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Blog Round-Up: Week of June 10, 2013

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We’re experiencing our annual bout of June Gloom in Southern California. Mornings are overcast, but the sun eventually peeks out and chases the gloom away. Occasionally, the gray skies make me want to stay in bed, but when I remember all the things on my to-do list, then I’m up and running!

It’s been another great week at The Heavy Purse. I received great feedback on my post, How To Talk to Your Kids about Family Debt and want to dive a bit deeper into some of the comments you left for me. So stay tuned as we will continue our conversation regarding debt next Monday.

The Heavy Purse was mentioned last week by Monster Piggy Bank, Luke 1428, Matter of Life and Debt, Financial Carnival for Young Adults and Carnival of Financial Independence.

John from Frugal Rules invited me to guest post at his blog this week. It was a great honor to do so, and be sure to check out my post, The Gift of Financial Literacy, if you haven’t already. Thank you, John, again for the invitation.

In my bi-weekly post at Tackling Our Debt, I shared How To Teach Your Kids About Money in 3 Easy Steps. I guess it was my week to bring save, spend and share to the masses. šŸ™‚

A Few Good Reads

As always, there were plenty of exceptional posts this week and these are my favorites. Enjoy!

Michelle at LBee and The Money Tree shared why I Kind of Hate the Facebook Timeline. A facebook update made Michelle realize how she had put her dreams and aspirations aside when she became frugal. Now they are back on the table where they belong.

In his post, A Sad View into Making Ends Meet, Grayson from Debt-Roundup shared how an act of kindness and a bag of beans can truly make difference. A great reminder to be grateful for all the things we do have and to push ourselves to share a little bit more without judgement.

I just recently discovered A Matter of Life and Debt and if you haven’t visited their site, I encourage you to do so. In their post, Experiences Not Things, Part 1, they share how they are teaching their children to value experiences over material things. A great lesson for all of us!

This one is a twofer. Heather shared in Debt Isn’t Sexy, Baby! how she discovered her authentic self in her guest post at Tackling Our Debt. While Sicorra reflects on What Happens When You Have Too Much Money in her guest post at Rock Stew. I love what Sicorra shared, “Some days I think: ‘I wish this was over and done with and that we could go back to the way things were’. But there is the lesson! We can NEVER go back to the way things were, right?” You are correct, my friend.

Brian at Luke 1428 posed an interesting question in his post Funding College: Should I Work or Do SAT Prep?. A higher SAT or ACT score can significantly increase your scholarship dollars and definitely needs to be considered.

And finally, to leave you on a lighter note, Erin at Broke Millennial showed off her impressive acronym ability, IMHO, in her post, Spell Check Ruined Millennials, LOL. I may not have been familiar with all the millennial slang, but I did know all the investment acronyms. šŸ™‚

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone and Happy Father’s Day.


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June 14, 2013  •  30 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Thanks for the mention, Shannon! Not at all surprised you knew the far more important investment terms over the ridiculous millennial slang. I really enjoyed your post on Frugal Rules, as you know, it's an important issue to me too.
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      You're welcome, Erin! Now I can improve my texting skills. :) I'm glad you enjoyed my post at Frugal Rules and appreciate you including it your favorite list too. Have a great weekend!
  2. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Looks like some great stuff here, Shannon! Hope your weekend is full of great fun and wonderful memories, my friend.
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      Thanks, Laurie! You have a wonderful weekend too!! :)
  3. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      You too, Matt! And Happy Father's Day. :)
  4. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    What a great selection of blog posts, I'm going to try and read up on these over the weekend :). Thank you for mentioning me! Much appreciated. I love love love this website, it's so important to teach our kids good money practices. The basics haven't changed, but there are some really tough financial landscapes to navigate!
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      Thank you for your kind words, Heather! I really appreciate them. Financial literacy is definitely my passion and I think it's so important to talk to kids about money. The earlier you can instill good money habits in them, the better off they will be. Glad we got connected and will be visiting your site again!:)
  5. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Ah, I remember June Gloom...ours means it 90+ and humid. :( Thanks again Shannon for the awesome guest post, it was everything I was hoping for and more...not to mention it was received very well! Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      LOL! I bet that is when your wife really misses San Diego! :) You're very welcome and thank you for inviting me to be a part of Frugal Rules. I'm glad I exceeded your expectations and that your readers enjoyed it. Win-win for all of us! Happy Father's Day, John!
  6. Corina Ramos
    Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Hey there Shannon,

