Common Sense Reads for Your Weekend


Did this week fly by for everyone else? I think I need about five extra hours in my days. Or at least, I’d appreciate if they’d quit feeling like they zip by so quickly! Regardless, it was a good and exciting week in my neck of the woods. I made progress with some projects I’m working on and made some really awesome connections with new people. The weekend was full of Christmas and birthday parties, which kept us busy but we had lots of fun spending time with family, friends – oh, and eating a lot of delicious food!

The highlight of my week was having an article that I wrote published on The Huffington Post (you can see it here). Seeing my name and my little black and white picture on the site was such a thrill! I’m really excited that I’m officially a contributor for them – so look for more posts from me on the Financial Education section soon! This is a huge milestone for me, as it feels like I can finally, confidently say, “yes, I am a writer.” If writers have big breaks like actors do, maybe this will be mine.

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As the year comes to a close, I find myself of all the things I want to squeeze into these last few weeks of 2013. Not to mention, I’m starting to think of goals I want to set for the new year. I’m a little sad this year is ending – it feels like it just started! – but I’m also eager to see what 2014 will bring. I’m planning, and thinking positive, for some big, fantastic things!

Let’s get to some great reads for your Sunday morning:

Laurie from The Frugal Farmer gave us some real talk when she shared What You Might Have to Do If You Want to Get Out of Debt. You have to take a good hard look at your situation and ask yourself some important questions – and then develop a plan that’s right for you.

Erin, writing at L Bee and the Money Tree, shared how we can Cut the Crap This Christmas and gave suggestions for gifts that were useful, practical, and most importantly won’t add to the stuff and clutter most of us have too much of already.

Eva at Girl Counting Pennies was looking for a new way to cut costs, and looked at pros and cons of different methods of commuting with Dilemma: Bus or Underground? It was a really interesting breakdown, and a great example of how your time can be as valuable as your money.

Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That? shared some of her Holiday Traditions – I loved this post because we share a couple, and because she’s inspired me to make some time to bake a little this year (and hopefully make that a new tradition in years to come).

Tonya at Budget and the Beach impressed me to no end with her post about how she made 10k in Side Income this year! This was really inspiring for me, and is motivating me to hustle even harder in 2014.



16 Responses

  1. Eva @ Girl Counting Pennies

    December 15, 2013 12:01 pm

    Congrats on being a published writer! :P I think it’s great that your article was published on The Huffington Post, I will look out for more! Also, thanks so much for the mention, Kali! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  2. Tonya@Budget and the Beach

    December 15, 2013 7:42 pm

    Holy cow that’s awesome!!! Really great!! I don’t even know how to contribute to them yet so you can give me some pointers. You’ve really set yourself up well with your blog and it’s going to be easy for you to make some $ from it if that’s the route you want to go! Great job! And thank you so much for mentioning my blog! I really appreciate it!

    • Kali @ Common Sense Millennial

      December 15, 2013 9:34 pm

      Thanks Tonya! I appreciate it :D I hope you’re right, as I am workin’ on the money part! Happy to give you a shout-out, your post was so awesome and really inspiring to me. Gave me a great boost of motivation. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

  3. femmefrugality

    December 17, 2013 10:38 am

    Congrats on the Huffington Post article! After reading it, I think we had pretty much identical mindsets going into school. I graduated without the debt, too, though it took me longer than your traditional student! :)


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