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Blog Round-Up: Week of December 9, 2013

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December is flying by with all the holiday parties, Christmas concerts and year-end to-dos. We have less than two weeks until Christmas, people! Are you ready? For those of you who still have some shopping to do, December 18 is Free Shipping Day and Femme Frugality has a list of participating vendors.

This week I shared with you how to Create a Magical Christmas through Family Traditions. Many of us can still remember the anticipation and excitement of opening presents as a child, but we only recall a handful of the presents we received. What we do remember is our family traditions and those traditions play a big role in making the holidays magical.

The Heavy Purse was mentioned in a few places this week. Special thanks to Daily Finance, Frugal Rules, Young Adult Money, Disease Called Debt, Suburban Finance, Girl Meets Debt and I’m Every Woman Weekly for their support. If I missed you, please let me know!

A Few Good Reads

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

John at Frugal Rules gave a righteous rant in And You Wonder Why We Have Financial Problems. There is so much money being spent to encourage us to spend, while so little money is spent on educating us on how to use our money wisely. A must read post!

Mackenzie at The Random Path is one of my favorite writers. Her post, Cradling Stones, beautifully articulates the initial seduction of debt and the eventual weight it becomes. Soon you will be free its shackles, Mackenzie!

Cat from Budget Blonde talked about What Wealthy Means Around the World in her staff post at Frugal Rules. It is easy to take for granted all the things we have, but Cat spent a few years living in a developing country where eating a meal at KFC gave you something to brag about. A great read to give you a little perspective as you buy Christmas gifts this year.

Pauline at Reach Financial Independence had a wonderful guest post from Simon Cave from The Becomer on Why Your Mindset is More Important than Strategies When It Comes to Financial Independence. Mindset definitely plays a critical role in your financial success and is often overlooked.

Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That shared some of her favorite Holiday Traditions. I love hearing what others do to celebrate the season. And be sure to congratulate Anna as she just paid off her debt! Best Christmas present ever!

Well, that’s a wrap! I hope everyone has a great weekend!


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December 13, 2013  •  17 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, December 13th, 2013
    Loved Cat's article that you mentioned, Shannon. Riveting and humbling, wasn't it? Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      It was a great article. So easy to get caught up in our #firstworldproblems and forget how fortunate we truly are. You have a wonderful weekend too, my friend, and try to stay warm! :)
  2. Friday, December 13th, 2013
    So glad to have you as a source in my DailyFinance post, Shannon! Thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed. I really loved all the insight you shared. Have a wonderful weekend.
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      You're very welcome and I'm flattered and honored to be your source! :) You have a wonderful weekend too!
  3. Friday, December 13th, 2013
    Thanks so much for the double mention Shannon...of my and Cat's posts, I really appreciate it! I can't believe we're less than two weeks away from Christmas, it's absolutely nutty. Thankfully I finished my shopping on Monday, which is later than usual for me. Hope you have a great weekend in sunny SoCal, we have snow on the ground here. :)
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      You're welcome, John! They were great posts. :) I can't believe how quickly Christmas is sneaking up on us! It is going to be a nice weekend here, maybe even in the 70s … so yeah, no snow here! You have a great weekend playing in the snow. :)
  4. Friday, December 13th, 2013
    Aww, thank you so much for the shout out and congrats, Shannon, and along with a great list of posts (which I've mostly all read... addicted to PF blogs much? :)). It's definitely crazy how fast Christmas is approaching, but looking forward to taking some time off and enjoying the holiday. Hope you enjoy with your loved ones, too! :)
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      You're welcome, Anna! Congratulations again on being debt-free! Woo-hoo! Yes, I'm looking forward to celebrating with my family too. I'm sure your family is excited to dive into the treats you've been baking for them! Have a great weekend!
  5. Friday, December 13th, 2013
    Awww, thanks for the lovely compliment Shannon! You TOTALLY made my day :) You are one of my faves, and I always look forward to your posts; I learn so much from you!

    Have a fantastic weekend! XO
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      You're welcome, Mackenzie. It's true - you are a fabulous writer. :) I'm glad I can return the favor and be of assistance to you! Have a great weekend!
  6. Friday, December 13th, 2013
    Thank you for featuring Simon's post Shannon, have a nice weekend!
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      You're welcome, Pauline. It was a great post. You have a great weekend too!
  7. Friday, December 13th, 2013
    I hope you find some time to relax this Holiday season, Shannon! It's funny when you feel like you need a break from a Holiday break, but sometimes that's how I feel. Hope you have a great weekend!
    • Shannon
      Friday, December 13th, 2013
      I'm definitely looking forward to relaxing and celebrating the holiday with my family. So true - sometimes you do need a "break" from the break! LOL! You have a great weekend too, DC!
  8. Sunday, December 15th, 2013
    Hey Shannon and thanks for sharing a nice bunch of reads :)

    Some very powerful and impacting posts from a group of talented writers/bloggers. Looking forward to getting my reading on!!

    Thanks again and take care.

    • Shannon
      Monday, December 16th, 2013
      Thanks, Lyle. Definitely agree they are a talented group of bloggers! You take care too. :)
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