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Frugal FinCon Fiesta Update & Blogger Awards


debt-debsdebs’ devotions #2

Well I may have been a little to ambitious in my Six Month Blogiversary post (you know, the one with a poem disguised as rap song), when I launched my WEEKLY edition of Debs Devotions.  For a personal finance (PF) blogger who only publishes twice a week, that may have been a little lofty to call it WEEKLY.  I haven’t decided yet if I’ll do it biweekly, every three weeks (that would be strange but definitely in the realm of possibility), or monthly – sue me.

So since it feels like a long time and I have a lot of updates, lemme start.

Frugal FinCon Fiesta (FFF)

Well that was really fun and exceeded my expectations.  A bunch of us PF bloggers who were fairly new and focusing on our debt journey joined in a blog party to entertain each other while all our blogmates were boozing it up networking and learning at FinCon 2014.  Well I could say that a libation or five were enjoyed while we virtually partied on blogs and google hangouts but I’ll stick with what goes on in the internet, stays on the internet – ain’t that the truth?!  :-D

I’d like to thank the following Fantastic Frugal FinCon Fiesta-ers for participating with their Ask Me Anything posts: Femme Frugality, pftwins, The Daily Whisk, Cottage Retreatist, Frankly Frugal Finance, Two Kids and a Budget, Downstairs and in Debt, Frugalwoods, Shoeaholic No More, Indebted and in Debt, Debt Discipline, Millennial on a Budget, Busted Budget, Nearly Retired, Messy Money, The Single Dollar, House of Tre, The Spunky Banker, The Intentional Penny, Sunburnt Saver.


I really enjoyed reading all of your Q&A’s and answers and getting to know the person behind the PF blog more.  The sense of community is quite welcome.  It’s like you can talk to other PF bloggers about your deep dark secrets about your financial history and mistakes but you feel less comfortable talking to your friends and family about this topic which can be sensitive.  I want to break that mold and am doing this in a gradual manner starting with family and friends.  I need to be careful to protect my anonymity (for career purposes) and have no link between my blog and career which makes things quite tricky, since I’m basically just a blabbermouth at heart!

I will say that the support from PF bloggers is awesome, when you are on a debt journey, because you meet people with common goals.  You may not have others with the same issues in your circle of friends (they may but you just don’t know about it) and that’s why it feels lonely.    If you do know someone in person, then that’s a bonus way to get support.  Maybe you do know someone, but they are not treating their finances with respect and that frustrates you, so you really don’t have as much common ground as you should.

So as a PF blogger, I’d have to say it was well worth the $2.28 I paid to inLinkz for a monthly subscription to their linky tool. I put that cost in my Entertainment budget line, because at this point that’s what this blog is – purely for my entertainment!  :-)  I’m still trying to reach the broader community of people struggling with debt.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve, but more on that when I get a chance to start to implement them.

In the meantime, I’ve made $20.58 on Google Adsense revenue in three months and a big fat $0.oo on affiliate advertising.  Not sure what I’m doing wrong here, but when I figure it out, I’ll be sure to write a post on it.  I noticed that there’s a lot of generic posts on this topic but no specific posts on the how tos and I find navigating this area a little complex.

Thanks so much to No More Waffles, Budget Blonde, Freedom 35, Money Propeller for promoting our FFF!  Really appreciate it blogging buddies!

Also thanks to Young Adult Money for including my Reasons I’m Happy I’m Not Going to FinCon in his weekly roundup.   The plan is to definitely go to FinCon next year.  I don’t know where it is yet, but where there’s a will there’s a way, and I’ve got the WILL.

Versatile Blogger and Liebster Awards

I’ve been graciously nominated by other fellow bloggers (that rock!) for the above awards.

Autumn @ Barefoot Budgeter , Hayley @ A Disease Called Debt , Kassandra @ More Than Just Money and Tre @ House of Tre for the Versatile Blogger Award and Dan @ Our Big Fat Wallet for the Liebster Award.

versatile-blogger-award-trophyVersatile Blogger Award

The rules are different so I’ll take each one in turn.  For the Versatile Blogger Award:

  •  Tell 7 things about yourself (this is easy, even though I blabbed a lot about myself in Q&A at FFF and in this blog, I’m such an open book I can still think of more)
  • Nominate 15 bloggers (whoa, this is going to be hard because most of my blogging buddies have already been nominated, plus 15 is a big number (!), let me try!)

