Round Up

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 3/9/2013

Welcome to the weekends fellow debt wranglers.  I am glad you stopped by to see what was happening at Debt Roundup.  For those that follow on a regular basis, I am behind the scenes creating a new look and feel for the site.  I have been working hard on it for two weeks and I was hoping to push it out this weekend.  After some thinking, I decided to hold off because I need to do some important maintenance on my project vehicle (1990 Jeep Wrangler).  It needs to go get a safety inspection by the 31st of this month, so I need to get it up to par.  Oh well, it will be nice and I have cold beer in my garage fridge.  YES!

As I ramp up my website design, I have come to the conclusion that I need to make some changes around here.  I have a few things that I want to do, but need to think about them more carefully.  I started this blog to reach out to the general public, but I feel that I have more just networked with other bloggers.  Don’t get me wrong, I love networking with people, but I want Debt Roundup to be so much more than that.  I want people to stop by here for answers to their problems and learn new things.  I need to think deeply about where to take this blog and I need to do it soon.  I hit my 6-month mark with blogging on Debt Roundup 2 weeks ago and I need to find my vision.  I intend to do so.

Website of the Week

club thriftyClub Thrifty

Club Thrifty is run by an awesome husband and wife team, Greg and Holly.  They share a lot of thrifty wisdom for the masses.  They also write for other great sites like Get Rich Slowly.  I have connected with Greg and Holly over the past few months and they are wonderful people working on a great site (just redesigned).  If you haven’t become part of the club, then go check out Club Thrifty.



I am co-hosting a great giveaway for a brand new Canon T4i Digital Camera.  It’s free to enter and you just have to follow some great personal finance blogs on twitter or facebook.  Contest ends on 3/31.


I had a lot of people mention Debt Roundup this past week, so I want to thank them all.  I really appreciate the support from everyone!

Weekly Top 12

Another week of great reads.  I took my time to come up with a top 12.  I had more time this week to catch up on my reads and I think you will enjoy this weeks articles.  If you have some free time this weekend, check them out.

  1. How to Create a BudgetReadyForZero
  2. An OpportunityPunch Debt in the Face
  3. Total Baby Costs Hit $10,000!Budgets are Sexy
  4. How I Learned to Avoid Bone-Headed Financial MovesThe Free Financial Advisor
  5. Stop Eating Out! Tips to Curb Your Restaurant SpendingPrairie Eco-Thrifter
  6. Are You Financially Smarter Than a 5th Grader?Enemy of Debt
  7. The U.S. Healthcare System and Your FinancesClub Thrifty
  8. How We Made Saving FunSweating the Big Stuff
  9. Ten Financial Mistakes You Can’t Afford to MakeOut of Your Rut
  10. Things That Make Me Scratch My HeadFrugal Rules
  11. Can Money Buy You Happiness?Tackling Our Debt
  12. Always Expect The UnexpectedOne Smart Dollar

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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. March 9, 2013 at 9:42 am — Reply

    “If you build it they will come”. Field Of Dreams

    I am very new to blogging and I don’t have very many readers and most of my comments are from other bloggers but I know that the non-bloggers are reading because of my numbers. I am averaging 150 views per day.

    The regular people do comment just not as frequently. They are interested in reading and learning and not as interested in commenting. 3 blogs I read regularily, Mr Money Moustache, Get Rich Slowly and Free Money Finance all have dozens of comments and questions and arguments from the sort of people you are trying to connect with.

    They are out there and they are reading. Your numbers are amazing. You will just have to find some way to get them to speak up.

    • Grayson
      March 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm — Reply

      Yep, it is all about focusing. I don’t want to lose bloggers, but I need to pull out my reach and bring in more people via searches.

  2. March 9, 2013 at 9:58 am — Reply

    Great list! I will definitely check them out. With time and hard work, I aspire to be on that list!

  3. March 9, 2013 at 10:34 am — Reply

    Thanks for the mention Grayson! It appears as you and I are on the same basic wavelength in regards to the blog. That’s something that has been more than rumbling around in my mind lately. It’ll be exciting to see where this all goes long term. My vision is beyond just the blog and that has just started to take root, so hopefully it’ll be a fun ride. Have a great weekend working on your Wrangler!

    • Grayson
      March 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm — Reply

      It has been going around in my head for a while. I need to get back into what I wanted to originally do with the site, but still stay connected with great bloggers such as yourself.

  4. March 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    I love Club Thrifty! Looking forward to your site design. Glad you’re a Jeep buddy just like us :)

    • Grayson
      March 9, 2013 at 11:10 pm — Reply

      You can’t go wrong with having a Jeep buddy.

  5. March 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm — Reply

    I’m going on three months with my blog and I see what your talking about. I’ll worry about it in 3 more month’s. For right now I view the comments coming from other bloggers as a boost to help me get my site better known (and ranked). So please visit, please comment and help me spread the word 😀

  6. March 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the mention! Have a good weekend!

    • Grayson
      March 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm — Reply

      You are most welcome John.

  7. March 10, 2013 at 8:26 am — Reply

    Grayson, I think it’s great that your working so hard to bring search people in so that you can help them. Can’t wait to see how your new vision of the site turns out. Have a great weekend!

    • Grayson
      March 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm — Reply

      Thanks Laurie. I have a lot of work to do, but hopefully it will pay off.

  8. March 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    Wow! Thank you so much for featuring us and for the kind words!!! Also, thank you very much for mentioning my healthcare article. That is a topic that can get pretty heated at times, but I was glad to see some thoughtful discussion on both sides.

    • Grayson
      March 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm — Reply

      You are most welcome Greg. Keep up the good work and I will keep enjoying it!

  9. March 11, 2013 at 12:38 am — Reply

    Thanks for including Suzanne’s article from Enemy of Debt! I know how you feel about wanting to reach out to people looking for help with debt in addition to creating connections with other bloggers. One thing to keep in mind is that many bloggers ARE actually people trying to get out of debt as well. :)

    • Grayson
      March 11, 2013 at 9:20 am — Reply

      I am with you on that Travis. I know bloggers are also people looking to get out of debt, but I need to reach out to more people. Just reaching bloggers is not a sustainable idea for a website unless that is your target market. There are a lot more people out there looking for help with finances and I want to reach them.

  10. March 11, 2013 at 8:40 am — Reply

    I love reading about “refocusing” in business. No matter where it takes you, Grayson, it’s a worthy exercise. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    • Grayson
      March 11, 2013 at 9:16 am — Reply

      Thanks Joe. I am getting their slowly, but I hope it is for the best.

  11. March 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for including my article, Grayson! And at the top, no less! Hope your Monday is going well so far, and look forward to seeing the direction you take this blog.

  12. March 27, 2013 at 2:55 am — Reply

    I’m on late night baby duty, but just wanted to drop a note and wish you luck with your new goal for the site. The blogger networking/community is awesome, but there’s definitely more out there. And I don’t think you necessarily have to trade one to have the other. Look forward to seeing what’s in store for the site, man!

    • Grayson
      March 27, 2013 at 9:43 am — Reply

      Been there and done that Johnny. I hope the little one is doing well. I am working on creating a balance now and want to still interact with blogs that I enjoy, but branch out a bit more. You guys have a plan over there at the OFB household?

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