Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments Week of 14July2013

I’m a little bitter about work this week!  I worked over 12 hours on Monday so that I could really front-load everything so that I wouldn’t have to work this weekend.  But on Friday I was notified that I was to give lab meeting on Monday, so it turns out I have lots of work to do this weekend after all!  Kyle is also giving lab meeting tomorrow so we’re both alternately working and procrastinating.


The reason I wanted to have all my work done before the weekend was that we had two parties to attend, as well as helping a friend move and cleaning our townhouse to host a third party.  We still did all that stuff but this weekend still hasn’t been as relaxing as I had hoped it would be.  Three potlucks (including one hosting) is a lot of cooking – we brought roasted Brussels sprouts to one and deviled eggs to another and made hamburgers, brats, beans, corn, and strawberries for the one we hosted.


Even though I hate Bank of America, I have to give them props this week.  Kyle’s checking account has been under threat of rolling from a student account to a normal one (that they charge for) for months now.  Finally, this week, we were hit with our first monthly account fee of $12.  Kyle finally called them up to change the account from a full-service one to ATM-only and they waived the $12 fee.  So BoA did something nice for us after doing something jerky, leaving the situation neutral… Pretty good for them!



Posts I Liked


Cat from Budget Blonde shares her Grenada budget for the first time and compares it to a hypothetical one for Brooklyn.


J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy answers a reader’s question about whether to give up trying to be financially responsible.


Vanessa from Cash Cow Couple emphasizes that there is no more important financial decision in your life than picking who you marry.


Jacob from iHeartBudgets explains how to use Mint.


Kelly from My Personal Finance Journey asks if you could become a one-car household.


Cash Rebel answers a reader’s question about getting a car loan just to improve her credit score.


Pauline from Reach Financial Independence explores how long you can live off savings at various savings rates.





Well Heeled Blog referred to my post on Lean In and Getting to 50/50 in her review of Lean In.


Mr. DB40 from Done by Forty stepped through my suggestions from my post on putting values and goals before strategies and created his own goal plan based on his values.


Miss T. from Prairie Eco Thrifter listed First Values and Goals, Then Strategies in her good reads from the blogosphere.





First Values and Goals, Then Strategies was featured in the Finance Carnival for Young Adults.


Reader Question: Where to Open an IRA? was featured in the Carnival of Retirement.


June 2013 Month in Review: Money was featured in the Yakezie Carnival.



Top Comment


Lucas wrote out a great list of five questions on my random updates post concerning how to decide what stuff to get rid of and what to keep.  My favorite one of the list is “Is the item losing value the longer it sits there?”



Most Frequent Commenters


  1. Edward Antrobus
  2. Lucas



Top Blogs Referring to EPF


  1. Well Heeled Blog
  2. Our Freaking Budget
  3. Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
  4. Done by Forty 



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22 Responses to "Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments Week of 14July2013"

  1. CashRebel says:

    Oh man, that’s such a bummer when you find out you have to work on the weekend. I’ve spent a good chunk of this weekend working on a project inside so I know how you feel :/

    Thanks for the mention in your post!
    CashRebel recently posted..Should I get a car loan to build my credit score?

    1. Emily says:

      It was such a beautiful weekend here, too, and we had no time for tennis!

  2. Leigh says:

    I know how you feel! I had some friends over for a BBQ last night and SO much food! And cleaning… But it was totally worth it 🙂 Hope you guys had a good weekend despite working!
    Leigh recently posted..Independence Day Long Weekend Mini-Vacation Budget

    1. Emily says:

      I like having people over regularly because our house stays relatively clean. 🙂 The longer we go between parties the longer the cleaning takes!

      1. Leigh says:

        Oh, I just stuffed everything from the living room into the second bedroom and closed the door… That room kind of collects all my random stuff. Oops!
        Leigh recently posted..Independence Day Long Weekend Mini-Vacation Budget

        1. Emily says:

          That’s what we do with our bedroom and the office to some extent, but our bedroom is pretty straight at the moment because of the plumber having to go up!

  3. SarahN says:

    I always a little sigh of relief when I’m not your ‘top commenter’ – I feel weird if I’m on their too regularly! A great week – you’re inspiring people to write based on your articles, that must feel awesome!
    SarahN recently posted..Friday – fun or not?

    1. Emily says:

      Aw, I don’t put that list on to make anyone feel bad! You are one of the more regular commenters but there are several others just as frequent. I don’t think it’s weird – I appreciate all of them!

      Yeah, I had an unusual number of mentions this week, so that felt really nice!

  4. Thanks for the link! We hate Bank of America too, but because of their cash back credit card program, we’ve stuck with them for now.
    Vanessa@ Cash Cow Couple recently posted..I Forbid You From Buying Expensive Clothes

    1. Emily says:

      I have a credit card from them but I don’t find it particularly reward-ful.

  5. J$ says:

    Hope you were able to relax a little this weekend and have fun! You company better recognize all that hustling your doing! 😉

    1. Emily says:

      It’s kind of expected that we work hard/long. In the end it’s all to my benefit to get to graduation faster.

  6. You’re so sweet, Emily!! Thank you so much for linking to this post!! I hope you got a little bit of fun in this weekend even though you had to work!

    1. Emily says:

      Yeah, plenty of fun and work but very little downtime! I usually recharge on the weekends.

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    1. Emily says:

      You’re welcome.

  8. Pauline says:

    Thank you for the mention, sorry you had to work, can’t those things happen during a dark and cold winter weekend instead?
    Pauline recently posted..Real estate: things to consider when buying your first rental

    1. Emily says:

      I know right?

  9. Thanks for the link!

    It sounds like a fun but full weekend. Maybe you can get some real downtime soon!
    Done by Forty recently posted..Outsourcing Yard Work, or Exploiting My Neighbor

    1. Emily says:

      TONIGHT! 🙂

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