So here’s my list of 7, some frivolous and some deep:

  1. I love broccoli and zucchini.
  2. I was sexually molested as a child.  I may write about this some day but hard to tie into personal finance.
  3. A movie that  left a big impression on me was Sophie’s choice with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.  How could a mother choose between her two children in that awful situation?
  4. I hate making a salad.  Washing lettuce sucks.
  5. I had a cyst removed from my right eye as a kid, which left a scar.   I got what I think is a deep rooted pimple on my left eyebrow the other day but I wondered if it was another cyst.  I think it’s a pimple because it hurts when I touch it.
  6. I played touch football one summer.  I wasn’t that good.
  7. I used to love playing Lexulous (on line form of scrabble), but then I started blogging and have no time for this anymore.

Hard to know if people have been nominated before or not unless they display a button on their blog or you do a search.  I’m going to pick ones that I don’t think have been nominated.  If you have or choose not to participate, no biggie.  Also, I’ve noticed sometimes people just link to the blog instead of a particular blog post.  I’ve linked to the latest blog post so that the recipient gets a ping back:

  1. Everybody Loves Your Money – I’ve just discovered recently that is an Australian blog, so thought that was worth pointing out.
  2. Debt Camel – very useful debt advice here from the UK.  I’m not sure if she will consider doing a Versatile Blogger type post, but I’m hoping she can put a debt worthy spin on the topic if she chooses to.
  3. Budget Loving Military Wife  – currently posted in UK and shares awesome travel, frugal living, offers and debt repayment posts.
  4. Islands of Investing – Jason’s also from Australia and I think he likes doing these sort of posts, because he’s not on Twitter.  Don’t ask me what the correlation is, but it’s just a gut feel.
  5. Frugal Fringe – I nominated Noonan for Best-Kept Secret Personal Finance Blog for the Plutus awards but he didn’t make it to the five finalists.  Noonan also doesn’t have twitter but even still I tweet his posts as he writes good stuff.
  6. Debt Discipline – okay I’m cheating here because Brian already did a Versatile Blogger post and I’m linking to it here.  I just wanted to include him because he was a finalist in the Best-Kept Secret Personal Finance Blog and now gets to put that special badge on his blog!  Also he was in an awesome podcast recently – see below.  Edited to add:  Brian’s family is now debt free
  7. Couple Money – Elle’s a pro and has been at this for a while.  She started podcasting this week.  Go check out Brian’s interview.  Elle will you do a post on 7 random facts about your pregnancy and parenting?
  8. Millennial on a Budget – is a noobie blogger whom I just discovered during FFF, trying to find balance and a “rich” life.  I say Amen to that!
  9. The Intentional Penny – is also a blogger I met through FFF.  She’s almost halfway through he $40K of debt and a really new blogger.  Go check her out and give her a warm welcome to the PF blogging community!
  10. Debt Free Guys – These guys have the Money Masters Series which is cool, but since I like to know a bit more about the personal side of bloggers, I’m hoping they will share, like 3.5 points each.
  11. Eat Laugh Purr  - when I searched for the word versatile on this blog, I got a lot of recipes, so #1 I don’t think she’s done VB award and #2 if you need some great recipes go here.
  12. Makin the Bacon - is a new-to-me site, so I’m just gonna have to check her out and you should too!
  13. Busy Mom Budgets - is a SAHM whose making her budget work for their family!  I’m new to her blog but I’m trying to stay on top of SAHM’s in case my daughter decides at some point to stay home too!  She’s due to go back from maternity leave in November.
  14. Retired Not Tired – is a retired grandmother who I like to check out and see what she’s up to.  She likes to do the meme type posts, so I’m hoping she will graciously accept in the Versatile Blogger Award and tell me 7 random things about retirement that I can look forward to.
  15. This spots for you! – If you’re a blogger I read or don’t read and have not been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, please comment and this spot is yours for the first blogger who responds!

