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Happy Saturday, everyone! Bad news: I’m sick! Knock on wood, it’s nothing too serious, just a regular old cold. Lucky for you, it’s a weekly update post, so we get to go over everyone else’s great writing today and not focus on mine! 😉
The Week in Sunburnt Saver
This week I went over my monthly goals for December, including my blog goal of getting 900 page views this month. I considered revising this, considering December is likely a slow month due to the holidays, but go big or go home, right? 🙂
On Thursday, I talked about how I was able to put $400 of my cash back credit card rewards towards Christmas presents. Having that cushion actually helped me in my November savings goals, as I usually buy the majority of my presents in November. In the past, I’ve wiped out whatever savings I had and sometimes went into debt, so I’m really proud of myself that I a) kept spending low and b) saved those cash back rewards!
Quick question: Has anyone ever used Shutterfly for photos, cards, or calendars? One year I made my grandmother a calendar with pictures of all her kids and grandkids, and now this year all of my family members are requesting their own calendars. Just wondering about the quality of Shutterfly. Last year, I used Apple’s iPhoto program, but that’s very expensive for multiple copies!
Best of the Web
1 – Connie from Savvy with Saving has 10 great ideas to make some extra cash for the holiday season. I’m a really big fan of Ebates, and I’ve been meaning to sign up for Swagbucks for a while. Curious? Check out her post!
2 – Mel from brokeGIRLrich has a morbid yet totally necessary post about what to do with your online presence if you pass away. Definitely read this article if you’re a blogger or if you use social media a lot – does someone have access to your Facebook password? Would you want them to turn your page into a memorial if you pass, or would you want them to close it? See, I told you it was a useful post!
3 – Will from First Quarter Finance graced us with his monthly update presence in his recent post. He also shares all the swag he’s won lately around the blogosphere, so go give him props for that! He has a couple questions about things you may (or may not) want to see on his blog, so go over and give him your 2 cents.
4 – Michelle from Fit is the New Poor recently deleted a ton of Facebook friends for many reasons, but the one that jumped out to me was the ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ feeling she had. Maybe because it’s the holidays and everyone is buying stuff, but I’ve been feeling that way with certain friends lately. I did a Facebook purge about 8 months ago, but maybe it’s time for another one. And, friendly PSA, check your Facebook privacy settings. I think Facebook recently changed them again, so go check them out too.
5 – I love how Melanie from Dear Debt breaks her savings goals into different accounts! I only have one account right now for savings, but I have been meaning to break them out more. Do you break out your savings goals into different bank accounts? Check out how she does it at her recent post here.
Okay, well I’m off to motivate myself to get up and take some vitamins. The only way I was able to make myself get out of bed yesterday night was by telling myself I could have a cookie if I just got up. Pretty sure that’s sad… but effective.
Hope you all have a terrific weekend – save your money, purge your friends, and designate someone to take over your social media just in case!