News & Special Offers
Home > Round Up > Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 1/18/2013

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 1/18/2013

Is it Friday already?  My wife’s family is in town today, so I took the day off from work and are just relaxing.  They are all excited to see our son, so I will get some time to nap and catch up on some things that have sorely needed my attention.  Have I mentioned that having a baby is hard work?  I know I don’t have to say that to current parents, but dang, I never even imagined.  Oh well, I have to keep going, so I will!

This week has been pretty good here at Debt Roundup.  My readership is increasing ever so slightly each and every week.  I like progress, so I am not complaining.  I am close to hitting my 4th month of blogging here and I can say that I have enjoyed every moment of it, so thank you everyone that has stopped by and those that have shared my posts.  Not only am I blogging here, but I finally got my first blog post published this week.  If you haven’t done so already check out my post on Modest Money called “Treating Your Savings Like A Monthly Bill“.  A lot of people enjoyed the post, so I am happy about that.  There will be more guest posts to come as long as I can find the time.

Well, enough of my rambling, let’s get on to the roundup.  I hope you enjoy and have a great weekend everyone!

Website of the Week

A lot of you were happy when I started the WOTW last week, so I am happy to say that this will be here to stay.


Jason from WorkSaveLive impresses me each and every week.  I enjoy his content and attitude toward personal finance.  WorkSaveLive has a small team of writers that can keep you thinking with every article.  Jason also just introduced a free e-course called “How to Become Rich“.  I know everyone has a desire to become rich, so why not take advantage of Jason’s kindness and learn it free!  If you haven’t done so already, check out WorkSaveLive.


I am co-hosting two great giveaways that allow you to cash in for the new year.  Don’t forget to enter to win.  Everyone loves the chance to win cash!

$1000 Cash Giveaway

$100 Cash Giveaway


I was included in 3 great Carnivals this week.

  1. Carnival of MoneyPros hosted by Master the Art of Saving.
  2. Yakezie Carnival hosted by Narrow Bridge Finance.
  3. Carnival of Financial Camaraderie hosted by My University Money.

I was mentioned by The Frugal Farmer in their 10 Blog Posts You Need to Read if You Want to be Debt Free.

Weekly Top 12

Wow, what a week in the personal finance community.  There were so many great reads this week that I don’t even know where to begin.  I enjoy reading a lot of articles throughout the week, but I realized that I might be overwhelming readers with my recommendations week in and week out.  Since I am a little out there sometimes, I am going to start doing my “Weekly Top 12″!  It is like Letterman’s “Top 10″ list, but I like to buck the trend.  Who needs another top 1o list?  I am going with the Weekly Top 12, so HA!  Here we go…..

  1. The Mighty “10 Rule”Budgets are Sexy
  2. Learning to Live on One IncomeModest Money
  3. Debt Is Like QuicksandBible Money Matters
  4. Using Credit as an Emergency Fund is a Bad IdeaSaving Advice
  5. Should I Invest in Mutual Funds or ETFs?Frugal Rules
  6. Why You Should NOT Open a Credit Card for the RewardsReadyForZero
  7. Horrific Financial Advice from the New York Times – Club Thrifty
  8. Financial Baby Steps For Your BabyOur Freaking Budget
  9. Do You Prefer Instant Or Delayed Gratification?Money Beagle
  10. Out of Debt – Now What Do You Do?Stumble Forward
  11. The Downsides to Common Frugal TipsOne Smart Dollar
  12. Chores and Money Lessons Growing UpCanadian Budget Binder

Have You Checked Your Credit Score Lately?

Knowing your credit score and understanding what is in your credit report is really important.  I track my VantageScore and monitor my credit report for free from Credit Sesame. Try it out!
Subscribe to Debt Roundup
You will receive an email when a new post goes up on DR. Stay up to date with ease!

About Grayson Bell

I am an average Joe, who built up over $50,000 worth of credit card debt and had to learn how to break it back down. It took 4 years of learning budgets, secrets, and many other personal finance tricks in order to cut the debt to $0. Now, I push to teach others not only how to get out of debt, but how to use credit wisely and how to start growing their wealth. You can view my other site, Sprout Wealth for ways to grow your money. I am also a freelance personal finance writer who provides staff writing and ghost writing services.