Liebster Award

liebster3For the Liebster Award, here are Dan’s questions:

(1) Why did you start blogging? Has it turned out to be what you expected?

I started blogging for stress relief about our personal finance situation and for entertainment.  It’s turned out to be a lot better than expected.  There are some drawbacks due to time commitment, but since it’s partially for entertainment and support I try to look at the overall picture.  I used to blog many years ago and my old blog is still there but it’s a bit of a mess (headers from previous free theme template are now taken down, probably a lot of broken links).  My husband used to complain that I spent too much time blogging so I quit.  I didn’t have a focus for that blog like I do for this on personal finance.  It was purely for entertainment and personal support.  The Irishman doesn’t complain about this blog though. ;-)

(2) What has been your favorite blog post you have written so far?

I already put in my FFF post my favourite blog post was the one about my two mother figures and how important there were in my life.  They are both now deceased, so I will pick my second favourite post which is the one about my Dad, who is still here, called Father’s Frugal Finances.  I seem to have a thing about phonetically worded things especially around the letter ‘F’.  One that generated a lot of  traffic because it was featured on Rockstar Finance  was also really fun to make.  That was a good one too.  I guess I need to start a favourite posts page.

(3) How did you decide on the name of your blog?

Well it’s so true that I have this thing about phonetics, so I guess it just came easily.  It was also important to me that I have a brand established, in case there were other Debs in the blogging world.  My name is Deborah, I go by Deb or Deborah and sometimes Debs which is a British pet name which my Mum sometimes referred to me as.  I’m actually in the process of trying to change my nickname from Deb to Debs because I like it that much and prefer to be unique.  It can be done because when I started working full-time I gradually got people calling me Deborah instead of Debbie, which was my childhood name and I wasn’t too fussed on it, so I wanted to leave it in the past.

(4) Sum up your life in 6 words or less.

I started with ~ Happy to live, laugh and love.

Then found that too boring (even if true) and came up with  ~ The world spins, so do I.

My final version which combines both sentiments ~ My world rocks and spins.

(5) Earliest money memory? (If you would like to share)

Why, yes, I would like to share, even if not a happy one.  I remember crying and being in a hospital or a clinic and I seem to feel like my parents were leaving me there.  I don’t know if it was for my cyst surgery (suspect not) or if it was when I was climbing at the grocery store and fell and bonked my head and developed a big bump.  From then on I was known as Debbie Down because I used to climb a lot and my parents continually were saying “Debbie, get down” which eventually became “Debbie, down!”


Oh dear, this post is entirely too long!  Sorry about that.  Maybe I need to go to posting more than twice per week.  According to PTMoney’s World of Personal Finance Bloggers, you have to blog at least three times a week to get put on the map.

I’d like to thank Anne at Money Propeller for this post which was invaluable for this post Ctrl + K and I are Good Friends. You should check it out for faster keyboarding skills.  There’s also one on excel.

Now that FinCon is over, now can I go have my nap? ;-)




Author: debster

I am a fifty-something wife, mother and new grandmother, who admits to having their “head in the sand” about their financial situation until amassing $247,500 worth of consumer debt for a total debt of $393,500. We've paid $121K in 2 years with four more years to go. Join my journey at sharing ideas and motivation to all those coping with poor money management and bad debt decisions.

71 thoughts on “Frugal FinCon Fiesta Update & Blogger Awards

  1. Thank you so much for hosting the Frugal FinCon Fiesta! It was Fintastic! I agree, the PF bloggers community is a wonderful group of people. I also enjoy broccoli and zucchini, especially when dipped in homemade hummus–YUM!
    Mrs. Frugalwoods recently posted…Weekly Woot & Grumble: RIP Spatula FaceMy Profile

    • Fintastic! You’re getting my phonetic juices going again Mrs FW! No worries, that won’t keep me up as I’m getting very sleepy.

      Not sure what happened to my first reply. The dog ate my comment.

