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Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 1/4/2013

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year again.  I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous 2013!

There are always so much going on in the beginning of each year.  I am working hard on figuring out my budgets, dealing with taxes, de-cluttering, and all of the other things that come with a new year.  This year is no different, but it is already starting with some new challenges.  My wife and I had our first baby on 12/27, so this year is going to be turned upside down.  My son is full of joy, but loves to cry when he is not being held.  This makes writing a blog post a little more challenging, but I do love a good challenge!  Along with the regular new year issues, now we are dealing with budgeting for a newborn, baby-proofing the house, figuring out daycare arrangements, and starting to save for college.  There is just a lot going on already and it is only the 4th of January.  Busy or not, here comes this week’s roundup!

Best Personal Finance Tips

In case you missed it, I posted a solid roundup of some of the best personal finance tips from 2012.  These tips came from some of the best personal finance bloggers out there.  If you want to get control of your finances this year, then check out these tips.  You won’t regret it!


Oh, you didn’t think I would start out the new year without a giveaway, did you?  I am co-hosting another great $100 cash giveaway with many other awesome bloggers.  One lucky winner will pick from $100 in their Paypal account or a $100 Amazon gift card.  This cash giveaway ends on January 12th!


The Debt Movement

You might be hearing about something called the Debt Movement around the personal finance community.  This movement was created by Jeff from Good Financial Cents and ReadyForZero.  It is an initiative to get people to pay off $10,000,000 in only 90 days!  That is right, it is not $10,000, but $10 MILLION!  If you want to start out 2013 on the right foot, then check out my post about the Debt Movement and join in.  What do you have to lose?

The Weekly Roundup

The weekly roundup online paper is out today and should have some great new year’s resolutions and goals from other fantastic bloggers.  Many of you have said that they enjoy the roundup paper, so I am going to keep it going.  Check it out when you have a few moments.  There are great articles to be read!

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Search Term of the Week

I have to say that this week had a lot of great targeted search terms that I am happy to be placing for, but it doesn’t matter how well you are doing, there are always a couple of weird ones that make you wonder what is going on over there at Google and Bing.

sell wife for cash” – I don’t remember anytime or any post that I created where I indicated that I was going to sell my wife for cash.  Who even looks for this kind of stuff?  Isn’t that illegal?

Great Personal Finance Reads

Though it is a new year, I can always count on the great sites that I visit to come up with awesome content.  This week was kind of short due to the holiday, but I still read some good things, many of them regarding 2013 budgets and how to get on track in 2013!  I hope you enjoy.

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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 4, 2013 at 8:13 am — Reply

    Grayson, thank you so much for including my link this week. It means a lot to me that you continually support my site :)

    I would hate to be that guy when he tries to sell his wife, I reckon he is going to get a good old fashioned verbal bashing.

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 10:20 am — Reply

      You are most welcome Glen. I am not sure how my site came up for that term, but I don’t even want to know what this person was thinking. Maybe some major money problems?

  2. Eddie
    January 4, 2013 at 8:58 am — Reply

    That’s quite the sexy term LOL
    Also, thanks for the inclusion in such a great roundup. Have a great weekend!

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 10:21 am — Reply

      It surprised me as well Eddie. You are most welcome and thanks for stopping by to comment!

  3. January 4, 2013 at 9:25 am — Reply

    HAha that’s a very interesting search word! Have a great weekend :)

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 10:26 am — Reply

      Interesting indeed. Thanks for stopping by Michelle!

  4. January 4, 2013 at 10:19 am — Reply

    Thanks for mentioning us! Have a great weekend!

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 10:29 am — Reply

      You are most welcome. Have a great weekend as well.

  5. January 4, 2013 at 10:45 am — Reply

    Thanks for the mention Grayson and enjoy the time with your new little one. That is quite the search term. :)

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 10:54 am — Reply

      You are welcome John. I am trying to enjoy the time, but him keeping me up is not exciting at all.

  6. January 4, 2013 at 10:57 am — Reply

    Hey Grayson, congrats on the little one. I know exactly what your going through. I remember my wife and I had our first child and we were excited and scared all at the same time. Just take it one day at a time and you’ll do just fine.

    Also thanks for including me in your weekly roundup I really appreciate it.

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm — Reply

      Thanks Chris. I am just taking it day by day. You are welcome on the inclusion.

  7. January 4, 2013 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Appreciate your including us!

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm — Reply

      You are most welcome.

  8. January 4, 2013 at 11:51 am — Reply

    Hi Grayson! So kind of you to include me in your roundup – thank you very much. My husband laughed out loud when I read him your search term of the week. Not sure if I should be worried or not….. 😉

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm — Reply

      Hello Cat. I am not sure if you should be worried or not. Might want to check his search history!

  9. January 4, 2013 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Thanks a lot for the mention. Have a great weekend.

