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Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – The Great Giveaway Edition

Is it Friday already?  I don’t even know where this week went.  Did I fall asleep and just wake up?  I mean, really, what happened?  This week has flown by quicker than I would have liked.  I feel that I am extremely behind on everything.  I would love to try to catch up this weekend, but I am heading off to a bachelor party for one of my good friends.  It should be a great weekend, but I know I will miss my son.  This will be the first time that I am away from him besides when I am at work.  We will see how it goes.

I made a stride this week in figuring out what I want to do about my couch purchasing decision.  Many of you chimed in and helped me make my decision.  I will be purchasing a new couch with my cash back AMEX card and then will pay it off.  This is what works for me, so I am happy with the decision.  On to the Roundup!

New Series – Debt Diaries

debt diary bookI have been contemplating starting a new series for quite some time.  I enjoy series posts, so I figured I would get into the game.  Without further ado, I am introducing Debt Diaries.  This series will post on Sunday mornings and will be a personal story of a Debt Roundup reader.  This Sunday will be the first and we will hear about Tony S.  If you want to submit your story, please follow the submission rules.  I hope you all enjoy it and I look forward to be able to post these in the future.


Top Personal Finance Blog of 2012 Nominee

top blogs 2012 nomineeThat is right, Debt Roundup was nominated along with many other great personal finance blogs in the contest being put on by Sean at One Smart Dollar and ReadyForZero.  I am honored to even be in the running, so that is good enough for me.  If you have enjoyed Debt Roundup and me, then please go over and vote for my blog.  It would be awesome to win, but there is some stiff competition.  I want to thank Sean and ReadyForZero for putting this contest on.  What a way to build the personal finance community.

Website of the Week

Girl Meets Debt

Girl Meets Debt

This is a blog that I recently stumbled on.  I have to say that I really enjoy it.  I think it is designed well with clean lines and it just makes it easy to read.  It appears by her archives that the site has only been around since December, but it has made an impression on quite a few folks.  I like this blog because the articles are great, but also because she has the same story that I had.  I was in $50k worth of credit card debt and was working hard to pay them down (which I did).  She has a lot of debt and is allowing us to follow her journey toward debt freedom.  If you haven’t done so already, go check out Girl Meets Debt!

Giveaway Extravaganza

I was lucky to be co-hosting three great giveaways that total close to $1,600 worth of cash prizes.  That is right, you heard me right.  You have three chances to win money from Debt Roundup.  Don’t waste time and go enter to win.  It’s free!


Many thanks to all of those people and bloggers that link to my content.  I really appreciate it and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Weekly Top 12

Well, since this week has flown by, I am a little behind on great reads.  I have well over 200 unread articles in my reader. That is somewhat overwhelming, especially since I will be gone this weekend.  Either way, I have posted my picks for this weeks Top 12.  I hope you enjoy them.

  1. Ten Ways To Break Your Texting While Driving HabitMoney Q&A
  2. The 5 Commandments for Money and MarriageOne Smart Dollar
  3. I WILL Partake in Lifestyle InflationPlunged In Debt
  4. 10 Tips On How To Sell Your House Fast And Get Top Dollar For ItStumble Forward
  5. My Credit Score: Why I Don’t Care and You Shouldn’t EitherClub Thrifty
  6. 10 Things I Can Live Without!Krant Cents
  7. How to Manage Your Personal Cash FlowThe Frugal Toad
  8. 10 Ways to Stay Fired-Up While Paying Down DebtPT Money
  9. 5 Reasons to Buy LESS House Than You Can AffordOut of Your Rut
  10. Ostriches and Finances Don’t MixEnemy of Debt
  11. Investment Advice for Young Adults20’s Finances
  12. Credit Score Dating Anyone?Budgets Are Sexy

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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. February 8, 2013 at 7:30 am — Reply

    Sounds like a fun weekend, Grayson! And many congrats on being nominated for the top PF blog sites for 2012. You deserve it: your blog is entertaining and educational! Thanks for the mention, BTW, I really appreciate it. Have a great time this weekend. We’ll be have a nice time with visits from extended family.

  2. February 8, 2013 at 8:19 am — Reply

    I like the Debt Diaries series idea. Seems like the perfect post for Sunday mornings.

  3. February 8, 2013 at 8:52 am — Reply

    Great idea for a series Grayson! I’ve been thinking of doing something like that myself, but then I’d also need more time in the day. 😉 I can relate to the feeling behind idea. We had a crazy busy week, but that’s a good problem to have I guess when it means a lot more business. Have a great weekend!

  4. February 8, 2013 at 9:59 am — Reply

    Congratulations on your nomination! @ClubThrifty is on your list! They’re one of my favorites as well. Seems like a great blog, can’t wait to see more.

  5. February 8, 2013 at 10:12 am — Reply

    Grayson- you produce great content so it gets picked up!!!! Have a great weekend!

  6. February 8, 2013 at 10:21 am — Reply

    Thanks so much for including my post, glad you enjoyed it! I’m pumped about the new series what a great idea! Have a great weekend!

  7. February 8, 2013 at 10:52 am — Reply

    Thanks for the links, I am in good company.

  8. Girl Meets Debt
    February 8, 2013 at 11:36 am — Reply

    Wow, you sure know how to make a Girl feel special Grayson 😉

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Grayson
      February 11, 2013 at 11:05 am — Reply

      You are most welcome. Keep up the great work.

  9. February 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    Congratulations on the nomination, that’s fantastic! Good luck…

  10. February 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm — Reply

    Awesome idea with the debt diaries Grayson, it sounds pretty cool. Also thanks for adding me to your round up this week.

  11. February 9, 2013 at 12:50 am — Reply

    Looking forward to the debt diaries. I’ve recently discovered Girl Meets Debt too and have really enjoyed reading her blog. Have a great weekend!

  12. Eddie
    February 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Grayson, as someone who does a weekly roundup, yours rocks compared to mine. Top new website, giveaways and a PF roundup – solid roundup. Great job. Oh, and thanks for the mention. It’s always appreciated!!

  13. February 9, 2013 at 10:38 pm — Reply

    Wow, congrats on the nomination! It’s well deserved Grayson, I don’t know many other bloggers who work as hard as you do.

    I really appreciate this post and how you recognize the others in the community that help you out. I think that’s awesome and it makes me realize that I need to spend more time developing those friendships.

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