too.

The Heavy Purse was mentioned in a few places the past couple of weeks, so special thanks to Mom and Dad Money, Budget Blonde and I’m Every Woman Weekly for your support. I truly appreciate it!

A Few Good Reads

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

Brian from Luke 1428 had a wonderful three-part series on Giving for The Wrong Reasons, How To Develop a Giving Plan and An Open Hand: The Most Powerful Money Visual Ever. Being philanthropic is important to me and I love how Brian and his family have put together a plan to give throughout the year.

Laurie at The Frugal Farmer got reflective and shared Your Family Traits: Which Will You Choose to Follow? We mimic so much of what we see as children, both good and bad. The good news is we can also choose to stop emulating behaviors and beliefs that don’t serve us, which is exactly what Laurie is choosing to do.

Stefanie from The Broke and Beautiful Life warned us of the Danger of ‘I Deserve This’ Thinking in her staff post at See Debt Run. It’s an easy trap to fall into but what I think we all deserve is to live debt-free lives where we spend our money on the things that truly matter.

Joe from Stacking Benjamins gave us some good tips on How To Wring More Money Out of Your Company Benefits. Just like Joe, I am often surprised how many people do not fully utilize (or are even aware of) their workplace benefits. They are there for a reason, so use them! 🙂

Travis over at Enemy of Debt admitted I Slept in on Black Friday and Still Got a Door Buster Deal. I love this post, not because he scored a door buster deal, but for all the wonderful money/life lessons he taught his daughter.

That’s a wrap for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


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December 6, 2013  •  21 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, December 6th, 2013
    I also really enjoyed Travis' post about Black Friday! MY wife is doing most of the Christmas shopping and we (or I should say, she) is getting very close to done. I hope you have a great weekend, Shannon!
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 6th, 2013
      At least you give credit where credit is due! LOL! You have a great weekend too, DC. :)
  2. Friday, December 6th, 2013
    Thanks for the mention, Shannon! Say, as I was reading John's post today, I just felt I wanted to send an extra dose of hugs and gratitude to you for all that you do here, Shannon. Your commitment to teaching children financial literacy is SO needed, and I believe it's really having an impact, so, thank you for that. Have a great weekend, my friend!
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 6th, 2013
      Thank you so much for your kind words, Laurie. They mean the world to me. You are doing so much for your family and readers too. Together we are making a difference and will help the world become more financially literate. You have a wonderful weekend too!
  3. Friday, December 6th, 2013
    It's going by really fast isn't it?!? I need to get a move on this weekend to catch up. Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 6th, 2013
      Yes, December is flying by! You have a great weekend too, Tonya!
  4. Friday, December 6th, 2013
    I agree Shannon, it seems like there is no time at all between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I'm just glad that our shopping is basically done. :) I'll echo Laurie's comment as well, thanks for all you do here - it's much needed and is needed to be heard by many. Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 6th, 2013
      Thank you so much for your support, John. I really appreciate you mentioning The Heavy Purse in your post today. Financial literacy is so important and it makes me so happy to see how many people have really begun to embrace it. We have a long way to go but we are being heard. You have a great weekend too!
  5. Friday, December 6th, 2013
    Choosing certain family traits to follow and to stick to them, is a lot harder than it looks. Still, it's a good goal to work towards.
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 6th, 2013
      Agreed, it's not always easy to change family traits overnight. But even recognizing that we need to change those behaviors and beliefs is a good start.
  6. Friday, December 6th, 2013
    That's crazy that there's only 18 days until Christmas - I'm done with shopping, though the baking frenzy for loved ones will commence soon. Best wishes in accomplishing your shopping and hope you don't have to bump into too many crazy consumers, Shannon! :)
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 6th, 2013
      Oh I bet your family loves getting baked goodies from you. They are always so much better than store-bought! Good luck with your baking - it's the perfect weather to do it. Cold and rainy. :)
  7. Friday, December 6th, 2013
    I'm behind on my Christmas shopping, I need to catch up!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Shannon :)
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 6th, 2013
      Glad to hear I'm not the only one! You have a wonderful weekend too, Mackenzie!
  8. Sunday, December 8th, 2013
    Hi there Shannon,

    I want to thank you for participating and sharing your advice with us every week!

    I'm going to pocket Brian's posts about giving. I want to do more of that in 2014 and I could use some ideas for and the family.

    Thanks for rounding up these posts every week. Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, December 8th, 2013
      Thank you for all your work putting together the weekly! Definitely bookmark Brian's posts - they were great and will definitely be useful if you're looking to make giving a priority next year. Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!
  9. Sunday, December 8th, 2013
    Thanks for mentioning my series Shannon. We just started our shopping but will probably end up doing most of it at the last minute. We can never seem to get ahead and do it all early.
    • Shannon
      Sunday, December 8th, 2013
      You're welcome, Brian! Sometimes last minute shopping is the very best! :) At least you score lots of deals …. hopefully!
  10. Thursday, December 12th, 2013
    Not only are there only a few days left in the shopping season….but where the heck did 2013 go? I remember hearing old people say that "it moves really fast as you get older" and now I feel like that old guy…. :-)

    Thanks for mentioning my piece on workplace benefits!
    • Shannon
      Thursday, December 12th, 2013
      You're welcome! And I'm right there with you, Joe. 2013 flew by, so I guess we're both old! :)
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