Happy Birthday Frugal Rules!

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s hard to believe that it was a year ago this Wednesday that Frugal Rules first saw the light of day. What was intended to only be something I did on the side so I could continue to talk with people about money quickly showed me what happens when you make assumptions. ;-) I had no idea what to expect as this was the first website I ever started and had only been reading personal finance blogs for a few months. Now, one year later I have published 377 posts and have had the pleasure of virtually meeting a quality group of people and even meeting a few in person. I look forward to connecting with many of these same friends in person at FinCon next month. One thing I did not realize before starting this little site was just how much of a role networking played and how there are many other bloggers out there who’re willing to help out and who are great to work with. I could take a page to highlight some of those bloggers, but I’ll spare the list and thank those who I speak with on a regular basis and who have helped me in many ways:

Jeremy from Modest Money

Grayson from Debt RoundUp

Holly/Greg from Club Thrifty

Mr. CBB from Canadian Budget Binder

Of course, it hasn’t been just other bloggers that have been very helpful, but you my readers are what bring me back day in and day out. My desire when I started Frugal Rules was to help others avoid the same crazy mistakes I’ve made in the past and commit themselves to living financially disciplined lives of avoiding credit card debt like the plague, being frugal when it calls for it and investing for their futures. The regular emails I get from readers show me these topics are relevant and timely. To those readers who come to find wisdom from the community we have built here, I thank you as you’re the ones I am writing for.

Last, and certainly not least, I’d like to thank the love of my life – Mrs. Frugal Rules. While she may refer to the blog as my mistress, she is the life blood behind this site. Not only has she put up with me working on the site at all hours of the night, but she is also my editor. If it were not for her, then I am certain large numbers of people would be quickly running from the site due to bleeding from their eyes because of my wordy phrases and run on sentences. So, to you my dear, thank you! I know…I am a romantic at heart. :-)

It’s been said that making it through the first year of blogging can be an accomplishment. Many see it as a potential get rich quick scheme and that all you have to do is throw up a site and the money will instantly start falling from the sky. Of course, you can make money blogging, but it’s not the get rich quick scheme that some assume it is and thus why I assume many give up on blogging long before they hit the year mark. As I look to the future of Frugal Rules, I am excited to see what’s in store. There will be some changes (hopefully only good ones) but the same sentiment will be prevalent throughout – living a financially balanced and disciplined life.

As a thank you to all my readers, I am throwing a little giveaway to show my appreciation for you coming to my site each day. The giveaway runs through the end of September, which means you have about three weeks to win. The prize – a cool $150 – payable in PayPal cash! There are many ways to win, as you’ll see in the Rafflecopter below. It is open to anyone worldwide. If you’re a US citizen, you have the option of choosing an Amazon gift card if you do not want the PayPal cash. You will also notice that the big point earner of the giveaway is the new Frugal Rules newsletter that I plan on starting this month. The newsletter will be an extension of the site with money-saving tips and ways to grow your money. The newsletter is free and there will be a $25 cash prize drawing every month and are open to win each month you’re a subscriber. Good luck everyone and thanks again for being a part of the positive, empowering personal finance community we’re building together. Here’s to many more years of Frugal Rules!

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I'm the founder of Frugal Rules, a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. I'm passionate about helping people learn from my mistakes so that they can enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. You can connect via Twitter / Facebook.

102 comments on “Happy Birthday Frugal Rules!

  1. Happy Birthday Frugal Rules!!!! Man I bet you really feel like time just flew by! Really have enjoyed following your blog and meeting people. You cant make it in the blogging world without help from others and helping others. I didn’t know why so many try to go it alone. 377 posts you’re a mad man John, don’t see me having that many posts anytime soon. Keep it rocking though! Heres to another year under the belt and looking forward to seeing the new site design if you are still going to make any changes.
    Thomas recently posted..Using a Scalable Business Model with Niche Websites to Go After Real IncomeMy Profile

    • Thanks Thomas! Yes, the year has flown by and I agree that you really can’t make it far without networking – just like in real life! The redesign should be cool and looking forward to some other changes.

    • Thanks DC! I know, it’s hard to believe that it’s ONLY been a year. Though, I tend to think that blogging years is like dog years, Lol! Thanks as well for all your help and support over the past year, I really appreciate it!

