Posted: October 12, 2012 Filed under: blogging, Link Love | Tags: blogging, good reads, link love
Remember that blogging schedule I wanted to create? Well I semi created one and then promptly forgot about it. Or maybe forgot is too hard of a word and should use the phrase “wasn’t able to stick to it”. So I need to refine it. Part of the problem is the end of the year projects that are piling up at work-no way to avoid this as they are last minute issues and not caused by delays or other such things. So while I thought I had a great blogging schedule worked out, it might be a little hard to stick to it for a few weeks. But even if I’m not commenting, please realize, I’m reading your articles and have thoughts to comment but…I just never get around to that actual writing out my comment.
I’ve got some thoughts though and hopefully things will be back to normal! I’ve even got one or two posts in the works—which is a big improvement for me as I was normally typing up something a few hours before I went to sleep. So a nice little step forward there right?
Weekend reading because I haven’t done one of these in a LONG time:
Average Joe writes about what keeps him inspired.
Over at Enemy of Debt, Travis is interviewed about getting out of debt marathon style. I loved this post and I wanted to say congrats again to Travis for running a marathon!
Over at Debts and Taxes, a camper loan was paid off! Congrats again-another step to being debt free!
T at Budget and the Beach wants to know what your success looks like. Go share with her!
Daisy gives some advice on how to save some money when shopping for Christmas.
Jana wants people to write what you know. I agree-most of the blogs I read are filled with stories of personal instances. (And as she says, some people who either research extremely well or are trained for it have that exception clause!)
Have a great weekend!
Posted: October 8, 2012 Filed under: blogging, goals | Tags: goals, monthly goals
Medical-going to try a different tactic here. Instead of a dental appointment, I told him we’re going to get his eye doctor appointment done. He is to think and research which dentist he does want to go to.
Car-after buying the stuff to get our oil changed, we need to put money in here again. I’d like to get this up to $90. (Darn you oil change and antifreeze!)
Efund-I’d like to get this to $375.
Personal-lose 3 pounds and finish Insanity strong. I also have another 5k to run in November so I’m looking forward to that.
Blogging-set up a blogging schedule so that I when I get busy at work, I still have posts done.
After how little I got done in September, I’m looking forward to rocking out October’s goals. You can see that I don’t have a house fund anymore. I’m putting aside a little each pay check but it’s no longer as high of a priority as it was. Mainly due to the fact that we are staying here for another week.
How are your goals going? I’m only a week late in posting mine 😉
Week 2 of month 2 is down. I missed 2 workouts near the end because I was feeling run down-but that’s better than getting sick. I feel much better after some sleep and a stern talking to myself to not let work get to me so much. Looking forward to these last few weeks and will be starting the week strong.
Posted: October 1, 2012 Filed under: blogging, INSANITY | Tags: blogging, insanity, writers block
I decided this weekend that posting 5 times a week when I’m experiencing blogger burnout or writers block (take your pick really) is getting too hard. I really don’t want to be posting something I’m trying to pass off as good writing when really it’s just me posting to post. Complete waste of my and your time. So I’m moving to an M, W, F schedule for the mean time. Hopefully this will leave me more time to comment on other people’s blogs too-I haven’t been doing the greatest at this so I’m hoping to fix that now. Just so you know though, I’m at least reading what other people are writing and enjoying the posts!
I’ll be taking out the spending recap as that really isn’t quality writing either. Don’t get me wrong-it was extremely helpful in helping me see where my money went so instead, once a month, I’ll be doing the same thing but on a larger scale. I’m hoping with that, and my going grocery shopping every week, extra money spending will be cut down. I’ll try it out for two months or three months. That should really show me how my changes are working and if I need to go back to the old way or if I can stay doing that.
I will still be doing my goals posts as that is also a once a month type thing and has been helping me out a lot. You know, provided that my situation doesn’t change in the middle of the month (more on that Wednesday) and I pay attention to them.
Link love? I might change this to a once a month thing or stick with what I’ve been doing but limit it down to 5-10. And for my Insanity updates? You’ll be getting those on Monday’s same as usual.
Speaking of…Insanity Update
Finally officially completed week 1 of month 2. It’s been a different pace entirely or so I feel. I know that, logically speaking, the workouts only increased by 10-15 minutes but try telling that to my body! I still love it though. And really 10-15 minutes as an increase in working out at max interval training? Feels like a life time
How was your weekend?
Posted: September 14, 2012 Filed under: blogging, good reads, Link Love, weekend plans | Tags: link love, weekend
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!
Posted: August 24, 2012 Filed under: blogging, good reads, Link Love | Tags: blogging, link love
It’s Friday! And a lovely payday Friday at that. Those are the best so I’m trying to cheer myself up right now. What with the car issue and the potential of us not doing a honeymoon until a year after the wedding, I’m pretty bummed. But thankfully, I have reigned in my spending impulses so far. For instance, Wednesday, when we bought the car jumper kit? I really wanted to just go and buy lunch even though I had a lunch packed. I talked myself out of it and feel all the better for it.
So on to some weekend reading:
Jeremy at Modest Money has another great post (well it was a guest post but still a great post!) for blogging tips. This week was some tips on where to get content ideas.
Michelle at Making Sense of Cents wrote a nice post asking if you want to be self employed. She gives some pros from being self employed and from being an employee.
Debt and Taxes wrote a post on why he blogs. I’m glad it wasn’t an “I’m leaving the blogging world” post! And like him, I get thrilled whenever I see a comment on a post I wrote.
Kris at Balancing Money and Life quit her job! I’m so glad she’s out of her toxic work environment (or will be soon!) and found something new to do!
Lauren at L Bee and the Money Tree wrote a great post about new home budget busters. Plus make sure to check out her new site design!
