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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #5

Where does the time go? Another week has flown by. It’s beginning to feel like fall with the cooler mornings and evenings that Colorado does so well. I’m kind of excited about today. Daughter and I are going to pick apples and peaches at the Colorado State University orchard near our area. It’s really cheap and nice to show her where food comes from.  For her kindergarten homework, she brings home a letter every day and we have to find five things that start with that letter. On the day for the letter T, I was trying to get her to say tree.

Me: “Apples come from a ………”

Daughter: “Store!”

Maybe it’s time to get back to nature. I’m also glad to report that our tomato plant has a semi-ripening tomato. My first one ever! I can get them to grow, but they never ripen. I can’ t wait to eat it.

Eyes on the Dollar certainly had lots of love this week thanks to all you wondeful readers. I really appreciate everyone who stops by and leaves a comment or shares a post. This week thanks to these blogs for mentions.

Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks September 14, 2012-Canadian Budget Binder.

Lifestyle Carnival 19th Edition-Free Ticket to Japan

Weekly Roundup 9-9-12-Rule Your Wallet Blog

Beginning of September 2012 Favorite Posts-Modest Money

Quick Hits and Weekend Reading-Young Adult Money

Friday’s Circle of Friends-September 14-Tackling Our Debt

And I Just Couldn’t Take My Eyes Off These Posts

Rapper, Slim Thug, Writes Personal Finance Book– by Elle P at Tightway Tales. While I can’t say I’m a fan of Thug’s music, I like his advice.  Suze Orman, ghetto style!

How We Bought a $50K Duplex-Part 1-At Planting our Pennies. You have to read the whole series or you might miss one-eared Billy.

Good-Bye to Cigarettes and Hello Life!-Mr. CBB’s guest post on Finance Fox. Love it when two of my faves are on the same site. Congrats to Mr. CBB for choosing life.

How I Got 50,000+ Twitter Followers– at Young Adult Money. I was feeling pretty stoked about having almost 80 followers until DC had to go and set the bar so high. That’s actually amazing.

Avoiding Sex With Strangers and Other Poor Money Decisions– Other Guy from The Free Financial Advisor has some great tips and the best title of the week.

Social Security Spousal Benefits-Hook Me Up Elderly Sugar Momma!-at My Money Design. My second favorite title of the week.

Teachers on Strike-Should They Get Paid More- Since I married one, I think they should make 6 figures, but see what TB at Blue Collar Workman has to say.

Pay Off Your Mortgage Early Without Refinancing-6 Easy Strategies-Jason at Frugal Habits tells us how to take down a mortgage.

My Dance with Credit Card Debt (And How I Got Out of It)- John from Frugal Rules kicks some credit debt butt.

Five Best Countries to Minimize Tax-Modest Money. I know Jeremy doesn’t need anymore links, but you gotta start planning your escape at some point. Might as well pay less taxes.

When Appropiate Behavior Yields to Stinginess-Femme Frugality shows us that wrapping  a 3 yo boy’s birthday present in a lingerie bag is maybe going a bit too far.

On Fitness and Life– I would race Savvy Scot if he didn’t live across an ocean.

There you have it. Hope everyone can get outside and enjoy the weekend.

Have you ever picked fruit or did you think it was produced at the store?





About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Funny. My grandparents owned a fruit farm growing up. Whenever I’d meet new people around Kalamazoo (Michigan), people would say “You’re one of the blueberry people!” Yes, I am.

    • Ha, always knew you were a fruit! My grandma used to go pick blueberries at the same farm every year. Good memories, although I sure complained at the time.

  2. That’s some great homework she gets. I actually think that’s smart to do although I did get a chuckle… Store ahaha. I’ve picked fruit before actually in my own backyard as we have a crab apple tree. I’m sure you will find picture of me in the tree on my blog somewhere. Mrs.CBB loves to go to the farms to pick fresh fruit as she said it reminds her of when she was a child. It used to be a family day where they would go to the orchard and pick apples, peaches, and cherries…something she will never forget. If anything the experience for children will last a lifetime. Buying fruit at the store well that’s as convenient as it gets. You can’t put a price on sharing life experiences with your child. Cheers and thanks for sharing my posts! Cheers Mr.CBB 🙂

    • Apple picking is one of the activities I always look forward to during the fall. Nothing taste better than apple cider made from apples you personally picked at the apple farm.

      • It is funny how it tastes better if you pick it yourself. Could also be lack of whatever they preserve things with to get them to the store.

    • We got 44lbs of fruit for $17.60, and you can’t put a price on the experience. We will be making this an annual ritual.

  3. My post was only your second favorite title? 🙂 Heck, I’m glad to just be mentioned! Thanks!

  4. You do realize that MMD’s post is against SS rules don’t you? For 2 reasons, once you start to collect ANY retirement benefit, you are stuck at that schedule. E.g. If a person starts collecting a benefit on their record at age 62, then marries and becomes eligible for a higher spouse’s benefit at 65, they don’t get to start over at 65, they are stuck at the reductions they would have taken at age 62. Also, it is against SS rules to collect a spouse’s benefit IF your PIA is larger than your spouse’s. So, you don’t get to pick and choose which one you take, SS will always make you take the higher of all the options once you decide to begin collecting a benefit.

    • I really don’t believe I will get social security when that time comes, so I haven’t checked the rules that carefully. I thought MMD’s post was an interesting read, but everyone should always do their own research on all financial matters.

  5. Thanks so much for the mention Kim! My family & I went to Minnesota for vacation over Labor Day and one of the activites was picking apples. The kids loved it. Often while growing up my parents would take us to different orchards to pick a a variety of fruits, I always loved it. I think it can be helpful for kids to have that experience as it can help them see where fruit comes from.

    • Both sets of my grandparents had gardens and raised beef, and we always went to the berry patch to pick blueberries and raspberries. Good memories from childhood, except washing beets, horrible stains! I don’t think I will every be much of a gardener, but maybe we can hit the local pick yourself places.

  6. Hey, thanks for the mention! Great roundup here too, you picked some great posts. 🙂

  7. Thank you for the mention Kim. I wouldn’t say I don’t need more links, otherwise I wouldn’t still be so appreciative of all of them. That’s funny that your daughter just said apples come from the store. I guess she’ll know a little better now.

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