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Blog Round-Up: Week of October 28, 2013

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Happy Halloween everyone! Another year of ghosts and goblins have come and gone and I have way too much candy in my house, tempting me! I love this time of year but it’s so busy. I am grateful that Thanksgiving falls at the end of the month and gives us a tiny break.

This week I shared with you How to Handle the “I Wants”. Wanting isn’t something that magically disappears as we grow older, although our wants may become less focused on material things and more on experiences. It’s okay to want, but we need to be mindful of how we respond to our wants. Sometimes it’s hard to separate emotions and feelings of “I deserve it” from our true wants. Taking that step back can make the world of difference.

A Few Good Reads

Special thanks to Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That and Erin at Broke Millennial for mentioning The Heavy Purse this week. I appreciate your support ladies! Here are my favorite posts from the past two weeks. Enjoy!

Brian at Luke 1428 was Dealing with His Daughter’s Big Milestone. After helping her set a savings goal, she had finally saved enough to achieve her goal for a new iPod Touch. Good things happen when you talk to kids about money!

Wendy over at Girl Meets Debt Shopped for Some Wants and Liked It! The financially savvy GMD set a budget and allowed herself to indulge in some guilt-free shopping. Win-win!

Tonya from Budget and the Beach reminded me of the importance of Surrounding Yourself with Financial Positive People. Financial Energy Vampires or FEVs, as she likes to call them, do exist and can be a negative influence on your pocketbook and money attitude.

Mackenzie at The Random Path declared You Can Change Anything. A powerful reminder of our ability to change our habits and beliefs, just like Mackenzie broke her emotional shopping habit.

The Cash Cow Couple, aka Jacob and Vanessa, are celebrating Shocking News. No, they are not about to become parents, but you’ll have to visit their site to find out the good news. 🙂 Congratulations Jacob and Vanessa!

Cat from Budget Blonde is back on U.S. soil and is Adjusting Part 1: Grocery Store Incident. We forget how fortunate we are to have stores fully stocked with more varieties of tortilla chip than we ever imagined.

Jordann from My Alternate Life had her last staff post at Making Sense of Cents and shared Her Canadian Dream. I love how when we really examine what we want in life it is often more obtainable than we realize.

Lye from The Joy of Simple asked Are Your Friends and Family the Reason Why You Are in Debt in his guest post at Disease Called Debt. Lyle shared a powerful story of a married couple and the impact their lack of communication and common goals had on their family.


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November 1, 2013  •  28 Comments  •  Weekly Roundup

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  1. Friday, November 1st, 2013
    We brought home so much candy last night...my son had it all spread out and organized on the living room floor. Definitely going to be tough to hold off on the Reese's PB Cups. Thanks for mentioning my post as well! Hope your weekend is an enjoyable one.
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      I'm partial to M&Ms myself. :) You're welcome and I hope you had a great weekend too, Brian!
  2. Friday, November 1st, 2013
    Thanks for the mention, Shannon!

    Have a fantastic weekend :)
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      You're welcome, Mackenzie! I hope you had fantastic weekend too!
  3. Friday, November 1st, 2013
    Thank you for mentioning Jordann's post :) Have a great weekend!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      You're welcome, Michelle! I hope you had a great weekend too!
  4. Friday, November 1st, 2013
    I didn't buy candy or pass it out this year to try and save some money. We get so many kids in our neighborhood too! Hope you had a fabu Halloween and thanks so much for the mention!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      You're welcome, Tonya! We had a great Halloween and way too much candy! :)
  5. Friday, November 1st, 2013
    We didn't actually end up with much candy, since our son is too young to eat much and we felt weird asking people for candy that would basically just be ours. We did have a great time taking him out though for his first time. He was pretty fascinated by all the costumes. Have a great weekend Shannon!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      I bet your son had blast trick or treating, even if it wasn't for candy! At that age, they just like dressing up and seeing all the other costumes. Next year, he'll be more into collecting his "treats" too! I hope you had a great weekend too!
  6. Friday, November 1st, 2013
    Did your girls dress up? I'm having a field day with all the cute pics of my friend's kids on FB. :) Great reads, Shannon, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      They did! It was so much fun. Pretty soon they will be too big, so I'm enjoying it while it lasts! I hope you had a great weekend too, Anna!
  7. Girl Meets Debt
    Friday, November 1st, 2013
    No one has ever called me financially savvy before! :D I think I like it! Thanks for the link love Shannon. Have a wonderful weekend!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      You are, Wendy and you should like it. You worked hard to earn that title! :) I hope you had a great weekend too!
  8. Friday, November 1st, 2013
    Isn't it crazy how quickly we can go from Fall all the way through to New Year's and it feels like a whirlwind? I can't imagine what it's like with kids. Starting school, sports, activities, homework, etc. it has to be just ridiculously busy. I'm planning on taking full advantage of the mini-break as well the next few weeks and positioning myself well for a stress-free holiday season. I can dream, right? ;)
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      Yes! It is like a whirlwind. Going from one holiday to another! I love it but it is crazy! :) I wouldn't trade being a Mom for anything but somedays I wish there were a few more hours in the day! A stress-free holiday season would be lovely and I hope you can pull it off, DC. And then share your trade secrets!
  9. Friday, November 1st, 2013
    You are too sweet for linking to me! Thank you! I am way overdue for a wrap up post of my own!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      You're welcome, Cat! Hope you had a great weekend!
  10. Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
    Have a great weekend, Shannon. Looks like some fun articles here!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      Thanks, Laurie! Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!
  11. Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
    Excellent articles. I have read few of them already, the others are already up for enjoying.
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      Thanks, Dojo! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! :)
  12. Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
    Thank you for the encouragement and mention! As always, you rock!
    • Shannon
      Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
      You're welcome, Jacob! Congratulation to you and Vanessa! :)
  13. Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
    Hey Shannon and thank you so much for featuring my guest post on Hayley's blog in your Round-Up. It is greatly appreciated :)

    Take care and all the best.

    • Shannon
      Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
      You're welcome, Lyle! I really enjoyed your post. :)
  14. Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
    Always happy to support you!
    • Shannon
      Thursday, November 7th, 2013
      Thanks, Erin! Always happy to support you too. :)
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