  2. Good to get to know you better! I should have participated in FFF more! Sounds like a blast! Did you do video hangout on Google+? I don’t ever use G+ so I don’t know they are all vid or what. I think vid with PF bloggers would be a blast.
    Will L. First Quarter Finance recently posted…Side Hustle 1:1: Each Expense Gets Its Very Own Income StreamMy Profile

    • Hey Will ~ we just did chat but I was wondering if you can do a video with a bunch of people. We should have tried it but were busy typing away and didn’t really think about it. Maybe I’ll give it a try one of these days. If I see someone on line, I sometimes give them a ping. I hate to interrupt though because I know everyone is so busy. They may be on a deadline, or trying to get something finished or just wanna get to bed! I guess stay away from google hangout chats on weeknights but weekends and weekend nights with a beverage are fair game! I mean I will always ask if the person is busy.

  3. Deb,

    thanks so much for the mention(s)! you’re too kind.

    i definitely hate making salad, too. i don’t mind eating it…sometimes…but making it? nah.

    love your stories and facts about yourself!

    – mrs TIP
    mrs TIP recently posted…curating a thoughtful wardrobeMy Profile

    • You’re welcome Mrs Tip. Nice to meet you. I love eating salads as well, so you would think I wouldn’t mind making them. A salad made by someone else I gobble up!

  4. Many thanks for thinking of me, that sort of post doesn’t really belong on my debt blog though… I have to go and blag guest spots somewhere else when I want to post personal stuff :)
    Sara @ Debt Camel recently posted…Discussing debt advice with CAB traineesMy Profile

  5. I too sucked at touch football! I was way better at field hockey. Sad to learn of point number two. With 1/3 females who experience this, 1 female is one too many. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend Debs :)
    Kassandra @ More Than Just Money recently posted…Plan Your Way To FinCon 2015My Profile

    • I only played field hockey in gym class in high school. Thanks for the kind words and hope you enjoy your weekend too! Weather is really nice and tomorrow we are babysitting ’cause my daughter and SIL are in a 10K run so we are taking our grandson to church. First time he will be at church other than for his Christening ’cause they don’t go but Nama’s gonna try to change that. ;-) I used to teach children’s liturgy and I just love all the wee small ones going off to their room for the children’s adapted liturgy of the word. They come back while the offertory is being collected. I hope he will stay still for the mass as he’s not used to it. Wish me luck!

      • Good luck then! Your grandson may surprise you and sit through mass better than most adults. I recall one time when I was young, my friend and I were playing cards in a pew near the front of the sanctuary during the pastor’s sermon. The pastor caught onto to us, stopped his sermon and outed us in front of the entire church. Embarassing is not the word. I wanted to crawl under the pew and die, so you can imagine how my mom felt – she was sitting in a nearby pew. I was grounded for a week.
        Kassandra @ More Than Just Money recently posted…Plan Your Way To FinCon 2015My Profile

        • Haha! My Mum was minding some neighbor’s kids while their parents were away. They slept over and we went to mass. Well I was so excited to have a companion, they weren’t really friends and I had just met them the day before, that I chatted all through mass. Finally the old lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and said “Young lady, this is mass, not a tea party!”. I was so embarrassed and had no idea I was talking so loud. LOL

  6. Thank you for the nomination! You’ve listed so many blogs that are “new” to me and sound fabulous! I’m off to go check them out! Thanks again!
    Nichole @Budget Loving Military Wife recently posted…Crazy 8: Kid’s Clothing Sale… $8.88 Jeans!My Profile

    • You’re welcome, Nichole! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! I gotta get off this computer and get cracking for supper here soon. ;-)

  7. Debs!!! Long posts are fine! :) Omg, you and I have so much in common, at least in the ‘can’t talk about finances/blog because career.’ I thought I was the only one!! So glad there’s another one venturing out online, even if the career doesn’t approve :)

    Thank you so much for hosting Frugal FinCon Fiesta! I loved participating – it was a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing all that you did in today’s post – you are an amazing person!
    Melissa @ Sunburnt Saver recently posted…Scary Situations and Emergency SavingsMy Profile

    • Thank you for the kind comment, Melissa. For me there’s two aspects – #1 wanting to appear competent to my employer (which I am). Maybe I’m too sensitive, but I worry that there may be a stigma associated with my debt that may negatively impact how people perceive me at work. #2 being available and present to my work. I think that if my employer knew I was blogging and knowing how much time I put in, they may question my ability to work without distraction, even though I’m careful to separate the two.

