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Blog Round-Up: Week of October 27, 2014

Blog Round-Up: Week of October 26, 2014

Happy Halloween! Here we are on the last day of October already. The girls are ready to go trick or treating tonight. They are dressing up as Maleficent and a vampire. No more princesses for my girls. I am admittedly biased, but they look great! Do you have big plans for tonight? The girls still “permit” us to go trick or treating with them, so I’m enjoying that for as long as I can!

A Weekly Recap

This week I went back to the beginning and why I created The Heavy Purse: to help parents teach their kids value-based principles to guide their money decisions. To help do this, setting save, spend and share goals need to become a part of our children’s lives. Goals form the foundation of my money talks with Lauren and Taylor. Everything is built from there. I highly recommend that save, spend and share goals became a part of your children’s lives too.

I also know that we often run into little issues when we try to implement anything new. Some kids will wholeheartedly embrace the idea of giving their money purpose, and others will be more resistant. So on Wednesday, I walked through five common scenarios and offered solutions to help your kids embrace goal-setting.

A Few Good Reads

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

Michelle from Fit is the New Poor proclaimed This is Your Life. Why Are You Not Enjoying It? I love her sentiment that we should give ourselves permission to enjoy life, which is not dictated by how much we spend or don’t spend, but by knowing what truly makes us happy.

Grayson from Debt Roundup had a great staff post on What a Target Cashier Taught Me about Life at Frugal Rules. A five minute conversation reminded him the importance of being prepared to handle life’s curveballs, not just financially but also mentally. To face them head on and move forward.

Prudence Debt Free had a wonderful guest post on Navigating the Pace of Debt Reduction at Enemy of Debt. Prudence shared how debt reduction is a lot like running a marathon. You have to pace yourself and be prepared to make adjustments along the way. And to never forget that the time it takes to run the race or payoff debt is secondary to actually crossing that finish line and being debt free.

Shannon from Financially Blonde shared an inspirational post on When the Student is Ready. Like Shannon, I am a firm believer when the student is ready, then the teacher will appear. When I see people shift from can’t to can, I know that they’ve already won. Being ready and willing means you’ll do the hard work in good and bad times.

Catherine from Plunged in Debt asked Do You Let Your Debt Bully You?. Catherine has a big birthday coming up and planned a mindful treat for herself, but debt made her question herself until she firmly put it in its place. Go Catherine! And happy birthday too. 🙂

Well, that’s a wrap this week. Happy Halloween everyone!


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October 31, 2014  •  17 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, October 31st, 2014
    For as many blogs as I check out regularly, it's hard to get them all. I can't believe I haven't read 4 out of 5 of your top picks for today. I super excited to check them out. I hope you have a great weekend with your family and Happy Halloween!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
      It is so hard to read all the great blogs out there, so I'm glad that I was able to bring a couple new posts to your attention. :) We had a fantastic Halloween and hope you did as well!
  2. Friday, October 31st, 2014
    Thank you SO much for sharing my post this week! I am excited about Halloween tonight. Will is dressing up like a knight and I am wearing my usual Alice in Wonderland costume. It's the ultimate in frugal because I have been wearing the same costume every year for the past 7 years. Hubby may or may not dress up as the Mad Hatter. It's either that or Sorcerer Mickey. He rotates costumes. I hope you guys have a great weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
      With your blonde hair you are the perfect Alice in Wonderland! :) I hope you and your family had a great Halloween!
  3. Friday, October 31st, 2014
    Thanks for mentioning Grayson's post Shannon, I really appreciate it! It's hard to believe that it's Halloween already - where has this year gone?! :) We'll be taking the kids out tonight and our daughter will be Elsa from Frozen and the boys will be pirates. Of course, all they can think about is the free candy. :) Hope you have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
      LOL! I know what a big Frozen fan you are, so I'm sure you're thrilled with your daughter's costumes. :) Yes, the free candy and the extraordinary amount they get in one night were big highlights for my girls too! Hope you and your family had a great night!
  4. Friday, October 31st, 2014
    Great list of posts this week Shannon. I hope you and your family have a good Halloween and great weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
      Thanks, Kayla! We had a wonderful Halloween and I hope you had a great weekend too!
  5. Friday, October 31st, 2014
    Happy Halloween! For sure, we will enjoy much those kids in their very cute costumes. I have seen some kids wearing a Maleficent costume. Love the posts Shannon.
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
      Thanks, Jayson! Lauren looked great. I think Maleficent and Elsa costumes were quite popular this year. :)
  6. Saturday, November 1st, 2014
    Thanks so much for sharing these, Shannon. I've had little to no time to read blogs lately, so these round-ups really help me to narrow the search. Hope you have an awesome weekend!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
      Happy to help anyway I can, Laurie! :) Hope you had a fantastic weekend too!
  7. Saturday, November 1st, 2014
    Shannon, thank you so much for including my post in your round-up. It is exciting for me to read your blog's purpose: "to help parents teach their kids value-based principles to guide their money decisions." That is a worthy calling - for parents of kids in their teens and twenties (like me) as well as parents of younger children. Looking forward to learning more!
    (BTW, in my response to your comment at EOD, I asked about purchasing your book The Lemonade Stand. When I click to purchase on the links you have here, there seems to be no option for Canadian buyers. Still hoping to buy two copies as Christmas gifts. What can I do? Thanks : )
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
      You're welcome, Prudence. I really enjoyed your post at EOD. And thank you for your kind words about my mission. Financial literacy is my passion and seeing kids build a healthy relationship with money makes me so happy. I will email you regarding shipping books to Canada.
  8. Saturday, November 1st, 2014
    Thanks for mentioning my post over at Frugal Rules Shannon! I appreciate the support. I can't believe this year is almost over. Craziness!
    • Shannon Ryan
      Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
      You're welcome, Grayson! I can't believe we're hitting the home stretch of 2014. I swear every year goes by faster than the previous!
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