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Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 12/21/2012

Welcome to the End of the World and Happy Friday fellow debt wranglers.  If you are reading this, then you might not be worried about the Mayan prophesy that has taken the world by storm.  Maybe you want to just read about how to clean up your finances when you wake up on 12/22 and start getting real.  Thanks for deciding to stop by Debt Roundup on the last day of the world, it makes me feel special!  Also, Happy Holidays.  Now, on to the round up.

Top Personal Finance Blog Award

Top Personal Finance Blog BadgeI was nominated for a top personal finance blog award from eCollegeFinder along with many other great blogs.  I was notified on Tuesday that I was a winner along with some of the best blogs out there.  In three short months, Debt Roundup has become a top personal finance resource.  I could not have done it without my readers and my fellow bloggers helping out.  Thank you.

Great Giveaways


When roaming around the personal finance blogs, I noticed a post from Veronica at Pelican On Money.  She wrote a post about the Pros and Cons of Making Money With an Online Store.  She has shown interest in becoming an e-commerce store owner full time.  For those who don’t know, I used to run a successful e-commerce electronics store for about 4 years.  I have a lot of experience in this field.  I made a comment on Veronica’s post and then she asked to interview me.  I was honored that she asked and her interview with me was published on Monday and Tuesday.  If you haven’t checked them out, then please do.  I provide all honest answers and don’t try to sell you anything.

  • Powerful Lessons Learned in Starting an Online Store (Part 1)
  • Powerful Lessons Learned in Starting an Online Store (Part 2)

Thank you again Veronica for the interview. I enjoyed the questions and I hope you found my answers helpful.

The Weekly Roundup

This week’s edition has some great resources in it.  If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it.  You can also subscribe for free with only a weekly email being sent out every Friday.  Enjoy!

the weekly personal finance roundup

Search Term of the Week

This weeks search term is apparently someone that is trying to find out what month it is.  I am not sure how this person found my website, but oh well.

is december” – why yes, it is December.  I am glad that Debt Roundup can help you out with your calendar.


Debt Roundup was included in the Yakezie Carnival hosted by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents.  Thanks Michelle!

My tips for saving money post was mentioned on in their 30 Blogs with Tips to Saving Money at the Grocery Store

Great Personal Finance Reads

There were no shortages of great reads from the personal finance community this week.  I was a little overwhelmed, but I came up with a great list of reads that I enjoyed this week.  If you have time today or over the weekend, please read the work from these great bloggers and if you enjoy it, then follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

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Grayson Bell

Grayson Bell

I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $50,000 in debt. I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a blog management company, along with another blog. It is Empowered Shopper, which helps people get information about products they want to buy. You can also check out Eyes on the Dollar, which is a great blog that I co-own.


  1. December 21, 2012 at 8:40 am — Reply

    Thanks so much for including me again this week Grayson! I’m feeling really loved :) Plus the world hasn’t ended yet so that’s nice :)

    Hopefully your bundle of joy isn’t too far away. Could be a really special Christmas for you and your partner if junior decides to poke out on the 25th.

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 10:03 am — Reply

      You are most welcome Glen. My bundle of joy is technically late as of today, so who knows when he might be joining the world. It would be cool if he did it today, since it is the last day on earth!

  2. December 21, 2012 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Hope you have a great weekend and that the world doesn’t end! :)

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 10:03 am — Reply

      You as well Michelle. Thanks for stopping by here!

  3. Veronica @ Pelican on Money
    December 21, 2012 at 10:11 am — Reply

    Thank you very much for allowing me to interview you. Your answers were so helpful and I’m pretty sure anyone who’s thinking about starting a store and reads those posts will find them VERY VERY useful. There’s just nothing quite like great, unbiased advice from someone who has been there and done that.

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 10:38 am — Reply

      You are most welcome. I am glad that I can help someone out, especially since I went through the same thing. If I can save you some money, then I have done my job!

  4. December 21, 2012 at 10:44 am — Reply

    Awesome round up this week Grayson and thanks for including my article budgeting. Also congrats on the nomination you defiantly deserve it.

