Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments Week of 24November2013

Lots of updates this week as I skipped this post last Sunday!


1)  Last weekend we were at my parents’ place for Thanksgiving, which was a great visit as usual.  The spectacular point was my 10-year high school reunion.  It was wonderful to spend time with so many friends and acquaintances, some of whom I still have active relationships with and some of whom I haven’t seen in 10 years!  Several people told me that they have been reading EPF without commenting.  🙂


staring at our check

big check!

2)  We got our first big (well, to us) commission check for blog income stuff.  It was a paper check and everything.  🙂  With it, EPF is in the black for the year.  More details to come in our monthly blogging update on the 20th.


3)  In the last two weeks I have had THREE meetings with coaching clients referred to me through my church and I LOVE IT!!!!!!  Maybe I will freelance as a PF coach.  I’m particularly interested in helping grad students or other young people just starting out with low-ish incomes.  I need to do some research on how to do this.


4) I am really enjoying this holiday season with all the parties and get-togethers.  I am also loving that in this particular overlap between basketball and football seasons, our football team is exceeding all expectations (even though our basketball team isn’t quite meeting them).  Exciting times for our university!



Posts I Liked


Johnny from Our Freaking Budget emphasizes that even while we are focused on increasing our net worths, we can’t forget that money is ultimately meant to be spent.


Kurt from Money Counselor recalls a time in his life when he lived on only a couple hundred dollars per month – and he was happy!


Jacob Wade from iHeartBudgets spills the history of his relationship with Edward Jones and why he finally dumped them for Vanguard.


Matt Becker from Mom and Dad Money asks if it’s worse to be in during a bad market or out during a good one.


Michelle from Making Sense of Cents registered her highest blog income month ever in her first month of self-employment! Congratulations, Michelle!


Cat from Budget Blonde had an awesome month for savings in November – 60%!


Erika from Newlyweds on a Budget is celebrating her husband finally achieving his dream of becoming a firefighter!





I Don’t Work for the Money was featured in Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses weekly blog love and Planting Our Pennies‘s worth mentioning.





Who Is the Accountability Partner for What? was included in the Carnival of Money #8.



Top Comment


Done by Forty followed Dave Ramsey’s plan for a time but is now charting his own course: “I know he has a bad rep among personal finance bloggers, but Dave got us started so we’ll always have a soft spot for him. Like you noted, the evidence is that the debt snowball is a superior method in practice, even though it’s inferior on paper. As behavioral economics tells us, we are not homo-economicus, and ought to take our behavioral quirks into account when dealing with personal finance.”



Most Frequent Commenters


  1. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction
  2. Done by Forty
  3. Cash Rebel
  4. dojo
  5. Mrs Pop @ Planting Our Pennies



Top Blogs Referring to EPF


  1. Get Rich Slowly
  2. The Simple Dollar
  3. iHeartBudgets


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10 Responses to "Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments Week of 24November2013"

  1. Hi Emily, glad you liked my living simply and happily post. And congrats on that check!
    Kurt @ Money Counselor recently posted..Net Investment Income Tax

  2. […] of the coaching clients I met with recently is going to be working his way out of debt for a number of years […]

  3. Matt Becker says:

    Thanks for the shout out Emily! I just had my 10 year reunion too. Definitely good to see a lot of people and kind of funny to see others. Also, very cool about the coaching clients! I’m sure you could turn that into something profitable if you wanted to.
    Matt Becker recently posted..Understanding the Difference Between Group and Individual Disability Insurance Policies

  4. Hey Em! Thanks so much for the link!!! 😀

  5. Yay for checks! I’ve always thought that doing money coaching/counseling would be really enjoyable. I already work in a helping profession, so it’s right up my alley. My 10 year reunion was a couple years ago, I didn’t make it, but I think it would have been interesting to see how people have changed.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..Are Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares a Good Deal?

    1. Emily says:

      The reunion was very different from what I would have imagined based on movies and TV about reunions. I’m connected to most everyone I knew in HS through FB so there were no big surprises about the way people had changed. Just great to catch up with old friends and see what old acquaintances are up to now (“what do you do? where do you live?”)!

  6. Thanks so much for the mention, Emily! I appreciate it.

    Congratulations on getting that check, too. That has to be a good feeling.
    Done by Forty recently posted..Budget Porn

  7. […] payout month!  The affiliate income here was from the check I mentioned.  This means that finally we’ve earned more than we’ve spent on the blog this year.  I think […]

  8. […] by whatever metrics they use to define success.  That’s why I participated in FPU last fall and I’m serving as a financial coach through my church.  I’m particularly passionate about PhD students getting ahead financially during that time of […]

  9. […] liked my post “Living Simply, Cheaply, and Happily” enough to include it in her list of Favorite Posts for the week. A lot of people seemed to get a kick out of the story of the trove of personal […]

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