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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #12-Election Edition

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We are officially in the last two months of the year,  and I can’t believe it will be 2013 soon. Big election this coming week. If you live in US, go vote. You can’t complain unless you do. I have been very apathetic about this election cycle, but in years past I’ve worked on some state level campaigns. Nothing is more humbling that going door to door for a candidate or making election calls. I do feel like the national politicians are out of touch, but state lawmakers are usually very easy to talk with. I’d encourage you to get to know yours.

November 1st was my 3 month blogiversary. While I still have a long way to go, but it certainly seems like yesterday when I had no commenters, didn’t even have a twitter account, and certainly had no funny search terms to share!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway that I’m participating in for your chance to win $100 in Paypal cash or an Amazon gift card, your choice.

Happy one year anniversary to Jason at Work Save Live. He is hosting a killer giveaway. If you haven’t entered, get over there now.

A few funny search terms that found my blog…..

11 year old life lessons learned-You’d hope it wouldn’t take 11 years to learn a lesson!

clothing stores that uses credit cards-I’d say most take them. Don’t know if they all use them.

debt consolidation submit a guest-Are you trying to get a guest to substitute for your debt?

horribles parade-That doesn’t sound fun at all.

yellowstone national park redwoods trees pictures-The redwoods aren’t in Yellowstone, sorry.

“meth lab” ventilation roof-What???

These very wonderful bloggers were kind enough to share and link my posts this week. I can’t thank you enough.

Friday Recap, a New House, and Still No Electricity! at Reach Financial Independence

The VIP Club Roundup-9th Edition at Club Thrifty

Frugal Friday: Posts that Ruled this Week, Month End Extravaganza at Frugal Rules

The Sunday Review: Top Posts of the Week at Savvy Scot

5 Steps to Take If Your House is Flooded at Fix Em Up Rent Em Out

Friday’s Circle of Friends and Random Facts About Some of Them at Tackling Our Debt

Beginning of November 2012 Favorite Posts at Modest Money

Carnivals, Mentions, and Weekend Reading #36 at Work Save Live

Quick Hits and Weekend Reading at Young Adult Money

Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks, Nov 2, 2012 at Canadian Budget Binder

Let me know if I missed anyone, please!

And I couldn’t take my eyes off these posts

10 Tips to Get Your Finance in Order Before the New Year at Modest Money. You’ve got two months. Chop. Chop!

Breeding Cattle as an Investment at Reach Financial Independence. If you haven’t been following Pauline, you should. She never ceases to amaze. I’ve never considered this, but steaks are really expensive, so sounds like a great idea.

5 Keys to Sell Books Like Hotcakes on Youtube at Fix Em Up Rent Em Out. Terry is quite the videographer, and who doesn’t want to sell something like hotcakes?

Rich Bay Street Lawyers and the Test of Human Dignity at Finance Fox. Eddie is always good for telling it as he sees it. What’s your opinion?

How we Renovated our First House for under $25,000 from Catherine at Plunged in Debt on Canadian Budget Binder. You get two great bloggers on one site!

How to Earn Income From Home at Tackling Our Debt. If only I was crafty enough to make something for Etsy.

Are Rich People Really That Different Than the Rest of Us at Frugal Rules. Depends. I need to go mop my floor. I don’t think Madonna or Donald Trump probably worry too much about that.

Change Your Life-Step 5 Learn New Skills at Savvy Scot. I learned from a police officer this week that I have to come to a complete stop for several seconds at stop signs, even is no one is coming. Does that count?

Get the Clutter Out: 5 Things to Organize Today at Young Adult Money. I hate clutter and apparently it makes you less productive. Clean out the junk room today!

Miser For a Month-Week 4 at One Smart Dollar. Could you be a miser for a month to increase your net worth?

Wedding Gift Dispute-How Much Is Acceptable to Give at Life Dollars and Sense. Blair poses a great question. I’ve always thought you should be grateful for any gift, but apparently not everyone thinks so.

The Thank You Letter That Landed a Job at Pelican on Money. It’s amazing that the smallest details can make such a huge difference.

