Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments May 2014

May was a very quiet month for me and EPF.  Kyle’s defense took a lot of time and energy and now I’m working mega hard trying to make my defense happen by the end of the summer, so there hasn’t been much time for posting or commenting.  Still, I have been reading/skimming my normal blogs, so I have gathered up my favorite posts from the month of May for you to enjoy, as well as the top comments left on EPF.  Thank you all for bearing with me!



Great Posts This Month


Lance from Money Manifesto doesn’t want you to take and early or late retirement but rather periodic retirements.


Brian from Luke 1428 is becoming a stay-at-home dad!


Sam from Frugaling reveals how much he made off his blog in his first year (um… it’s a lot!) and has an insight into bloggers and advertising.


My Money Design outlined how he wants to spend his time post-retirement – and it’s everything I want to do with my funemployment!


Michelle from Making Sense of Cents doesn’t want to be judged for her spending and won’t judge you, either.


Paula from Afford Anything is running an experiment renting out an apartment on AirBnB instead of to a long-term renter and tracking what she’s earned and spent.


Kraig from Create My Independence had a great month with his lifestyle business.





Jessica from Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses listed A New Appreciation for Living Below Our Means in her blog love.


Freedom Thirty Five Blog listed A New Appreciation for Living Below Our Means in his blog roundup.





Grad School vs. Blogging vs. Career vs. Money was featured in the Financial Carnival for Young Adults.


What Do You Wish You Had Discussed before Marriage? was featured in the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie and the Carnival of Money Pros.


A New Appreciation for Living Below Our Means was featured in the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie, the Carnival of Financial Planning, the Carnival of Money Pros, and the Carnival of Financial Independence.


The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® – A Tempting Sign-Up Bonus Offer was featured in the Festival of Frugality #432.


Blog Statistics Update April – May 2014 was featured in the Yakezie Carnival – Reach Your Goals Edition.



Top Comments


Tara from Streets Ahead Living added two great points to my call for premarital finance conversation topics: “Honestly, the only thing that I wish we talked more about ahead of time is ensuring our parents are doing ok financially. My in-laws are in a bit of debt and they’re not on the right track financially. It worries me because I’m worried we’re going to have to help them eventually. My husband is now working with them to try to help them get out of debt and cut back on their expenses (they had a $400 monthly electric bill this winter!). Little things like helping out with energy efficiency, reducing over-shopping at grocery store to avoid wasting food, etc.”


Richard asked me an amazing question on April 2014 Month in Review: Money and my response was about the length of an entire post and I really want you to read it: “How would different areas of your budget expand if you suddenly got a raise? I assume you would increase giving proportionately, and you would increase retirement heftily up to a point, and maybe start going hard at a down-payment, but at what point would your discretionary items expand, and at what rate? Maybe the simpler question is, how much do you have to be saving before you feel like this month’s restaurant spending is under-budget.”



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9 Responses to "Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments May 2014"

  1. Thanks for including me in this roundup! It’s awesome to be included. Best of luck with your own blogging income goals! 🙂 Let me know if I can ever help!
    Sam @ Frugaling.org recently posted..Take Action To Reduce Climate Change And Lower Monthly Bills

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks Sam! I plan to chat with you about it post-defense when I have more time. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the mention! Good luck with your defense!
    Lance Cothern recently posted..Are Homeowners Associations Good Or Bad? It Depends!

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you! Keep up the great job with your posts.

  3. I appreciate you continuing to read/skim my blog even in the midst of your busyness. 🙂 Best of luck on completing your program and thanks for mentioning my post!
    Brian @ Luke1428 recently posted..Bugs Bunny’s Quest to Beat Cecil Turtle Cost Him Dearly

    1. Emily says:

      Your blog always stands out, Brian. Thanks!

  4. I really enjoyed the post on Grad School vs Blogging. Lots of great resources here! Thanks for gathering these for us.

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you for letting me know. That post was very popular.

  5. […] This month, I only posted five times – yikes!  I wrote two articles on our personal finances – high spending to celebrate Kyle’s defense and our net worth topping $100,000 – in addition to last month’s blog stats post, our monthly spending review for May, and one post promoting other goings-on in the blogosphere. […]

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