    I know what you mean about wanting to stay in bed during those gloomy days, I don't want to get out of bed either...but the show must go on, right? :)

    Sure looks like some must-reads on this list. I read Sicorra and Heather's post recently, both awesome of course :)

    Thanks for sharing this list of great posts...Happy Friday!
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      You're welcome, Corina! Yes, gloomy days always seem to sap a bit of energy out of us. Good days to curl up with a blanket and read a book. Then, of course, reality sets in and I remember that big to-do list I have! :) Sicorra and Heather's posts were great and I really enjoyed them too. Have a great weekend!
  7. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Thanks for the great list Shannon! I particularly enjoyed Erin's post (it's a Millennial thing). :)
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      Oh you, millennials. Such a crazy group. :) Happy Father's Day, Nick!
  8. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    I love the gloom in the morning during a run, but afterward, yeah, I just want it to go away. :) Great stuff, as well as it looks like I have some weekend reads. Have a great weekend, Shannon!
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      Very true! The gloom is actually nice during a run or morning workout, but I'm always ready to see the sun and blue skies afterwards. You have a great weekend too, Anna!
  9. Greg@Thriftgenuity
    Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Wow, lots for me to get through on other sites. Have a great weekend!
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      Yup, lots of great reads out there. I have some catching up to do too! Have a great weekend, Greg!
  10. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    We just had some June Gloom in our neck of the woods, too. For like 10 days. It is Pittsburgh, though.....
    Hope it brightens up for you! Thanks for all the good reads!
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      Once June is over, we go back to sunny days so I can't complain too loudly. :) Glad it sounds like you're back to great weather in Pittsburgh. Have a great weekend!
  11. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    We are in the midst of gloomy rainy days as well. I know what you mean about how nice it would be to just stay in bed.

    Thank you very much for including both my post and Heather's post this week. It was fun to share our personal experiences and everytime I write about something personal and debt related, I think, what would Shannon say about this :-)

    Have a fun weekend :-)
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      Our rain season is over, so it's just gloom for us. :( I really enjoyed your's and Heather's posts. I've read bits and pieces of your debt story but that was the first time I'd read the whole story. Oh my - I've really become that voice within your head. Well, as long as she is supportive and guides you to the best answer - then it's fine by me! :) Have a great weekend!
  12. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Thank you so much for the mention Shannon! I am in great company. Grayson's post literally almost made me cry! It also confirmed my belief that there are a lot of great people out there.
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      You're very welcome, Michelle. I really enjoyed your post. It was a good reminder that sometimes when we become frugal, we inadvertently give up too much. I think plenty of people are guilty of doing that and don't even realize it. Grayson's post was excellent. Technically, it wasn't from this week, but I read this week so I figure that's close enough for me! Have a great weekend!
  13. Friday, June 14th, 2013
    Great reads! Hope you enjoy your weekend!
    • Saturday, June 15th, 2013
      Thanks, Mike! You enjoy your weekend too!
  14. Saturday, June 15th, 2013
    Hey Shannon
    As usual, you hit it out of the park with your 'How to talk to your kids about family debt' article. Great read! I'm looking forward to next weeks installment. Cheers!
    • Monday, June 17th, 2013
      Thank you, Lindsey! I appreciate your kind words. :)
  15. Monday, June 17th, 2013
    Just got back from vacation and noticed you mentioned my article. Thanks a bunch!
    • Monday, June 17th, 2013
      You're welcome, Brian. I hope you had a great vacation! :)
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