Frugal Friday: Blog Posts That Ruled This Week, How is it March Edition

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Welcome to another Frugal Friday! Last week I wrote about the snow “event” they were calling for. This week, I am thankful to report that most of the snow missed us. We did get 8 inches of snow last Friday morning, but not the 18 they were calling for. They had also been calling for another major snow “event” earlier this week and that thankfully stayed further south of us and we got nothing but flurries. After seeing the pictures of what they received in parts of Oklahoma and Texas, I am glad we did not get any of it as some areas got upwards of two feet. On the blogging front I was excited to get my hosting over to Andrea at Nuts and Bolts and am already seeing considerable differences between her and my previous host. This just makes me more excited to see what she comes up with in terms of the blog redesign that’ll happen later in the year.

It’s hard to believe that it is March already. It seems like yesterday that it was just the start of 2013, and now we’re staring down the start of spring. That means the beginning of our gardening is just around the corner which is always fun and the kids love it too. It’s a great way to teach them where our food comes from, so they don’t become deluded thinking apples grow in boxes on shelves at WalMart.

It has been another great week in the blogosphere and there have been some great blog posts this week. Listed below are some of my favorite, in no particular order. If you have the time this weekend then I encourage you to check out some of the blog posts and the blogs as a whole.

Blog Posts

The Death of the 9-5 Work Week on Young Adult Money

Thinking Like the Rich on Freedom Thirty Five Blog

Is Poverty in the United States an Excuse to do Poorly in School? on Eyes On The Dollar

Compare the Best Credit Card Offers on Modest Money

What to do if You’re a Victim of Identity Theft on Money Life and More

About Money, Time and Doing the Right Thing on Reach Financial Independence

Challenging Budget Exercise for a High School Class on I Heart Budgets

5 Great Stock Buying Tips to Practice Today on The Free Financial Advisor

Maximize Your Taxes With a Health Savings Plan on One Smart Dollar

Longing for the Simple Times on Beach and the Budget

Financial Lessons Learned From My 80 year old Grandma on Student Debt Survivor

Difference Between Comprehensive and Collision Insurance on Work Save Live

Soft or Hard Water – Is Your Water Softener Costing You Money? on Canadian Budget Binder

Five Dumb Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund on First Million is the Hardest

Children and Money: Don’t Turn it Into a Taboo Topic, Part II on The Heavy Purse

Catastrophic Events That Will Keep You Up at Night on Club Thrifty

Where Did All My Money Go? on Mo Money Mo Houses

5 Moves to Make This Year to Secure Your Retirement on Brick By Brick Investing

A Psychic Gift on Unique Gifter


Odd Search Terms

Can you save for retirement without investing…Sure, if bank robbing is something you aspire to!

I’m just staring…That’s just a bit creepy!

Self-employed with nothing to do…Get ready to dine on some government cheese!

Taxes done at WalMart 2013…You could not pay me enough!

The risk of taking educational loan to student to face unbearable debt after completing their study…Now, that’s a mouthful!

I guess it’s mutual…Yes, it is!


Does anyone have any fun plans for the weekend? What’s your favorite part of spring?



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  • I’m definitely looking forward to the Spring and it staying light out later into the night.We’re getting our to-do lists together for our spring cleaning as well. Not sure if we’ll get anything done this weekend, but it will happen soon.

    • John says:

      I love that it stays lighter out later as well. It’s always so depressing to see it get dark at 5:00, it feels like you have so much less time in the day to get stuff done.

  • Thanks for the mention! I appreciate. I am happy with my hosting but I do have some cleanup work to do with my blog. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • John says:

      Not a problem DC. My hosting had gotten really bad. I was having numerous outage issues and some other major things that Andrea got taken care of right away.

  • pauline says:

    Good to hear the snow spared you. Favorite part of spring… the first day you can wear a tshirt, or a skirt, the first strawberries of the season, the first getaway weekend in the country where the trees are getting green again, the first time you get out of work and it is still daylight…

    • John says:

      I love the extra daylight! It always feels like you can get so much extra stuff done and spend more time outside. Though, I am pretty much always in a t-shirt, no matter the temperature . 😉

  • Thanks for mentioning us! I also cannot believe it’s March. That is insane. Have a great weekend!

  • The year will soon be a quarter old as we tick tock right toward age 40! We are attending the SnoKat party at the ski area where we just finished daughter’s ski lessons. They have prizes and races. I’m wondering if I can be like Adam Sandler and take out all the kindergarteners to claim first place? Thanks for the mention.

