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04.12.2012 in Everything Else by Lena Gott 8

7 Blog Posts You Can’t Miss This Week

Sometimes instead of writing posts I find myself hopping around the blogosphere reading excellent posts by other finance writers and bloggers.

I would like to start highlighting some of the more interesting posts I come across in a roundup post in case any of my readers are interested in some light reading.

Here’s what I’ve been reading the past few days. They’re not all new posts (as in, posted this week), just new to me.


20 Great Places to Find Coins– Jeffrey at makes a game out of seeing how many coins he can collect each year just by looking down at the ground in the most obvious places. He says he can easily pick up $100 worth of coins each year just by doing this! I think this sounds like so much fun. It reminds me of going with my mom as a child to find aluminum cans to sell. You wouldn’t think it could be worth your while, but $100 is nothing to laugh at. All you have to do is be willing to bend down to pick up the coins when you see them. I’ve been wanting a metal detector just so I can search for “treasure.” Now I want one even more after reading this post!

3 Dangerous Christmas Shopping Debt Traps and How to Avoid Them – Carrie Smith over at PT Money examines our propensity to spend way too much for Christmas just ’cause.  This post includes some solid tips to help keep your holiday spending at bay. My favorite trick, of course, is to ask yourself these five words before making any purchase.

14 Ways to Save Even More Money Shopping on Amazon – I need another reason to shop on Amazon like I need a hole in the head, but I have to give it to Madison at MyDollarPlan…there are some really good tips in here!

Confessions of a Former Apple Hater – Weren’t we all at one point? Personally, I’ve almost completed my transformation.

Does It Make Sense to Pay Off the Mortgage Early? – You all know I am a big proponent of early mortgage payoff. Kim at Eyes On the Dollar examines whether or not she will try to do the same.

Do You Invent Needs? – I am constantly guilty of convincing myself to buy something I don’t truly need because it’s a deal too good to pass. Kurt at MyMoneyCounselor reminded me that I’d much rather have the cash that I paid for these items.

How to Create a Fantastic Yet Frugal Christmas Gifting Strategy – Craig Ford at ChristianPF suggests starting with a list of people you’d like to give a gift to, then figuring out who can receive low or no-cost gifts like e-cards or homemade items. I already found a printable Christmas gift list to start this process.

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This article has 8 comments
  • Kurt @ Money Counselor 04.12.2012 11:49 PM Reply

    Thanks so much for choosing my “Do You Invent Needs?” for one of your can’t miss posts, I appreciate it!

    • Lena 05.12.2012 3:52 AM

      No problem, Kurt! Your article was so timely for me, personally, that I had to include it! Off to read the post linked in your comment…looks like another good one. :)

  • Kim@Eyesonthedollar 05.12.2012 4:46 AM Reply

    Thanks so much for the mention. It’s an honor to be included in such great company.

    • Lena 05.12.2012 4:46 PM

      You touched upon a subject near and dear to my heart, Kim! We should collaborate on a post series going forward. It’s gonna take a lot of hard work to pay off this mortgage early, so I need a partner in crime!

  • Greg@ClubThrifty 05.12.2012 12:07 PM Reply

    That is a group of bloggers that you’ve mentioned there! Have a great rest of the week!

    • Lena 05.12.2012 4:49 PM

      I only read the best! ;=)

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