I don’t know about you, but the treadmill factor was on full force this week for me this week. It can be hard sometimes to get in all of the reading that you’d like, but I’m always glad when I do. There is nothing like taking in blog posts from real people on a real mission to better their real finances to inspire me on my own journey to do the same. This roundup is all about real.
Talk about real . . . Travis from Enemy of Debt wrote a post with significant punch this week: “Sex Sells, But I’m Not Buying”. Travis’ encounter with a highly effective saleswoman – who applied a dash of bold seduction to her sales pitch – had my jaw hitting the floor. Words like “male ego”, “flattery”, “physicality” are included in this post. And now that I think of it, they all fit very well with the marketing machine that constantly works on us all. Ladies, do we ever encounter this sort of thing from salesmen? Not quite like this, right?
For something real in its heart-warming undertones, read this post on Retirement Savvy, where Savvy James hosts Brian Tramuel. “A Richer Understanding: Lessons on Saving and Spending” gives an account of Brian’s relationship with his two older children, now young adults. I was moved by a particular line in this post: “With Davina and Aaron I came into fatherhood poorly equipped . . .” We’re left to wonder what form, of the myriad possibilities, this “poorly equipped” took. Despite less auspicious beginnings, it’s wonderful how beautifully children can grow, and how fully parent-child relationships can thrive.
The always real Abigail from I Pick Up Pennies keyed in on the theme of failure with “We’re Kind of Frugal Failures”. How many of us, on our journeys out of debt and towards financial freedom, doubt ourselves along the way? Abigail’s post gave me pause for thought. What IS a frugal fail? (And isn’t that term a bit harsh?) How is it different from a respectable choice that the “freedom” part of financial freedom suggests we should be able to make guilt-free?
For real inspiration, check out “How We Survived and Tithed on Less Than $2,000 a Month”. Laurie from The Frugal Farmer interviewed Laura Harris from Piggy Bank Dreams about – well, the title says it all. I never cease to be humbled and inspired by the remarkable financial example set by people who earn little, live abundantly, and give generously. Hats off to you and your husband, Laura.
And for practical advice that can easily be applied for real, we’re back to Laura Harris at Piggy Bank Dreams, who wrote “How to Save for a Debt-free Christmas”. It kind of makes sense that someone who was able to manage so well on so little is now in a position to offer good tips. My “Christmas Club Account” starts now! (What does that mean? You’ll have to read the post to find out.)
Have a great week! Keep it real : )