Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great weekend. I cannot believe another week has gone by. I think this one was abnormally fast. But that’s okay as my vacation is now two weeks away!! My mom and I have been lightly planning on places we’d like to go when I visit. She seems to want to try every local dining place and the frugal side of me is screaming “Nooo!!” Chances are she will be paying, but that doesn’t make me feel much better about it as they need to save, too! Luckily, places around there are pretty inexpensive and I eat like a bird so it should be okay. She was mostly mentioning breakfast places, which tend to be cheaper. I guess we will see!
My plans this weekend are to just relax. I normally go to my grandma’s on Saturdays when R is working, but I figured I would get some writing done. I also want to finish reading a few books that I can never seem to find time for. Then when R comes home we will likely go for a walk again. I’ve been doing well on that front and I think I should be able to meet or exceed my goal for the month! It’s been gorgeous out these past three days and we have been taking advantage. What do you guys have planned for the weekend?
My posts this week
On Monday I shared a review of Spirit Airlines with you all – mostly my first impressions while booking my flight, as I’ve never flown with them before. A lot of you have heard similar things about the fees they charge. A majority of you seemed to agree that all their fees were taking it a bit far, but there were a few of you who thought it was a good model for an airline to follow!
On Wednesday I asked if you were a saver, a spender, or a saver to eliminate debt. Most of you answered you were savers with the intention of still having fun and finding ways to spend less, and others were with me in that they are trying to earn more to pay off their debt quicker.
On Thursday I had a post over at Economag.us (which is a great, growing blog by the way, please check it out!) about a financial lesson a character on NCIS had to learn – the hard way. I will be posting there once a week now, along with many other bloggers, so I encourage you all to subscribe!
Thank you to Tonya, from Budget and the Beach, for sharing my saver/spender post!
Here are some of the posts I enjoyed this week in no particular order:
Pauline | Make Money Your Way offers the biggest tip a new blogger should take: don’t blog in the dark! It’s great that you started a blog, but you can’t simply expect people to find you if they don’t know about your blog! As I was a lurker for many months before starting my blog, I found out about blogs mostly through the comments of other blogs I was already reading. I also remember reading a post on GRS about people’s favorite blogs. Then I went through people’s blogrolls. It really pays to get yourself out there!
Bridget | Money After Graduation tells us it’s okay to put off having children for financial reasons. Here she says having children is optional, which I think is important. A lot of us have pressure from our families to start making babies right after marriage and sometimes, that’s not the way you want to go! I personally am still unsure of where I stand on having kids, but it’s nice to see others that have remained child free in order to pay off their debts first or just enjoy life a little more while they can.
Tonya | Debt and the Girl wrote about how taking a break sometimes can be beneficial. This really stood out to me because I have been getting burned out at work lately. I haven’t taken a full day off since I started a year ago, and before that, besides the month of unemployment I experienced, I hadn’t taken off a day in my first job, either. This is why I am really looking forward to my week off soon!
Matt | Debt Roundup talked about how we need to be present to enjoy what life has to offer us. He writes this in terms of being a working parent – how can you enjoy time with you child, and spouse, all on top of working full-time (and beyond)? I think it’s an important issue as I’ve found that balancing working, blogging and time with R can be difficult. I can’t even imagine having a child in the mix!
DC | Young Adult Money writes about the danger of making money your top priority. How much are we willing to sacrifice to earn more? I agree that making the most out of what you have is great. I think in the PF blogosphere we often get caught up with seeing how much money others are making, and putting toward their debt, that we feel pressured to match that. On an entry-level salary, I know that it’s not possible for me, which is why I am looking to increase my income. That brings more responsibility to the table, though, and potentially more stress.
Holly | Club Thrifty makes it her duty to eat all her old food before getting more. This fits right in with my goal to cut down on grocery shopping this month, as we need to eat what we have first. We’ve been doing quite well with this, and I am happy with the dent we made in our freezer.
That is it for this week. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!