End of July’s Friday Link Lovin’

This week my brother decided not to come on Thursday and instead is coming next Monday or Tuesday and spending the night.  This is much nicer for two reasons—more time to spend with him and it’s after pay day so it alleviates some money stress.  Not a lot mind you as things are extremely tight with my budget and will be until we figure out if we can move.  And we won’t be able to do that until November/December area so we have to save for the “maybe” factor.   UGH! I need the universe to just give me breathing room right now.  Okay I’m done complaining for now.

As I’m done complaining, let’s move onto some great reads from this week, shall we?

Jake at I Heart Budgets tells us the story behind buying their house.  I can’t wait until the day that this is me (okay, I do still not love my rental, can you tell?)

Bridget at Money After Graduation doesn’t have time for debt.  I’m working on getting my paid down because I don’t like the weight around my shoulders.

Andrea at So Over Debt moved to a new domain of So Over This! Have you updated your links and liked her new facebook page? If not, go do so!

Money Beagle  doesn’t like Wal-Mart due to the long lines.  I’m the same way but sadly it’s the cheapest option for me right now so it’s worth the time for me.  I just go in the morning before a lot of other people decide to go.

Michelle at Making Sense of Cents has some truly awful people all up in her business.  Okay maybe not awful but some are rude.

The Savvy Financial Latina has a post about the exciting part of growing up (yay for junk food all the time) and the not exciting part of growing up (boo for junk food all the time). And yes, I know most adults don’t actually eat junk food all the time.

Debts and Taxes has a great post about excuses.  I’m working on not justifying so many things I do and have been improving on this I think.

Cait at Blonde on a Budget has a great post on paying it forward.  Even if she’s not attending the Bold Academy, I think she is a BOLD person (and an awesome one).

Mr. CBB has a post on how to solve the holiday pressures in your budget.  I know it’s only going into August but I’ve been saving since May for this year.

B from Below Her Means gives 60 reasons she’s staying sober for her 60th day of sobriety.  So proud of her!

Jason at Work Save Live has a list of 12 signs you may be cheap rather than frugal. I’m so guilty on some of these but on others, I pass.

Daisy at When Life Gives You Lemons gives some great advice for when you make mistakes at work.  I’ve got an office mate who always gives excuses as to why ­she didn’t make the mistake—I’d like to pass her this post but I’ll hold my tongue.

Michelle and Jefferson at See Debt Run are hosting a 6 month blogging anniversary giveaway. I love their blog so make sure you go check it out.

Travis at Enemy of Debt  posted about how it takes two to make a budget succeed.  This was a great post and I love how he and Vonnie were able to resolve their argument so quickly.  And I’m with Travis—if only people could read my mind…

Shannyn at Frugal Beautiful is signed up to run a half marathon this January.  I think she should buy the Tinkerbell green running clothes and am wishing her good luck!

Hope you all have a great weekend and have something fun and relaxing to do!


July 20th Friday Link Lovin’

Dear Friday, I miss you.  We don’t see each other enough times in a week.  I’d love if you came two times a week, if not three.  Also, I hate when you don’t show up even though I think you should.  Love, Bog of Debt

That’s obviously a testament to a long week even though it really wasn’t.  A lot of it was the waking up on Wednesday and thinking it was Thursday.  It just went downhill from there.  But it’s the weekend and I’m bound and determined to relax and not do too much.  So, keeping that in mind, here is some great weekend reads:

Jake at I heart budgets tells us his debt pay off story. I love these types of stories as it helps motivate me.

Budget and the Beach has a great post about blazing your own trail.  I try to keep this in mind—especially when viewing friend’s Facebook pages.

Jeremy at Modest Money continues his blogging tips with keyword research.

Mr. CBB had L Bee guest post about how going to a private school affected her financial life.

Average Joe posted about renovating his rental house right after my housing issue.

Michelle at Making Sense of Cents wants to know if you take all of your vacation days.

Erika at From Shopping to Saving has a great post about how deal with vacation withdrawals.

B at Below Her Means turned down a 30% pay increase.  Just proves that money is not everything.

Daisy at Add-Vodka is getting another dog.  She talks about re-homing fees and how they really are worth it.  I can’t agree more!

Andrea at So Over Debt asks if finance blogs make money even more taboo.  I try to be honest with all purchases and choices I make—it’s called personal finance for a reason, right?

Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses had her credit card hacked…but not really.  But at least she’s monitoring her accounts right?

Debt and Taxes asks if you are fit for survival.  I had a zombie invasion discussion with my fiancée not to long before this post came out and it was only partially in jest.