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm — Reply

      You are welcome Sean. Have a good one as well.

  10. January 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    Haha that’s pretty funny! I hope my hubby doesn’t plan on selling me!

    Good luck with baby, our daughter was definitely more content being held (or in her swing) the first few weeks…which led to co-sleeping (that, and I had an impossible time lifting her in and out of a crib with my c/sec) something I never thought I’d do but it just worked for us. Now we’re transitioning her back to a crib. So help me God. Sleep is a learned skill and not one that is easy to teach a baby.

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm — Reply

      You might want o make sure he doesn’t have any intention to do so. Thanks, the baby is doing well, but is a handful. Definitely a life changer, but in a good way.

  11. Brett @ wstreetstocks
    January 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    Really enjoyed your links, great articles. Keep on posting!

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm — Reply

      Thank you Brett. I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment.

  12. Tackling Our Debt
    January 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for the include Grayson! I bet your son is simply adorable. New born babies are always so cute. Enjoy!!

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm — Reply

      You are welcome Sicorra. I am a bit partial, but yes, I think he is adorable.

  13. January 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the mention, Grayson!

    I want more updates on what new parenthood is like! I’m VERY curious… and a tad anxious myself :)

    That search term is priceless. I swear, some of the people in our world… maybe something on your site helped convince them NOT to go through with that plan 😉

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm — Reply

      You are most welcome Joanna. There is going to be many updates on parenthood and the exciting world of parental budgeting coming up. I know you are due soon and I hope everything goes well for you.

      I hope something on my site stopped them from trying to sell their wife for money. Maybe they learned another way to make money legitimately.

  14. January 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm — Reply

    Congratulations again on the birth of your son. I bet it makes writing challenging but I’m sure it will get easier. Interesting search term sell wife for money.. eeshh Thanks for the mention mate. MR.CBB

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm — Reply

      Thank you again Mr. CBB! It does make writing a challenge, but when he is sleeping (now), I get to catch up and write some articles.

  15. January 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    Really appreciate the mention! Happy New Year to you!

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm — Reply

      You are welcome DC. Happy new year to you as well.

  16. January 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for continuing to include me in your roundups. How much do you think you could get for a “good used boyfriend”. He doesn’t have that many bad habits, I swear 😉

    • Grayson
      January 4, 2013 at 10:50 pm — Reply

      You are welcome KK. I don’t know how much anything used goes for these days. You can google it 😉

  17. January 5, 2013 at 11:49 am — Reply

    Thank you for including our post, Grayson! You rock!

    I am so excited for you guys and your new adventure into parenthood!! I t will be wonderful and exciting, but challenging at times! Congrats!

    • Grayson
      January 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm — Reply

      You are most welcome Jefferson. Thank you. I plan on writing some more parent related posts later this month, once I figure out what the hell I am doing as a parent.

  18. January 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    You could try a kidney first before putting your whole wife on the market, I have seen people selling them online. Have a nice weekend!

    • Grayson
      January 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm — Reply

      That is true Pauline. I don’t know what this person’s intention was, but I assume it is big money to sell your wife. I hope I don’t get the Feds knocking at my door because now my blog is talking about selling your wife for cash.

  19. January 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm — Reply

    Congrats on your son’s birth. Hold him as much as you want. He’ll be too big before you know it. You get really good at doing things one handed, but I never tried to write like that! Thanks for the mention.

    • Grayson
      January 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm — Reply

      Thank you Kim. I really appreciate it. I am holding him a lot, but not yet good enough with doing things one handed. I will get better with time.

  20. January 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    Congrats on the new baby! You’re right: your life is going to flip upside down.

    With ours I was in charge of getting up during the weekends when our twins would cry. At first it stunk, but then I realized that Formula 1 racing was on many weekends live from Europe, and that made it much, much better!

    • Grayson
      January 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm — Reply

      Thank you Joe. My life has already started to change, but in a good way. My task is already to walk my son around the living room to get him tired enough to fall asleep. The magic number is 30 laps around the couch.

  21. January 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm — Reply

    That’s a crazy search term! January sure seems to be getting off to a hectic start, good luck on the rest of the month!

    • Grayson
      January 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm — Reply

      I agree Jordann. January is usually a crazy month, but with a new baby, it is going to be chaotic.

  22. January 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    Congratulations on your new addition Grayson, it’s definitely a life changer but one well worth it. I had to laugh when I saw that most term, I’m tempted to google, “sell husband for cash” just to see what comes up.

    • Grayson
      January 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm — Reply

      Thank you Jose. It has been a life changer so far, but I have enjoyed it, besides the extreme lack of sleep. Let me know what you come up with and how long it takes before the authorities give you a call 😉

  23. January 11, 2013 at 9:49 am — Reply

    Really Its a fantastic blog.You are welcome KK. I don’t know how much anything used goes for these days.

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