Wow — it’s been a crazy week. First, thank you to everyone I reached out to help promote The Lemonade Stand. Your enthusiasm humbles me. I am incredibly thankful for your support and for everyone who reads this blog. Summer is in full swing here, so there are lots activities going on, including celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Kay! I thank you for raising a wonderful son, husband and father and being a wonderful mother-in-law and grandma.
A Week in Review
On Monday, I posted 4 Smart Money Moves to Make this Summer. It’s easy to get caught up in all the summer fun, but don’t neglect your finances either. Take advantage of a more relaxed schedule (hopefully) to make sure you’re still on track to achieve your goals and to put a little extra money in your pocket.
I also had an outstanding guest post from Brian who blogs over at Luke 1428. Brian is a former finance teacher and shared the money topics high school students are eager to discuss. Teenagers can be notoriously difficult to read, and we assume they aren’t interested in learning about money. But as Brian shares, they absolutely do care and nobody is talking to them, which is such a missed opportunity. This is a must read for parents with teenagers!
A Few Good Reads
These are my favorite posts from the past week. Enjoy!
Natalie aka The Finance Girl shared 6 Strategies to Keep You Focused on What’s Important. We get pulled in so many different directions these days that is so easy to lose sight of what really matters. Natalie had some excellent tips to keep you focused and on track.
Andrew at Living Rich Cheaply asked us Why Aren’t Nerds Popular? He took a fascinating look at why doing well in school is often put down, rather than celebrated. He also invited bloggers living outside the U.S. to share how “nerds” are viewed in their country.
Laurie, also known as The Frugal Farmer, had a wonderful staff post at Debt Roundup on developing a Success Mindset. She and her family are working hard to eliminate debt and realized how avoiding the “It’s only” mindset is putting them on the right track to achieve financial freedom.
J Money at Budgets Are Sexy reminded me of how effective Physical Triggers are when it comes to setting goals. A visual reminder of what you want to achieve not only keeps you motivated (and form long-lasting habits), it also makes it much harder for you to ignore your goals when they are staring you in the face.
Anna from Are You Gonna Eat That had some HUGE news to share in her Almost July Updates and the Padawan Edition. Yup, you guessed it. Anna is pregnant! I know that Anna and B are going to be tremendous parents with a son who will certainly be a diehard Star Wars fan. Be sure to head over to Anna’s blog and give her your well-wishes.
Well, that a wrap for this week. What are your weekend plans?
Success Tip: You can buy clearance summer clothes and swimsuits for yourself and spouse, but unless you are very confident what size your children will be next summer, I would wait. Kids always seem to grow faster or slower than we expect. It’s not a bargain if you end up with clothes that don’t fit them next summer.
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