Kris at Balancing Money and Life turned a road trip for a race into a sort of mini vacation for the family for fairly cheap!

Corey at 20’s Finance gives some great tips on how to get a promotion.

Holly at Club Thrifty tells it like it is: saving money can be boring.  I’m still trying to make a game out of it but it really can be.

Jason at Work Save Live had a great post on a DIY headboard.  I want to try this eventually!

Kathleen at Frugal Portland gives another inspiring post when she realized that she has paid off $11,800 in only eleven months! Way to go girl!

Marissa at Thirty Six Months gives a few pointers on what not to do at your first job (grown up or not in my opinion!).  I wish I would not have done some of these.

And there you have it.  Some light weekend reading.  And it took me twice as long to do this post as I realized I was building it using links from my Google reader.  As in you would need my password to access them.  But they’re fixed now and I’m going to go take a nap!

Friday the 13th’s Link Love

Friday the 13th! And it’s pay day…hmm…maybe if I agree to Chinese Take Out I can talk my guy into renting some movies (read: scary movies) to watch tonight (and it’s not that I don’t like Chinese, it’s that my guy could eat it every night).   We’ve been kicking around going to the movies next weekend so we’ll see.  I think I have a pretty good chance though.  For other weekend news, my niece might be coming up this weekend—hopefully she does so I can get another chance to hold her!

Not a black cat but that is his “I’m not amused” face

I will continue on my little series (read here and here) soon.  I don’t mind sharing my mistakes and find it helpful to do so!  Hopefully others will read them and go, “I know now to NOT do this.” I’m planning on doing another series with things I’m happy I did in the past to follow it up.

Now for some weekend reading:

Daisy had Average Joe guest post about how everyone has money troubles-not just you.

Debt and Taxes wrote an excellent post comparing life to a motocross race.

Jen at the Happy Homeowner gives a 10 day guide to becoming more balanced.   I love how these tips.

Kurt at My Money Counselor gives us a nifty little graph to help make a plan for debt payoff.

Adam at Money Bulldog reminds me that every little bit paid towards debt does make a difference.

Michelle at Making Sense of Cents is buying bought a new car! Read a little behind why she made this choice.

I Heart Budgets is saving money by budgeting in spending cash.  My first real attempt at budgeting started out horrible because it was so rigid that we became further behind after cracking.

B from Below Her Means wrote an excellent post on gummy dinosaurs and God.

Squirrelers writes a post about dental costs and how important insurance is.  Most of you know that I just spent a nice little chunk of change on getting my teeth fixed so I can’t agree more.

See Debt Run’s son did the right thing by returning a bracelet.  I think that this is some excellent parenting there.

Jana at Daily Money Shot quit her job.  I think she did the right choice—mental health is highly important. Can’t wait to see what she writes!

And Jeremy at Modest Money is on the fence about using coupons.  I am too—every time I see coupons, they aren’t really relevant to anything I buy or I have to buy multiples of whatever I’m buying to save $0.50.  Not really worth it. That said, I will on occasion use a coupon if it’s handy and I’m buying the item anyways.

Enjoy your weekend! And I think I’m going to go with 10 weekly links right now—just got to narrow it down by two more next time!

Birthday Weekend and Friday’s Link Love

This weekend is my and Cait’s birthday so make sure you have some cake! Happy birthday, Birthday Twin!!   And on to some weekend reading:

Jason at Work Save Live had Erika do a guest post.  She’s not going to give her future kid a credit card and I’m leaning toward the same thought.

Jefferson at See Debt Run is using goals as motivation to buy something he wants.  Good luck again!

Jeremy at Modest Money posts another blogging tip—this time concerning photos for your blog.  I’ve got this one bookmarked for future reference.

L Bee has cut her spending 38% from the last month simply by writing it down.  It was really effective for me too.

Emily at Evolving Personal Finance does a this or that for vacations.

Jordann at My Alternate Life has officially payed off $10k in debt in seven months!

Michelle at Making Sense of Cents is switching over to a cash budget.  It really works for us—mainly because I really don’t want to let it go after I’ve seen it in its physical glory.

Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses  gives a list of ideas for the “something old, borrowed, new and blue” tradition for brides.  I’m following this tradition.  I am pretty happy I won’t be doing the cake in the freezer for a year-the cake lady I went with gives a coupon for a free 4” (or 6”?) cake on the year anniversary!

John at Married with Debt  gives three steps to enjoy your vacation spending guilt free.

Erika at From Shopping to Saving had a GREAT post about being an enabler.  I am too at times!

Marissa from Thirty Six Months lists 5 basic life skills that people should have.

And Andrea from So Over Debt does another unsent letter post. I love these!

