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Yakezie Alexa Ranking Update – 157,387

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BFS is a member of the Yakezie Alexa Ranking Challenge!  My ranking last week was 169,795.  Now it is 157,387!  Not bad at all! The ultimate goal was to be in the top 200,000 by July 4, 2010 and you helped me blow that out of the water!  Now we’re shooting for 100,000 by July 4th instead.  Yep, we’re aiming high! I would like to sincerely thank all of my readers and the members of the Yakezie Challenge.  Obviously, this would be impossible without all of you.  I’ll just come out and say it…you all kick butt!!! In case you didn’t know, Alexa traffic rankings are determined by the numbers of hits a site gets by people with the Alexa toolbar.  If you want to be part of this ranking community, you can download the Alexa toolbar here.  I’d truly appreciate it if you haven’t already since I’d like all my readers to be taken into account.  🙂 If you are a Yakezie member and don’t see yourself on my member list, please send me an email or leave a comment here to be added.  I copied the list originally and forget to update it regularly.  Please help a girl out.  Thanks!

Migration Glitch and Commenting Thing

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To all of my readers, As you can see, BFS is now a proud WordPress site!  There may be a few small bugs to work out, but the only one I know of right now is a biggie.  Due to a recent Blogger bug, only 50 comments made it through the migration. I am cutting and pasting as many comments as I can find from my Blogger emails, but it could take a while and I do not have all of your site URL’s.*  If you happen to see that one of your comments are not linked to your site, feel free to leave another quick comment with your web address.  I understand the need for link love and am doing the absolute best I can to make you all feel appreciated! There is also one commenting change in WordPress that shouldn’t effect too much…a comment now requires at least 15 characters.  This is to limit spammers.  If you attempt to post less than 15 characters, a rude error message pops up telling you to post something of value or something like that.  I’ve tried downloading a Plug-In to fix this, but it didn’t work.  I also tried finding the place to at … Read more

Fit in a Fun Friday – Volunteering

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Volunteering is a lot of fun usually.  What other job can you think of that lets you pick exactly what you want to do and appreciates the simple fact that you showed up and helped out?  This is why I plan to spend a large part of my retirement on volunteering with animals and the elderly.  The animals are really cute and I could not think of a worse fate than being lonely in my golden years. Here’s my volunteering history up to this point: I started volunteering in 5th grade on a regular basis.  Back then I cleaned up Galveston beaches and the roads near my neighborhood.  In 6th grade I volunteered at the city library and had a great time.  In 7th grade I played card games and dominoes with the residents of the local senior citizen’s home and should have stayed longer.  In 8th grade I stupidly picked to help out with the county’s historical museum (can anybody say “use that kid for filing”…sheesh).  I really enjoyed helping out, but then we moved to Holland in 9th grade and I shut down. Depression Depression is a weird thing.  I knew I didn’t feel right, but I didn’t really … Read more

Bankruptcy When It’s Your Own Fault

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Yep, today I’m probably going to tick some people off, but this topic keeps coming up and you should know where I stand. I am truly against filing bankruptcy for debts that somebody accumulated by living beyond their means. If I create a debt, I feel obligated to pay it back. It might sound cliche, but my husband and I see it as a matter of “honor”…we created the debt, so we need to pay it back.  Coming to a payoff agreement is a mutual decision between the creditor and the buyer, so I’m cool with that. Simply declaring bankruptcy and never paying back what you owe seems wrong. Yeah, you get years of bad credit, but that’s not payment…that’s a consequence of not keeping your word. I cringe at tv ads and online suggestions that explain to people how to get out of their financial obligations. I know people that work their debts off and wish others would do the same. When I post about debt, it’s about how to save to get rid of it, not how to declare bankruptcy to make it go away.  I understand life can serve up crappy scenarios like medical problems, job loss, death, etc, but I … Read more

Happiness – The Last Week of the BFS Way to Diagnose Your Financial Health Series

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I’ve been using Wednesdays to go further in depth on each point of diagnosing your financial health since I truly believe that solid finances leads to less stress and happier lives.  Today is the last post of this series. I have already covered the first seven points – Spend Less Than You Earn, start an Emergency Fund, review Retirement Savings, evaluate Debt, Diversify your investments, have enough Insurance, and creating an Estate Plan.  The last point is to ask yourself if you are happy. Honestly, all the financial health in the world wouldn’t be worth anything if you aren’t happy. If you aren’t happy, I’d highly suggest actually figuring out why.  If there are actual reasons that can be worked on, hop on it.  It might be hard, but trust me, it will be worth it.  My husband is currently busting his hump to secure a happier career.  This means that he is teaching 8th grade science, taking 9 hours of grad school, and looking for a new job all at the same time.  Being happy sometimes takes that kind of work. If you can’t pinpoint the problems by yourself, open up your wallet enough to afford some professional help.  I have several friends and family members that were actually … Read more

BFS is Being Renovated This Weekend!

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Hey everybody, I’ve got exciting news!  Budgeting in the Fun Stuff is migrating from Blogger to WordPress this Saturday, June 5!!! Don’t worry, http://www.budgetinginthefunstuff.com/ will still be the URL and it’s still all me, lol.  But, it will look really different and should be much more user friendly.  WordPress makes commenting easier and is less glitchy in general.  I really hope this change makes it easier for you to enjoy BFS! I have tried to work out any issues I can find using a dummy site, but if you have any comments, suggestions, questions, or complaints about the new site (or anything else), please email me at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail *dot* com anytime.  I truly appreciate all of you and hope you really enjoy the new and improved BFS starting this Saturday!