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Blog Round-Up: Week of January 6, 2014

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It feels good to be back to a normal routine after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I know many of you suffered through some pretty chilly days earlier this week, thanks to the polar vortex. We weren’t affected here, but I truly felt for you as I soaked up the sunshine and warm breezes. Sorry. 🙂

At least it was a good opportunity to catch-up with some reading, and I hope you had a chance to read my post on 4 Smart Financial Moves to Start the New Year. Whether you’re trying to get out of debt or enjoying financial freedom, we are never “done” with our finances. There is always more to learn and it can even be fun!

A Few Good Reads

As always, there was a ton of great posts this week. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

John over at Frugal Rules shared a valuable Retirement Planning Tip for the Self-Employed: Don’t Make My Mistake. Many people dream of being self-employed, but it does mean some increased responsibility when it comes to your retirement planning. If you are self-employed or would like to be, this is a must-read post for you.

Brian from Luke 1428 talked about the Unforeseen but Realistic Drawbacks to Chasing Your Dreams. Successfully achieving your dreams also means understanding what sacrifices you may need to make and making sure they are worth it.

Laurie aka The Frugal Farmer answered the important question, What to Do When You Wake-Up and Find Yourself Deep in Debt. While panic may be our initial response, Laurie lays out a great plan to tackle your debt, once and for all.

Jefferson from See Debt Run had a wonderful guest post on why Budgets Are a Bummer at I Heart Budgets. Jefferson notes that budgets are financial mirrors and I wholeheartedly agree. It may seem like a bummer at first, but budgeting will make a huge difference in your life. And eventually, it won’t be a bummer. 🙂

Kim asked our opinion on whether we should Support a Lazy Kid. As a Mom, I want to give my daughters the best life possible, and I also want them to be independent and hard-workers too. Read her take and join the debate.

And as an extra bonus this week, I have to include my friend, Leah, from Raising Flowers and Skids. She shares her Quote of the Week and it’s one I plan to embrace this year.

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


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January 10, 2014  •  16 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, January 10th, 2014
    Don't worry Shannon, it's warming up to 30 today! #HeatWave ;) Hope you have a great weekend!
    • Shannon
      Friday, January 10th, 2014
      Woo-hoo! 30 degrees sounds like a heat wave after -60. :) You have a great weekend too, DC!
  2. Friday, January 10th, 2014
    Hope you have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon
      Friday, January 10th, 2014
      You too, Holly!
  3. Friday, January 10th, 2014
    LOL, my BFF's hubby is working in Sacramento this week and lovingly giving her updates on the balmy weather there while we freeze our tails off. I've half a mind to dump him head first into a snowbank when he comes home today. :-) Seriously, though, thanks for the mention. And I truly mean it when I say I want you to enjoy your warm and sunny weather, even if I am a wee bit jealous, LOL.
    • Shannon
      Friday, January 10th, 2014
      LOL! I bet he has been giving her lots of updates! :) He probably deserves a snowball (or three) thrown at him when he returns. You're very welcome for the mention. It was a great post! I will enjoy my warm weather and you enjoy your warmer weather too. :)
  4. Friday, January 10th, 2014
    Oh man, the polar cortex pictures have been crazy! I've definitely shut my trap about 'feeling cold' when I'm wearing running shorts before a run. :) Great links (especially the quote), Shannon, have a great weekend!!
    • Shannon
      Friday, January 10th, 2014
      LOL! Yeah, even though it's "cold" here in the mornings, we can't complain too loudly this week, can we? :) I love the quote Leah chose too. You have a great weekend too!
  5. Friday, January 10th, 2014
    Have a great weekend Shannon!!! :)
    • Shannon
      Friday, January 10th, 2014
      You have a great weekend too, Mackenzie!
  6. Friday, January 10th, 2014
    Thanks so much for the mention Shannon, I really appreciate it! We're actually supposed to hit the lower 30's today and promises of 40 tomorrow - I think people are going to break out their swimsuits, lol! It started out the week at -45 wind chill, so I'll take the swing. :) Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon
      Friday, January 10th, 2014
      You're welcome, John! I bet people are ready to go outside! I can't imagine -45 wind chill. Brrrr…. it makes me cold just thinking about it. Enjoy your much warmer weekend!
  7. Friday, January 10th, 2014
    Good roundup Shannon. I liked Kim's post the best. Though I want to provide for my son, I also want to provide him knowledge to become independent. I don't want him living with me when he is capable.
    • Shannon
      Friday, January 10th, 2014
      Thanks, Grayson. Kim's post was really great and thought-provoking. Like you, I want to provide for my daughters as well and that includes preparing them to succeed when they leave home. Have a great weekend!
  8. Friday, January 10th, 2014
    "...to catch-up with some reading..." This is the bane of my blogging existence...I read very little this week. Seems like that's the first thing to go when you are crunched for time. Thanks for the link to my post! I appreciate it as always.
    • Shannon
      Sunday, January 12th, 2014
      So true, Brian! As much as I enjoy reading blogs, some days are harder than others. :) You're welcome; I really enjoyed your post.
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