  2. Thanks so much for the mention, John! Funny, I would list you as one of the bloggers that has helped me the most as well. It really just shows what a collaborative effort blogging is. If we didn’t network with one another, it would truly be a lonely blogging world out there!

    Happy anniversary!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..Adventures in House HuntingMy Profile

    • Not a problem Holly! Thank you for all your help & support over the past year! I agree, it really does generally take a collaborative effort to help make blogging successful.

    • Ha ha…sorry about that. :)

      Not a problem Grayson. Thanks for all your support and help over the past year, it has meant a lot to me and looking forward to meeting up at FinCon next month.

  3. Has it been a year already mate, wow how time flies. I must say it has been a great pleasure to connect with you as we have become great friends online. I think it’s important to have those mates that you can vent with or motivate, help out when needed and all around just be there for them. You are that for me and I am that for you… thank you kindly. I wish you all the success with Frugal Rules, in 2013 and i know all my CBB fans will be thrilled to hear of your one year and giveaway! Cheers mate
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    • I know, it’s hard to believe! If you were to ask my wife, she’d likely say it feels much longer than that. ;) Yes, thanks so much for being such a support and helpful throughout the past year. Looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for both of us and our sites.

  4. I feel like your blog has been around A LOT longer than 1 year John! Congratulations! I couldn’t believe my eyes when you started your site and then got a PR4 in what felt like 1 month later. I still haven’t been able to pull that off for MMD. I’m still a little skeptical that this is your first site, but you can stick with that story if you want :) Anyways, I hope you have another successful year ahead for you and the Mrs. I’ve really enjoyed your take on topics and constant encouragement about the real life pros and cons of going into work for yourself. Someday!
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    • It feels that way at times. ;) Now I am just waiting for that next update, if we even see one, for that PR5 or 6. :) Thanks for the compliment, but it really is my first site. :) Thanks for your encouragement as well on starting niche sites – that will be happening, I just need to sit down and start on it!

    • Thanks Shannon! The feeling is mutual…it’s so refreshing to meet others out there who have the same desire to significantly raise the level of financial literacy in our society. It can be done! :)

  5. Happy birthday to Frugal Rules! Didn’t know it has only been one year…thought it was a established blog! Doing great…and I wish you continued success.

  6. Happy Birthday Frugal Rules!!

    Wow John…congrats on the one year anniversary!! I am still a toddler compared to your site but I’ll get there :)

    And since I’ve only recently found your blog, all I can say is that I have been enjoying the variety of posts you have written and thanks to your wife, it has been an enjoyable read :)

    Take care and I look forward to reading your second anniversary post this time next year!

    All the best.

    Lyle @ The Joy of Simple recently posted..What A One Gig MP3 Player Taught Me About Living!My Profile

    • Thanks Lyle! I think I said it to someone else, but I think blogging years are like dog years, so you’re probably more like a teenager. ;)

      Yes, thanks to my wife the posts are much better! Thanks for the kind words!

  7. Hi and congratulations on one year!!!! Mr CBB told us all about it and I signed up while I was at it… Thanks to the Mrs for her patience in sharing you with us!!!!

  8. Congrats John! Very cool accomplishment. I’m still shocked that you’ve only been around for a year. You’re one of the people I immediately saw as someone who seemed to be doing everything right and I just assumed that you’d been around forever. Pretty amazing what you’ve built here in such a short time. And thank you for paying it forward and providing help to people like me still trying to learn the ropes. It’s people like you who make this such an enjoyable network.
    Matt Becker recently posted..Buying a Car: Should You Pay Cash or Get a Loan?My Profile

    • Thanks much for the kind words Matt, I really appreciate it! It has been neat to see the community we’ve been able to start to grow and I could not have done any of it without the help of others.

  9. Happy Birthday Mr. Frugal Rules. And a nice giveaway to give back to the community I see :) Unfortunately I won’t be going to FinCon this year so we can’t meet up, but I’m sure there will be another opportunity in the future :D Looking forward to reading about your future investment updates too.
    Liquid recently posted..Go With The Flow – Student Loan DebtMy Profile

    • Thanks Liquid! That’s a shame you won’t be there, so yes I look forward to a future opportunity as well. :) And you can always plan on some investing talk by me. :)

  10. Like your site-have been frugal most of my life-coupon-shop at outlets-I think my little bread outlet kept us going through tough times-bought clothes for kids in consignment shops-garage sales and now freecycle..I wish more people realized how to live cheaper-congrats on year anniversary!

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