Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, the BCS Edition

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My favorite thing about fall is college football. While I could watch the Blessed Sisters of the Blind scrimmage, there’s a special place in my heart for FBS college football. Say what you will about it, but the first BCS Poll is coming out this weekend which means the college football season is heating up. I am eagerly anticipating where my Alma Mater – Kansas State University falls in the Top 10 and hope they can move their way up throughout the season.

You might notice that I’ve made some small changes to my weekly roundup. I’ll be doing a more exhaustive list at the end of the month and doing a shorter one from week to week. Following are my favorite ten blog posts of the week, in no particular order. If you have the time, then I encourage you to take a look at a few of them. Have a great weekend everyone!

Will Facebook and Zynga’s Decline Hurt the Housing Market? on Young Adult Money

5 Ways to Save Money on Christmas Shopping on One Smart Dollar

Making A Lot of Money: The Opportunity to Not Be Broke on Club Thrifty

Fun, Fabulous, Free Things to Do in My Favorite Vacation Cities on Eyes on the Dollar

Do You Use the Electronic Envelope System? on Frugal Habits

How to Count Dollars Like Calories on Doggone Thrifty

Taking Over Someone Else’s Finances? on Plunged in Debt

Short on Cash And Bills are Due..What Do You Do? on Work Save Live

Middle Class Financial Mistakes on Money Smart Guides

Ask Nicely, Save Some Money on Pelican on Money


Carnivals and Mentions

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.

Net Advice on How to Make Frugality Pay at The Irish Times

Carnival of Wealth, Pre-Debate Edition on Control Your Cash

Carnival of Personal Finance #382 – The Leaves Are Changing on Walking to Wealth

Yakezie Carnival – Baseball Playoffs Edition on I Heart Budgets

Festival of Frugality #356 – The Chili and Chimney Smoke Edition on See Debt Run

The Wealth Builder Carnival #95 on My Wealth Builder

Stock Carnival Ecstasy on Fast Swings

Should You Consider Converting Your IRA to a Roth IRA? on Frugal Habits

Personal Finance Links – New Job Edition on Tight Fisted Miser

Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #8 on Eyes on the Dollar

Carnivals, Mentions & Weekend Reading #32 on Work Save Live

Quick Hits and Weekend Reading on Young Adult Money

Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks October 5, 2012 on Canadian Budget Binder

Beginning of October 2012 Blog Update on Modest Money

Personal Finance Week in Review for October 7 on One Smart Dollar

Friday Recap, Flown-by Week on Reach Financial Independence

Blog Round up for October 7, 2012 on My Canuck Buck

The Sunday Review – Top Posts of the Week on The Savvy Scot

Friends of the Family: Beginning of October Edition on The Family Finances

Is the Water Closet the New Water Cooler and Top Ten Family Finance Posts on

My Family Finances


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  • Very cool to have your alma mater potentially in the top 10! I love college football but my Gophers have made it quite painful the past 4 years or so. The loss to Iowa was downright depressing.

    Also I am trying to standardize my mentions at the end of the week as well. It’s so hard to narrow down the list! I need to start integrating a list of mentions, because those are 1:1 and I think they are important to do.

    Thanks for the mention! And the top spot too!

    • John says:

      Yea, this week and next will be a challenge with us on the road against Iowa St & then West Virginia.

      I am wanting to do the same thing with mentions to. It can be hard to cut down on the mentions, but I think doing so individually within posts are good too. I think there’s a balance to be had and not going to one extreme or the other.

  • I am right there with you. Nothing is more exciting than college football. I’m an Iowa Hawkeye so the last couple years have been depressing but I still love it. Thanks for the mention.

    • John says:

      It’s interesting living in Nebraska and hearing the NU fans with their hatred towards Iowa. I find it a bit amusing as I think most Nebraska fans feel like they’re better than everyone else and are also still stuck in their powerhouse past.

  • Man I love football! Great idea for a roundup edition! 🙂

  • Thanks for the mention. I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Jason Clayton | frugal habits says:

    Hi John, I think its great to see the KSU in the top 10. If Wisconsin can’t be there, than I’m happy to see KSU fight for the national championship.

    As always, thanks for the mention… always enjoy visiting your blog.

  • Can’t say I get excited over Football but I do get excited over Football (soccer) and Rugby and I do love my surfing. I haven’t taken the time to try and understand American Football, maybe one day but for now I’m working on Hockey with my mates. Cheers Mr.CBB

    • John says:

      You know, when I was looking for a picture for this post I was finding many more soccer pitures than American football pictures. I played soccer for years as a kid, I loved it. You surf Mr. CBB? My wife grew up surfing and loved it. But, being as that we’re land locked now she does not get to do much of it.

  • Veronica Hill says:

    Hi John, sorry I can’t relate to football much, but I am excited that you included my post in your Friday roundup! I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend and enjoy whatever it is you plan on doing (watching Football?) 🙂

  • Kentucky disappoints in football, but basketball is just around the corner, defending national champs and all. Thanks for the mention.

    • John says:

      That it is Kim. I’ll be interested to see how well they do this year with the freshman leaving, but then again it IS Kentucky. Have a great weekend!

  • Catherine says:

    opps, didn’t mean to send prematurely…isn’t collage football an organized religion in the states? 🙂 Hubby watches NFL but (being from Canada and all…) we’re crazy about hockey (even though he follows CBJ, don’t ask), soccer and rugby. Happy weekend!

    • John says:

      It can be depending on what area of the country you live in. So, how’re you dealing with the NHL being locked out? Have a great weekend as well.

  • Jason @ WorkSaveLive says:

    Man, that’s a lot of mentions you had…great job! Congrats on KSU whipping my KU boys. I’m headed to the KU game tomorrow to watch another blood bath. 🙂 ROCK CHALK!

  • John says:

    Thanks Jason. I was pretty humbled to make up the list and to see all the mentions I got.

    In regards to the game…we got lucky. KU threw ALL they had at us and K-State was just not focused. Which is one of the very reasons why I am nervous about our game tomorrow in Ames. Have fun at the game. Go State!! 🙂

  • I love college football too and I am a Canadian. The passion they have is so intense. You can’ t help but love watching watching them play.

    Congrats on all of the carnivals. That is awesome.

  • I wish I was more into football. It seems everyone around me is right now, and I feel left out. 🙂 Oh well, I can’t force myself into liking something. Hope your team does well!

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