  8. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve to reach other people. Thank you for hosting the Fiesta – it was fun! Exhausting, but fun!

    I think it’s great that you are opening up to more family and friends. I think I’ll get there soon, too. I’m sorry to hear about your childhood. Perhaps something in the news will trigger a reflective post, much like Robin Williams’ passing.

    Lots of wonderful blogs listed :-)
    Kirsten recently posted…Live Like They Are DyingMy Profile

    • Oh I know ay, I’m still tired and catching up! I know the FinConers had late nights so are probably catching up even more.

  9. Thank you for hosting the FFF and the inlinz splurge. It was fun and great to get to know everyone better. I would have nominated you but I figured you already had a whole bunch of nominations already. Is your blog helping you stay motivated on your debt journey?
    May recently posted…I was Ripped Off by a NunMy Profile

    • Yes, it is helping me stay motivated. Given that we are between 2 and 3 years on our debt journey, debt fatigue is tough. If we were at the end at 3 years (what is recommended) it would be a no brainer, but with 3 more years to go, it can be hard. Thanks for your support, May.

  10. Thanks for the mention and it was great reading your answers, always good to hear more from other bloggers on a more personal level. Keep up the good work!
    Dan @ Our Big Fat Wallet recently posted…Handling Lifestyle InflationMy Profile

  11. Haha I made $10 on Adsense revenue from back when I was still The Silver Maple Leaf and experimenting with Adsense – blah, I’m still not convinced on Adsense unless there is a HUGE amount of traffic going through a website/blog.
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    • I think you are right, Steve. Some bloggers make it look easy.

      • I still haven’t found the perfect way to blend in advertising without turning people off. And by turning people off I mean turning myself off because I dislike seeing Adsense most of the time when I’m reading something online.

        There are a few rare instances where it is blended in very well but I haven’t found a way to do it where I am satisfied with. Thus, Adsense will continue remaining off the blog until I can be satisfied it doesn’t piss me off to see them there :P
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        • I know, initially I was turned off by advertising so I didn’t want to do it. Now I see how much work running a blog is (and some costs), I’ve changed my tune. I like the colored ads as they create visual appeal, IMO. I won’t do any affiliate I don’t support, but I guess that goes without saying.

  12. I LOVE making salads! There so quick and easy to make. I tend to forget to wash the lettuce though… Not good.

    • Ya, that is the part I don’t like and you should do this. Actually, correction, it’s drying the lettuce I don’t like. ;-)

  13. These are some new blogs that I have not heard of. I will have to go read some of them over the weekend! It sounds like you had a great time!
    M@MoneySmartGuides recently posted…Non-profit and Government Financial InitiativesMy Profile

  14. Thanks for the shout-out Debs. FFF was a blast — thanks for hosting it, and I’m glad I had a chance to get to know you a little more. We definitely have some similarities: fifties, grandparents (isn’t it great?), career that wouldn’t appreciate personal blogging, and would dearly love for someone to make the salads. :-)

    Congratulations on both your awards!
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    • Thanks, Jean, we do have a lot in common and I’m following your pre-retirement planning with great interest! Grandparenting is so much fun with one. With two or three it must be double or triple the pleasure!

  15. Long post is long! Great write-up, Debs!

    I really enjoyed reading FFF on everyone’s blogs. Next year I’ll definitely join if I’m not too busy like this year. Now on to checking out all the blogs mentioned above that I didn’t know about yet!

    Have a great weekend,
    No More Waffles recently posted…Are You More Wealthy Than Your Average Belgian?My Profile

  16. Whew that is a lot of info! :) Sorry I wasn’t really around for the fincon fiesta party. I was kind of off the internet that weekend. Glad you eventually went back to blogging so we could get a chance to know you!
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  17. Do you have a salad spinner? It makes washing and drying unbelievably easy. I think I got mine at IKEA for like $5. I’m about to make an arugula, watermelon and feta salad for lunch.

