Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, the Clark W. Griswold Edition

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I know you’re seeing it everywhere, but how can it be nearly Christmas already? This month has absolutely flown by and we have 2013 bearing down on us. The exciting news in the Frugal Rules household is that the potty training bootcamp seems to be achieving some results! I am looking forward to getting another child out of diapers as that will free up more money in our budget.

Who has any exciting plans for the Christmas Holiday? Is anyone travelling anywhere fun? This year we have the pleasure of hosting my Dad’s side of the family. To be certain the house will be busting at the seams. I will attempt to not emulate Mr. Griswold. Thankfully there’s no cousin Eddie in our family, so everything should come off without a hitch. The downside to my family visiting is that everyone is shipping their gifts to us. With the number of boxes we have in our basement we could outfit several UPS trucks. The Brown Santa has definitely made way too many stops at our house in the past week or so. With family being in town, I’ll be taking some much needed days off on the blogging front. I have a few posts scheduled, but will probably just respond at most. What is everyone else’s plans for their blog over the Holiday?

This has been another great week in the blogosphere. I won’t pretend that many of you will have the time to read some of these blog posts. But if you do need to step away from the Egg Nog, then here’s a few to check out.  Have a great weekend all!


Leadership Lessons: The Dark Side of Leadership on Fearless Men         

Lousy 401(k) Plan? – Strategies to Make the Best of it on The Chicago Financial Planner

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas on Eyes On The Dollar

Beef With My Alma Mater on Plunged In Debt

A Beginner’s Guide to Early Retirement on Canadian Budget Binder

Using Banks to Help Finance Your Business on Modest Money

5 Ways to Save on Last-Minute Christmas Gifts on One Smart Dollar

Little House in Guatemala, Week 7 on Reach Financial Independence

My Top Christmas Movie Picks on Mo Money Mo Houses

Seeing Berlin, Germany – Free on The Outlier Model

Justifying the Cost of My Smartphone on Our Freaking Budget


Odd Search Terms


20 steps on how to purchase my first stock…20 steps? I’d have no time to buy stock at that rate!

71 ways to save on taxes…I wonder what #72 would have been.

Holiday tip and broke…You can go broke if you follow some holiday tipping guidelines

How to save money when wife spends it…I can’t help you there buddy, I’m married to a cheapskate!

I’m giving away my iPad 3 December 17, 2012…Would you do that if you won the giveaway?

What is the result of a government without a budget?…You must not be following the news!

Why does the government keep spending money?…Someone has to keep Kinko’s in business.

I ate too much…can I suggest a good diet?

I hate Christmas because I’m frugal…Bah Humbug!


Carnivals and Mentions

It was another great week for Frugal Rules in the blogosphere. I am always humbled to compile this list and see all the mentions I’ve received. Thanks to everyone who shared or mentioned my blog posts this week. If I missed you, please shoot me a message and I’ll take care of it next week.

Working at Home Blog Carnival #317 on Working at Home on the Internet

Y & T Weekend Carnival on Young and Thrifty

Yakezie Carnival on Rambling Fever Money

The Money Mail Carnival #6 on The Money Mail

Carnival of Money Pros on Life Insurance By Jeff

The Wealth Builder Carnival #104 on My Wealth Builder

Carnival of Stocks and Options #5 on The Market Archive

Nerdy Finance Carnival #18 on Nerd Wallet

Carnival of Retirement on Mo Money Mo Houses

Weekly Link Love: Running Around Like a Crazy Cat Edition on Mo Money Mo Houses

Fearless Men Weekly Round-Up December 13, 2012 on Fearless Men

Weekly Reads 12.14.12 on Plunged In Debt

LinkLuv Friday Missing Persons Edition on Pelican On Money

Weekend Business and Blog Roundup – Dec 14th on Freedom Thirty Five Blog

Link Love 12/14/12 on Budget and the Beach

Follow Schwarzenegger’s Advice to Put Fuel on the Fire on Fix Em Up Rent Em Out

Friday Finance Links December 14, 2012 on The Chicago Financial Planner

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 12/14/12 on Debt RoundUp

Finance Fox Weekend Recap – 2 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Continues on Finance Fox

Link Love: TGIF Edition on The Random Path

Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Dec 14, 2012 on Canadian Budget Binder

Mid December 2012 Favorite Blog Posts on Modest Money

Personal Finance Week in Review #42 on Work Save Live

Friends of the Family: Tragedy Strikes Edition on The Family Finances

Weekend Scouring: The Fuzzy-Wuzzy Winter Edition on Broke-Ass Mommy

Friday Recap, Mentoring and Time Management on Reach Financial Independence


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52 comments on “Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, the Clark W. Griswold Edition

  1. Thanks so much for including me, I have to skip my weekly reads this week, I just couldn’t do it justice, too busy this week! I plan on taking a few days away from the blog too- this is a hobby and Christmas is about my family! Hope you and your family have a great time together and good luck with the diaper-free new year!
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    • Thanks Buck! He’s three and has actually been doing quite well at it once we got serious about it. I wish that I had a secret, but it just comes down to networking I think. You have a great Christmas as well.

    • Not a problem DC! I have all of next week scheduled and will probably be taking a break until Thursday, definitely looking forward to it.

      You have a Merry Christmas as well DC!

    • It is quite nice. Though our 5 year old thinks that every time the Brown Santa comes it means that she gets a gift. :) They either think we’re popular or are spending money like crazy. ;)

      You have a Merry Christmas as well!

  2. My post for Monday is called financial lessons from Clark W. Griswold, so you beat me to the punch, but I think it will be very different. I’ll be around next week and put some things up but won’t be commenting a whole lot. I’ve slacked the last couple of weeks on that as well. I’m gone the first week of January and have a couple of good guest posts lined up. I am going to try to unplug for the whole week, but I’m sure I’ll check in. I’m anal that way. Enjoy your family!

    • Sounds like an interesting post! Yea, I won’t be commenting much at all either. I am looking forward to some “unplugged” time. Though my wife thinks that’s not really possible, so I hope to prove her wrong. :)

    • Thanks Melissa! It is encouraging to see our little one have some small successes. He’s able to make it about an hour which is a big step for him. Definitely looking forward to removing diapers from our regular budget.

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