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Second Blogoversary Giveaway – More than $500 in Cash and Prizes!!!

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Guess what?!  As of today, I have been blogging for 2 years here at BFS!!!  I can’t believe it!  Time really flies!!!

Before I get to the giveaway (I know, I know…), here are my most interesting 2 year statistics from February 20, 2010 to February 19, 2012:

  • Alexa Ranking:  Started at 8,531,858 and is now at 37,966!!!
  • MozRank:  Started at nothing and is now at 5.41  🙂 
  • Visits:  More than 200,000 (I don’t have the exact number since I has my Google Analytics code installed incorrectly for 11 months…oops…I was only recording homepage visits until 2011…but it shows as 199,995 right now)
  • Unique Visitors:  More than 130,230 (again, I messed up the tracking code…)!!! 
  • Pageviews:  More than 348,119
  • RSS subscribers:  296 after 1 year, 1019 after 2 years!!!
  • Twitter followers:  318 after 1 year, 1230 after 2 years!!!
  • Number of Posts:  429 after 1 year, now at 843!!!
  • Number of Facebook Followers:  361
  • Number of Comments:  13,038  (Thank you so much!!!) 
  • Total Spam Received:  More than 300,000  (You all suck!!!)

So in honor of my second successful year of blogging, my fellow bloggers and I have put together a HUGE giveaway just for my great readers like you! 

As you can see below, there are more than $500 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs! 
There will also be at least 15 winners, so jump on in!!!


If you would like to sponsor a prize, please email me by Friday, February 24th and I will get your prize and your link added to this list and any future updates.

How to Enter the Giveaway

1. Comment Below – Yep, that’s it.  Only one entry per person.

Please let me know what you would like to read about more here at BFS or leave any suggestion or comment that comes to mind.  🙂

If you would like to keep an eye out for any of my regular monthly giveaways from here on out, feel free to sign up as an RSS or Email subscriber, Twitter follower, Facebook fan, or sign up for my weekly newsletter in the right sidebar.  You do not need to do this for an entry.  But I do host a big giveaway about once a month and there is a separate newsletter subscriber $50 giveaway every month too.  And all I ever require is a comment for entry.

If you are new to BFS, please check out these posts to get to know me a little better:

The official stuff:

1) Contest ends March 5th, 2012 at 11:59pm CST. 
2) Winners will be selected randomly and notified by email of how to claim their prize by March 12th.
3)  No more than one entry per person and one prize per winner – I will work my way down from the top of the list of prizes so each of you has the best chance possible for the Grand Prize.

4) Prizes will be held for 3 calendar days.  If they aren’t claimed, new winners will be randomly picked and contacted.

5) I reserve the right to reject comments that I consider spam or invalid entries.
6) An invalid or incorrect email address automatically disqualifies you from the drawing…it’s hard to contact a fake email…
7) If you do not have a Paypal account or cannot use Amazon gift certificates, please do not whine to me if that is what you win…

Thank you for being the best readers and commenters ever!!!

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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119 thoughts on “Second Blogoversary Giveaway – More than $500 in Cash and Prizes!!!

  1. Congrats on the 2 years Crystal!

    I’ve been going at this for 3 months…so 2 years seems like an eternity! 🙂

    Considering that I’m relatively new to the site, I don’t have much input on what I’d like to read. I will simply say that I really like your budget updates and your blog statistic posts.

    Congrats again!

  2. Congratulations on 2 years! I love reading your blog and it inspires me to keep working on my debt. I would say is that I really like your honesty with numbers for your budget.

  3. Congrats, Crystal. You deserve all the success that you have had. I can tell you pour your heart and sole into this site.

    If I had one request, it would be more anecdotes/thoughts on the good and bad about you and your husband working from home together? I would love to hear how that dynamic is playing out. Are you driving each other crazy yet? 🙂

  4. Crystal, love the blog. Glad I found it and enjoy reading it daily. I would like more information on savings and also novel ways to make more money (not blogging). You always seem to come up with some interesting articles and tidbits that always produce results.

  5. Congrats on the two year milestone! I am impressed. As for what I like reading here/would like to read more of, I’d like to see more on how you budget your finances both in the good months and the leaner months. Keep up the great work!

  6. 2 years is awesome! just joined a month ago. really enjoy the blog! one thing i’ve enjoyed from other sites, is a “reader profile” that gets readers involved, and shows the a specific readers financial situation, from income to debt to goals to tips and everything in-between.

  7. Hi Crystal, congrats on 2 years!! What a wonderful accomplishment! I look forward to reading your blog for another 20 years to come. Keep up the great work!