Michelle at See Debt Run has a recipe for crock pot stew that’s married with chili. It looks yummy and reminds me that eventually I would love to have a crock pot!
Teacher Finance wrote a great post on how to help build your career.
Cait at Blonde on a Budget is in 4 digits for her debt and her net worth.
Average Joe writes how getting out of debt isn’t a goal—it’s a step to your goal. Right now getting out of debt would mean being able to afford a better car.
Daisy at Add-Vodka just got here first REAL job. Congrats again to her! It sounds extremely awesome with all the nice benefits.
Holly at Club Thrifty is a real estate addict. I loved this post-it made my day! Thanks Holly!
Simple Financial Lifestyle asks what you are doing right with your personal finances. I agree that all too often we focus on what is wrong.
DC at Young Adult Money has joined the Yakezie Challenge!
Kathleen at Frugal Portland wrote a great post about not judging too quickly. This is something that really resonates with me.
Jordann at My Alternate Life had the universe test her with extra money in her bank account that she knew shouldn’t be there.
Mrs. POP at Planting our Pennies reminds me that it’s better to pay more sometimes. So true—like I told her, I’ll spend more money on little bags of beef jerkey as otherwise I’ll eat the bigger bag in one sitting.
Money Beagle shows that it doesn’t always pay to buy the bigger sizes—pay attention to unit prices as sometimes it is actually cheaper to buy smaller!
Jana at Daily Money Shot has a confession. She pays for things that make her life easier. I do that too!
Edward Antrobus wrote a post about some life lessons that his cat has taught him. My kitty has taught me many things.
Enjoy your weekend!
Posted: August 10, 2012 Filed under: blogging, good reads, Link Love | Tags: blogging, good reads, link love
Happy Friday! And for me, it’s a happy payday Friday! I love these Fridays the bestest. Sadly, I really wanted yesterday to be Friday but that’s just because I woke up thinking “wow, I had such a long week already. Surely it’s Friday today.” Sadly it was not. But then I remembered I was getting to eat steak for dinner that night and was appeased! (This is why I will never be able to be a vegetarian. As much as I love veggies and fruit the thought of never eating a steak or bacon again saddens me.) Tonight is a nifty Chinese restaurant—I love the hibachi and it’s only $25ish for the two of us. What’s not to love? Yum.
On to some weekend reading:
Erika from Shopping to Saving has been to her orientation for law school and wrote a post about how happy she is. This was such a moving post and I can’t wait to hear more about law school.
Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff had an adult sleep over complete with creature features. I love horror movies (as we all know) so I’m hoping to find out one of my friends loves them too so I can do this soon.
Andrea at So Over This hates grocery shopping too! And in this post she lists some things she does that people say not to do. I’m guilty of….hmm…looks like most of them too!
Jeremy at Modest Money gives blogging tips every Wednesday and this week it’s back to learning more about keywords. I’ve been loving this series so make sure to check it out!
Lance at Money Life and More has a plan to pay down his (and his girlfriend’s) debt. I enjoy hearing other people’s plans.
B from Below Her Means scared her boss into a raise! Okay, really not scared so much as she has shown how valuable she is and her boss appreciated it.
Michelle from Making Sense of Cents has her Finance MBA!! Congrats again to her!
Kurt from My Money Counselor gives some details about how to pawn something in order to get money quick and how to get it back after the fact.
Jason at Work Save Live writes a post about what he plans on teaching his future children about money. I’m already discussing some things with my fiancé on what I want to teach our future children.
Holly at Club Thrifty tells people to not give into peer pressure when it comes to money. I loved this post—peer pressure is a horrid thing in my eyes.
Jake at I Heart Budgets started another series with how to save money just by paying attention to your bills. I’ve had so many billing mistakes on my internet bill….
Apparently most of the people featured on my list are not anonymous or at least have given out their first names (or a believable first name). I didn’t even plan that. Enjoy your weekend!
Posted: August 3, 2012 Filed under: blogging, good reads, Link Love | Tags: blogging, good reads, link love
It’s a very short link love this week. I’m semi behind on reading but really, I just got extremely busy at work. End of the month and all that.
I am going to be posting my wedding budget here soon-I know I have said that a few times but this time I for serious mean it. Part of the reason I haven’t posted it is because I’m just not sure of it. I have a feeling it will change but maybe I can get some feed back!
Now on to the weekend reading:
Kristen at Thrifty and Fit posted a very heartfelt post about why she had to quit her job. I think that her health has to come first and am keeping her in my thoughts.
Jake at I Heart Budgets has some helpful hints on what to do when you blow your budget. I like wiggle room in mine so it doesn’t normally hurt too much!
Cents of a Country Girl gives us an update on her no spend July. I think she did really great-much better than what I would have done!
B from Below Her Means wrote an excellent post on entitled brats regarding an article she read. If you haven’t yet, you should definitely go check it out.
Michelle and Jefferson at See Debt Run had an awesome blog make over done by Andrea at Nuts and Bolts Media. Make sure you check it out!
Jeremy at Modest Money is celebrating his 6 month blogging anniversary! And he’s hosting a give a way in honor of it!
L Bee of LBee and the Money Tree tells people not to buy designer furniture in their twenties. The one time I went and purchased a fancy couch, it ended up in storage not too long after being bought and is no longer mine.
J $ of Budgets Are Sexy (and they are) is back and has some super cute baby photos. His little boy is so adorable!
Aloysa of My Broken Coin featured a guest post by Andrea @ So Over This. It’s the 5 signs you’re a spendaholic. I’m a recovering one but I freely admit it!
Like I said, short but sweet this week! Have a great weekend—I’m planning on doing not a lot. I think I need a recovery weekend 😉 Any nifty plans for you?