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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.

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!

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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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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. 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.
    Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank recently posted..MPB – Pool Room Posts #9My Profile

    • 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. Hope you have a great weekend and that the world doesn’t end! :)
    Michelle recently posted..Christmas and the CostsMy Profile

  3. 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.
    Veronica @ Pelican on Money recently posted..The Best of Pelican on Money 2012My Profile

  4. Awesome round up this week Grayson and thanks for including my article budgeting. Also congrats on the nomination you defiantly deserve it.
    Chris @ Stumble Forward recently posted..What Credit Card Should I Get? How to Compare Your OptionsMy Profile

  5. Thanks for the mention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great weekend!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..The VIP Club Roundup – 14th EditionMy Profile

  6. 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… :)
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, the Clark W. Griswold EditionMy Profile

  7. I loved the interview, and thanks for the mention! Have a great weekend!
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted..Enjoy the Holidays without Breaking the BankMy Profile

  8. 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 :)
    Deacon @ Well Kept Wallet recently posted..Thirty Things I Learned Before 30My Profile

  9. Thanks so much for the mention mate. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Cheers Mr.CBB
    Canadian Budget Binder recently posted..Budget-Friendly Christmas Decoration Ideas For The HomeMy Profile

  10. 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!!
    Tackling Our Debt recently posted..8 Powerful Steps Towards Developing Your Personal PowerMy Profile

  11. 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!
    Michelle recently posted..How to Forge Yourself a Successful (and Lucrative) CareerMy Profile

  12. Thanks for mentioning Joe’s guest post. Have a great weekend. Glad it wasn’t the end of the world.
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..My Best Financial Tip: Stop Being AfraidMy Profile

  13. Thanks so much for including me. Congrats on the blog award. Hope your little one arrives soon. Christmas baby?
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..My New Year’s Resolution: Spend More MoneyMy Profile

  14. 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!
    Felix Lee recently posted..5 Benefits of Early RetirementMy Profile

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

  16. Congratulations on the top personal finance blog nomination. It is certainly well-deserved. recently posted..Real Estate Investors Buy Rental Home InsuranceMy Profile

  17. Riz @ Property in Ajmer

    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. 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! recently posted..New eBook back at #1 on AmazonMy Profile

  19. 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!
    Tony@YouOnlyDoThisOnce recently posted..If You Must Make a Resolution….My Profile

  20. 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.
    My Finances recently posted..Creative Strategies for Enhancing Your Personal Savings updated Sun Dec 16 2012 11:00 pm ESTMy Profile

  21. Dealing with your debts in a proactive manner is essential to establishing financial freedom and independence. However, it is easier said than done. Fortunately there are many free resources available online through Pinterest, such as “Green Finances,” that show you how to control your expenses and your debt.

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