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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #18-Toy Pony Edition

I am so excited to have four days off to do basically nothing. After Christmas parties, Christmas programs, trying to finish year end business stuff, and filling in for my associate doctor whose wife had a baby a week early, I’m surprised I got anything done this week. If I didn’t make it to your blog, I’m very sorry, but there are only so many hours in the day. It was an exciting week on the blogging front as I had my first 300+ visitor day. I know that’s small beans for many of you guys, but I was pretty happy. Our daughter called an audible in the Santa game this week when she changed her mind and is now asking for a toy pony. Do I tell her that Santa doesn’t last minute shop or suck it up and go find a toy pony?


You can still enter the giveaways for $100, the iPad 3, or Jeremy’s big cash prize.

This isn’t a giveaway, but if you haven’t downloaded Sicorra’s blog planner, you really should. What a great gift for us bloggers. Thanks so much.

Guest Posts

I was very excited to guest post at Making Sense of Cents with Money Saving Tips for Your Vacation. Michelle was one of the first bloggers I followed when I was still a lurker and eons away from having a blog. It was truly an honor.

Joe from We Got Outta Debt did a great guest post for me this week. I will be having some other great guest poster in the next couple of weeks. It’s an honor to have real bloggers willing to do this besides the ones who promise “many, new, original content free of charge for one link”. If you are a real blogger and would like to guest post, take a look at the policy and contact me.

Mentions and Carnivals

These fine bloggers saw fit to mention my posts this week. I’m sure Santa will be extra nice to you.

My post about having a rocking, frugal holiday party was appreciated by Club Thrifty, Work, Save, Live, and Finance Fox

Joe’s guest post “Twas the week before Christmas got some love from Frugal Rules and Debt Roundup

Reach Financial Independence and Grown up and Stuff enjoyed my best financial tip about overcoming fears.

One Smart Dollar was concerned about what the fiscal cliff will mean to health care.

I made it into one lonely carnival.

Lifestyle Carnival 33rd Edition

Funny search terms

buy dc clothes dollar-From my experience they cost much more than a dollar!

crappy old cars– Love it!

eye exam obesity-Last I checked eye exams are zero calories

feel like be hypnotized couldn’t eyes– Maybe close them?

for 30000 income how much credit card debt is bad– Any amount, trust me.

how ugly will it get if I sue my boss for wages– Try working first, much less ugly.

paying off debt can be fun– Try staying out of debt, much more fun.

renovating for good luck– Are you putting horse shoes on the walls?

  And I Couldn’t Take My Eyes Off These Posts

Taking the Plunge is Not Just for Polar Bears Part 1 at Frugal Rules. John finally starts to tell us about his business. I was just sure it was commercial window washing, but I was wrong.

Little House in Guatemala at Reach Financial Independence is another great series, and if you live somewhere cold, go look at these pictures.

I always love stories of the cheapness that abounds at Club Thrifty, and Confessions of a Cheap Ass Santa goes right along with that philosophy.

Kathleen at Frugal Portland explores The Pros and Cons of Online Dating.  I’m sure glad I’m not in the dating world.

Dollarversity shows us that there are actually some good role models in the professional sports arena with Derek Jeter Teaches You to Be a Success in Any Career.

A Beginner’s Guide to Early Retirement was a guest post at Canadian Budget Binder. I’m really starting to like James’ line of thinking.

5 Ways to Save on Last Minute Christmas Gifts at One Smart Dollar. My plan is to be done before the last minute, but if you’re not read this one.

Eddie at Finance Fox writes, Why are Americans Clueless about Canada? I can’t believe he thinks this. I can name at least five Canadian entertainers, and I know Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic are from Canada. What more do I need to know?

Where Does the Money Go When Raising a Child? from expectant parent, Grayson at Debt Roundup. If you have a girl, but stock in Disney. Just sayin’

 Powerful Lessons Learned in starting an Online Store at Pelican on Money. Great interview. I had no idea!

How are Your Soft Skills at Krantcents. Do we spent too much time on technical stuff and neglect the rest?