70 Million Lotto Draw at Monster Piggy Bank. Do you buy lottery tickets?

My Escape from the “Toxic Employee From Hell” at Club Thrifty. Doesnt’ that sound like a great scary movie? I think we’ve all know a “Bertha”

Broken Heart-Broken Wallet Part 1 at L Bee and the Money Tree. Sounds like a great country song. Can’t wait to get to part 2.

How to Create an Emergency Budget at I Heart Budgets. Jacob hearts them so much he makes emergency ones too. Pretty flippin’ sweet (my new favorite expression, thanks Jake).

Income Inequality in Relationships at Planting Our Pennies. The PoPs, like me, don’t give a hoot who makes more money, but I guess it can be a sticky subject for some people.

How Blogging Has Changed My Life at Passive Income to Retire. What an encouraging post for us newbies.

Have a great weekend!

Have you ever gotten involved in a political campaign? If so, did it make you a better person to get doors slammed in your face?



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. Happy blogoversary Kim, and thank you for the mention! I’ve never even voted, and like you say, I don’t complain. I am to introverted to go door to door, selling lottery tickets for the school as a child was already more than I could take. I understand that politics at a local level make more sense, you can see the work right there. Still, I have yet to met a politician who has only his voters’ best interest at heart!

  2. Hi Kim,
    Thanks for sharing Catherine’s Guest post at Canadian Budget Binder. Have yourself a lovely weekend and my favourite search term was meth lab ventilation roof.. sounds to me like some secret business is going on lol. Mr.CBB

  3. Thanks for the mention.

    Yes, I too have gone door to door for candidates. I find it a somewhat scary but ultimately extremely rewarding experience to get out there and meet the “real” people, despite the episode I had of being chased by dogs.

  4. Happy first 3 months. Your blog is growing so quickly! Thanks so much for the includes. Hope your weekend is fun!

    • Thanks. I actully get an evening to myself tonight as my hubby and daughter are going to hang out with his sister. I haven’t had time alone in forever. Sad that that’s exciting I guess.

  5. Thanks for the mention Kim. I am so glad the election is almost here. I did some volunteering for some campaigns while in high school and college and always thought it was so interesting. Happy blogoversary! I love the search terms, I am finally starting to get some myself.

  6. Hi Kim!
    I’m excited to see how the election will come out. Oddly enough, us Canadians are paying a lot of attention to the upcoming election. Thanks for the mention on my “opinionated” post LOL 🙂
    Have a great weekend!!

  7. Hey Kim – Thanks for including us! Our round up tomorrow is subtitled “election edition”, too =) Can’t wait for this thing to be over. It’s downright painful living in a swing state through election season.

    • Funny, an fellow with a clipboard just rang my doorbell. I hid like I wasn’t home. I’m sure he was wanting me to vote for someone.

  8. Thanks for including me here 🙂 I voted for an independent and am not afraid to say it outloud. I get very into politics once you get me started, its been tough not blabbing about it on the blog but absolutely necessary. Any time I open my yap someone gets offended. Happy Bloggoversary! That’s a weird term…

    • It is a weird term. I don’t even really know how to spell it. I have voted for independent candidates before as well. I really hate political parties for the most part and like and dislike things about both major ones. There was a little thing in our local paper where the reporter asked people on the street who they were voting for. One lady said, “Well Obama stands for more of the things I believe in, but I’m a Republican, so I’ll probably vote for Romney.” Really? I just usually vote for the one I think is better or, more often than not, the one who is the lesser of the evils. People who vote for a party without taking time to research the candidates should maybe just not vote.

  9. Oh yes! Stop signs require you coming to a full halt. Annoying, but that’s the rule. :@

  10. Thanks for mentioning the giveaway! I’ve never been involved in a political campaign and I’m not sure I’d be willing to give my time for that. If it was a personal friend, then I’d do it but otherwise I just couldn’t justify giving up my time. I think giving my time for charity or spending time with friends/family would be better served.

    • It probably is a better use of time. I only volunteered because my optometric association asked me to and I was curious. I don’t see it happening again unless I get really excited about a candidate.

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