Weekend Scoop: Xbox Edition

by Kay Lynn

Did you score any deals during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales?  I bought several things on my list but one item induced a great deal of amusement in my family.  As you probably tell from the title, I bought a Xbox and Kinect bundle.

The amusement is because I’m not a gamer.  But I didn’t buy it for traditional gaming.

You see, I haven’t been doing well in my weight battle this year.  I know exercise is an important component to losing weight and keeping it off, but I dread most exercise activities.

My thought is I won’t notice the fact I’m exercising when playing with the Xbox because I love dancing!  I’ll let you know how it is working out in a couple of months.

Around the Web

Here are some articles I wanted to share with you this week.  Enjoy the great writing!

Holiday entertainment doesn’t have to cost much, if anything.  Read my tips on how at Thriftability.

Canadian Finance Blog shares how to prepare for Christmas … in June!

Make a difference this holiday season like The Daily Money Shot.

The Dog Ate My Budget and I share a holiday pet peeve.  Read why cars are not gifts.

A cruise taught Money College Pro a lesson in  wealth distribution.

Carnivals and Round-Ups

Yakezie Carnival November 20, 2011 @ The Saved Quarter
Canadian Finance Carnival #63  @ Canadian Finance Blog
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #9 @ My University Money
Carnival of Financial Planning – Thanksgiving Edition @ The Skilled Investor
Congrats to Sustainable Personal Finance @ Couple Money
Principled Money Posts of the Week @ The Money Principle
Weekly Roundup 11-21-11: Best of the Best! @ Money is the Root


There are some great giveaways this time of year! Don’t forget to check out the weekly giveaway at Two Savvy Sisters before entering the rest of them.

Surviving and Thriving helps with holiday travels with a TSA-friendly travel bag giveaway.  Enter by tomorrow evening.

Do you want a Kindle FireFrugal Dad is giving away two of them!  Hurry because this one ends December 6th!

Personal Finance Journey is celebrating 500 posts with a t-shirt giveaway.  Entries close December 15th at midnight.

I can always use an Amazon gift card and  Thirty Six Months is giving away $50 via PayPal or a $50 Amazon card.  This one ends December 19th.

Live Real, Now is celebrating the site’s second anniversary with a big giveaway.  He has over $500 worth of prizes for 16 lucky winners.  Enter by December 23rd.

Enter to win an iPad 2, Kindle Fire or Nook at Christian PF.  Entries close in 15 days.

The Frugal Toad is hosting a giveaway for a $75 Amazon card or PayPal cash!  Entries close December 22nd.

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shanendoah@the dog ate my wallet December 4, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thank you for the mention.
Best of luck in your dancing. I have the Wii/Wii Fit, and it serves that purpose for me (well, except when I’m doing the actual exercises), as long as I get off my duff and, you know, actually play on the Wii.

Kay Lynn December 5, 2011 at 5:01 am

Shanedoah, that’s the hard part, but I plan to be motivated to get in better shape before a Hawaii vacation in the spring.

marissa December 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

Thanks for the mention!! Hope you are well.

Andi B. @ Modern Tightwad December 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Heh. My husband and I were just talking today about the Kinect. We already have an xbox360, and I wanted to buy a Kinect bundle, but I didn’t think it had any games he wanted to play. Turned out it was a total miscommunication and I lost out on a great holiday bundle. I guess there’s always craigslist!

Kay Lynn December 5, 2011 at 5:00 am

Andi, that’s too bad. There were some great deals.

Barb Friedberg December 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

The wii is fun too for tennis, games, boxing etc. Any way to keep moving is good.

Kay Lynn December 5, 2011 at 5:01 am

Barb, I agree that anyway we can find to keep us active can’t be bad!

Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey December 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Thanks for mentioning my t-shirt giveaway!

Jana @ Daily Money Shot December 5, 2011 at 5:42 am

Thanks for the mention!

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