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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #26-Germs Go Away

Good thoughts for Ralph

Good thoughts for Ralph

It has been a great week other than my husband having the flu and our older dog, Ralph, having some sort of a bone growth that we can really do much about. I’d have to say the dog was more of a good sport about being ill this week. I’ve been sanitizing the house, which it really needed anyway. Nothing like a nice virus to get you moving. I did get in a couple of days of cross country skiing, and it was fabulous. Sadly, I did not win my bracket in the Free Money Finance March Madness, but Pauline was a worthy opponent. If you feel bad you can always vote for me in the Top Personal Finance Blogs of 2012 at One Smart Dollar. There seems to be lots going on in the blogosphere this week.


You can still enter to win lots of money. Up for grabs are  $500 and $999.99.

Guest Post

I had a fabulous guest post this week from Jason at Work Save Live about 7 Steps to Take Before You Put Your Home on the Market


Carnival of Money Pros at Drop that Debt

The Money Mail Carnival-13th Edition


Modest Money, Frugal Habits, and Unique Gifter liked knowing about gifts for girls who hate Valentine’s Day.

Student Debt Survivor, Stumble Forward, The Frugal Path and Luke 1428 enjoyed Rohit’s guest post about money decisions in your 20’s.

Fearless Men shared my post about using coupons, and then double liked me this week!

Work Save Live likes to find the right gift at the right price.

You Only Do This Once,  and Reach Financial Independence appreciated my analogy about debt payments being like a winter blizzard.

Frugal Rules, and Stumble Forward were fans of Jason’s guest post.

Canadian Budget Binder like my Chocolate Beet Cake and my post about using coupons.

 Funny Search Terms

buying every girl in class a valentine– You little Romeo!

can a girl not like valentine’s day– YEP

free pass to disable veterans at mesa verde national park- I’m pretty sure you’d only get a free pass to jail if you tried that.

drugs hidden on my property– Call the cops.

emotional cost of girl scout cookies– Do counselors specialize in that?

husband didn’t say or do anything for valentine’s– Wow, guess who’s in the doghouse!

 20/20 Personal Finance Posts of the Week

I Just Quit My Day Job to Write Full Time was a great guest post at You Only Do This Once by Amanda at Frugal Confessions. I love when people can follow their dreams.

Why You Should Just Say No to Refund Anticipation Loans at Frugal Rules. Because they are a rip off!

10 New Home Upgrades to Consider Before You Build at Stumble Forward. I wish I’d had this list when we were building.

Can you Gamble Responsibly? at Reach Financial Independence. For some reason, I always love posts about Las Vegas, perhaps the only place where you can run down the strip buck naked, soaking wet, with an American flag wrapped around you and not get too many strange looks.

Starting a Legacy that Will Last a Lifetime and Beyond a guest post by John at Frugal Rules for Fearless Men. What do you want to leave behind?

My Financial Advice for New Grads at Frugal Habits. I am certainly not a new grad, but if you are make sure you read this one.

Personal Finance is Like Driving: Don’t Speed at The Frugal Path. Loving analogies this week!

Dumpster Diving: The Top Five Rules for Finding the Good Free Stuff at Canadian Budget Binder. Can’t say I’ve ever tried it, but if you have one of those Nifty Nabbers, it might be alright.

Imaginative Ways to Make Extra Money at Modest Money. No selling a kidney is not on the list.

Luck and Logic:How to Make Your Own Luck at Wealth Informatics. I do believe mindset goes a long way in determining luck.

Encouraging Entrepreneurism in Your Children at The Frugal Farmer. Never to young make your ideas into a business.

How to Invest a Million Dollars and Why You’ll Need to Know How Someday at My Money Design. Think big, people.

Things I wish I could Tell my Thirty Year Old Self at The Random Path. If it were only possible to do that.

I quit the 9-5… Forever at The Happy Homeowner. Congratulations!

Have a great weekend!


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. Thank you so much for including my guest post and website! I just sterilized all of our door knobs and remotes myself… hopefully you will not get sick.

  2. Thanks for the mention, Kim! And that Ralph – what a sweet looking little thing! Thinking good thoughts for your pup. Have a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for the mention Kim! Sorry to hear about your husband and Ralph. Ralph looks like a great dog! We were planning on going wine tasting tonight, but our middle child came down with a nasty cold yesterday so that might be put on hold. Have a great weekend!

    • I would imagine with three small kids, someone always has a cold, but you will all have killer immune systems at some point. Wine tasting sounds fun. I hope you made it.

  4. Hope your husband and Ralph feel better! What a cute pic of him 🙂
    Thanks for the mention and have an awesome weekend!

  5. Thanks for the mention! John @ Frugal Rules guest post for us on Leaving a Legacy might have left a little legacy of it’s own with all the attention its received.

    And that “double like” was a complete accident. I’ll need to pay better attention from now on. 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  6. I hope your husband kept the germs to himself! Yesterday on the night bus I had a toddler behind me who kept coughing on my head, I guess I am in for a treat this week… thanks for the mention!

  7. I’ve been feeling rough the past week myself and am just starting to get over it. I rarely if ever get ill and I don’t get the flu shot because I just never have. DO you get the flu shot? Thanks for sharing my post… Cheers Kim. Mr.CBB

    • I have to get a flu shot to work at the government clinic. It’s required. I have also gotten my daughter one every year since she got swine flu when she was 2. Was not fun. Hubby usually gets one but didn’t this year. I bet he will next season for sure. Hope you are feeling better.

  8. Thanks for the mention Kim! I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t move on in the March Madness contest. I’ve got my fingers crossed for my turn coming up!

  9. I sanitize my keyboard and phone at work constantly. I’m the only one who sits there, but with my clients (many of them formerly homeless with less than ideal hygiene), who knows what kinds of germs are floating around. Sorry to hear about your dog 🙁

  10. The flu’s been going around bad this year but I’ve been lucky not to get it lately because I’m usually first in line to get it. Anyways thanks for the mention.

  11. Thank you for including my post. Sorry to hear about your husband. My wife’s been running around our house as well with Lysol wipes in hand.

  12. Thanks for the mention, as always, Kim. I’m catching up on my reading and you had some awesome posts this week yourself!

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