Common Sense Reads for Your Weekend


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Welcome to the new (and hopefully improved) CSM site! My Saturday was spent trying to get the site redesign up and finalized. I’m nearly finished, but not quite (still need to get some pretty social buttons up). As I’m someone who doesn’t have a huge knowledge of code – everything I know I taught myself through extensive Googling – most of the time I was working on it consisted of me wanting to flip my desk over and throw my computer out the window. As you can see, I still haven’t figured out how to change the dang link colors in the navigation, so if anyone wants to lend me a hand with that, I’d be happy to accept a bit of help! Additionally, if you have any feedback (positive or negative!) about the new look, please feel free to leave me comment with your thoughts.

I’ll be spending lots of time with friends and family this week, so I won’t have my usual Monday post up tomorrow. However, I do have an excellent guest post coming your way Thursday. And if you have some down time during the holiday week, be sure to check out the following great posts from around the web:

If you’re a freelance blogger – or want to be one – you can’t miss Sophie Lizard’s Another 52 Free Resources for Freelance Bloggers. This is an awesome list of great material for those who want to build or improve a freelance blogging career.

Sam from Frugaling shared 5 Tricks To Save Money at Starbucks. If you’re gonna indulge a latte craving, do yourself a favor and read up on these tips (also, be sure to stop by and check out my guest post on his site: Becoming a Runner Saved My Budget).

Tis the season for love and giving – and E.M. over at Journey to Saving is making sure we don’t forget out furry friends. Her post on Donating to the Animals includes a great list of suggestions for non-monetary donations that rescues and shelters need and will gladly accept.

Still have one or two hard-to-buy-for folks that have you scrambling to find a last-minute gift? Already exhausted your Christmas budget? Michelle and Brendan over at Fit is the New Poor have you covered with Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Broke.

Mashable reported today that the payment card numbers and information that was stolen from Target from November 27 and December 15 are now flooding the black marketForbes has some tips on how you can protect yourself from fraud if you shopped in U.S. stores during that time period (stores in Canada and were not affected).

Erin from Broke Millennial had another article up on Daily Finance, and she was kind enough to ask me for my opinion on Charitable Giving on a Tight Budget. Also, thanks to Clever Dude, The Dime, and Evolving PF for sharing posts from Common Sense Millennial this week.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Meowy Christmas!


16 Responses

    • Kali @ Common Sense Millennial

      December 22, 2013 3:18 pm

      I’m glad you like the look! Thanks for the link – the theme I installed came with a style extender and I was able to change most everything I needed to via a combination of playing around with that and CSS elsewhere, but I can’t figure out how to get the red hover/active links in the nav bar to go away. I think I just need to take a break from it and come back at it with a fresh pair of eyes. It’s gotta be in the code somewhere!

  1. DC @ Young Adult Money

    December 23, 2013 7:29 am

    The new site design looks great! I spent a significant amount of time on my initial design as I made it by tweaking a free template. I plan on using some of the money I made this year to pay for a redesign, even though I have an irrational fear that the site will look worse than before and I’ll be out hundreds of dollars! Hope you have some good time off this week! Merry Christmas!

    • Kali @ Common Sense Millennial

      December 24, 2013 9:54 am

      Thanks, DC! I appreciate that. I bought a relatively inexpensive theme, and I’m hoping the new design will last for a little while. Ideally, sometime in the future I’d love to pay a web designer to work with me on something more customized. One day! :) I hope you have a great week as well, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Done by Forty

    December 23, 2013 10:55 am

    I know less about coding than your average city garbage collector, so I’m afraid I can’t be much help. But I think it looks pretty good! Thanks for sharing some interesting reads!

  3. E.M.

    December 23, 2013 4:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Things look great. I taught myself CSS years ago. Unfortunately, I forgot most of that knowledge after taking a break from making sites and layouts, but it’s on my list of things to (re)learn. I think all of us go through some frustration when designing a new look. My theme came with settings to change all the colors so I just did it from there. I hope you find the answer soon. Merry Christmas!

  4. Jen @ Frugal Rules

    December 24, 2013 4:45 am

    My being frugal dictates that I do a lot of self-teaching too and I can so totally relate with the wanting to flip the desk over and throwing the computer away. But you seem to have acquired a lot from the way I see how you designed the site – pleasing to the eyes.


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