Average Joe did a guest post at Modest Money called Planning For The End of Days-It All Ends Tomorrow. It didn’t, but there are some great tips here to get your house in order.

Savvy Scot shares 4 Personal Christmas Traditions. You get a quarter if you know what bothying is before reading this.

Enjoy Christmas as if You were a Child at Money Beagle. I am going to try my hardest to do just that.

Budget Friday Submission 6-Weed Edition at I Heart Budgets. I was submission 5 and thought mine was good. Jake does a smokin’ good job on this one.

Priorities are Key to Being a Stay at Home Mom from Work Save Live. I don’t think I want to never work, but certainly want to stay home more. All you mommies need to read this.

 He Said She Said-Holiday Gifts for the Renters at Planting our Pennies. We didn’t get our renters anything this year, but we’ve only  had them a couple of months.

Shopping for Friends and Family Abroad at Grown Up and Stuff. I don’t have any family living abroad, but my gift exchange gift can’t seem to make it to Canada, so maybe I should have read this first.

“Dad, Does Our Elf on the Shelf Have a Penis?” from Kyle at Rather Be Shopping. If you don’t have kids, you won’t get it, but take a look at this if you are struggling to remember to hide your elf each night.

My New Year’s Resolution: Spend More Money at Student Debt Survivor.  At first sounds counterproductive but makes sense after reading.

That was long, but I had to make up for my funk last week. I have a funny post on Monday, but if you don’t make it back, Have a very Merry Christmas.

What are you doing this weekend? Should I get the pony?

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 links, I am in good company,

  2. Nice roundup Kim!
    Enjoy the 4 days off. I’m thankfully work free until the New Year!!

  3. Commercial window washing…Lol! Now I have a fall back in case the whole advertising thing doesn’t work ot. 😉 Have a great break Kim, I am going to be enjoying one myself. Thanks for the mention. Have a Merry Christmas!

  4. 300+ is by no means “small beans” and you should be very proud of that. I have limited the checking of my stats to once a week, and trying to only focus on search traffic (I use it to brainstorm new posts, it’s really helpful because it’s like free market research of what people Google!).

    By the way I find this hilarious “renovating for good luck” – that’s an expensive good luck charm!

  5. Happy Holidays to you Kim and your family. Looking forward to another awesome year! Cheers mate for the mention. Mr.CBB

  6. Awww I had no idea that you were a blog lurker of mine! That makes me happy 😉 haha

  7. Thanks for the inclusion Kim. I really appreciate it. I am having a boy, so I think I might buy some stock in Lego. I hope you have a great holiday!

    • Good plan. I seriously did buy some Disney stock and every time we get or are given something Disney, it’s like tiny dollar signs in my head.

  8. I would go for the pony, and sing the praises of Santa all night long. She is only going to believe for so long.

  9. Thanks for including our post, Kim. Not having kids, I don’t know what to advise with the pony – and I’m sure that she’s not going to understand that Santa gets the sleight (UPS truck) loaded well before Christmas Eve and there are shipping deadlines, darn it!

    I’m sure she’ll love everything that you picked out for her, and probably won’t remember the specific toys as much as just the love of spending Christmas morning with you guys. =)

    • I did go ahead and get a stuffed pony at the farm and ranch store. I’ve sworn off Walmart until after the first of the year. It was under $10 and 5 year olds get hung up on the craziest things. She might forget it altogether or she might get upset and think she wasn’t good. This Santa Claus thing is stressful sometimes!

  10. Thanks for including our post, great list of blogs.

    A last minute Santa audible is always tricky! For what it is worth, I think you did the right thing.

  11. Thank you so much for pointing me to Sicorra’s blog planner post! I’ve been wanting to organize my chaotic blogging schedule. Now if only I could get control on the backlog of post ideas I have sitting on my desk. I have a pile a foot high of notes/notebooks/books!

  12. Kim, thanks so much for including my interview with Grayson here! I’m sorry I haven’t checked in earlier as I’ve been enjoying the time off. We got the same 4 days off and it’s heading into the 2nd part of that break. I hope you’re enjoying your time off! Merry Christmas!

  13. Thanks for the mention, Kim! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow.

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