We opened one of our Christmas presents early last night. Our family loves board games, and one of my childhood favorites was Life. My husband has it on his iTouch, but call me old fashioned. I just don’t like it as much, so we bought the board game with the little cars and blue and pink people pegs. Although the quality of materials is much poorer than I remember, the decisions are the same as when I was a kid. You have to choose in the beginning to take on debt to go to college or start a career. Paydays are higher with college, but you have to pay back your loans. You have to choose which house to buy from the cheap mobile home to the luxury manor. My husband ended up winning because I kept getting sued in lawsuits, and my daughter’s occupation ended up being a teacher, so her payday was pretty low, plus she had four children. Anyway, it is a personal finance geek’s dream game except you don’t have control over all the variables. I only wish I still had the sturdier version from my youth.
This week I participated in some really cool things. Sicorra at Tackling Our Debt put together a group of bloggers who shared our favorite Christmas memories. I did a blog swap with Mandy from Money Master Mom about my service trip to Costa Rica as a student, and I am co-hosting a giveaway for $100. Don’t forget to enter!
Jeremy at Modest Money is hosting a super giveaway for cash and blogger services. Don’t forget to enter that one also.
Free Money Finance is donating up to $25K of his own money in matching donations. If you are looking for a cause this holiday season, check out the Red Kettle Challenge!
Eyes on the Dollar was mentioned in several places around the web. You are really spectacular people.
My post about Reasons to Love Your New Car was mentioned by Edward Antrobus.
Anne at Unique Gifter mentioned my site in her Movember Wrap Up
My Most Memorable Christmas was a favorite at Work Save Live
Mandy’s guest post about Do Your Purchases Reflect Your Values? was very well received and made the all star list for Canadian Budget Binder, Modest Money, Debt Roundup, Reach Financial Independence, Frugal Rules, Finance Fox, Plunged in Debt, and The Heavy Purse. Wow, your rocked it, Mandy!
Some fun search terms this week:
30,000 debt with nothing to show for it- I’ve been there myself. It sucks
doctors in small towns who are willing to barter- Got some chickens and a goat, eh?
how much was kim rent- Well I haven’t rented in a while
telling daughter she can’t do gymnastics anymore- That’s a bummer
what costs more money smokers or obesity- Hope that’s not your Christmas list
during 2008, the amount of money spent that was associated with obesity was $147 billion dollars. the estimated medical cost of someone who is obese compared to someone who is not was $1,429 more for an obese person. a near 35.7% of adults in the u.s. are obese. african americans have the high percentage of obesity at 49.5%, hispanics follow at 40.4%, and “30.3% of kids ages 6 to 11 are overweight, 15.3% are classified as obese-That was actually a search term!
And I couldn’t take my eyes off these posts:
Overcoming Murphy’s Law-Our Journey Out of Debt at Work Save Live. We all certainly have setbacks with our goals, but that’s why it’s important to have something saved for emergencies.And I Just Couldn’t Take My Eyes Off These Posts
5 Reasons I’m Buying Less for My Kids This Christmas by the lovely Holly from Club Thrifty for Modest Money. Also check out her other half, Greg, about How Much Money is Enough.
How to Slash Years Off the Life of Your Mortgage at Frugal Rules and Using Your Mortgage as Your Emergency Fund at Monster Piggy Bank were both guest posts by James at Free in Ten Years. I’ve never heard of a mortgage where you could reborrow the money without a HELOC. Interesting idea.
Budgeting with Mr. CBB Got us Back on Track at Canadian Budget Binder. This is a guest post from one of Mr. CBB’s readers. How exciting to know that you have helped someone closer to financial freedom!
My Favorite Christmas Moment-Learning the Value of Exercise from Average Joe. Almost as good as when he put the whole mini bar in his suitcase. Maybe a tie.
Grayson at Debt Roundup is Calling All Personal Finance Bloggers to share their best tip. Should be a fun list. Check it out if you want to add one.
Life is Not Like the Movies, a guest post from Budget and the Beach at Reach Financial Independence. We all want to be the heroine who is swept away by the bad boy who changes his ways because of love. It’s fun to dream!
Cheap vs Frugal: How Far is Too Far? at Edward Antrobus. I love post like this and secretly like watching those shows.
Some Marry the Wrong Person Knowingly at Finance Fox. Why oh why would you do that? Read to find out.
Money That Would Have Changed My Life at Plunged in Debt. Sad but true story that probably happens more than you think.
5 Simple Ways to Save Money on Christmas Decorations at I Heart Budgets, and if you can be FREAKIN EXCITED about it, that’s even better.
Overcoming my Greatest Fear….of Public speaking is a great guest post at Fearless Men by Jason at Work Save Live.
Nearly Half of Americans Die Broke in Retirement at Krantcents. Don’t be in that half!
What is a Pantry or Fridge Challenge at What Mommy Does. Don’t read it as panty as I first did.
Living Off Income from Dividends at One Smart Dollar. You know you want to, right?
How Decluttering is Like Getting Multiple Tatoos at Frugal Portland. Has to be the best title of the week.
Fact of Life (and Business): You Get What You Pay For at Dollarversity. We really shouldn’t complain about cheap or free. Pay up or shut up.
Combat Smaller Size for Same Price Gimmicks at Money Beagle. I believe my game of Life was smaller and more expensive than I remember!
A Great Retirement Plan if You’re Broke (or not!) at Mighty Bargain Hunter.
Happy Weekend! Are you done with Christmas shopping?