Have a great weekend! I plan on being in the pool for most of it as I’m house sitting at the guy’s parents house—and I can wake up and go directly to the pool! (After the house sitting chores are done of course.) And eventually I  might be able to limit myself on how many links I put in….

The End of June’s Friday Link Love

(well near enough to the end of June…the last Friday anyway!)

Woo it’s payday Friday! I love them the best! I wish it wasn’t a million degrees out though.  No AC in the car kind of sucks.  At least the windows roll down and we don’t drive a lot, right? (I’m fooling myself but every time we think about getting it fixed, something crops up)

This weekend my guy’s relatives are coming in from out of town.  We decided that we’d take his grandma out to dinner and show her our place.  This means we are going to be cleaning and doing some yard work today and tomorrow morning.  I’ve met her before so I’m not really worried and our house is usually clean but we’re going to make it spotless.

Other than that, I’m not anticipating a whole lot of anything.  I’m hoping the neighbors stay hidden because it is so hot—I haven’t seen or heard from them since last weekend.

On to some of my favorite reads this week:

Budget and the Beach asks what’s so special about Mondays?

Keeping with the theme of 20 random things, Serendipity’s Guide to Saving posts some random facts about her!

Emily at Evolving Personal Finance lists some stats on the average amount spent on clothes. Ouch!

Jeremy at Modest Money has the next post up in his series of blogging tips.  Is it sad that I didn’t have a twitter account until I became a blogger?

Vanessa at Vanessa’s Money  posts about the importance of goals (something I obviously agree with ;))

Femmefrugality had her one year blogiversary! Congrats again!

Earth and Money planned their green wedding for less than $5000!

DebtnTaxes also did a 20 random facts post! (I still like #10 the best)

Jana at Daily Money Shot talks about using family meals for financial lessons.  I love this idea so much!

Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff recently helped her friend with her budget. I can’t wait to hear updates on this!

Corey at 20s Finance goes over the cost of moving-and it’s not all to do with finances.

Adam at Money Bulldog  posts about balance when job searching.

There you have my reads that I enjoyed this last week.  Have a great 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!

Firday’s Link Loving

What a week.  I’ve been running around like a chicken without her head because of some restructuring at work.  Nothing that should affect me but it does anyways.  I am awesome but I am also only one person.  It’s okay though, I’m most of the way caught up (okay 25% of the way but that’s decent for where I work) and might even bring myself up to speed this weekend.  (Yes, I’m one of those people who work at home even though I don’t “have” to.  But only when I want to unless it’s a dire emergency.) And there are some other things that are in the works that are …interesting….to say the least.  The very least.  More on that later maybe! Instead on to the posts that I really enjoyed this week!

Jen at the Happy Homeowner is a delinquent according to the BoA.  It’s a horrible story so make sure you spread the word!

I’ve said in the past that my guy and I combine our finances and debts.   And over at Punch Debt in the Face, there was an excellent post on this.

Jordann @ My Alternate Life wants some opinions on wedding fund or emergency fund first.  What do you think?

Jeremy at Modest Money is doing a series on blog tips.   And the first in it is commenting etiquette basics.

Erika at From Shopping to Saving  did an experiment on clothes and if people noticed when you wear them.  Or as the case may be, how often you wear them.  I loved this idea.

Aloysa at My Broken Coin had an insider’s guide to negotiating a raise.  I managed to get quite a few good tips from this.

Daisy at When Live Gives You Lemons is giving valuable advice on how to save money this summer…on alcohol.

Financial Samurai had an excellent post on people borrowing money to borrow more money.  I’ve done the stupid credit card mistake and the student loan mistake but I do feel good that the one time I borrowed money from my mom, I drew up a contract and charged myself interest.  Where was this post when I needed it?

Budget and the Beach shares her rock bottom story.  I hate rock bottom places and am totally jealous that she gets to do workouts on the beach but she’s an awesome blogger so go check her out if you haven’t yet.

Well Heeled Blog shares her wedding budget and some gorgeous wedding photos!

Michelle at Making Sense of Cents reiterates how important it is to have a backup plan.  I’m working on mine right now.

Jake at I Heart Budgets shares the story of the $100,000 gone through before he turned 21.  I won’t say more because if you haven’t read it, you should.

DebtnTaxes share their refinancing story.  I am so happy it’s done for them but yikes, the details behind it!

There were so many others but I felt that I should try to limit myself! I do want to give a shout out to Cait at Blonde on a Budget who is going Bold! Awesome job and you totally deserve it!

Enjoy your weekend! (and as a ps I’m pretty close to my alexa goal–thanks for all the help!!)