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Financial Blogger Conference 2013 Flash Sale!!!

Did you want to attend the Financial Blogger Conference this year but missed the initial sale?  Here’s your opportunity again!  Just click here for this flash sale!!!

Why should you go?  Just check out my two complete breakdowns of the last two!!!  Here is the one from FinCon11, and here is the other of FinCon12.  I literally wrote out everything I could remember about each event and included pics to boot.

Here are two bits of important info:

1.   2-day flash sale reverts back to earlier discounted price of $179.  Please use any of the links in this post or the banner below if you are interested.
2. The flash sale runs from today (Thursday) through Friday: August 22nd 8am CT to August 23rd at 11:55pm CT.

FinCon '13 Flash Sale


Supporting the Making Sense of Cents Giveaway!!!

Quick post!  I am one of the supporters of the HUGE Making Sense of Cents Anniversary Giveaway!!!  See below and sign up!!!


First place – iPad Mini WIFI 16 GB (
Second place – $150 cash
Third place – $100 cash

General Info

  • Open Worldwide.
  • If the winner of the iPad Mini prefers cash, then cash value for the iPad will be given instead.
  • Paid via PayPal
  • All entries in the Rafflecopter are optional
  • Ends August 28!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Salt Lake City Couch Surfing (Maybe) and the Plutus Awards

Hi!  Today’s post is a combined one since there are two short things that I wanted to cover.  :-)

Live In or Near Salt Lake City?

The first thing is that I may have a few days to kill sometime between September 19-24 in or around Salt Lake City, Utah.  My original plan was to visit a blogging buddy, so I already bought a $257 non-refundable plane ticket.  But he got an offer he just can’t refuse from overseas (I wouldn’t have turned it down either), so now he most likely won’t actually be in the country while I’m visiting.  Sad face for me but I’m glad he is trying to take the opportunity when it knocks.

I am planning to spend a day or two with his wife and kids during that span, but I rather not put her out the whole time.  She’s a pregnant introvert with 3 young children already.  And she doesn’t know me really well yet.  So she probably doesn’t know that I cuss like a small, red-headed sailor…although she does know I am the complete opposite of an introvert, lol.  I think my presence the whole time would drive her batty.

But she’s also a sweety that would not tell me, so I am just looking for couch surfing opportunities as a backup plan.  I also have to put it out there since I would be staying the night – I am allergic to cats and smoke.  Like need-an-inhaler-and-maybe-something-stronger allergic.  Stupid asthma.  But for some reason, dogs aren’t my kryptonite too…I will never understand.

Plutus Awards Nominations

The second thing is that the Plutus Awards Nominations have started once again.  :-)  I’d be super grateful, as would all of your other favorite bloggers, if you would click here and fill out your nominations.  :-D

I think could possibly work in the following categories:

  • Best Kept Secret (not sure what defines a secret, but there at least millions of people that could be tuning in that aren’t, lol)
  • Humorous
  • Blog of the Year (okay, so maybe that’s stretching it a bit, but you love me, right?)  :-D

Anyway, even if BFS isn’t on your list of nominations, your favorite bloggers would appreciate the mention!  :-)

BFS for Humorous Blog


So let me know if you are in or near Salt Lake City and thanks in advance for your Plutus Awards nomination!  ;-)

Host Gator Exclusive 30% Off Code for July 2013 from BFS

Hi!  About a month ago, I wrote a full post on why I support Host Gator – Host Gator – My History and Recommendation.  Just a super quick FYI, they were able to assign me an exclusive 30% off code for you to use in July 2013 at checkout:

Checkout Code:  BFS30OFFJULY13

So if you were in the market for hosting anyway, hope this helps!  You can also get to Host Gator through my affiliate link:, but the code should work no matter how you get there.  Good luck!

Google Reader is Being Shut Down July 1st!

Big news that you may already know about…Google Reader is being shut off on July 1st for good!

SO, if you want to keep receiving my awesome posts direct-to-you, please remember to sign up for my stuff via email (green icon in the right sidebar) or change over to Feedly by Sunday night!!!

Hope to keep in touch!  :-D

Host Gator – My History and Recommendation

You may have noticed that I mention Host Gator whenever I’m on the subject and in my newsletters once in a while.  It’s not just because I am an affiliate.  In fact, I only signed up as an affiliate after I switched to them in late 2010 since Host Monster was letting me down frequently.  Here is my quick history with Host Gator and their coupon code, HG30, to get 30% off if you are interested too.

My Switch

I started BFS in February 2010 on (do any of you long-timers remember that?!).  Within a month, it became obvious that I would grow faster if I bought my own domain name and self-hosted on WordPress.

So I spent the $10 for the following year and officially claimed, and I signed up for cheap hosting through Host Monster.  The 2-3 week switchover was frustrating and painful for me since I had just learned to use Blogger so well, but in the end, it gave me the site you see now.

Over the months that followed, my site would just crash for a few hours a couple of times a week.  I thought it was because I was getting bigger, but it was actually just server problems at Host Monster.  Poop.

I asked around and got several suggestions to switch to Host Gator instead.  So when I saw a Black Friday sale in late 2010, I jumped on it – 3 years for like $130.  Score!  And it actually worked great for me for a couple of years!  I only had a few issues a year and they all lasted less than 3 hours.  Plus, Host Gator’s customer service actually answered the phone and explained what was going on – always appreciated.

Moved On

But all good things must come to an end.  In late 2012, I finally had grown enough that I needed a more private server to handle my sites.  BFS was just running too slow since it had grown quite a bit and I had 15 other, smaller sites on the same server too.  So I switched over to semi-private hosting with my tech dude, Jesse Michelsen.  My site has never been faster, but obviously, there is a higher expense involved too.  It’s the give-and-take of the world of hosting services.

My Recommendation

All of that said, if you are just starting out or have just a few sites, I would HIGHLY recommend Host Gator.  I personally would go back to them if Jesse ever needs to move on.  In my mind, they rescued me from Host Monster and showed me that my site doesn’t actually have to crash for hours every few days, yay!

If you would like to try them out too, feel free to click on any of my affiliate links ( or the banner below, AND remember to use the coupon code, HG30, at checkout to get 30% off!

Coupon Code for 30% Off:  HG30



Please Vote over at Free Money Finance’s March Money Madness 2013 – Round 3

Hi to all the readers visiting from FMF! Glad to see you!
Feel free to take a look around!

A quick summary of me as a personal finance blogger would be that I put a huge emphasis on prioritization and automatic savings plans. My husband and I are shooting to retire by our mid-forties and both work from home now on Crystal-For-Hire, so we live on a budget and save or invest any monthly extra. But we do budget in fun stuff too. :-)

For a quick view of my past posts, you can visit my archives. You can also look to the left-hand column to see my most popular posts from the last two months, or check out the right hand column for specific categories. If I had to pick a few posts just to give you some BFS flavor, they would be:

For anybody who didn’t come here from FMF, he hosts a March Money Madness contest for bloggers. Right now my post, My Husband is Now Working from Home with Me!!!, has made it into Round 2 on his site.

Please do me a huge favor by clicking over and typing in your vote (in case you are voting for me, please type in the word “Husband” in the comment section at FMF). Thanks so much!

For my regular readers – you can see my daily posts below still, thanks!!!