    I’m trying to figure out the 2 vs 3 posts a week too. I’m down to 2 posts right now because our weekends are packed and I really just want to be outside when we’re not running off to do something, but I’d really like to try to figure out how to squeeze a 3rd post in. Cloning myself maybe?
    Autumn recently posted…The Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Spending MoneyMy Profile

    • Yep, have a salad spinner and I don’t for the life of me know why I hate using it. Stupid, ay?

      Maybe when I get out from feeling perpetually behind I will try 3 posts per week. Actually I’m going to do Brian’s writing challenge at Luke1428 and maybe this will be the motivation I need to get to this. I also tried something just this morning. I read something that inspired me, so I immediately started drafting a post. Instead of just putting a few words to remind me and the initial link that inspired me, I did a real rough draft of the post (with more stuff to embellish or look up some other links that I recall and want to include). In addition, before I knew it, the post was over 1000 words and could easily be split into two 600-750 word posts, so that’s what I’ve done. Strike while the iron is hot! I hope maybe I’m on to something. ;-)

  18. Glad to know you prefer Debs as your nickname! I always wondered about that. =) I think it sounds more fun. I love your love for phonetics, too. That’s one area I could be more creative in. I’d like to see a post on ad revenue if you get a handle on it; I’ve seen a few, but nothing broken down like you said. Hanging out with PF bloggers is just awesome. I love being able to talk about money so openly! I’m pretty sure there’s a way to do a video Hangout with multiple people. That would be quite the party!
    Erin @ Journey to Saving recently posted…Being Grateful: Forty-Fifth EditionMy Profile

    • Thanks, Erin. I think debs is fun too! And in case you’re wondering, that’s why I often spell without a capital because debs looks fun because the d is a backwards b. Did you know deb is bed spelled backwards? I’m just full of tricks! har har ;-)

      I should blog about my initial experience setting up even Google Adsense. It will make you laugh because I had no clue what I was doing and did some funny (aka stupid) things. Even though they have lots of web pages in instructions, some of they things they state are not that obvious or intuitive but it’s not all bad.

      Thanks for letting me know about the multiple google hangouts. I’m bummed we didn’t even think to try. If I do this you’ll get to know what I look like but I’ll need to make sure I’m presentable first. ;-)

  19. Wow Deb, you really dropped a bomb with your #2 in the versatile blogger response. I felt like I was punched in the gut when I read it, so I can’t imagine how you process it. Violence against children in any way incites everything in me that is violent. I hate it; which is also why I am with you on the Sophie’s Choice decision. I would not be able to live with myself if I were forced to make a decision like that. To not stay bummed in my comment as you didn’t in your post, I don’t like cleaning lettuce as well which is why I buy the pre washed stuff. Sometimes I have been known to be a rebel and just not washed and prayed that I didn’t spend the night on the toilet because I was lazy about lettuce washing.
    Shannon @ Financially Blonde recently posted…Weekly RoundupMy Profile

    • Glad to know I’m not the only one who hates lettuce washing and spinning! #lame Consequently, I always ooh and aah over any salad made for me or as a guest. :-)

      Ya, that movie was just so powerful in many ways. Of course I also loved Schindler’s List which also left quite an impression. My views are heavily influenced by the Second World War which is why I’m really frightened by what is going on in the world today. Was just talking to my Dad about this the other night and he feels similarly and he’s seen a lot (Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler) which is why this ISIS really freaks me out because they’re not just in Syria and Iraq.

      You know it was a different era when that happened to me, and I’ve thankfully come out of it relatively unscathed, I think. But it was still very frightening and awful and obviously will never leave me. I’m thankful for the support received from my mother, and attribute this to my ability to overcome. I’m also a big forgiver and have experienced some horrible people in my life, but feel it’s been part of my journey and I’m stronger for it. Thanks for your empathetic comment, Shannon.

