Best Personal Finance Writing - Week 27

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July or Canada Day, or simply a great week if you hail from another country.

I only had Wednesday off, so I had to drag myself off a couch at 6 am yesterday to drive an hour to get home so I could go into work. It was pretty quiet as most of my coworkers took the day off. 

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My best friend from Portland was in town and it was nice to see him and his kids. As we sat on his dad’s porch, the same place we use to sit when we were younger, we reflected on how it was still a strange and new experience to be parents, even though I’ve been one for 7 years and he for 5. 

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to meet Jeff and Michelle from See Debt Run, and Jason from Work Save Live (and his soon-to-be-collaborator, wife, Holly :) ) in St. Louis. We talked for almost three hours, sharing ideas, successes and failures. All of us have been doing this blogging thing about six months, which is usually the point where most people burn out and throw in the towel. It was great to meet them, and we definitely have a lot more to talk about, and will have another meetup soon.

I was really humbled and excited to see that Lauren from L Bee and the Money Tree wrote an entire post about how my free debt and budget spreadsheet helped her cut her spending by 38% and get things on track. Just when I start to feel a bit of blogger burnout, something like this happens, or someone emails me and thanks me for helping them, and I am inspired to forge ahead.



  • John an My Family Finances shares a story of his younger sister’s struggle with debt, and the pressure that being in friends’ weddings places on that. Weddings seem to get more elaborate and there seem to be more pre-events each year (showers, pre-showers, engagement parties, bachelor(ette) parties). Talk about redistribution of wealth.
  • Andrea at Nickel by Nickel talks about that time when we finally get serious about a fully funded emergency fund. That is my next step after paying off debt, and this is a good overview of the questions you should ask yourself when you start to take this step.
  • Eddie at Finance Fox wrote a controversial piece on dating services that match high income men with trophy wives. While some were appalled, I do not have room in my worry about what consenting strangers do, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone. 
  • Average Joe and OG at the Free Financial Advisor revamped their podcast. Check out 2 Guys and Your Money, either on iTunes or at their site. I promise you will laugh out loud, and your family or coworkers will look at you funny because of it.
  • Erika at From Shopping to Saving talks about how we enable others to overspend. This is more a discussion about when people ask us to hold them accountable for things they really aren’t serious about. I usually smile, nod, and let the person do what they really want to do. 


Carnival Update and Mentions: 

  • Carnival of MoneyPros at I Am 1 Percent
  • Canadian PF Happy Hour at Canadian Personal Finance
  • Y & T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
  • Carnival of Fin. Camaraderie at The University of Money
  • Yakezie Carnival at Edward Antrobus
  • Carnival of Retirement at Write and Get Paid
  • Carnival of Financial Planning at Money Smart Guides
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  1. Thank you for the mention. You’re an inspiration!

  2. Glad to hear that you have some renewed motivation. The blogging grind can be tough to keep up with. I’m coming up on 6 months at the end of July. I think I’ve found a good routine to keep me going. Then again I currently have the luxury of working from home on my own hours. Once I’m back working in an office, it might all wear on me too much.

  3. Thanks for including my post John! I’ve been meaning to email you for that spreadsheet after hearing such awesome things about it. Doing! I would love to meet some PF bloggers to share ideas off of some like-minded people. That must have been so fun! Hope you had a great 4th of July and enjoy your weekend!

  4. Thanks for linking!

  5. John!
    Thanks for the love!
    I love writing controversial pieces, its like Will Farrell says in that song by JayZ/Kanye”Its get the people going man…”

  6. Thanks for the mention!

  7. Good to know about your meetup. And getting a blogger’s praise for your effort makes a day or two, or even a week, Congrats on that and please ask Lauren to start reading my blog as well. The other one… :)

  8. Your spreadsheet is going to make you famous, John..

    I use something similar (combined with mint), but after looking at yours- I added a few new columns. Great stuff.

    Was great meeting you last weekend.. we are definitely up for it again sometime soon..

    Try to stay cool out there, bro.

  9. Glad you guys were able to meet up in St. Louis. Thats about a 5 hour one way trip for me and I had road trip burnout from our Yellowstone trip…..maybe next time I’ll join in.

  10. The podcast was definitely awesome. I want to go to a PF blogger meet up but fincon is at a bad time for me this year. Maybe in 2013. Glad you had the opportunity and I’m sure it was a blast.

  11. It is cool that you had a meetup with other bloggers! I know that youtubers do it often and it is a ton of fun! Although, yours sounded more like a meeting of minds than a “Lets do crazy stuff and film it,” like the youtube community. Hope your weekend was a blast!

  12. I’m jealous you crazy kids all live so close to each other. Come to Texarkana for a meetup!

    Thanks for mentioning the show. I hope we don’t get you into too much trouble with our inane ramblings…..

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