Week in Review: Blogger Happy Hour

by Kay Lynn

US Capitol

Thursday night I met up with six personal finance bloggers during a business trip to Washington DC.  it was so fun to meet these bright, interesting people who I feel like I know from reading their writing. 

Attendees were Debt Hater, Me in Millions, My Next Buck, My Pretty Pennies, Mrs. Micah and You Have More than you Think.  They were very nice to this old lady who wishes she had it together financially at their age.  We probably sounded like geeks to anyone overhearing the conversation but some of my best friends are…geeks.

Now on to some of my favorite reading from this week.

Yakezie Picks

Are you an average American family? Read this post from College for 10K to find out why you don’t want to be!

You know I’m all about websites to save money.  That’s why this list of 10 money saving sites from Eventual Millionaire caught my eye.

Have you ever researched your family tree?  My Journey to Millions writes about how to use the Ellis Island records for free.

Saving Money Today asks a question that you wouldn’t think is controversial but generated a good discussion.  How much would you spend to save your pet?

Be on the lookout for these six sneaky ways stores try to get you to spend more from Frugal Confessions.

Bartering and trading has made a comeback during the recent economic downturn.  Inexpensively writes about seven swap sites.  Who knew?

Editor’s Picks

If you know or are a 2010 graduate, get the New Graduate Guide from Bargaineering. It is full of great tips on managing their personal finance.

It is garage sale season.  If you’re thinking about holding your own, then check out the garage sale manual from Live Real, Now.

Increase your personal finance knowledge by listening to podcasts on your computer or iPod.  Clever Dude lists 10 that will boost your personal finance brainpower to start.

I wish I had this article on packing for a business trip when I first started a job with regular travel.  But it ‘s never too late to use these tips (and great pictures) from Fabulously Broke.

photo credit: BlankBlankBlank 

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Amanda L. Grossman May 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

Hey bucksomeboomer!

Thanks so much for the mention. And by the way—I LOVE Washington D.C.; my favorite US city! I have an aunt who lives there whom I adore, and I went to college at Washington College in Chestertown MD (just a hop away). I am currently living in Houston, but went to D.C. over Christmas for a quick trip!
.-= Amanda L. Grossman´s last blog ..Frugal Confessions Friday! =-.

Bucksome May 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Hi Amanda, I visisted your city’s airport both ways on this trip!

Yes, Washington DC is a wonderful city; one of my favorites.

Heather May 23, 2010 at 9:15 am

Thanks for including us in a great round-up!

My daughter just returned from Washington DC the other day – it was her year-end class trip. I wish I could have gone with her, but, well, I have other plans for our money.
.-= Heather´s last blog ..June All You Magazine Coupons =-.

Bucksome May 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Heather, I hope your daughter enjoyed her trip. The city was pretty crowded last week as we booked our hotels last minute and had to call around to find one.

Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet May 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm

That night out with the fellow bloggers sounds like fun. I wish I lived closer to DC.
.-= Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet´s last blog ..Apple and Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers =-.

Bucksome May 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Kristia, it was so fun and very flattering to hear that others read my blog.

I’m gong to a couple of blog conferences this summer. I’m sure I’ll learn how to improve the blog but am most looking forward to meeting my peers.

Mike - Saving Money Today May 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Thanks for the mention! Great roundup!
.-= Mike – Saving Money Today´s last blog ..Link Roundup – The Mets vs Yankees Edition =-.

Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire May 24, 2010 at 5:43 am

Thanks for the mention. That sounds like such a fun meet up. I know whenever I go to networking meetings I can totally sense out people that are geeky about money like me. It’s always fun to talk about money. 🙂
.-= Jaime @ Eventual Millionaire´s last blog ..Invest Responsibly: Make the World a Better Place =-.

Bucksome May 25, 2010 at 5:45 am

It was a lot of fun. We talked about blogging, money, movies, TV and more.

FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com May 24, 2010 at 6:22 am

Thank you so much for the Editor’s Pick! 🙂
.-= FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com´s last blog ..Packing for a VERY long trip three weeks or for the long-term =-.

Jersey Mom May 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

Sounds interesting! I’ll be in D.C. in August though not to meet with other bloggers. Is the blog conference for networking mainly? What do they do there? My blog is mainly a hobby so I can’t see myself investing money to attend a conference.
.-= Jersey Mom´s last blog ..A Typical Weekday =-.

Bucksome May 25, 2010 at 5:48 am

The first conference I’m attending in July is a small group (around 60) and more like a weekend workshop. Topics include PR, monetization, photography, design, and legal issues among others.

The second conference in August is Blogher which will have about 2,000 attendees. Again, there are learning sessions but a lot more networking and socialization. Because of the size there are lots of events sponsored by brands.

me in millions May 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

It was great meeting you too!

Bucksome May 25, 2010 at 5:49 am

I would have joined your closet challenge, but didn’t have time to dig in this week. It needs to be done though!

MPP @ myprettypennies May 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

It was SO great to meet you last week! I wish I wasn’t across the table so we could have talked more. 🙂 Glad you had a great trip in DC!
.-= MPP @ myprettypennies´s last blog ..What I bought at Tiffany & Co. =-.

Bucksome May 26, 2010 at 6:37 am

MPP, I’m looking forward to reading about your move and settling in to your new job.

Nikola May 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Hey Bucksome,
Thanks for including my ‘Swap and Save’ article and Inexpensively in your round up! I appreciate your kindness and the insightful information you post here.
– Nikola
.-= Nikola´s last blog ..Bodie Island Lighthouse =-.

Bucksome May 26, 2010 at 6:36 am

Nicola, I was happy to include you. I’m looking forward to sharing more of your posts in future round-ups.

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