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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #22-I’m Old Edition

file000426803715The temperature is back in the 30’s Fahrenheit again and I feel like pulling out my shorts and tank tops. We had an eclectic week with ski lessons for our daughter, a flat tire for my husband, and a PPD test for me. No, that is not some unspeakable disease. The clinic where I work on the reservation requires that all providers be tested for tuberculosis annually. It makes me want to cough just thinking about it. In just seven short days, I will turn 39. Holy crap, that’s old! I still feel 25 until I try to stay up past 10PM. Β I’m too practical to have a mid life crisis, so you won’t see any Botox in my future. Although, I wouldn’t turn down a good facial and massage.

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If you like money, there are a couple of giveaways that I’m co-hosting. Don’t forget to enter for your shot at $1000 or $100. You can buy me a nice birthday present if you win.

Guest Post

I had a guest post for Debt Movement titled Why Being in Debt is the Standard and How to Change Your Mindset.


Big congratulations to Grayson at Debt Roundup and Glen at Monster Piggy Bank on their new bundles of joy. If you see typos on their posts, just remember they are probably not getting more than two hours of sleep at a time.


Eyes on the Dollar again received lots of love this week. I’d do a tap dance for you, but I’d probably break a hip.

My post about changing negatives into positives was well received at Money Smart Guides, The Frugal Farmer, Reach Financial Independence, Budget and the Beach, Work, Save, Live, and My Money Design.

My post about kids and glasses was a hit with Frugal Rules, Canadian Budget Binder, and Fearless Men.

Prairie Eco Thrifter liked my post about diversity in investments.

One Smart Dollar agreed on the reasons why consumers can’t get out of debt.

Funny Search Terms

eyesonretirement optometrist-Not quite there yet, but give me a few years

day trading to pay off debt– Holy risky investment, Batman!

we paid off your mortgage early-Wow, can I be next?

pay off credit card in 5 years but no job-Let me know how that works out for you.

turkish group singing I can’t take my eyes off you-Sorry you landed here!

In case you didn’t notice, I’ve decided to change the name of my weekly roundup. If you didn’t know it already, 20/20 is equated with perfection in the world of eyeball jargon, so without further delay:

20/20 Posts of the Week

How I Support my Family on One Income at Canadian Budget Binder. Another great reader post by one determined Mom.

Hotels, Motels, or Bed and Breakfasts, Which one Do You Prefer? at Money Smart Guides. Is it possible to have Ritz Carlton tastes on a Motel Six budget?

13 Money Resolutions for 2013 #10: Stop Buying at Reach Financial Independence. Pauline continues her wonderful series. I wonder if the last step is how to save money by bushwacking with a machete?

Are You in Charge of Your Financial Future? at Frugal Rules. Our government doesn’t have it’s act together, so you’re on your own to get it right. No excuses.

Learning to Live on One Income so You Can Enjoy an Early Retirement at Modest Money. When we get everything paid off, I’d love to try this.

How do You Refine Your Budget Without Falling Back into Overspending? at The Frugal Farmer. I’m new at budgeting myself, so I don’t know if I’m the person to ask, but I think it takes some trial and error. Just don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Choose Happiness at Budget and the Beach. We all must be having that positive attitude push this month. I guess January is the bleakest month, my birthday not withstanding.

The Difference Between Being Rich and Looking Rich at Prairie Eco Thrifter. You’d never know most of the true rich people because they don’t need to show off.

P2P Investing Denied! What Should Be My Next Passive Income Ambition? at My Money Design. MMD cannot be deterred from passive investing. Which should he choose?

The Rules to Always Being a Gentleman Part I at Fearless Men- Please don’t wear things that say I Love Boobies.

The Downside to Common Frugal Tips at One Smart Dollar. Cutting my own hair would be a disaster.

Family of Six Living off $2100 per month-Reader’s Budget Review at Work Save Live. I am addicted to budget makeovers.

Budget Friday: Submission 7 at I Heart Budgets. Keep on rolling with the budget makeovers.

How to Tap Dance to Work at Street Smart Finance. I’m not sure I tap dance to work, but I certainly haven’t ever felt sad to be there either.

Interview Tips For Older Workers at Krantcents. Fits right in with the old theme this week!

How to Stop Impulse Buying at Free in Ten Years. You can’t be free in 10 years or forever if you impulse buy!

How do You Manage Stress at Money Master Mom. How she got posts done while everyone had the flu is beyond me.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend! Should I put in for my spot at the retirement home?

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. Thanks for the link love! And happy almost birthday! I’m 42 so I know it’s hard to believe how time has gone by…and I still feel so young too! I guess that’s good, right? Right?! lol!

  2. Hey Kim! Thanks for including us on the roundup, which is full of wonderful posts, I might add. I had to laugh about you being “too practical” for a mid-life crisis. :-). I’m right there with you on that one. Have a great weekend, Kim!

  3. It is 80 degrees today! A lot closer to normal for southern California. Thanks for the links, I am in good company.

  4. Well, if you’re old than I am too Kim because I am hitting the same age on Monday. πŸ˜‰ My kids keep me young, but man time does fly. I hear you on the staying up late though. I used to do all nighters in college without thinking of it and now I think 11 is too late. Oh well, such is life. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the mention as always!

  5. I’m 35 and once it’s 10:30, I am ready for bed. Ah, such is life πŸ™‚

  6. “Please don’t wear things that say ‘I Love Boobies'”. Haha I forgot to include that one! Now what about women that where those bracelets??

    Congrats on turning 39! I just turned 30, and I think my brain cells are dying. I’m already slowing down haha. When will I speed back up? I only feel 25 between the hours of 11am-2pm.

    Thanks for the repost!!

  7. I feel old every time a birthday comes around as well. Then it wears off. Maybe you can tap dance next month? Thanks for the mention!

  8. 39 is the newer, more fabulous 29. No worries. But happy early birthday! Any specific plans in the works to celebrate your special day?

  9. Thank you Kim for the mention and for letting me get by with any typos. It is amazing what a few hours of sleep will do to your ability to function on a basic level.

  10. Thanks Kim πŸ™‚ It has been great so far, just a little hectic.

  11. I like the personal touches. Keeps it “personal finance!”

    My wife got a flat tire a couple of weeks ago. I think our cars attract sharp objects.

  12. Congratulations on your birthday, Kim! Thanks for the mention as well.

  13. Thanks for the mention! Have a great weekend!

  14. Ah ha ha… can I be next, no kidding. Sometimes those search terms just make me smile. Lots of baby action happening in the PF world, I wonder who will be next? Thanks for the mention mate… P.S Eyes on Retirement would be a great second blog aha!

    • I could really have eyes on anything, the kitchen, the toddlers, the neighbors…There are lots of babies entering the blogosphere, maybe it will be your turn next?

  15. Thanks for link! Don’t feel bad about getting up near 40. Haven’t you heard 40 is the new 20? I turn 33 in two weeks.

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