  • Jose says:

    YES! Spring is right around the corner! I’m in a conflict though, I want the warm days and the wonderful scents that only Spring can bring in the air. But, I have to till the garden and clean out the pond to get it going again. That will be an entire weekend of not writing anything 😀

    • John says:

      We love working outside during the Spring, it’s the summer that I hate. 😉 Plus, it always is nice to take a small break from writing.

  • Mackenzie says:

    So, so very glad it is March 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Catherine says:

    Glad you missed the snow! We were supposed to get hit yesterday too but other than a little ice we were spared! have a great weekend 🙂

  • Jim says:

    John, Glad to see that Snowmagedden missed you, although 8 inches is nothing to sneeze at! Hopefully spring is around the corner and this long frigid winter will be a thing of the past! Keep it up!

    • John says:

      It’s not, but it’s much better than what they were calling for. I like spring and love what it brings, but it also means summer is coming….which I HATE! 🙂

  • Hey, you don’t have to invest. “Simply” save have of your income for 50 years and you have enough money to last another 25! With today’s interest rates, maybe even 25 1/2! 🙂

    • John says:

      Lol! Why didn’t I think of that?! 🙂 Though, I think you may be over estimating the interest…it may be more like 25 1/4 years. 😉

  • Thanks for the mention John! I appreciate the support. I’m glad you missed out on the “big” snowfall, although 8 inches still sounds like a lot. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

    • John says:

      Not a problem Shannon! I am glad we missed it too, especially when 8 inches matches what we’ve had all combined this year. You have a great weekend as well Shannon!

  • I always enjoy reading your odd search terms every week 🙂

    Why wouldn’t you do your taxes at Wal-Mart? I thought you were such a fan of that place 😉

    • John says:

      Glad I could give you a laugh. 🙂

      Oh, I don’t know…something tells me I should not be getting my taxes done at a kiosk in the low price mecca. 😉

  • Today I was saying on my blog how lovely it felt to say March knowing that the snow will be leaving soon. We got hammered this past week and I hope it’s the end of it as I am running out of room. Great to hear your move went well and looking forward to your new design later in the year. Thanks for the mention, have a good one mate.

    • John says:

      I saw that and I could not agree more. I did not realize you got hammered with snow this week. Yes, the move went well which makes me more excited about the redesign. You have a great weekend as well Mr. CBB!

  • I agree that Andrea at Nuts and Bolts is great! She has been so helpful to me lately. Have a great weekend!

  • Thanks for the mention 🙂 Glad you didn’t get quite that much snow last weekend. We got 20 inches of rain in 4 days though… it was insane! Think if it was snow! We’d be buried!

  • Glad to hear you all didn’t get slammed with the huge snow storm. 8 inches would shut the DC metropolitan area down in a heartbeat. I honestly wouldn’t mind if you guys sent some of that snow this way! Thanks for the mention!

    • John says:

      I am as well. I remember growing up in Richmond whenever we got anything like 8 inches of snow the city would just have no idea what to do. I’ll see what I can do about sending some your way. 😉

  • Justin@TheFrugalPath says:

    We got some snow, but most of it melted before it could do much damage. Although snow+water meant that 4 inches of snow was like shoveling a foot.
    For me spring means no more shoveling snow and of course being able to enjoy the outdoors without three layers. Have a great weekend.

  • Thad says:

    Your odd search terms is a favorite! Glad the snow missed you. We had a wind storm to beat all wind storms in Centex.

  • Liquid says:

    If anyone in today’s world thinks there’s nothing to do they should strive to expand their imagination. I have so much I want to try and do, lots of ideas doesn’t even involve money other than a computer and an internet connection lol. Thanks for the mention 😀

  • Thanks so much for including me. My favorite part of spring is when the flowers first start blooming (this is bf’s least favorite part of the spring because of allergies). I also love watching the kids to easter egg hunts-I think that’s the beginning of spring for me.

  • I use Andrea for tech support. She rocks.

    We just got a dump of snow, just when I thought spring was on its way. It will hopefully melt soon.

    • John says:

      Yes she does Miss T, we’ve been very impressed.

      Sorry to hear about all the snow. They’re calling for us to get a mix of snow and freezing rain tonight, so that should be fun.

  • Thanks for the link love! Sorry I didn’t see this last week!

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