Round Up

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 1/25/2013

Happy Friday, fellow debt wranglers!  I don’t know about you, but it has been a long week this week.  I have been sleeping sporadically (if you have a child, you know what I am talking about) and it is starting to affect my thought processes.  I am usually one that people come to in order to solve problems at work.  This is a job that I love, but lately, I feel that I have been slipping.  Something that should take me a few moments to figure out is now taking me hours.  I know that it is just due to the extreme lack of sleep, but it irritates me.   On top of that, my wife told me today that she read in a couple of books that babies go through a crazy crying spell when they are about 6 weeks old.  My son is turning one month old this Sunday, so I hope this is just not true.  I don’t think I can take anymore crying!

On other news, Debt RoundUp is doing well.  Traffic has remained steady with small, but incremental increases in traffic.  I have been a little slow getting things done this week and I want to apologize to anyone that has asked me for something.  I plan on catching up this weekend, but who knows.

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Website of the Week

Frugal RulesFrugal Rules

John over at Frugal Rules has done a fantastic job with his blog in such a short amount of time.  If you have gone to any of the personal finance blogs on my blog list, then you have probably seen either a guest post from John or a great/insightful comment.  This man is extremely active in the personal finance community and he continues to provide extremely useful information.  If you have not checked out Frugal Rules, then I would highly recommend it.



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Search Term of the Week

This week’s term is actually money related, so that is nice.  I have actually had a hard time finding crazy terms the past two weeks.  My search terms are getting very targeted, so that is a good thing.

where did the money go” – If you have to ask Google where your money went, then you seriously need to create a budget.  Stop searching Google and go open a spreadsheet.  Seriously…..

Weekly Top 12

There were a good amount of comments and emails about my Top 12 list last week.  Many of you enjoyed it and thought it was much better than listing a ton of articles to read.  I think I am going to keep this format from week to week.  I hope you enjoy and make sure to take some time to visit and read of these great articles. These people put a lot of time and effort into writing quality stuff.  These are in no particular order.

I realize that I added an extra, but Jana from Daily Money Shot’s post made me think of a few times when people laughed at my dreams.  What gives people the right to laugh at your dreams?  They are yours, right?

I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s roundup and have a fantastic weekend.  I will see you back here next week.

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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. January 25, 2013 at 8:43 am — Reply

    I really like your 12 posts idea. I actually find that I never read most peoples recommended weekly reads as there are too many of them. That is the entire reason I limited the pool room posts to less than 5 featured posts. Recently I have been thinking I should increase this to around 8-10 posts, as some really great content gets missed every once in a while.

  2. January 25, 2013 at 10:11 am — Reply

    Good selection of posts as always. I think Jana’s post really hit home for a lot of us. How frustrating and downright rude for someone else to laugh at your dreams. Hoping the baby sails right through that crying stage. Sometimes the developmentalists are wrong.

    • Grayson
      January 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm — Reply

      Thanks KK. I am hoping that the six week thing is just an urban legend. I don’t know if I have the energy to deal with it.

  3. January 25, 2013 at 10:30 am — Reply

    Thanks much for the awesome mention Grayson, it is definitely appreciated! I can relate to the lack of sleep. Our youngest has been getting up WAY too early in the morning nearly every morning this week. I think he’s teething again, but add that to being sick this week and I am dragging a bit. I always struggle with how many posts to put in my round-ups each week. There is so much good stuff in the PF blogosphere and I want to be able to highlight those…who knows. Have a good one Grayson!

    • Grayson
      January 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm — Reply

      You are most welcome John. You are doing an awesome job and I am just trying to keep up with you! Sorry to hear about the crying baby, I know you have been sick, so that can’t be good. I figured I would make it easier on myself by just picking 12, but that is proving to be harder than I first thought.

  4. January 25, 2013 at 11:19 am — Reply

    Honored to be on the list! Appreciate it!

    I have also been falling behind this weekend, but it’s because we have been somewhat rushing to get our rental unit ready. We have until Thursday night at midnight to finish it up.

    • Grayson
      January 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm — Reply

      You are welcome DC. Good luck with the rental. I know you have been working hard to get it done.

  5. Eddie
    January 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm — Reply

    Great roundup!

    • Grayson
      January 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm — Reply

      Thanks Eddie. Have a great weekend.

  6. January 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the mention! How exciting to be #10! I also agree with your pick of John at Frugal Rules, the man is a monster when it comes to being active in the community!

    • Grayson
      January 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm — Reply

      You are most welcome L. Bee. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. January 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Thanks for including me. He will sleep at some point. Might be four years old, but it will come.

    • Grayson
      January 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm — Reply

      Haha, your optimism is so striking Kim!

  8. Tackling Our Debt
    January 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    Great reading list Grayson! Thanks very much for the include. Really appreciate it :-)

    • Grayson
      January 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm — Reply

      Thank you and you are welcome Sicorra.

  9. January 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm — Reply

    Thanks a lot for including me. I appreciate it.

  10. January 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    A 12 post roundup isn’t to many but an even lesser amount sometimes is better. I prefer an even shorter list, like 6. It’s more focused and you can even pick the cream of the crop. But thanks anyway for the 12 you did give us.

    • Grayson
      January 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm — Reply

      12 is a much smaller list than what I had before. I think it is a good number.

  11. January 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm — Reply

    This is a cool idea, I like the way you pick top posts and feature other artists. It’s really a great way to give back to the community. Thanks for being so selfless Grayson!

    • Grayson
      January 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm — Reply

      I am glad you enjoy it Andrew. I appreciate you coming by and commenting so much, it means a lot.

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