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One Year of Blogging and $100 Giveaway

1st Blog BirthdayAugust 1st is the official first birthday of Eyes on the Dollar! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is reading this and all of you who have had read, commented, or shared my content throughout the past year. I won’t name names in case I forget someone, but you know who you are. In a niche where blogs seem to pop up and disappear overnight, it’s pretty sweet to make it to the one year of blogging mark.

The fact that I am an optometrist who has no background in any sort of computer training or website management is proof that if I can keep a blog up and running, anyone can.

I started this blog because I thought it would be a way to keep myself on track financially after veering way off course over the past few years. It was also a new challenge at a time when my day job was becoming pretty uninspiring. Without even counting the numbers of visits or amount of money I’ve made, I believe this blog has been a key reason for some of my successes in the past year. Sharing your goals and dreams out loud makes them much more likely to happen.

Highlights of the Past Year

Over the past twelve months my husband and I have been able to accomplish many things including:

I won’t say having a blog caused all these changes, but it certainly accelerated them. Again, the whole putting it out there for the world to see means you have to get your act in gear. I also see fellow bloggers doing amazing things every day, so that inspires me to find new and better ways to accomplish my goals. 

What’s Next?

This year I hope to continue to learn more about the technical and marketing side of blogging. I don’t want this to turn into a job I hate. I have to admit that a couple of months ago,I was experiencing some burn out. I considered throwing in the towel after the first year, but then what would I do with all that time and how could I go back to being a mere lurker?

If my sole purpose is to to make money, I’d be better off tying to add another day working as an optometrist. I hope to find a balance between doing this thing I really  enjoy on most days and making it more of a business. I also have to allow myself to take a break if I get burned out.

Financially speaking, we plan on keeping our Eyes on the Dollar  by continuing to pay down our mortgage until the day we are free from all debt. We also hope to add another rental property in the coming year. Hopefully, I can continue to share my experiences, good and bad, to help you in your financial journey, whatever that might be. If you are lurking here and are thinking about starting a blog, what’s stopping you? If someone who never even looked at Twitter before a year ago can do this, you certainly can. 

$100 Giveaway

To celebrate Eyes on the Dollar turning one, I’m giving away $100 PayPal cash! The contest is open to anyone, worldwide, with a PayPal account. The giveaway will end on the last day of August, so come back and enter often. Best of luck and thanks for being a loyal reader!


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. I use tons of coupons and enter lots of contests to get free stuff.

  2. Going to buy new clothes. 🙂

  3. Congratulations Kim on your first year blogging~ You have come so far since the beginning which I remember so clearly. It’s been fun so far and let’s hang on for many more years of keeping the finances real and in check!!! Keep smiling!

  4. Congrats on the 1 year! Burnout is inevitable with blogging, but I’m glad you stuck with it. I keep my “eyes on the dollar” by monitoring my expenses and trying to increase my income both at my 9-5 and at my side hustle.

    • Thanks DC. I look forward to seeing more in the upcoming year about your side hustles and ways to make money,and of course, more giveaways.

  5. Congratulations! I understand the feeling burnout thing and I think taking a couple days away from the computer does wonders. Congratulations on all of your financial progress as well you have done amazing!!

    • Thanks. Breaks should probably be scheduled in, but it’s hard to walk away when you do the work in your own home!

  6. congrats to you..i keep my eyes on the dollar by planning my financial

  7. Happy blogiversary, Kim! You have had an awesome year!!!

  8. Congrats on making it to the 1yr mark. I use to be a lurking too and decided this is something I could do and would enjoy doing. The community is great and you and your husband have done a lot in the past 12 months. Heres to a bright future and good luck with closing on the other office.

  9. Congratulations on 1 year! I’m at about 3 or 4 years with my original site (Thousandaire), and less than one year with this new one. It’s definitely hard and there is some burnout in the beginning, but it can be worth it when you stick to it!

  10. Awesome job Kim! I know how big the one year anniversary feels. I’ve enjoyed reading your unique insights in the past year. Congrats!

  11. Congratulations for the achievements in past one year, both of you have done a fantastic job. Happy birthday to eyesonthedollar.com. Enjoy and have fun, Keep it up. It glad to be part of such a supportive blogging community

  12. Big congrats Kim! You’ve done great in the past year, both on the blogging and financial front! Like DC said, I think the burnout is inevitable – but I am glad you stuck with it. I hit my year mark in about 5 weeks myself and looking forward to what the next year brings. Keep up the great work Kim! 🙂

    • Thanks John. You are really a great example of what a new blog can turn into. Looking forward to many more years.

