Since I am running out of cheap and good eats (I think I need to get out more to explore new places to eat), I thought I would add another weekend rambling this month.  Although the holidays are a time meant to spend with family and friends, after the holidays is when the real fun starts.

I usually don’t bother to go out shopping on Boxing Day.  It’s something about the crowds and the lack of parking spaces that really bothers me.  Unless there is something that I need or want, I don’t bother to shop on Boxing Day for the sake of shopping.  In 2009, I bought a Macbook Pro for a discount during Boxing Day.  It was one of the best Boxing Day purchases I have made (even though the discount, like most Apple discounts, was almost negligible).

This year, I am hoping to succumb to the tablet craze and buy an Apple iPad.  I may or may not skip the negligible $20 discount (or whatever it is) to skip the headache of shopping online and just buy it in the store before Boxing Day.

What is everyone planning to do for New Years?  I’m not a big fan of spending $100+ for a glass of champagne but at the same token, I’m not too interested in watching television for the countdown either.  I can’t believe it is 2013 already!  Where are the Jetson style buildings and cars?

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season!

PF Blog Love!

Girl Meets Debt @ Girl Meets Debt writes Have Yourself a Very Merry and Not So Expensive Christmas – This holiday season, I have been surprisingly really good and resisted many spending temptations. I am going to share with you some tried and true tips I used to save money this year:

Buck Inspire @ Buck Inspire writes Meet My New Virtual Assistant, Siri! – Since time is so hard to come by these days, I needed help making phone calls, looking up directions, and most importantly, creating content. Fortunately for me, my new virtual assistant lives in my smartphone!

John S @ Frugal Rules writes 10 Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Budget – Many can struggle with keeping their grocery spending in check. With a few minor changes and some planning you can stretch your grocery budget and still have high quality meals.

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes How to Remain Inspired – I’m a big believer of staying motivated by doing something that inspires you on a regular basis. Here are my suggestions to maintain inspiration:

Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog writes How to Recover from a Financial Holiday Hangover – The problem for me is the aftermath. Those dreadful few weeks at the beginning of every new year when I lament my financial bad behavior and nurse one heck of a financial holiday hangover. Here’s what I plan to do this year to soften the blow.

Steve @ Grocery Alerts writes Would you pay for a $7 cup of coffee from Starbucks? – Has anyone tried the new Costa Rica Finca Palmilera coffee from Starbucks? I did and it was the most expensive coffee I ever drank at $7 for a Grande.

Glen Craig @ Free From Broke writes The Roth vs. Traditional IRA – Which is Best for You? – It can be confusing trying to figure out what’s best for you – the Roth IRA or the Traditional IRA. They are similar but have great differences. See the differences so you can decide which is best for you.

Corey @ 20s Finances writes How to Have Fun on a Budget – I used to love going out all the time… Then I realized how much I was spending and I figured out how I could still have fun on a budget.

SBB @ Simple Budget Blog writes Budgeting With Two Incomes – Find out how having two incomes affects your finances. Budgeting doesn’t have to be complicated because of two incomes. It’s easy enough to master.

PPlan @ Provident Plan writes Job Interview Tips – Searching and applying for jobs can be tiring and extremely difficult. Nerve-wracking is also another word that most likely comes to your mind.

MR @ Money Reasons writes Mutual Funds Versus Stocks – Why I Choose Stocks – This is my take of mutual funds versus stocks and why for me owning stocks has been more financially rewarding.

Suba @ Broke Professionals writes The Death of Christmas Cards – Christmas cards are less prevalent in my mailbox this year than years past – is the USPS and stamp prices to blame?

Lance @ Money Life and More writes Prepare Your Finances for Next Year – Know Your Net Worth – Now that the year is coming to a close and a new year is about to begin I always want to know how I’ve progressed over the last year and how much I’d like to progress over the next year. Financially, I use my net worth to measure how I’ve been doing.

Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy writes Words of Caution: Things I Am Not. – Read the Things I Am Not To A Very Important Person.

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Would You Take Less Money to Get a Faster Rebate? – I was recently give the choice of taking less money in return for getting my rebate faster. Guess which options I took!

Eddie @ Finance Fox writes Why Are Americans Clueless About Canada? – I know you’re thinking that I’m being a little radical with today’s post by asking the question in the title – Why are Americans clueless about Canada?

krantcents @ KrantCents writes Is College Worth It? – Is college worth it? This is the time of year when high school seniors are applying to college. A lot of families are thinking about this question, whether you have a high school senior who wants to go to college or your child graduated recently.

Jason @ Work Save Live writes How Do You View Your Money? – One of the best things you can do for yourself, financially, is figure out how you view money. It’s important to understand your relationship with money, and acknowledge what you want your money to do for you.

Wayne @ Young Family Finance writes Remembering What’s Important During the Holidays: Family – A lot of what I try to write about here on this blog is aiming to help young families like mine with their finances. I often relate some of the bad decisions that I or my friends make as young adults and share them with my readers so that none of you make the same poor choices. I imagine that it helps and that is what keeps me going.

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes First Steps in January to Sorting Out Your Debt – January is a time of reflection. Use this time to look back on the past year and analyze your spending patterns. It’s amazing what one can learn!

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes Paying off Debt or Invest? – Reminder: I am running a Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive through Christmas. If you haven’t done so already, please donate. 100 Percent of the proceeds goes to The Salvation Army.

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes Would You Rather… – Would you rather have to whisper everything you say or always be screaming? Would you rather have a boss you love at a job you hate or a boss you hate at a job you love? Would you rather have your grandma’s hair cut or her first name? These are 3 of my favorite (would you rather) scenarios. Each combines a difficult decision with a bit of humor.

Ray @ Squirrelers writes Saving Money by Procrastinating – Most of the time, procrastination isn’t a good thing. Sometimes, with shopping, procrastination can pay off!

TTMK @ Tie the Money Knot writes Separate Accounts for Holiday Spending? – When it comes to holiday gifts, most couples give gifts to one another. Given the frequent interest in the element of surprise with gifts, does separate accounts make sense?

Deacon @ Well Kept Wallet writes Thirty Things I Learned Before 30 – Tomorrow I turn 30 and as I reflect back, I realize that there is so much that I have learned. If I would have known what I know now when I was 20, I probably would have made drastically different choices. But I will say, everything that I have done has lead me to where I am today. For that reason, I wouldn’t change how I got here. That being said, here are thirty things I learned before 30.

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