It’s My Party and You Can Win the Presents

by Kay Lynn

July 18th marks the one year mark for Buck$ome Boomer’s Journey to Retirement and I want to thank every single visitor who’s made it so much fun learning, writing and growing as a blogger. 

To mark the occasion I’m celebratingit by giving away gifts to readers.  (Click through if you don’t see the Kool and the Gang Video).

The budget was small but five lucky people will leave with something.  So, let’s peek under the wrapping paper to find out what awaits.

Week One

The Verbatim 4 GB Store ‘n’ Go USB Drive is helpful for backing up important financial documents.  Use the password feature for security. 

The only difference from the picture is the one being given away is red and in the original packaging.

The winning comment will be randomly selected on July 10th.

Week 2 and 3

Attending Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University inspired me to start a personal finance blog and I want to share his viewpoint with you.

Two people will win a copy of The Total Money Makeover Revised 3rd Edition.  You (and I) might not agree with everything Dave espouses but there’s a lot of meat in the material.

One winner will be selected July 17th and the other the following week on July 24th.

Grand Prize Finale

Although it’s been a topic of debate in the personal finance blogosphere I think gift cards are a great gift because the recipient can select exactly what they want. 

You have two chances to win a $25 gift card.  That’s right two names will be selected for this prize on July 31st.



How to Enter

1. COMMENT:   Leave a comment telling me one thing you’ve learned about personal finance in the past year (not necessarily from this blog, but that would be nice!).

2. SUBSCRIBE: Subscribe to Buck$ome Boomer’s Journey to Retirement and leave a comment saying you subscribe.

3.  TWITTER:  Follow Bucksome Boomer on Twitter and leave a comment saying you do.

4. BLOG: Include the giveaway in a post on your blog linking to this article.

 The Rules

 The winners will be selected via and must respond within 48 hours to request for mailing address or another winner will be selected.  Remember to leave an email address that you’ll be checking.

Good luck!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for year 2!

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Financial Samurai July 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

Hi Bucksome, congrats on your milestone, and thanks for hosting a giveaway!

What I’ve learned from your site is that you are from the West Coast, San Diego to be exact, and your son is a Veteran, and you are a grandma! You are a fellow Yakezie member looking to slowly build her blog in a great team spirit.



Red July 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

Happy birthday to your blog! 🙂

One thing I’ve learned about personal finance this year… Hm… Well, since I have only been blogging for seven months, I’ve learned everything I know in the past year! The most helpful thing has definitely been the debt snowball method. I used it to pay off all of my credit cards and start paying down my student loans. Another very important lesson: Personal finance isn’t a one-size-fits-all learning experience. Figuring this out has helped me read other people’s experiences and apply them to my own goals without thinking, “Oh my gosh! THAT’S how I’m supposed to be doing this!? I need to start all over from scratch!” 🙂

Red July 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

I also follow you on Twitter.

Red July 5, 2010 at 10:12 am

And am subscribed to your blog. ::crosses fingers::

Grace July 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

What I’ve learned is to keep on keeping on–not to let the setbacks stop the financial progress. Oh, and I’ve learned to accept that financial progress is not strictly linear!

fern July 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Congrats on your anniversary.

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about personal finance is to always keep my eye on my long-term goals when I’m tempted to fritter my money away on inconsequential stuff.

Little House July 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Congrats on your one-year anniversary!

The one thing I’ve learned this year about personal finance that has affected me the most is pay yourself first. I’m really beginning to set aside money immediately, then budget the remainder of my bills and expenses every month. It’s been a slow process, but this year I’m finally seeing some progress towards my savings goals!

Cheryl @ Mommypants July 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Since this is the first time I’m visiting your blog, I can’t say I’ve learned anything from here – but I’m sure I would have! I know I would! My personal finance tip is never to carry a balance on a credit card. We pay them in full each month.

Looking forward to meeting you at BlogHer!

Ellen July 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm

This year I’ve learned that I can’t have it all. Nor do I want it anymore. While getting our house ready to sell, I’ve been forced to look at all the “things” I’ve bought and stuck in the closet, basement, or pantry, and have never used (or seldom used). When I think of the debt I’ve incurred and the money I’ve wasted, it actually makes me sick to my stomach. But I know we are the right tract now and I thankful for that!

Ellen July 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I’ve signed up for e-mail updates, so please give me another chance to win any one of your great prizes!

Roshawn @ Watson Inc July 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Congrats on this important milestone! This giveaway sounds exciting!


