Saturday and a $1,149 DSLR Camera Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone! This past week definitely flew by. I guess that’s what happens when you are extremely busy. I don’t really have anything planned for the weekend (at least nothing that I can think of) except for lots of blog and planning for me and my friend’s new business.

If you have any tips on starting a new business, and also starting a new business with a partner, then throw them at me. I have a couple of blog posts in the works about that, but of course it always takes me forever to actually get around to that.

Also on Monday I will have my February extra income and goals update, so be sure to check that out. Every month, my monthly extra income update always seems to be very popular. Is there anything specific that you would like to see in my monthly extra income posts? I want to be as helpful as I can!

Posts on my blog this week:

  1. $1,121 in Extra Income and Life Updates – I did better with my income last week. So many things are going on in my life right now. It needs to calm down :)
  2. #Tag: Getting to Know the “Person” Behind the Personal Finance Blog – Do you want to know more about me? Maybe not but oh well. REad this post to learn further about why I blog and why I blog about personal finance.
  3. Getting Out of Debt… With a Plan – I had a guest post on my blog for the third week of my Debt Series. Do you have a plan for your debt?
  4. Is Clutter Ruining Your Productivity? - This is a post by Jordann all about clutter and productivity.


 Posts I loved this week:

  1. The Death of the 9-5 Work Week Young Adult Money
  2. Do you ever feel guilty for everything that you have and make? Mochi and Macarons
  3. “Oh you are SO lucky, you must be rich!” Budgets are Sexy
  4. What Bootstraps? Girl With the Red Balloon



EOS Rebel T4i 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit

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Saturday… and a $400 Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone! If you were lucky/unlucky enough to be hit by the snowstorm, then this could possibly be the third day of your long, unexpected weekend. I had Thursday off, but the roads were fine where I live so I went to work on Friday.

I have a full weekend. Yesterday, our close friends got married and had a lunch reception (which we missed because the wedding was planned last second). After both W and I got out of work we went out to celebrate. The celebrations continue tonight as well. I’m SUPER excited to go out with a big group because feels like it’s been forever (it actually hasn’t but oh well). We plan on giving them their gift today and I need to put that together still. Thanks everyone for your suggestions on Twitter yesterday :)

However, before that, me and my friend are having a little business meeting to talk about the business that we plan on opening soon. I can’t wait until I can officially tell everyone what this new business is. Some of you already know since you guessed correctly last week :) Hopefully it goes well!

Posts from my blog:

  1. $823 in Extra Income and Life Updates - Extra income was slightly down last week, but I’m still happy with it.
  2. Blogger or WordPress – Tips on How to Move - Are you still on Blogger? You should think about switching! Blogger can delete your blog whenever they want to. In this post there are tips about how to move and why you should move.
  3. How We Handled $32,000 in Student Loans - I had a guest post to kick off the second week of my debt payoff series. Read about what her and her family did to eliminate student loans.
  4. Buying a Home as a Minimalist – Jordann talks all about her and homes!


Posts from my sister’s blog:

  1. 10 Tips For When Eating Out – My sister is super healthy and does certain things when she goes out to eat in order to stay healthy.
  2. Typical Day Of Meals - My sister is on a new food plan! I definitely couldn’t do what she does, but it’s nice to think about :P
  3. Prep Your Meals For The Week – Save Money! - Over the weekend my sister spent a couple of hours prepping her meals for the whole week. It’s a great idea to save money and also to save time during the week!


I am loving these posts this week as they relate to my life in some form:

  1. How to pay off your mortgage in 3 not so easy steps Money Master Mom
  2. Feeling Forced to Tip Even for Horrible Service? Girl Meets Debt
  3. How Much is Too Much? Live Real, Now
  4. **Rant Alert** – An Online Business is NOT a Passive Income Source Debt Roundup
  5. Traveling is more fun when you are young Retire By 40
  6. How much do your friends or family know about your money? Mochi & Macarons
  7. Taking the Plunge: Why I Love Being Self-Employed Frugal Rules



I also have a giveaway for today that I am co-hosting. It’s Messy Dirty Hair’s blog birthday and she’s celebrating by having a giveaway. There are TWO $200 Visa gift cards up for grabs! There are two Rafflecopter forms below, make sure to enter both below!

Saturday is here yet again…

Happy Saturday everyone! This has been one crazy week, and it’s only going to get crazier.

Between working full-time as a financial analyst, blogging, all of my side income hustles, being a great dog-momma, being a good significant other, all while maintaining a house and trying to have a social life, I feel like it is all starting to catch up with me. But what do I do? I add more to my plate. Oh well, I am happy!

Currently, I have a future business venture being planned with a friend. I will share that with you eventually, but since we are only in the planning stages right now, I kind of don’t want to jinx myself. We’ve always joked about eventually doing this, but recently we decided that we should be serious since it is a dream of ours. We have plenty of experience in the area and since I work in business valuation/mergers & acquisitions, I have TONS of knowledge in starting and managing a business. We worked together for a long time and have always gotten along, so I’m looking forward to this.

I also have tons of other things to do as well this weekend. My to-do list is about a mile long, maybe even longer. I have so many ideas for blog posts, I really need to sit down this weekend and start typing them out before I forget everything. Hope you’re looking forward to several posts about blogging, weddings, paying off student loans, and buying a new house. Oh yeah and lots of posts about the new idea that I have :)

Posts from my blog: – Wow just realized there are lots of “How To” posts this week

  1. $2,420 in Extra Income, Life, Wedding Updates  - We looked at potential houses last week and fell in love with a lot. I also talked about how much extra money we made and how we’re doing with our goals.
  2. How to Live on One Income  - We never thought it would be possible to grow our income and cut our expenses by so much. It is possible!
  3. How To Pay for Graduate School  - Graduate school can be expensive, especially law school. A reader e-mailed me a question and I thought I would help by sharing it all with you for your opinions.
  4. How I eliminated my debt in less than 1 year  - Jessica started off my debt payoff series with her great story.
  5. How to Know if You’re a Minimalist – Jordann had a great post related to minimalism. The topic seems to be a big hit on the blog!


Posts from my sister’s blog:

  1. Is Counting Calories Good For You? – A lot of people thinking counting calories is the main way to lose weight…
  2. Easy Chicken Stir Fry  – A yummy recipe! And it’s super easy.
  3. Tidbits About Me – She shares some fun facts about herself that you probably didn’t know.


Link Love:

  1. I quit the 9 to 5 The Happy Homeowner – GREAT POST!
  2. Getting Started Freelance Writing: What You Should Know Single Moms Income
  3. 7 Steps to Take Before You Put Your Home on the Market Eyes on the Dollar
  4. Reduce spending and time to financial independence Free in 10 Years
  5. The push-pull of spending/saving/not-working Grumpy Rumblings of the half-tenured
  6. How to live below your means Young Cheap Living
  7. Wants and Needs So Over This
  8. 5 Things I Wish I Could Tell My 30 Year Old Self The Random Path



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I hope you all have a great weekend!