Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #24

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #24

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What Am I doing?

This week was pretty SUPER AWESOME! We attended two Christmas parties with white elephant gift exchanges, and came away with some cool gifts. And my wife, who is self-proclaimed hilarious, brought a black elephant to our first exchange (HAH! GET IT?! Because it’s a white elephant gift exchange and she brought….oh, nevermind). Well, she was one of the first ones to pick a gift and took HER OWN GIFT, and held on to it until the very end. So, I don’t really know that rules, but I’m pretty sure she was supposed to take someone else’s gift. Welp, either way, now there’s a black elephant on our shelf.

Oh the irony!

The second partay was at our place, and we asked people to bring an inexpensive gift that others would enjoy. There were some epic gifts going around, including a mini-pool table with real ceramic balls and everything. Michelle ended up with some hand soap called “fresh sparkling snow”, and I got a Magic starter deck (did I mention I’m a N.E.R.D.!?). I’ve never played before, but am excited to learn. Michelle couldn’t care less, and was hoping that someone would steal it, haha! We had great food, good drinks and better company. I would call it a success!

My hands can smell like snow YEAR ROUND!!!

My hands can smell like snow YEAR ROUND!!!

We ended the week with a family date night to the Olive Garden. I ate about two dinners worth of breadsticks and salad, and only had room for about four bites of food. We also gave our son some lemon, which he LOVED. We also went to Wight’s Nursery and checked out the awesome decorations and ornaments. Nolan LOVED all the lights and was referring all of the stuffed reindeer and bears as “Nehneh”, which is also what he calls our dog. A fun way to end the weekend :)


Ok, seriously, I need to sign up for some sort of carnival submission service, otherwise I’m going to need to re-name this segment!


There are other, very cool blogs who have been generous enough to mention iHeartBudgets on their sites. This list is getting huge, am I internet famous now?! Anyone else who loves me as much as these people do, feel free to mention me as well to join the elite list below!

Modest Money mentioned me in December 8th 2012 Favorite Blog Posts& Mid December 2012 Blog Update

Debt Roundup mentioned me in Free Shipping Day is December 17, 2012& twice in Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 12/14/2012

Fix ‘Em Up, Rent ‘Em Out mentioned me in Follow Schwarzenegger’s Advice to Put Fuel on the Fire

Club Thrifty mentioned me in The VIP Club Roundup – 13th Edition

Finance Fox mentioned me in Finance Fox Weekend Recap – 2 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Continues!!

Canadian Budget Binder mentioned me in Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Dec 14,2012- Tek Who?& The Saturday Weekend Review #9 December ~ Pray For Change!

Reach Financial Independence mentioned me inFriday recap, mentoring and time management

The Random Path mentioned me in Link Love: TGIF Edition!

Frugal Rules mentioned me twice in Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, Where Did the Week Go Edition

Tight Fisted Miser mentioned me in Personal Finance Links – Wishy Washy Edition

Work Save Live mentioned me in Personal Finance Week in Review #42

Young Adult Money mentioned me in Quick Hits and Weekend Reading – Winter Blizzard Edition

Student Debt Survivor mentioned me in Weekly Round-up-Holiday Prep Edition

One Smart Dollar mentioned me in Personal Finance Week in Review for December 8 – Snow Finally Arrives

Thanks for the love, glad you enjoy reading my junk! If I missed anyone, feel free to send me some hate mail :)


What’ I’ve Been Reading:

Every week, I do some reading on the web. I come across articles that are entertaining, educational, or just plain awesome. I think the readers of iHeartBudgets will enjoy these articles as well.

Modest MoneyBeginning of December 2012 Exclusive Cash Giveaway and Favorite Posts

Work Save Live – Secured and Bad Credit Cards

Young Adult Money – 5 Signs You Need a New Job and 3 Things to do about It

Canadian Budget BinderThe Celebrate Like Scrooge Christmas Gift Exchange

Family Money ValuesWhen I’m 64

Frugal RulesFirst Steps to Investing in the Stock Market

Student Debt SurvivorMy Holiday “Time Budget”

Evolving PF – Who Paid For Your Wedding?