      • Like Shannon, I couldn’t get past #2. Your post is so funny . . . and yet this item is so tragic. I think it does fit in with financial management. I just read on Tonya’s latest post that self-value is a commonly addressed topic at FINCON seminars. Abuse would shake the foundations of your sense of value, and there might be a connection in that sense. I’m glad that your mother was a great support to you. And you are so wise to have forgiven. Many people think that forgiveness means, “It’s OK.” It doesn’t. It means, “It’s not OK, but God’s grace will allow me to live with the loss you’ve brought on, and I’m not going to poison myself by hating you for it.” Do I move on to salad spinners now? I use mine, and I think it’s great : )
        Prudence Debtfree recently posted…New Site as of September 27, 2014My Profile

        • ha ha.. Great comment! Thanks, Prudence! You hit the nail on the head there. No one tried to sweep it under the rug or say I wasn’t wronged. I got lots of empathy and that was enough for me. I think there might be a small part of me that thinks I was partially at fault, but the logical person in me sees that is ridiculous.

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  21. It was my pleasure to promote it! :) I hope you come next year for sure – can’t wait to meet you!
    Cat @ Budget & the Bees recently posted…The Buzz Around the Web #5My Profile

  22. Thanks Debs!!! Appreciate the link love! FFF was a blast! This is a great community! Glad to get to know a bit more about you.
    Brian @ Debt Discipline recently posted…Week End Round Up #50My Profile

    • You’re welcome Brian! BTW, I’m editing this to add your post about being debt free! $109K paid off in four years at approximately $2K per month. That is so great! Congratulations!

  23. I think the community of bloggers is wonderful, and I can’t imagine it being better. I’m so glad to have learned all of these awesome things about you, Debs! Who knew you used to blog?! And congrats on your debt progress!!
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  24. Uggh! Washing lettuce DOES suck! My boyfriend insists on using the salad spinner and the lettuce just gets stuck in it and makes me cranky…stupid lettuce…
    Downstairs and in Debt recently posted…Tips for Surviving a Home Shopping PartyMy Profile

  25. I am pretty sure you’re on the map, Debs! Your Adsense income is definitely killing mine. Way to go!
    Mel @ brokeGIRLrich recently posted…Accountability: September 2014My Profile

  26. Thank you for hosting the Frugal FinCon Fiesta! It was a blast! :-)
    Kara recently posted…Budget Tales: We Bought a New CarMy Profile

  27. Debs,

    Thank you so much for the Frugal Fringe shout out and the continued support! Someday I may even learn to Twitter. ;)
    Noonan recently posted…A Saver’s Guide to Instant GratificationMy Profile

  28. Wow. Thanks for the great list of articles Debs. By the way, it’s great to know that FFF was really awesome. This makes me want to participate in the next one. I really look forward to it. High five Debs.
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    • Thanks, Jayson. I’ll have to pass the torch, because I hope to be at the Forealz FinCon Non-Siesta next year!

  29. Congrats on your Google AdSense revenue! Every little bit helps, right? :)

  30. Hey Debs, thanks so much for the nomination! I guess I kind of do like these posts (despite not having really done many), but it’s probably more because I never really shared much about myself since starting my blog. I read somewhere that when starting a blog or website, you should make it all about the reader, not you, so I got rid of a huge section about myself I originally had, and tried to focus on just being helpful. But I’m slowly discovering the personal finance blogging world is quite the opposite – people really want to get to know each other!

    I’ll probably come around to twitter one day, but I love just keeping things simple at the moment. Twitter just seems so ‘noisy’, and on top of that it’s hard enough for me to just put one post up a week, let alone stay on top of social media!
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    • I understand Jason. I guess it depends on what your readers want. You will find some that really like personal stuff (like me) and maybe others who are just looking for technical or practical information. I think both types tolerate a bit of one type or the other. I think the best stuff is when a bit of both is put together.

      Regarding Twitter, I agree with you, it is noisy, but you can spend as much or as little time on it as you want. It’s an easy way to engage quickly with other bloggers through tweets or direct messages. I also think it’s a way to promote your blog and content. But, I wouldn’t want you to think you must do this. You will find that most readers will not share your posts on twitter if you are not a twitter user yourself.

  31. Thanks a lot for mentioning Anne! I love the CTRL + K, I have been using it a lot! :) And congratulations on your progress!
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