  13. Doreen Lamoureux

    Congrats on your one year blogging success. I keep my eye on the dollar by keeping an eye on my expenses and trying very hard to stick to the budget.

  14. Congrats! One year is a big deal. And it sounds like you really have your priorities in order in terms of balancing the expansion of this site with your other professional and personal responsibilities. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and I hope you stick around for a long time.

  15. Congrats on 1 year! I always try to look at my expenses and increase my income 🙂

  16. Congrats! You’re doing great. I started blogging a few months ago, and sometimes I feel burned out already. But you’re right…I don’t think I could go back to being a lurker!

  17. Still another terrific blog! Let me share an excellent word of advice regarding blogging: Cooking large meals and breaking them down into smaller portions is a great way to prepare your food for the week ahead. These healthy meals are not only cost effective, but can provide you with the foundation for a great diet plan. Cooking in bulk also saves you money, since you can purchase fresh ingredients and use them immediately. This will keep these things from becoming rotten in your produce drawer.

  18. Happy blogiversary! I always use coupons 🙂

  19. Yay! Happy Birthday EOTD! You have accomplished a lot in one year! I keep my eyes on the dollar by integrating personal finance into my every day life. It’s become something like brushing my teeth. Before it was only something I’d check in with every once in awhile, so good habits were hard to develop. Not perhaps I might think about it too much, but I really enjoy it so it’s OK I think! Keep up the good work Kim!

    • I also think about PF all the time and how I can get a better deal or optimize my time. It’s much better than looking at YouTube all day!

  20. I keep my “eyes on the dollar” by shopping once a month and buying in bulk. I make a lot of casseroles and such for more freezer meals. I can my own food from our huge garden. I go to different stores and only buy what is on sale and stock up on these items. And congrats to you for your 1 year and don’t give up. I’m in a blogging rut right now myself.

    • Hang in there! Cooking in bulk is a great way to save money. As school and activities start up, we will be socking away some meals for those nights.

  21. Happy 1 year blogiversary Kim! You have a great blog here and I wish you continued success 🙂

  22. I keep my eye on the dollar by always checking my Mint app on my phone before determining if I can buy something, to keep myself on-budget! Happy blogaversary!

  23. Congratulations, Kim! You’ve had an amazing year and I have no doubt that the next year will be even better!

  24. Congrats Kim! 1 year is like 15 years in blog age. Here is to many more!

  25. Congrats on hitting the one year mark! I’m sure you have many more to come!

  26. Congrats!!
    I keep track of my spending with a “Money Wise” app on my phone, and of course by blogging about it 🙂

  27. Yes I keep my eye on the dollar as it slips through my fingers faster than I can say NOOO! lol Really trying to do a better job of watching where every last penny goes and cut out any unnecessary spending. Having children makes being thrifty all the more difficult, and yet all the more necessary.
    welindsey at gmail dot com

  28. Congratulations Kim! It takes A LOT of work to get that far!

  29. Congrats Kim on making it through the first year. I almost quite my first year and I’m glad I stuck it out because I’ve accomplished a lot in that time. As a side note my blog is about to hit the 5 year mark here at the end of August and I can’t believe that much time has passed for me. I guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun:)

    Anyways congrats Kim and I’m looking forward to reading more from you over the next coming year.

  30. Congratulations! You’ve had great success in just a year, keep it up!

  31. I keep track of most of our categories in a spreadsheet and use envelopes for about 5 categories.

    Congratulations on your first year! 🙂

  32. I buy clearance & sales with coupons.

  33. Just one more impressive write-up! Here’s a wonderful tip for blogging: An effective way of losing weight is by replacing all your drinks with plain water. Many drinks, such as coffee, soda and juice, are high in calories. Water on the other hand does not contain any calories. It is also inexpensive, and helps you feel less hungry.

  34. Budgeting, coupons, and giveaways like these!

  35. Congrats on your one year anniversary! Woo hoo. I experienced some burn out too a few months ago, and then just got re-jazzed by committing myself to being self-hosted and actually having a website. Just go at your own pace and do what inspires you!

  36. I use money for buy some food and drink!

  37. I can’t believe your blog is only 1! I feel like I’ve been reading it forever. Congratulations on keeping up with it for one year and all the great stuff you’ve accomplished throughout that year. That’s more than some people knock out in five years.

    I will be having my 2 year blog anniversary coming up soon and am working on an article for that. I seem to have a lot of tech heavy articles coming up on niche sties, so maybe you will find them helpful.


