All Wrapped Up — Feb. 9

Our Freaking Budget Weekly Wrap-Up

As we type this, our eyes are heavy and Baby Girl’s diaper is full. That little cutie is kicking our butts. She gave us her first real smiles this week, though, so overall, the week was a success.

Here are a few things happening around the blog worth telling you about:

  • Our February Giveaway Challenge is running strong. If you haven’t entered already, find a budget category (ex. eating out) that you want to spend less on this month. And just for participating, you’re eligible to win a $25 Amazon gift card. So get at it!
  • So someone accidentally nominated us for Top Personal Finance Blog of 2012. If you want to accidentally vote for us, you can do so here.
  • And FINALLY, we’ve been invited to participate in a Love and Money Google Hangout next week. It’ll be going down on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. EST over here on Google+, so don’t miss us making fools of ourselves. Or do.

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Joanna’s Johnny’s
The Weight of Lies by The Avett Brothers on Grooveshark Bowery by Local Natives on Grooveshark


2006 Vespa LX 150$2095 – We figured out a solution to our one-car family dilemma. And thanks to some wheelin’ and dealin’ by yours truly, it ended up being a smoking deal.



  • This might be a week or two old, but we really liked Michelle’s post declaring that she’ll never be a frugal blogger. We’re of a similar mindset that living frugally does NOT have to mean living miserably.
  • So what do you do when you start getting a little dough in every paycheck? If you’re Ninja at Punch Debt in the Face, you throw it back into 401k. See what his extra $2500/year in 401k will amount to in 40 years.
  • While we talked about the realities of city living in NYC, Budget and the Beach broke down the pros and cons of city living in LA, my hometown. After reading one paragraph, you’ll want to move there tomorrow; in the next, you’d rather move to Fargo (no offense, Fargo-ites).
  • Want to save a few bucks on a V-Day card this year? [shake heads and applaud] Then I’ve got just the posts for you!… this is becoming a bad infomercial. So our super talented friend Roo at NeonFresh baked up some hilarious doodles and cards for your significant other. And for the ladies out there looking for a card that will make your guy’s heart flutter, check out some of these dude cards that Pretty Providence uncovered.
  • And finally, remember listening to your computer’s modem scream alien and robot sounds to connect to that newfangled thing called the Internet? Well, according to this article, dial-up service is still AOL’s cash cow, responsible for more than all other profits at the company… seriously.

Have a freaking swell weekend!

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  • Reply Michelle February 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my post! And oh my what a cutie 🙂

    • Reply Johnny February 11, 2013 at 1:35 am

      Always well deserved. And enjoyed reading the Blogger of the Month interview with you. Go you!

  • Reply Sarah @ Pretty Providence February 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Woo! So honored to be in the wrap-up. Your freaking baby is freaking adorable.

    • Reply Johnny February 11, 2013 at 1:37 am

      I’ve already told Joanna I expect an Arrested Development card. Thanks for making it happen.

  • Reply Rob February 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Cute baby pic! I see that Baby Girl has a dimple in the chin just like me ! 🙂

    And I always thought that cute little babies (especially girls) were always supposed to smell really sweet so what’s with the “full diaper” comment? Johnny, did you get the short straw for diaper duty and are slacking off blogging here instead? (evil grin)

    • Reply Johnny February 11, 2013 at 1:39 am

      Joanna and I both have the chin dimple, so she was doomed from the start. It doesn’t matter how busy my day is, diaper duty always finds a way on my schedule. Joanna makes sure of it. 🙂

  • Reply Michelle February 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Your baby is so freakin’ cute! Congrats on the nomination for Best Personal Finance Blog 2012!

    • Reply Johnny February 11, 2013 at 1:41 am

      Thanks, Michelle! Her cuteness starts wearing off around 4am when she’s screaming her head off. But she warms you back up to wanting to kiss her face off in no time.

  • Reply Budget and the Beach February 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    No way in hell I’m moving to Fargo! 🙂 Maybe Fargo-adjascent? Thanks for the link love! And I’m so insanely jealous you have a vespa. I’ve secretly wanted one forever (banana colored with a tan seat). Very specific! Adorable baby photo!

    • Reply Johnny February 11, 2013 at 1:43 am

      You should totally join the scooter club! When we were back in LA for a summer, I had a scooter (a Kymco People, another solid model) and drove it to work via PCH every day. Nothing beat those rides.

  • Reply Laurie February 10, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Oh goodness, she just gets cuter every day – congrats on Baby Girl’s “birthday” and on the nomination too – you deserve it! Hope you are managing the storm ok over there. We saw the pics on the news last night: yikes! We’ve got our own smaller storm hitting here tonite. Oh, joy.

    • Reply Johnny February 11, 2013 at 1:47 am

      Thanks, Laurie! Hope the forecast looks brighter and warmer in your neck of the woods this week.

  • Reply Cait February 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I am in love with that bum chin!

    • Reply Johnny February 11, 2013 at 1:48 am

      My bum chin + Joanna’s bum chin = Baby Girl super bum chin. She never had a chance. 🙂

  • Reply Do or Debt February 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    What a cute baby! Congrats on the little one and the nomination!

    • Reply Johnny February 11, 2013 at 1:54 am

      Thanks! Just checked out your site and I love the design (and content). Look forward to following your blog.

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