Mid September Friday Link Lovin’

Yay it’s Friday!! This week was rough.  Being the only in the department is not the greatest experience.  BUT I was able to hand it and I think it will look great to my bosses.  I hope so anyways, otherwise I busted my butt for nothing.  I’m looking forward to this weekend and I’m considering just skipping the free 5k on Saturday.  I’d love to go to it as it’s free but I would also love to sleep in.  We’ll see though. I do love my running ;) And popcorn….hmm, I think I’m hungry.

As I’m off to go grab a snack, enjoy some of these reads :

Jackiet at The Debt Myth writes a post on seven reasons why people stay in debt.  I’ve used most of these reasons to stay in debt in the past but no more!

TB at Blue Collar Workman wrote an excellent post on teachers and raises.

Jana at Daily Money Shot wrote a letter to depression.  It’s a beautifully written post and deserves a read (or two) so make sure you check it out!

Andrea at So Over This lost her phone coming home from FinCon12 but was able to get it fedexed to her.

Jordann at My Alternate Life wrote a post about every dollar counting.  It really does-I used to think “it’s only $5” and would go ahead and spend it. Now I like to think “it’s $5” and save it or spend it on debt.

Jeremy at Modest Money has another great blogging tips post.  Make sure to check it out and you should check out the whole series while you’re at it!

Erika at From Shopping to Saving pops in to let us know that she’s still alive! I’m glad things are going so well for her!!!

Jake at I Heart Budgets lets people in on the fact that they don’t have to live in a cave while getting out of debt.

Sam at Financial Samurai wants to know why some people consistently spend more than they earn.  I had my reasons but I’m working on fixing that and never going back!

Emily at Evolving Personal Finance wants to know what happens when a spendthrift marries a tightwad.  In my situation, we’re balancing each other out just fine. Truthfully, he’s not as spendy as he was before but neither am I—I just am more uptight about spending right now than he is.

Kathleen at Frugal Portland is a great example of being frugal and generous!  I love this story-I’m more inclined to spend money on others than on myself.

Have a great weekend!

End of Augusts Friday Link Love

Dear Friday,

I just want to take the time to say thank you for coming but I’d love it if you came earlier, k? I know we’ve had this conversation before but you still haven’t made any changes.  Thanks!

Love, me

It’s just been one of those never ending weeks.  It doesn’t help that at work we had 6 weeks to do a project and it was abruptly lowered to 6 days.  So fun.   This weekend though should make up for it as long as the town festival goes on.  We’ve saved up in order to go—greasy vendor food, crafts, a library book sale (all books only $.50 which is awesome) and a car show.  I think there is some other stuff going on but that’s the highlights. I’ve been looking forward to this for a few months.  It’s the one time I’ve given myself a option to buy books that aren’t on my list as long as I know I’ll read and re-read them.

With the issue of the being insane at work, my link love is a little short this week.  Just know that I haven’t read everything but I’m going to try to get caught up over the weekend and should be on track again by next Friday.

Daisy at Prairie Eco-Thrifter  wrote a post on some frugal dating ideas.  I love playing board games—in a group or just with my fiancé.

Edward Antrobus picks up spare pennies too! I’m always glad to hear of another person who does this.

Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun stuff has a well deserved rant about how she doesn’t feel guilty on how she spends her money.  I’m so glad she banned the horrid woman from her house!

TB @ Blue Collar Workman also has rant about people taking advantage of him.  I’d set a deadline and have them move the stuff out of my garage or I’d start selling it.

Jeremy at Modest Money had another post for blogging tips.  This time it’s about the importance of commenting on other people’s blogs.

Budget and Beach is looking at the bright side of things. Finding the positive side of things might be hard sometimes but it’s well worth it.

And make sure to go check out the guest post that Mr. CBB let me write for him! Thanks again!!!

Any awesome plans for this weekend?

Firday’s Link Love for the 22nd:

Ahh, the weekend is here again.    This weekend shouldn’t be as busy as other weekends have been but you never know.  First, my guy’s sister may have her baby, so that would be nifty and awesome.    Secondly, we may be doing a bbq this weekend. Okay, we’re definitely going to be doing bbq ribs but we may have friends or family over to have them help us eat it.   As long as the weather holds up anyways, otherwise, we will probably have a semi-bbq.  He doesn’t mind barbequing in the rain so much but it wouldn’t be as fun to have people over.

As some of you might have seen on Twitter, I should be having some good news regarding my student loans.  I don’t want to say too much more as I’m half superstitious but cross your fingers for me!  And I’ll blog about it as soon as I hear back.  So for now, on to some of my favorite reads from this last week.

Jeremey at Modest Money had a guest post from Andrea @ So Over Debt about social media and blogging.  This is the second post in his blogging tips series so go check it out!  and

Kris at Balancing Money and live writes about how debt is a soul crushing death trap.  I can’t agree more.  Granted I got myself into this trap but I’m going to get myself out.

Jake at I Heart Budgets talks about emergency funds.  He gives some good advice on where to put it and for what it is to be used for.

Cait at Blonde on a Budget shares how she paid off $17,000 worth of debt in a year.  She gives some excellent tips.

Jason at Work Save Live provides a yummy looking recipe for Spinach Pesto Pasta.  I really want to try this out—I think it would make for some great leftovers for a lunch ;)

Jen at The Happy Homeowner reminds us that money is not the solution to financial problems.  Even though I thought it was when I first got into debt, she’s so right.  Some key things I find to help me out are: PF Blogs like hers and exercise.  This is besides budgeting and planning of course.

Jordann at My Alternate Life (who just got an adorable puppy) isn’t putting her life on hold in order to pay off debt.  I’m with her—I want to get married but I’m going to do it before I’m out of debt.  I won’t be adding to my debt with this wedding but I don’t want to wait.

J$ put together a list of what he’s spent on the baby so far.  I can’t wait to read these monthly updates!

Daisy at When Life Gives You Lemons shares some tricks that she has used to help her save money.  I’ve done all of them especially at the beginning of this new life of mine.

Andrea at SoOverDebt gets two mentions because she wrote an excellent post on when poor people have nice things.  I was poor growing up so this one really resonated with me.

SB @ One Cent at a Time writes about how being frugal can be sometimes socially taboo.  I know that I have some friends who don’t understand why I don’t do things when we have “saved” money.  To them, me saying that I cannot do something right now because I didn’t plan on it but could potentially have the money by pulling it from savings is weird.  I’m okay with that.

B from Below Her Means shows us what she thinks her debt free sobriety will look like.  I love the aspect of visualizing something—it makes it more real to me.

And Erika from Shopping to Saving has a pretty awesome boss! I’m so glad this is working out for her.

Can you tell that I tried to limit myself?  If people weren’t such good bloggers, I wouldn’t have a huge list so it’s their fault ;) Enjoy your weekend!


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