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Stepchild Faves – August 2014

Hi and welcome to the first edition of Stepchild Faves! Once a month, Cat and I will be working together to chose our favorite posts from around the blogosphere.

Don’t worry, these are not listed in any particular order. I know, I know, you thought because you were listed first you had won some kind of prize. 😉

Drum roll please! Here are our faves:

Monica on Money – 5 Simple Reasons A Guaranteed Paycheck Makes Us Poor – A great post that really made me open my eyes to the fact that I just expect that I’ll be getting more money every two weeks, as I have since I started working at age 15. This is not always the case. You could lose you job, you could be seriously ill and have to take unpaid time off, or you could be in a position where income is variable. The point is, we are too dependent on the idea that there is always more money to be had.

Add Vodka – Cutting Out Info Overload I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s a movement going on in the PF community lately. Yes, it is minimalism and the elimination of clutter of all kinds not just physical clutter. I’m loving it! There’s no way I’d could ever be considered a true minimalist, but I am trying to at least become more minimalistic than when I started my journey to becoming debt and clutter free.

Budget Bloggess – Back to Basics: Living on Salary Only, Forget the Bonus – It may only be me, but I think Michelle and I have quite a bit in common. Her biggest financial downfall is fashion and so is mine. But, she has been budgeting with her “extra” income lately and wants to revert back to not doing so, where I just questioned the other day if I should start budgeting with mine, so I guess that’s different. 🙂

I Heart Budgets – The Buy Nothing Project – Wow! This sounds like an awesome project to get behind and support. I love the idea of freely helping others by donating things you no longer need and then also being able to seek specific things you need as well.

Frugaling – I Visited the MOA and Only Bought a Coffee – Sam successfully avoided giving in to the biggest consumerism trap in all of North America, the Mall of America. He visited and only bought a coffee. Not only that, he laughed about other people’s out of control shopping. Way to go Sam! (I was not this successful when I went to the MOA in 2012.)

That’s all for this month folks! I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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