Shout Out Saturday #7

Shout Out

Welcome to another edition of Shout Out Saturday here at Frugal Rules. I know I mentioned this yesterday, but I can’t believe that it’s March already. What’s even crazier is that spring is less than three weeks away! While I don’t like spring because it means the summer is right around the corner and I hate heat, I do enjoy spring for other reasons. Springtime means that we can start doing more things outside as well as starting back to gardening. It also means that we start thinking a little more seriously about a family vacation during the summer and planning it if need be. This year my youngest brother is graduating from college, so we may be going out to Montana to see him walk across the stage. We also have FinCon13 for the bloggers reading this. I think we may be going to the conference this year, but have not decided yet as we want to get someone to watch the kids so we can enjoy more of the conference.

It was another great week for Frugal Rules in the blogosphere. I do sincerely thank other fellow bloggers who gave me a shout out or who included me in their Blog Carnival. If there are any new ones to you, I encourage you to stop by their blog and check them out. Have a great weekend everyone!

Shout Outs

Money Mail Carnival #14 on The Money Mail

Lifestyle Carnival on Vanessa’s Money

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie on Savvy Scot

Yakezie Carnival on NZ Muse

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – February 19, 2013 on 2010 Taxes

Carnival of Retirement on My Personal Finance Journey

Festival of Frugality #376 on Festival of Frugality

The Wealth Builder Carnival #114 on My Wealth Builder

Tax Carnival #113 on Don’t Mess With Taxes

Stock Carnival Ecstasy on Fast Swings

Wealth Building Bricks #3 on Brick By Brick Investing

Friends of the Family: 401k Match Edition on The Family Finances

Love Day Dinner – Plus Blog Updates on My Money Design

Weekly Link Love – Wedding Stuff and Losing the Beer Belly Edition on Mo Money Mo Houses

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #31 on I Heart Budgets

Weekly Update 50 on Evolving Personal Finance

Personal Finance Week in Review for February 17, 2013 on One Smart Dollar

Beef Up Your Credit Card Rewards With This Technique on Critical Finance

An Online Business is NOT a Passive Income Source on Debt RoundUp

Friday Recap, A Coming Out and a win! on Reach Financial Independence

Mrs. Bulldog, Really? on Money Bulldog

Top Personal Finance Articles #2 on Monster Piggy Bank

Link Love/Week in Review 2/22/13 on Budget and the Beach

Blog Round-Up: Week of February 18, 2013 on The Heavy Purse

Friday’s Fork in the Path on The Frugal Path

Blogging Tips for Beginners on Frugal Portland

Mr. CBB’s Personal Finance Reading List #8 on Canadian Budget Binder

End of February 2013 Favorite Blog Posts on Modest Money

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp 2/23/13 on Debt RoundUp

Saturday…and a $400 Giveaway on Making Sense of Cents

Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #27 on Eyes On The Dollar


Guest Posts

Check out my staff post at Narrow Bridge Finance What Do You Waste Money On?


Is anyone else planning on going to FinCon this fall?



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  • Mackenzie says:

    I wish I could go to FinCon, but it’s not in the budget 🙁 Flying from California to anywhere, is expensive; I think they must tack on some sort of “west coast” fee 😉

    Enjoy your Saturday!

    • John says:

      We were honestly hoping it was going to be in California. That way we could of combined it with seeing the in-laws. You have a great weekend as well Mackenzie!

  • I hope to make it to FinCon this fall 🙂 I asked my boss and he said he didn’t see any problems w/ it so I’m buying a ticket 😀

    • John says:

      That’s cool! We just got arrangements for our little hooligans finalized the other day so it looks like we’ll be going as well. 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    I’m going to FinCon! I live in the St. Louis area so it’ll be a lot of fun 🙂

  • I just got very nervous reading about Fincon! As much as I love this stuff, I feel like I don’t belong…

    Maybe I will get the guts to go, HA! Have a great weekend, John!

    • John says:

      You’d totally belong Tony! Plus, you get the benefit of putting faces to some of the people you’ve been “meeting” on the web. From what I have read, it’s going to be pretty cool. You have a great weekend as well!

  • Thanks for the mention and I can’t believe it’s already March too! Man do the years just fly by the older I get!

    • John says:

      Not a problem! I can’t either, though I am happy to get days that have light past 5:00 p.m. You think time flies by now, just wait til you get older. 😉

  • Justin@TheFrugalPath says:

    I remember when I watched my wife graduate from college, I ended up with a sunburn on my nearly bald scalp. Have a fun weekend. I hope you have a chance to relax a bit.

    • John says:

      I’ve had the same thing happen myself too many times to counts as I usually keep my hair really short. You have a great weekend as well Justin!

  • Liquid says:

    FinCon sounds like a whole lot of fun from what I’ve heard. Maybe one of these years I’ll go and meet everyone there. So what did your bro major in?

    • John says:

      I’ve heard the same thing and thankfully I can get there this year by driving. He majored in Secondary Education. He wants to be a teacher…scary. 😉

      • Liquid says:

        Pretty cool. Big responsibility though because the future of our well being depends on the education of the next generation. He has to make sure they can create jobs, pay taxes and fund our retirements 😀 No pressure.

  • I plan on going to fincon too but I’m really nervous about it. I fear it being really cliquy for some reason and I don’t do well with that, but you can’t do something just because you’re afraid right? Luckily I still have a lot of southwest points, so at least the ticket should be free. Have a great weekend!

    • John says:

      I can understand that Tonya, it probably will be to some extent but I am just trying to go and have fun and meet some of the people in person so I can know them beyond just my computer. That’s cool you’ll get a free ticket to go, we’re driving as it’s only about 5-6 hours by car.

    • Tonya, I’m afraid for the same reasons, I can do one-on-ones or even groups by we need to be all on similar footing. It does sound like a great time though and I think if you start with a beer you’ll be plenty lose to network like crazy 😛

  • I haven’t been to FINCON yet either but I have heard from those that have that it is awesome.

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