  39. Kim, HUGE congrats on making it to the 1 year blogging mark, and on all of your other major accomplishments in the past year – you guys have really done a lot! Thanks for sharing it all, and inspiring all of us to reach for our goals. 🙂

  40. We keep our Eyes on the Dollar by tracking all expenses.

  41. Congrats on your blogoversary! I keep my eye on the dollar by shopping sales, using coupons, and using retail customer loyalty programs!

  42. One Year of Blogging and $100 Giveaway on “Eyes of the Dollar”

  43. Congrats on a year of blogging, Kim. The last year really has flown by, hasn’t it?

  44. This is a great blog! I keep my eye on it via RSS 🙂

  45. (lisa lo) rc form

    I seen someone else say my answer—> I watch as it slips thru my fingers LOL But I only buy needful things, necessities.

  46. Congrats on your one year & all your successful financial endeavors. I keep my eye on the dollar by balancing my budget very carefully. I also use coupons & make sure to shop all of the sales. Of course the number 1 rule- Pay myself first!! Thx for giveaway.

  47. Congrats to one year! I keep my eye on the dollar by being diligent with my budgeting and checking my accounts on at least a weekly basis to make sure everything is on track. I also scour the web for sites like yours for good advice I can implement in my own financial life.

  48. Happy 1 year anniversary! I really enjoy reading your articles and I am look forward to reading your 2nd anniversary post with a $200 giveaway. 🙂

  49. Nice work on hitting the year mark. Mine is coming up in a few weeks. Here is my answer:

    I keep my eye on the money prize by constantly figuring out ways to save or make money. There are always ways to diversify and that is my goal.

  50. I think about how great our future house will be (so much better than take-out or new clothes I don’t need!)

  51. Congratulations, Kim, on your 1 year anniversary. Our blog is 1 year old too, so we have that in common. But your slogan, “Eyes on the dollar” is perhaps the most descriptive of what our strongest affinity is, because when you actually LOOK at your dollars, there’s no limit to the really informative things you will find! For example, the drive to repeal the Citizens United legislation is using dollars as their advertising medium, and we think that this is a first. Comments from you and your readers will be welcome. Continued success:)

  52. I budget well and watch what I spend on a daily basis.

  53. Congrats on your first year! I don’t buy anything I don’t really need and try to find the best price when I do.

  54. I use coupons and shop sales. Congratulations!

  55. I keep my eye on the dollar by using coupons, looking at ads, and stocking up when things are on sale!

  56. i make sure we watch where we are spending with a budgeting app – coupons are helpful too!

  57. I work a full-time and a part-time job which means I work 12 days on and have two days off and then repeat. It keeps me focused and when I get really tired then I remember that the quicker I can pay off my debt, the quicker I can quit my second job. For once in my life, though, I have built up a small savings while paying down my debt. It’s still not what it should be but it sure helps me to breathe a little better.

  58. I don’t buy anything that I do not need and I shop around and use coupons for as many things as I can.

  59. When shopping bring cash only, this way you stay on budget.

  60. rebecca shockley

    I cherish it like it’s the last one! Also comparison shopping is important

  61. rebecca shockley

    I follow you on BL as rebecca shockley

  62. we only buy necessities and watch the sales and use coupons

  63. I do price comparisons and I also use coupons! Congrats!

  64. I use lots of coupons.

  65. I came to this blog because of a blog post that I have read, “Can You Recognize a Scam?” When someone does not understand something, they call it a scam. I wish people would keep their mouths shut if they do not know what they are talking about. You call the travel club a scam! Why, because of the way they market their products and services. Because they offer you a better deal if you join today? I’m a man that has wasted a lot of money on toys, motor cycles, many cars and trucks, 5th wheels, motor homes, boats, nice vacations. I my accountant told be that how I spend my money is not wise, I would have to disagree. If the wife and I have smiles on our faces and can afford to play hard, Oh because we work hard. We feel we deserve it. I have members that own two weeks of timeshares in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and have paid over 100,000 dollars for their 50 year membership, Oh and they pay around 3,000 dollars each year in fees. Do you want to know why? “BECAUSE THEY CAN!” The travel club industry is the future of travel for those that can not afford to buy into the top of the list timeshares. The real scam is scamming your family out of quality vacations, Why would anyone choose to go through life the cheap way, you will get what you pay for. I expect more out of life and so should you.

    • Thanks for commenting. My family has amazing vacations, and we choose to invest and spend as wisely as we can so that we can continue to take those. You can spend your money how you please, but this blog is about how to get out of debt and live your dream life in a positive way, so if that is not what you were hoping for, perhaps there are other websites more suited to your needs.

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