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 11:01 am — Reply

      Thank you Chris and thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  5. December 21, 2012 at 11:14 am — Reply

    Thanks for the mention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great weekend!

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 11:28 am — Reply

      You are most welcome. I hope you are enjoying the last day on earth!

  6. December 21, 2012 at 11:20 am — Reply

    Thanks so much for the mention Grayson! We’re all still around here, so that’s pretty good. Now if only my presents would just wrap themselves… :)

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 11:28 am — Reply

      You are welcome John. Why don’t you just not wrap them and say they are from Santa. I mean, Santa never really wrapped gifts.

  7. December 21, 2012 at 11:29 am — Reply

    I loved the interview, and thanks for the mention! Have a great weekend!

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 11:30 am — Reply

      Good to hear DC. I am glad you liked (loved) the interview. Have a good weekend as well!

  8. December 21, 2012 at 11:35 am — Reply

    I am planning on getting up on 12/22 and seeing that the world is still intact. That being said, I will have some time this weekend to read some of the posts from your round up :)

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 11:39 am — Reply

      That is my plan as well, but not reading my roundup as I already read those posts. Thanks for stopping by Deacon.

  9. December 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for the mention mate. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Cheers Mr.CBB

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm — Reply

      You are most welcome and Happy Holidays to you and the Mrs., Mr. CBB!

  10. December 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    Great list of posts Grayson! Thanks so much for the link love too! I appreciate it.

    It has been great to connect with you over the past few months.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm — Reply

      Thank you and you are welcome Sicorra. I appreciate being able to connect with you as well. Have a Merry Christmas!

  11. December 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    Thanks for linking Jeff’s post, Grayson! I just now read your about me section…wow you did awesome getting yourself out of a mess of debt–great job!

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm — Reply

      Thanks Michelle. I also did a great job getting into a mess of debt. Oops!

  12. December 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm — Reply

    Thanks for mentioning Joe’s guest post. Have a great weekend. Glad it wasn’t the end of the world.

    • Grayson
      December 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm — Reply

      You are welcome Kim. Have a great weekend as well and happy to see you on the 22nd!

  13. December 22, 2012 at 12:33 am — Reply

    Thanks so much for including me. Congrats on the blog award. Hope your little one arrives soon. Christmas baby?

    • Grayson
      December 22, 2012 at 12:37 am — Reply

      You are welcome and thank you. I am hoping my little one comes soon as well and will probably be a Christmas baby. His due date was yesterday, so who knows.

  14. Felix Lee
    December 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm — Reply

    Congratulations on the blog award! There are several links on your roundup that caught my eye that I will be checking out now. Happy Holidays!

    • Grayson
      December 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm — Reply

      Thank you Felix. I hope you enjoy the roundup and have a great holiday!

  15. Eddie
    December 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the mention bud, and congrats on your blog award!
    Keep us posted on the little bundle of joy! :)

    • Grayson
      December 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm — Reply

      You are welcome Eddie and thank you. I will keep everyone posted!

  16. December 24, 2012 at 5:24 am — Reply

    Congratulations on the top personal finance blog nomination. It is certainly well-deserved.

    • Grayson
      December 24, 2012 at 10:13 am — Reply

      Thank you Bryan, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a good holiday!

  17. Riz @ Property in Ajmer
    December 26, 2012 at 8:07 am — Reply

    Nice listings on the Great Personal Finance Reads…I liked ‘Justifying The Cost of My Smartphone’ the most as I am a smartphone freak :-)

  18. December 27, 2012 at 11:11 am — Reply

    Thank you for the mention on my Guest Post! on EyesOnTheDollar. I hope you found it useful or entertaining :)

    I hope everyone has a healthy, happy and safe 2013!

  19. December 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    Grayson, love the blog! Congrats on all of your feats and accomplishments. I am just getting started blogging, but am almost done with $120,000 of debt in 18 months (you read that correctly!). Anyhow, you keep writing and I will keep reading!

  20. My Finances
    December 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    This is a great blog. It is important to keep yourself informed about financial management issues and concepts The more you know about money, the better you will be at making it work for you instead of the other way around.

  21. December 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm — Reply

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