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Blog Round-Up: Week of March 24, 2014

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It is already the end of the first quarter, and it feels like it was just yesterday that I was buying Christmas presents for the girls. šŸ™‚ Spring break is fast approaching, which makes the girls very happy, and this Mom is looking forward to a little break too. We can’t work hard every second of the day—am I right?

This week I shared how to Defeat Your Keeping Up with the Joneses Urges. The desire to keep up is by no means a new phenomena, but it does seem to be an increasingly prevalent and accepted mindset. There is nothing wrong with wanting things—just make sure they are truly things YOU want, then figure out how and if they fit into your priorities. You may discover it doesn’t fit into the life you want to create for yourself.

The Women’s Power Wednesday series concluded this week as I shared with you some more fabulous bloggers who represent girl power to me. If you aren’t following these ladies, you are definitely missing out. Uh-oh ā€¦ did I just try to get you to “keep up”? šŸ™‚

Thanks for Supporting The Heavy Purse

The Heavy Purse was mentioned in several places this past week. As always, I truly appreciate your support. Thanks to Enemy of Debt, The Frugal Farmer, Financially Blonde and the Savvy Scot for sharing my post, Money Myth: Kids Don’t Care About Money.

A Few Good Reads

These are my favorite posts from this week. Enjoy!

Joe from Stacking Benjamins shared Professional Investment Advice: Why You Should Pick the Right Battle. I agree wholeheartedly with Joe. Investments get all the attention but before anyone&#8212you or a professional—start arguing over which is investment is best, you have to know where you are today and where you want to go. Otherwise, how can you truly argue which investment choice is best?

Catherine from Plunged In Debt shared her story of Having a Kid While in Debt. We all grapple with finding the “right” time to have a baby, and for Catherine and her husband, it was while they will still working towards their financial independence. It’s not always easy, but they are definitely making it work, and it has helped clarify their priorities.

Ryan at Impersonal Finance had a very interesting post on Clothes Don’t Equal Success. This is all started when a co-worker (who by all accounts is an incredibly nice person) said she would consider herself a failure as a parent if her kids wore clothes from Goodwill. A good and somewhat sobering reminder that we need to think about what beliefs we are passing to our kids and to make sure we have our priorities straight.

Hayley over at Disease Called Debt had one of my favorite posts of the week where she shared How Her 3 Year-Old Is Earning Money. Now you know with a title like that, I was going to be onboard. Kids are never too young to start earning money. In fact, the younger they are the better. You don’t have to shift any old perceptions or habits. Hayley is teaching her daughter such an important lesson and even better—her daughter loves earning money!

Brian from Luke 1428 and I were on the same wavelength this week as he shared His Fight Against Bandwagon Consumer Syndrome. We all have “catnip” items that we see and automatically covet, and Brian shares how we can control our BCS so it doesn’t get out of control.

Before I wrap up, I also want to give a couple extra shout-outs. Cat from Budget Blonde became a Mom this past week to twins! Yeah, Cat! Mom and babies are doing well and I’m sure she’ll be sharing more pictures on her blog soon. And finally, my friends John from Frugal Rules and Grayson from Debt Roundup joined forces to create Sprout Wealth where they will share strategizes to help you grow your money. Be sure to check it out.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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March 28, 2014  •  14 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, March 28th, 2014
    What's Spring Break? : / Haha my co-worker took off the whole week to spend time with his kids during Spring Break. I suppose one day I might do the same when I have kids? Hope you have a great weekend, Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, March 30th, 2014
      Thanks, DC! I hope you had a great weekend too. And yes, spring break is something you have to look forward to in your future. :)
  2. Friday, March 28th, 2014
    I can't believe that April is almost here. Now if we could just get some of the warmer weather that's supposed to come with it. ;) Thanks so much for highlighting our new site Shannon, we really appreciate it! Hope you have a great weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, March 30th, 2014
      You're welcome, John. :) I'm sure the new site will be a huge success for you and Grayson!
  3. Friday, March 28th, 2014
    These are some great posts! Thanks for sharing. :)
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, March 30th, 2014
      You're welcome! Hope you had a great weekend!
  4. Friday, March 28th, 2014
    I feel like Christmas was just yesterday too! We're still waiting on the spring weather here in NYC.
    Have a great weekend Shannon.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, March 30th, 2014
      Glad I'm not the only one. Of course, with the cold, snowy winter you've had, it probably still feels like Christmas too! I hope you had a great weekend too, Stefanie. :)
  5. Friday, March 28th, 2014
    I KNEW when you read Hayley's post you were going to love it! Because of course I did too. As we know, it is never too early to start teaching children about money because those lessons only build with time. Have a wonderful weekend!!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, March 30th, 2014
      I am so predictable! It just me so happy to see parents actively teaching their kids about money and their kids embracing those lessons. It gives me great hope. And yes, those lessons do only build over time and truly make a huge difference. I hope you had a great weekend, Shannon! :)
  6. Friday, March 28th, 2014
    Thanks for the shoutout Shannon! I hope you have a great weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, March 30th, 2014
      You're welcome, Ryan! I hope you had a great weekend too!
  7. Saturday, March 29th, 2014
    The older I get the faster life goes...can't believe it's spring break already. That always means that when I return to school after break we have six weeks left and my students will basically be shut down for the year. Thanks for mentioning my article. Hope your weekend is great!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, March 30th, 2014
      You're welcome, Brian. I imagine after Spring Break kids are pretty restless; summer vacation is in sight! Hope you had a great weekend too!
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