  8. You have a great voice for this medium, and I am truly inspired by your enthusiasm and openness. Congrats on 2 years – just looking forward to more of the same in the future!

  9. congrats on the 2 years. just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and it now has me interested in starting my own soon once i finalize some of the logistics of it all

  10. Congrats! I wish I could say I’ve been around since the beginning but I just found your site a few months ago.

    I’d like to hear more about what your plans are once you have the mortgage paid off like where will all that mula be going lol. And maybe a how Budgeting In The Fun Stuff came to be type of post

  11. Happy Anniversary!

    I work full-time but would like to find part-time work to stay home more with my toddler son. So I’d love to read more about finding part-time opportunities and cutting my budget to be able to stay home more!

  12. I wanna hear more about the hidden costs of buying a home (for the first time home buyers). Like having to buy light bulbs, garden hoses, security system…all of the things people take for granted when renting (or living with parents).

  13. I have not been following long but I love, love, love your site!!

    I am also on of those Twitter follower! 😉

    Congrats on 2 fabulous years!!

  14. Congrats Crystal, great achievement! Love your site because you are very straightforward and honest, mkaes it fun to follow and root you on! Hopefully the success continues 🙂

  15. Congratulations on two years! Since I discovered your blog through GRS, I stop by every day. I love how much fun you’ve made this topic!

  16. Another Great Giveaway, and Congrats on 2 Years. I Have an Outdoors Blog, and you’ve been an Inspiration to me. Thanks, and Keep Up the Good Work.

  17. Congratulations on 2 years. I’m new to the personal finance blogging arena but have been enjoying your blog for at least the last year. Wishing you continued success and happiness!

  18. Just discovered your blog. Love that you’re putting both WW and finance stuff on the same blog. Very inspirational to me.

    Congratulations on two years of blogging!

  19. Congrats on the 2 years!!
    I’m new to BFS, I read some articles and I simply love them. I’m glad I arrived on your blog. I subscribed to newsletter, to be in current with your new posts.
    Thank you very much for the chance to participate!

  20. I’m in! I like the mix you have now – a bit of everything. I can’t really think of anything you haven’t covered. I wouldn’t mind learning more about how you got started, and what you covered first, but I could just make an effort and look in the archives. 🙂

  21. Congrats on 2 years of blogging! It’s amazing how much you’ve accomplished in 2 years. 🙂 I love travel, so I guess I’d like to see even more about how to save money while traveling—especially abroad. Can’t wait to see how much farther you come next year.

  22. Congratulations on 2 years! I really like the posts under the “college” category. Anything under that topic would be helpful to me.

  23. Hey Crystal, I can’t believe it’s only been 2 years for you! It’s feels like I’ve known you for longer than that.

    Congratulations on changing your life from a blog.

    I want to read more about you and Mr. BFS working together!

  24. Congratulations on your 2 year milestone! I’d like to read more posts about investing (like the dividend one you just wrote). I learn the most from those.

  25. New reader here. Congrats Crystal! I’d love to read more about your new(ish) business and how you’re faring working with your spouse.

  26. My blog only goes straight through the winter. By the time spring rolls around, I’m drained and ready to quit. I can’t imagine doing it daily for two years.


  27. I’ve recommended your blog to several young couples I know. They’re hooked (as am I)! Congratulations on the 2-year milestone.

  28. congratulations on the 2 yar blogging. I read your blog with much pleasure and i hope you will be continuing to blog.

  29. Great giveaway! Also i got a chance to go read some other interesting blogs who are participating in the giveaways.

  30. I can’t believe that we both started blogging at the same time. My blogaversary is next month. You’ve come so much farther than I have. Good for you.

    Personally, I like the posts that talk about earning money blogging and on the side. That’s what I’m trying to do so I’m interested in that.

  31. Congrats on 2 years. I’m a very new reader to your blog, but after reading some past posts and some guest posts I’m liking the down-to-earth stories, experiences, and tips. Keep it up.

  32. Congrats Crystal! What you have accomplished in two years is amazing.

    I’m really looking forward to the new reader profile series and reading more about your growing business and what its like to work with your husband.

  33. Congrats on 2 year! That’s awesome!

    Loved your post on your hubby leaving his job to help you out so all the best there! I’d love updates on your progress and maybe some hubby-written posts? Maybe his view on the subject. What it’s been like for him.

    Thanks for this!

  34. Congratulations on your 2nd Blogoversary! My 1st Blogoversary is in July and I would be thrilled to have a giveaway half as awesome as yours! 😉

  35. Congratulations on your Two year anniversary!
    Your blog is excellent and I constantly get information here that I can put into use in my own life.
    Mazel Tov!

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