Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #34

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #34

A picture of my bloody finder, because, why not? The radiator may have won the battle...but I won the war and ripped it out of the car. I also berated it and told it that it looks fat in those jeans...

A picture of my bloody finder, because, why not? The radiator may have won the battle…but I won the war and ripped it out of the car. I also berated it and told it that it looks fat in those jeans…

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What Am I doing?

This week have been a little nuts. SO. MUCH. YARDWORK! But seriously, trying to get our yard looking AWESOME before the 4th of July, because that’s about when the sun comes out. We’ve check off a few projects on our HUGE 38-project TO-DO list. We knocked out some of the smaller projects, and some bigger ones. My dad’s also coming over on Monday to help finish the fence, which is probably the BIGGEST project we have on the list. THANKS DAD!

This post is going up on Mother’s day, and I wanted to give a shout out to all the mom’s out there. Thank you for everything, truly. Thanks for birthing us, sustaining us, raising us, and putting up with all the hell we put you through as teenage kids. Seriously, being Mom is a thankless job, and you deserve WAY more than just one day a year to be recognized. I say we shoot for once a month! Sounds good??

We’ll be helping Michelle’s mom with some house projects tomorrow, and just spending some quality family time together. My mom has to work (BOO!), but we’ll be paying her a special visit to wish her a very hapy mother’s day.

How was YOUR week? And what are YOU doing for your mother today?!



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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.

Consumerism Commentary – Mint.com Tracks Two Million Users to Create Spending IndexApparently Mint.com has been up to some big things. Very interesting data here.

Club ThriftyHow Much it Really Costs to Throw a Traditional WeddingSome costs in reality instead of the magazine advertised weddings.

Modest Money Want to Save Money? Haggle Like This…Cool guest post about how to save some cash playing the “haggle” game.

My Money Design – Ask the Readers – Would You Support the Privatization of Social Security Accounts?Awesome question that is oh-so-relevant today for the younger crowd (under 40) What do YOU think?.

Making Sense of CentsCosts of Buying a Home – A great simple breakdown of the costs involved in buying a home.

Money, Life and MoreContributing to a 401(k) Isn’t Always Smart – Most people will tell you the first place to invest is your 401k. And I would tend to agree. But Lance breaks down some reasons why putting money in your 401k might NOT be a smart idea.

Eyes on the DollarI Hired a Maid! – I put together a budget for Kim a while back, and she definitely can afford a maid because she’s frugal awesome and rocks as a business owner….though the one she hired might be a bit expensive… 😉

Canadian Budget Binder – Three Hands And An Action Plan~I’m A Mom On The Go!A reader guest post about being a busy mom. Great tips in here!

Wise Dollar – Are You Ready for An Internet Sales Tax? The Marketplace Fairness Act – Jose breaks down the implications of a state imposed internet sales tax.

Budgeting in the Fun StuffBecome a Product Tester for Free Swag – Everyone likes free stuff, right? Why not become a product tester. Check it out!

Budget BlondeHow Much Money Would It Take For You To Go To Mars? – I don’t think I would do this, because death. And , I could not leave my boy, knowing I probably wouldn’t come back. Would YOU do this?

And that’s it. Have a wondering week. :)

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  1. Thanks for the mention! Only 38 projects on your list? Slackers! it sounds a lot like my project list!
    Jose recently posted..Why Budgeting Will Change Your LifeMy Profile

    • Yup, only a few dozen projects to go, haha. I’m starting to get the feeling that the list won’t ever actually be finished, because we’re adding projects as quickly as we knock ’em out!

  2. Thanks for mentioning my post this week! Sorry you hurt your tax finger. Hope it heals by next year!
    Lance @ Money Life and More recently posted..Don’t Mix Family, Friends and Money – Our Townhouse RentalMy Profile

  3. I feel your pain mate. I just ordered in all the landscaping material for my front garden. I’ll be knee-deep in muck for a few weeks. It’s smart to get it done before the humidity pops around. Have a lovely weekend! Cheers!
    Canadianbudgetbinder recently posted..Mr.CBB’s Toasted Coconut Custard TartsMy Profile

    • Good luck Mr. CBB! We’re not starting the garden until next year, but with the amount of grass, trees, shrubs we have around here, we’ll definitely stay BUSY BUSY!

  4. Thanks for the double-mention this week! Don’t spend too much time working outside.
    My Money Design recently posted..Accidental Organic Optimization for My Money Niche SiteMy Profile

    • You know, it’s busy, but I DO enjoy working outside with the fam. I just want to finish before July so I can ENJOY the weather :)

  5. Thank God the sun comes on on the 4th of July. We’re heading that way on the 9th, and I would like a little sun!

    You’re right about that maid. She already wants a raise.
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..Solving the World’s Problems From KindergartenMy Profile

  6. Thanks for the mention, Jacob.
    I hope you have a great week!

  7. Oh, the bloody finger when working on a car. I get that all of the time, but usually I win the war in the end. Sounds like you are having some yardwork fun. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.
    Grayson @ Debt Roundup recently posted..Money and Morality – How Much is Yours Worth?My Profile

    • Thanks Grayson. Yea, I go two bloody fingers in all, but I fixed the car. Replaced the entire radiator and replaced the alternator belt.

  8. Thanks so much for the link, Jake. :)


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