Jeff @ sustainablelifeblog July 6, 2010 at 7:39 am

I think one of the most helpful posts was the one you had on saving money with art. It’s always been something that I like to spend money on, but have toned it down because i’m trying to pay down debt. I’ll remember those tips in the future.

Doreen July 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm

This is my first time to your site and I like it!! 🙂 I’d have to say to not carry a balance if at all possible. Pay it all off. If you can’t do that, try at least to pay more than the minimum. I would love, love to win an Amazon gc!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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Doreen July 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I’m a subsriber! purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

Doreen July 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I follow you on Twitter! luvcontests

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Doreen July 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I blogged also!
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Donna Freedman July 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Allow me to add my congratulations. I’m glad I found your site.
What I’ve learned….Here’s one: That you shouldn’t save and save to the point where you’re denying yourself some of the pleasure of living. In the past six months I’ve made four major trips. I did them frugally but I *did* do them instead of saying to myself, “No, you should put that money in the bank.” I’m meeting my budget and savings goals, so why not travel while I can? Especially since all four trips involved seeing family and friends — no one knows how many more chances we will get to see the people we love.

corinne July 9, 2010 at 4:39 am

congrats and happy birthday to your blog! great idea with the give aways

Roshawn @ Watson Inc July 9, 2010 at 5:53 am

I forgot to mention that one thing I learned about personal finance this year was that most millionaires (especially those with low consumption lifestyles) did not have more than 30% of their wealth in stock; thus, millionaires weren’t as affected by the financial crisis as you might think. I hope you had fun in NC.

Roshawn @ Watson Inc July 9, 2010 at 5:55 am

I subscribed to your feed and follow you on Twitter.

Money Reasons July 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I learned that blogging is fun, and that I like to leave comments. I also learned that it’s good to go outside of my comfort zone and read other blogs that have other opinions that I do. Although, we all are similar to a degree 🙂

I especially like reading about the different places each blogsite is at in respect of finances and financial planning.

Congrats, and keep up the great work! I’m a Johnny come lately to your site, but I enjoy coming and stopping by 🙂

Jesse July 13, 2010 at 10:20 am

I’ve learned a TON about personal finance this year. I’ve been reading retirement books more than ever and have learned a few investment strategies, have set up my retirement plan and am imagining myself sitting on the beach sipping lemonade…

Kevin July 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I’ve learned that watching your money too closely can cause friction with your significant other:)

I subscribe to Bucksome Boomer and I follow you on twitter. I’ll also be mentioning this contest on my blog tomorrow

Lethea Benson July 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm

One thing I’ve learned this year about personal finance is that if you make a plan and stick to it you can do almost anything=) Wipe out debt, increase personal savings, increase retirement savings, pay cash for home improvements~you name it!

Lethea Benson July 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

New twitter follower~

citymouse July 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

The thing I’ve learned this year is that the little things add up. Not letting the water run (and run) or turning out light when no one is in the room makes a difference. I’ve also started doing brown bag lunches. All these little things leaves me with extra money at the end of the month.

Bucksome July 25, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I think brown-bagging lunch is one of the most effective ways people can impact their spending quickly.

citymouse July 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I’m following you too.

citymouse July 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

And I’m a new Twitter follower.

Miss Sassy Pants July 29, 2010 at 7:34 am

The greatest thing I’ve learned and am still learning is discipline. I’ve never been great at it but the goal to get my finances in order is forcing me to work on it.

Miss Sassy Pants July 29, 2010 at 7:34 am

I also subscribe to this blog and have you on my google reader. 🙂

Carmen July 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I’ve learned about personal finance to work on a spreadsheet budget and stick to it, recording purchases every month and not buying anymore until the next month once the budget is used up for the month

Carmen July 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Email subscriber

Carmen July 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Twitter follower

BBBG July 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Over the last year I’ve learned that getting control of your finances takes time and patience. But it’s all worth it!

BBBG July 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I subscribe to your blog via email.

BBBG July 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I also follow you on Twitter (as BlogGirlTweets). 🙂

Jennifer C. July 29, 2010 at 11:57 pm

I have learned that you need to watch what you spend very carefully at all times! No slip ups! lol
jenn14_85 at yahoo dot com

Carolsue July 31, 2010 at 12:36 am

I learned a lot about planning for retirement
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Carolsue July 31, 2010 at 12:37 am

I subscribe to your newsletter updates by e-mail
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