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Blog Round-Up: Week of May 6, 2013

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Where does the week go? On Monday, we wish it was Friday, which seems so far away. Then it’s suddenly here and we wonder where the week went. šŸ™‚ Does this happen to you too or is just me? It was another great week here and I appreciated your feedback on How to Navigate the Financial World after Graduation.

In a recent article on NBC News, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reports that student loan debt is hurting the broader economy, not just those struggling to pay back loans. On Monday, I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts on the questions parents need to ask themselves and their children before sending them to college.

A Few Good Reads

Lots of great stuff this week and here are a few of the posts that made me cheer, laugh and think. Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy!

Tonya at Budget and the Beach admitted her “sins” in Confessions. I won’t share her secrets; you’ll have to read her post to find them out for yourself.

Pauline at Reach Financial Independence is helping a reader Get on Track with Her Finances. She’s 21 years old and wants to be financially independent. Can we clone her? Love her for wanting to do this at such a young age and Pauline for helping her out.

Tony from We Only Do This Once had a fantastic guest post from Dr. Noa Kageyama who asked a very important question, Are We Afraid of the Wrong Things? A thought-provoking article on how we eventually regret the things we didn’t do more than the things we did do and failed.

Jen from The Happy Homeowner announced Why I Will Never Regret a Dime Spent on Vacations. I must share my favorite sentence—”I no longer look at money as a means for instant gratification, a green light to spend myself into oblivion, or something that can be used/abused without consequence.” Congratulations on living the sweet life, Jen and spending your money on the things that truly matter to you. May we all follow your lead.

Eva from Teen Got Cents was featured on Canadian Budget Binder and shared how she Budgets Cash Using the Envelope System. Eva’s parents start teaching how to handle money when she was 5 years old and today at 17, Eva is more financially literate than most adults. We need to clone her too. šŸ™‚

Glen from Monster Piggy Bank posed the question Do You Trust Your Partner with Money? after observing how two different couples handled their money. And the answer is—yes, I do.

Matt from Mom and Dad Money shared The Basics of Estate Planning. While I believe everyone should make sure their estate is in order, it is incredibly important that parents have one to ensure their kids have designated guardians.

And to leave you on a lighter note, I’m going to end with a chuckle-worthy post from Anna at Are Ya Gonna Eat that on Men, On First Dates, Please Don’t.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms and enjoy your weekend everyone!


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May 10, 2013  •  37 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Thanks for including my week Shannon :)
    I often wonder where the weeks disappear to? Before you know it we will be looking down the barrel of yet another Christmas!
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      You're welcome, Glen! Oh, don't even go there yet! We're almost half way through the year already. Time truly does fly. :) Enjoy your weekend!
  2. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Thanks for the mention, Shannon! Noa wrote a great post for me. He is a wise man! You are doing such a wonderful job over here.
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      You're welcome, Tony! Noa wrote an excellent post, and I appreciate your kind words, as always. Have a wonderful weekend!
  3. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Thanks for mentioning my post Shannon! I too was incredibly impressed by Eva's mentality. Such a great role model for people at all stages in life. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on student debt.
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      You're welcome, Matt! Eva is a very impressive teenagers - we need more teens (and adults) as money savvy as she is. You have a great weekend!
  4. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Thank you for the mention Shannon! She has a clone, it is Eva from teensgotcents.com :)
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      You're welcome, Pauline. Yes, we need to clone both her and Eva! Have a great weekend!
  5. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    I'll be really interested in seeing what your take is on what questions parents need to ask before sending their kids to college. I think this is a really important and interesting topic that most parents/children rarely discuss in a helpful manner.
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      Thanks Vanessa! I hope my post delivers and definitely agree it's a topics parents and kids need to discuss long before they ever head off to college. :) You and Jacob have a great weekend!
  6. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    I had seen the same article, but have not had the chance to read it yet. I am looking forward to your thoughts on it. Have a great Mother's Day Shannon and a nice weekend!
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      Thanks, John! You have a great weekend too and be sure to treat Mrs. Frugal Rules extra good this weekend!
  7. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Thanks for kindly including my off-topic post - looks like I have some great PF posts to read this weekend! Happy Mother's Day, Shannon :)
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      You're welcome, Anna! Loved the post! :) You have a lovely weekend too!
  8. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    I loved Anna's post too :) Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      It certainly brought a smile to my face! You have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!
  9. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Have a lovely weekend Shannon, and Happy Mothers Day!!
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      Thanks, Sicorra! You have a great weekend too!
  10. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Yes my week zooms along. Hope you have a happy Mother's Day Shannon!
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      Okay, glad to know it's just not me, Kym! You have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to you too (assuming Canada celebrates it the same day we do!)
  11. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Good reads Shannon. I think I might fall asleep during the weeks because they are just zooming by, except for Monday!

    Happy Mother's Day to you Shannon!
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      Whew! I'm not the only one. :) Thanks Grayson and I hope your wife has a great 1st Mother's Day. :)
  12. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Thank you for including my guest post with Mr. CBB. Hope you have a great Mother's Day!
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      You're very welcome, Eva! It was a great post and you are a great inspiration to other teens. Enjoy your weekend!
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    Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Thank you for such a great shout out, Shannon!! Have a fabulous weekend :)
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      You're welcome, Jen! Loved your post. :) You have a fantastic weekend too!
  14. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    Thanks for sharing my blog Shannon! :) Have a great weekend!
    • Friday, May 10th, 2013
      You're welcome, Tonya! You have a great weekend too! :)
  15. Friday, May 10th, 2013
    I look forward to reading what you have to share about what parents should talk to their kids about before leaving for college. I'm not sure how prepared many of these kids are because sometimes parents rely on the system to take care of that for them. Thanks for sharing Eva's post, I'm sure she's thrilled. Have a great weekend mate. Mr.CBB
    • Sunday, May 12th, 2013
      You're welcome, Mr. CBB. Eva's post was great. Unfortunately, many kids leave college without a plan to tackle their student debt and that needs to change. Hope you had a great weekend!
  16. Saturday, May 11th, 2013
    Great posts here, Shannon. Thanks for sharing them. :-). Have a wonderful weekend and a great Mother's Day, my friend!
    • Sunday, May 12th, 2013
      You took, Laurie! I hope you had a great Mother's Day too! :)
  17. Friday, May 17th, 2013
    I had a big laugh with the Anna at Are Ya Gonna Eat that post. It actually had some good points on how we as men should take into consideration how our comments are taken. I guess that is if we want another date with the woman we are on a date with.

    (Mistake made on the last one...sorry about that)
    • Friday, May 17th, 2013
      Thanks for stopping and commenting, Zimmy. Anna's post was a hoot. She gave some excellent advice to men. Have a great weekend!
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