Add Vodka – The Zero Food Waste Challenge: 10 Tips to Avoid Throwing Food Out

Money, Life and More – Be Wary of Year End Charitable Contribution Calls

Making Sense of Cents – Maintaining a Minimalist Wardrobe

L Bee and the Money Tree – Cheap Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

Average Joe’s Money Blog – Investing Myths: Four Traps That Catch Amateurs

Thirty Six Months – Why I love All Inclusive Vacations.

Gen Y Finance – If You’re Broke, Act Like It

Saving AdviceRenting or Homeless? Minimum Wage Challenge

Finance Fox – Responsible Holiday Party Hosting

Eyes On The Dollar – What Will the Fiscal Cliff Mean to Health Care?

Tackling Our Debt – What Would You Rather Eat? Bacon or a Bagel?

Club Thrifty – Club Thrifty: Turning Our Dreams into Reality

Budgets Are Sexy – Road Trippin’ in Search of Our Next Home!

Debt Roundup – Free Shipping Day Is December 17


Man, I read A LOT! Welp, that’s all, folks. Have a wonderful Sunday! :)

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  1. yayyy! thanks for the mention!
    Lauren @ LBee and the Money Tree recently posted..Cheap Ways to Enjoy the HolidaysMy Profile

  2. Thanks for including my post! I’m glad you had such a great week.
    Emily @ evolvingPF recently posted..Weekly Update 43My Profile

  3. Nice week you had.
    Thanks for the link.
    Eddie recently posted..Finance Fox Weekend Recap – 2 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Continues!!My Profile

  4. I had to LOL about the black elephant gift. It’s even funnier because she brought it back home. Now you can do it all again next year!

    Thanks for the mention!
    Holly@ClubThrifty recently posted..The VIP Club Roundup – 13th EditionMy Profile

  5. Thanks for the include. I won a gift card at my company’s holiday potluck raffle, I was secretly glad we didn’t do a white elephant because I have no room for any more “stuff” in our condo.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..My Holiday “Time Budget”My Profile

  6. Thanks for the mention! I think Corey has a carnival submission service…
    Lance @ Money Life and More recently posted..Personal Finance Round Up, Mentions and Carnivals #34My Profile

  7. I love white elephant parties. Sounds like an awesome weekend!
    Budget and the Beach recently posted..Link Love 12/14/12My Profile

  8. Thanks for the mention and I hope you enjoy your hands when they smell like snow all year round!
    Grayson @ Debt Roundup recently posted..Crucial Mistakes You Should Avoid When Selling Your Structured Settlement for CashMy Profile

  9. So I’m guessing that she really didn’t want to give up her elephant at the gift swap hence it now sitting on a shelf in your home lol. We are doing a gag gift exchange but only with $10 worth of something. I’m thinking maybe just giving gift cards for gas wrapped in a gag type box as I hate to spend money on something that no one will use even if it is for a laugh. Happy Holidays Mate! Mr.CBB
    Canadian Budget Binder recently posted..Mr.CBB’s Festive Coconut BallsMy Profile

  10. LOL. Why in the world would she bring it as a gift if she just wanted it for herself? haha. Shouldn’t she have just bought it for herself and then brought another gift for the party?

    Hmm…although…if she were to have done that then you’d of had to spend some extra money since you bought 2 gifts. Maybe she’s more brilliant than I’m giving her credit for…
    Jason @ WSL recently posted..5 Frugal Christmas Ideas for ChildrenMy Profile

  11. Thanks for the include! Good to see you are enjoying the holidays.
    Tackling Our Debt recently posted..Blog Planner – An Effective Way to Organize and Manage Your BlogMy Profile

  12. Thanks for the mention! I really need to get around to doing these weekly roundups and share the love!
    Gen Y Finance Journey recently posted..When There’s Not Enough Money – $100 Cash GiveawayMy Profile


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