December 18, 2010

Coffee & Clicks | December 18, 2010 Edition


I subscribe to several (LOTS) of blogs in my Google Reader because it's the easiest way to keep up-to-date with information I need like ad matchups, coupons, and deals.

Using Google Reader also gives me the chance to hop through recent posts at different blogs and read what catches my eye. Whenever I find myself with a few minutes to spare in the kitchen (which is where my laptop sits on the counter), I scroll through and read a bit of this or a snippet of that.

There are always a few posts that stick with me and make me think - and those posts aren't always personal finance/coupon posts, either. My mind wanders down interesting and scenic side paths pretty easily. ;-)

I thought I'd capture some of those interesting posts in a weekly roundup on Saturdays so you could explore them, too. If you find yourself with a few minutes of leisure to surf on the weekends while you sip your coffee (or whatever fills your mug), feel free to wander through this list of posts and spend some time reading, reflecting, and relaxing.

Oh, and yes, I did make a catchy little graphic to go with this new Saturday post series. I am a *fool* for a good graphic!! ;-)

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:: This older post at The Simple Dollar about The Real Value of Stay At Home Parenting rang true with me.  There are so many books on the same theme at Amazon.com about living on one income in a dual income world/the two-income trap, too. I do agree with the post about the costs of working. After 10 years as a mom who was able to stay home to raise her kids, I'm glad I had the choice and I'm glad I took it (even though some days with three kids under 5 years old were just HARD). And yes, I am fortunate and lucky that it was a choice available to me - thank goodness for my hubs good job & good benefits.

:: Stockpiling Moms has some pictures of their Frugal Gingerbread House. Since I just blew $20 on candy for our gingerbread houses (gotta make them), I like the idea of a repurposing leftover Halloween/Easter/Christmas candy to cut down your costs. Now I just have to convince my three kids to not eat all their Santa candy so I'll be ready for next year...!

:: With 2011 around the corner, it's a great time to assess your spending and compare it to your family's priorities. Get Rich Slowly has a really good post asking Does Your Spending Match Your Values? It can be hard to face the truth if the answer is "no" but it does give you the chance to start readjusting your priorities to your finances and vice versa.

:: Don't let the killer deals available this week kill your gift budget! I loved this post at Wise Bread about How To Resist Buying One More Present. We're trying HARD to get to just 3 presents per kid (just like Jesus received) but I ended up missing my mark by 1 or 2 small things each. {Sigh} It just means room for improvement in 2011, right? ;-)

Enjoy reading, reflecting, and relaxing this weekend!

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