Weekly Round Up

Weekly Roundup

With Women’s History Month in March, and I definitely had ladies on the brain this week with my Weekly Round Up. On Monday, I shared five inexpensive activities you could do with girlfriends or guy friends for that matter. On Wednesday, I kicked off my March activity, Women’s Power Wednesdays, where I am highlighting my favorite women-run personal finance blogs. And in a show of solidarity, I would love to thank, Budget Blonde, Club Thrifty, Girl Meets Debt and The Frugal Farmer for joining in the celebration. I was excited to not just support some bloggers, but to find new ones too! On Thursday I shared my review of my new favorite website, SmartAsset. My Top Ten for Friday was dedicated to great quotes about women.

Here are some posts I enjoyed this week:

  1. J. Money at Budgets are Sexy shared the top google searches that led people to his website. I always crack up when I see the google flow of how people find me, but he has some real winners. My favorites include: “How much does it cost groceries for asian family of 6?” “Can get by on bologna and cereal?” “How much would a star tatoo cost me in south africa?”
  2. Mel at Broke Girl Rich shared some great sites for getting free stuff. Who doesn’t love free stuff?
  3. Stefanie at the Broke and Beautiful Life shared about the financial challenges of a long distance relationship.
  4. Holly at Club Thrifty shared a reader comment which led to a discussion about stay at home moms vs. working moms.
  5. John from Frugal Rules discussed the MyRA plan proposed by President Obama to encourage people to save for retirement. It begs a question about what type of personal finance support the government should really be providing (at least in my mind.)

I know that I am highlighting women this month, but I just have to give a big shout out to John at Frugal Rules, it seems as though EVERY week that I do my round ups, which are only blogs that I have a) commented on, b) found interesting and c) talked about or thought about during the week, that I am always adding one from John’s blog. Frugal Rules is a site that I look forward to reading all the time. Great work John!

Next week I will be discussing friends and how they keep us financially fit. Enjoy your weekend!




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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.

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