  1. Grayson, congrats on hitting your 4th month of blogging! We are new to your site (and the PF blog world in general) and are loving all of the great information here.

    I’m quite certain your readership will continue to go, and you’ll have good success as you help others become debt free too. Congrats again!
    Laurie recently posted..Don’t Let ‘Em Fool YouMy Profile

  2. Thanks for mentioning my post! Have a great weekend!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..The VIP Club Roundup – 16th EditionMy Profile

  3. Thanks as always for the mention Grayson and congrats on the growth. It’s always nice seeing that nice gradual uptrend in Google Analytics, isn’t it? Have a great time with the family this weekend!
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Frugal Friday: Blog Posts That Ruled This Week, 100 Posts EditionMy Profile

  4. Thanks a lot for the mention.
    Sean @ One Smart Dollar recently posted..Top Personal Finance Blogs of 2012 – Win an iPad MiniMy Profile

  5. Congrats on 4 months, you are doing amazing, keep it up!
    Pauline recently posted..Friday recap, one less loan and an easy tweet!My Profile

  6. I love it when family comes to town. What a great day off for you today. Congrats on the Modest Money piece, too. I enjoyed you both here and there this week!
    AverageJoe recently posted..Joe’s Top Movies of 2012My Profile

  7. Congrats on 4 months of blogging :) That’s awesome!

    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie recently posted..Link Love: Hockey is Back Edition!My Profile

  8. Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy

    Enjoy your sorely needed time off. And thank you for providing such a great list of link love. Somehow I missed out on many of those posts this week and I can’t wait to catch up on my blog reading. Have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend!
    Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy recently posted..Weekly Spending: January 14-18 and some irksome parking tickets.My Profile

  9. I know bloggers appreciate the mentions, but non-bloggers tend to find these lists annoying. I do it too, of course, because it’s always nice to exchange links ;) I think a top 12 is a good idea. One week I did something like 20 and it’s pretty much ineffective in my opinion.

    Anyway, have a great weekend!

  10. Congratulations on your growth increasing and for reaching four months of blogging! I also greatly appreciate you sharing our Smart Money Debate. Please let me know if you have any interest in participating in a future debate!
    Shannon-ReadyForZero recently posted..Do Your Loved Ones Understand Your Career Priorities?My Profile

  11. Hey Grayson,
    Weekly top 12 is great. I’m slowly moving my list down as well leaning more towards active sites that I participate with the most and vice versa which makes sense as I want to share with my fans sites that are interactive with everyone. I thought I would work my way out of the massive weekly list until I get my site moved. I like your blog of the week feature, brilliant idea! Have a great week mate. Mr.CBB
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted..Mr.CBB’s Personal Finance Weekly Reading List #3 RRSP’s, NHLMy Profile

  12. Awesome roundup for the week Grayson. Thanks for including my article.
    Chris @ Stumble Forward recently posted..Is Building A House Worth It – 5 Challenges You May Have To FaceMy Profile

  13. All this progress in a mere 4 months?! Hot damn! :)

    Thanks for sharing these posts
    The Happy Homeowner recently posted..Friday Link Love: Roommates, Gold and PrincessesMy Profile

    • Haha, it wasn’t easy, but I always like a challenge. I know that things don’t build themselves. Have a great weekend and thanks again for the mention on your roundup.

  14. Great post on Modest Money. Thanks for highlighting these others…your list has consumed my morning.

    Have fun with the fam-
    funancials recently posted..I Love our Government. Ben Bernanke is a Genius. And Paul Krugman is my Hero.My Profile

  15. I couldn’t begin to imagine how much work a baby must be! There’s no turning back now so you better keep at it! lol.

    Thanks for featuring me as the WOTW! I’m truly honored!
    Andy @ WorkSaveLive recently posted..FreeTaxUSA – Review and Analysis by a Tax AccountantMy Profile

  16. New Jersey Public Adjuster

    Congratulation Grayson for completing four months. I also appreciate that you are sharing your Smart Money Debate…..Keep blogging…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge