Week in Review: Harry Potter Edition

by Kay Lynn

deck the halls at the sunset drive inYesterday my husband and I took a break from holiday preparations for a couple of  hours and went to the movies.  There are a lot of good choices out, but I wanted to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.  I’ve read all the books and am a big fan of the series.

This one didn’t disappoint and we are looking forward to the final movie coming in July!  We finished the day by shopping for holiday groceries and decorating the tree.  I’ll share one of my favorite ornaments with you later this week.

Around the Web

I met Lauren from Mama’s Laundry Talk at the Savvy Blogging Summit last summer.  She published my guest post about my solution to dealing with my husband’s laundry methods.  Also, check out the rest of the blog for all things laundry-related!

This week’s article at Couple Money is about 10 services that should be evaluated regularly.

Also, don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a $55 gift code from CSN Stores.

Editor’s Picks

1. Life After Salary: The Human Connection. Working at home has it’s drawbacks. How would you deal with the issue of human interaction? (Consumerism Commentary)

2. Christmas Experiences During the Great Depression. My grandparents lived through the great depression and taught me many lessons on doing without. I loved this perspective on what’s important at Christmas. (Money Reasons)

3. Financial – and Life- Lessons from 40 Years of Marriage. Not many of us can write this title and Joe shares wonderful learnings from his experience. (Personal Finance by the Book)

4. Announcing Our Next Adventure: 2011 U.S. RV Tour. Adam and his family are ready to take off and this time it’s a year long adventure in a RV. You can enter to have him stop by your city as I did. (Man vs. Debt)

5. Real vs. Fake Artificial Christmas Tree Types (Facts & Comparison) – Which Should You Buy? We had real trees until a few years ago. The kids are grown and it just became too much of a hassle for us to want to deal with a real tree anymore. We love our artificial tree with built in lights. This analysis might help you decide. (Money Crashers)

6. How Social Media Can Save Your Finances and How Social Media Can Ruin Your Finances. Read the arguments on both these posts and figure out which one you think is right.  Are they both right?  I think it saves my finances. (Redeeming Riches)

7. The Golden Rules of Haggling. In general, Americans are not good at haggling. We expect to pay the asking price for most goods and do so. Learn some great tips from someone who learned in another culture. (Beating Broke)

8. Eight Ways to Thwart McNagging and take control of fast food spending. This post was inspired by someone suing McDonald’s for marketing with toys in their happy meals. Learn how to deal with the problem of kids begging for McDonald without legal action. (Mighty Bargain Hunter)

9. I Got Fired. While he was technically laid off, J. Money’s story has generated over 150 comments as of this writing and I’m sure there will be more when you read it. That gives you an peek into how successful he will be now in his own business. Amazing! (Budgets Are Sexy)

10. 68 Ways to Stuff a Man’s Stocking. Since I prepare stockings for three men every year, this was of great interest to me and it has wonderful ideas for both genders. (Frugal Upstate)

Carnivals and Round-ups

Yakezie Carnival @ Sustainable Life Blog

The Billion Dollar Round-up @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog

Black Coffee: Celebrating Two Years of Len Penzo dot Com @ Len Penzo Dot Com

Weekend Reading: Snow Edition @ Invest it Wisely

Working on Weekends and Getting Ready for a Vacation Readings @ Spruce Up Your Finances

Weekly Thoughts: Getting Back In the Habit @ The Amateur Financier

Week in Review @ Since My Divorce

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Money Reasons December 19, 2010 at 7:10 am

Great lineup!

Thank for including my grandmother’s story 🙂

Joe Plemon December 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

Kay Lynn,
It is an honor to be included as one of your Editor’s picks. Thank you and hoping you have a great Christmas!

Aloysa December 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

Thank you for including my article! I do hope that it was helpful. 🙂

Invest It Wisely December 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I saw the movie too (seen all of them, but I hardly remember what passed in previous ones since it’s been a while); and after seeing the latest one, I can definitely say that it’s not a children’s series anymore…

Thanks for the mention!

Andrew @ Money Crashers December 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Thanks for mentioning our post and I still need to get out to see the Harry Pottery movie! Glad to hear the positive review. Happy New Year!

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