Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, It’s December Already Edition!

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It’s hard to believe that December starts tomorrow! It seems like just yesterday it was summer and now we’re less than a month away from Christmas. It’s been a tough week at the Frugal Rules house as a close friend of my wife’s lost her 15 month old daughter on the day after Thanksgiving. It brought back feelings of our dear son Isaac, but really I can’t imagine the pain as it was completely unexpected and they had a year with their daughter. It’s another lesson that life is so precious and we have to live it to its fullest.

We did get our first dusting of snow on Monday, which the kids just loved. They still as of yet have not grasped that a dusting will not allow you to build a snowman, but it’s still so fun to watch them get excited over something so simple. Make sure to come back on Monday as I am participating in my first Giveaway, which is exciting.

With it being month end, I’ve added in a few extra posts as it’s always so hard to narrow down from all of the blog posts I read on a daily basis. If you have the time this weekend, then I encourage you to read some of these posts. Have a great weekend everyone!


Christmas Gifts For Toddlers on The Family Finances

Budget Busters on Sense of Cents

Struggling to Buy Presents? Try These Christmas Gift Ideas for Her on My Money Design

Evaluating Your Life as it Stands Today on Tackling Our Debt

Mutual Fund Expenses – Where Real Holiday Savings Can Be Found on The Chicago Financial Planner

Employee Benefits: Do You Have the Option to Purchase Additional Vacation Days? on

Your Personal Finance Pro

How to Make the Most of Yearly Reviews on Young Adult Money

9 Reasons You’re Not Successful Like You Should Be on Fearless Men

It’s Your Blogging Journey, You Make the Rules on Modest Money

Reasons to Love Your Used Car on Eyes on the Dollar      

Save Thousands of Dollars With This One Little Rules on Frugal Habits

Be Rich – Give it Away on One Smart Dollar

Little Debt Wrangler Coming Soon, Any Advice on Debt RoundUp


Odd Search Terms

Another name for extremely rich people…Romney anyone???

Thanksgiving picture for my wife…Awww, that’s so sweet.

Why some people don’t like turkey…I’ve been wondering that myself!

Why turkeys should be saved and not eaten…I am sensing a theme here

Black Friday too stressful…It can be, especially if you’re on the receiving end of a sweet uppercut over the Tickle Me Elmo

Am I really that cheap…Something tells me you should not be asking Google, but someone else

How to spend money…Give me some and I’ll show ya!

How to save money for retirement at 52…Rob a bank

Wife hates me because I am frugal…sorry, I can’t help you there

The cat ate too much…Tell me about it, ours is always on the counter looking for food

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.

Festival of Frugality #363 – Thanksgiving Edition on Festival of Frugality

Nerdy Finance Carnival #16 on Nerd Wallet

Lifestyle Carnival #29 on Free Ticket to Japan

The Wealth Builder Carnival #101 on My Wealth Builder

Carnival of Investing #12 on Investeem

The Money Mail Carnival – Third Edition on The Money Mail

Y & T’s Weekend Ramblings on Young and Thrifty

Yakezie Carnival – Thanksgiving Edition on I Heart Budgets

Fearless Men’s Weekly Round-Up November 22, 2012 on Fearless Men

Amex Small Business Saturday and a Thanksgiving Blog Round Up on Your Personal Finance Pro

People Got Me Questioning – Where is the Love on The Savvy Scot

Personal Finance Week in Review for November 18 on One Smart Dollar

Weekend Business and Blog Roundup – Nov 17th on Freedom Thirty Five

Friends of the Family: Fighting Irish Edition on The Family Finances

Happy Thanksgiving: Wanted to Thank a Few People on The Frugal Path

Link Crushin’: the Scuttling Rat Race Edition on Broke-Ass Mommy

Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Posts Top Picks Nov 23, 2012 Shop Til You Drop! on Canadian Budget Binder

Don’t Let Them Silence the Voice of Reason on Fix Em Up Rent Em Out

Fridays Circle of Friends – November 23 on Tackling Our Debt

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 11/23/2012 on Debt RoundUp

Blog Round Up for November 23, 2012 on My Canuck Buck

Weekly Reads 11.23.12 on Plunged in Debt

Friday Recap, A Herb Garden and a Casualty on Reach Financial Independence

November 24, 2012 Favorite Blog Posts on Modest Money

Personal Finance Week in Review #39 on Work Save Live

Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #15 – RIP J.R. Ewing Edition on Eyes on the Dollar

Quick Hits and Weekend Reading on Young Adult Money

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #21 on I Heart Budgets

Places I’ve Been: Week Ending November 24 on Edward Antrobus

LinkLuv Friday Thanksgiving Edition on Pelican on Money


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42 comments on “Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, It’s December Already Edition!

  1. Wow, I cannot imagine losing my daughter ever, let alone at 15months, that is terrible. So sorry for the loss. UGH. You’ve had your fair share of crap hands dealt to you that’s for sure.

    Thanks so much for including me! Glad you enjoyed it!
    Catherine recently posted..Weekly Reads 30.11.12My Profile

    • I know Grayson, it brought many feelings back to the surface for us. You have a great weekend as well. Yes, I think we’re part of the same giveaway.

    • They were Sicorra. It’s been a very sad time for them to say the least. Now they’re calling for 60 degree weather here over the weekend, it’s just crazy weather.

    • I know. It was nice while it lasted, today it’s 60. Yes it has been very tragic and they have no idea why she passed, it has brought many feelings to the surface for us but thankfully we can focus on loving them through this. You have a great weekend as well Jennifer!

  2. Snow… envy! Glad to hear the kids are having fun – I remember the days of playing in snow – those blissful moments last a lifetime. Thanks for inclusion in your round up! Hope you have a great weekend.
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  3. Hey John,
    Happy here comes the snow.. well at least here it is banging it down right now. There was nothing but green grass this morning lol. That’s a fine long list you have mate.. and I thought I struggled to pick the best posts. It can get tough though I hear ya. I read about 100 blogs a week but I do learn something from everyone! Cheers and thanks for the mention mate. Mr.CBB
    Canadian Budget Binder recently posted..Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks November 30,2012 Bring On The Egg Nog!My Profile

    • We had snow on Monday and now they’re calling for 60 tomorrow….crazy weather. I know it can be difficult to narrow down the list, but you just have to. I come close to your 100, and it does become difficult to choose. No problem on the mention!

    • Thanks Rohit. I wouldn’t say that it’s full time exactly. My wife and I run our own business, so it sort of gets lumped in with everything else.

  4. Thanks for the mention. You’re right that life is too short and can be taken away in an instant. I have a cousin that was just dianosed with stage 4 hodgkins lymphoma at age 26 and has to go through all the chemo and treatments for that. You really never know what’s going to happen next in life, so we need to make the most of what we have.
    Justin @ The Family Finances recently posted..Friends of the Family: Holiday Party EditionMy Profile

    • No problem Justin. Sorry to hear that. We have a close friend who was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer about 18 months ago. She’s our age and has three little ones as well and it has been a very difficult trial (to put it lightly) to say the least.

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