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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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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, 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.
    Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank recently posted..MPB – Pool Room Posts #11My Profile

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

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

  4. Thanks for mentioning us! Have a great weekend!

  5. Thanks for the mention Grayson and enjoy the time with your new little one. That is quite the search term. :)
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, it’s 2013 Edition!My Profile

  6. 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.

  7. Appreciate your including us!

  8. 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….. ;)
    Cat @ BudgetBlonde recently posted..The Most Expensive Day I’ve Ever HadMy Profile

  9. Thanks a lot for the mention. Have a great weekend.
    Sean @ One Smart Dollar recently posted..How to Vet a CharityMy Profile

  10. 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.
    Catherine recently posted..Weekly Reads 04.01.13My Profile

    • 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

    Really enjoyed your links, great articles. Keep on posting!
    Brett @ wstreetstocks recently posted..Amazon: Why I am Strongly BearishMy Profile

  12. Tackling Our Debt

    Thanks so much for the include Grayson! I bet your son is simply adorable. New born babies are always so cute. Enjoy!!
    Tackling Our Debt recently posted..Were You Born to be a Good Leader?My Profile

  13. 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 ;)
    Joanna @ Our Freaking Budget recently posted..Making the Most of Your NeighborsMy Profile

    • 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. 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
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted..December 2012 Canadian Budget Binder Budget UpdateMy Profile

  15. Really appreciate the mention! Happy New Year to you!
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted..Strategies for Introverts to Avoid Becoming DrainedMy Profile

  16. 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 ;-)
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..My Budget for 2013My Profile

  17. 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!
    Jefferson @SeeDebtRun recently posted..How to Stop Biting Your NailsMy Profile

    • 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. 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!

    • 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. 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.
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..4 Money Saving Resolutions for 2013My Profile

  20. 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!
    AverageJoe recently posted..Saturday! Let’s Play MoneyMy Profile

    • 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. 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!
    Jordann @ My Alternate Life recently posted..Beware The CouponMy Profile

  22. 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.

    • 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. 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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