All Wrapped Up — Dec. 29

Our Freaking Budget Weekly Wrap-Up

And so begins the three day stretch where everyone and their grandmother says, “I guess I’ll see you in a year” or “This is the last time I’ll chug a Yoo-hoo this year.” So in true bandwagon fashion, this is the last Weekly Wrap-Up you’ll read from us this year.

On the baby front, we’re still playing the waiting game. And while I probably shouldn’t admit this, I’ve been having heart-to-hearts with our girl via Joanna’s rotund belly. I’ve told her that should she choose to be born in 2012 and help bring down our taxes, I will gladly take some of the savings and put it toward awesome Christmas gifts for her next year. We’ll know the outcome of the negotiations by Tuesday.

Tune of the Week


Joanna’s Johnny’s
I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers on Grooveshark Ho Hey by The Lumineers on Grooveshark

Splurge of the Week

Low Mein instead of Pork Fried Rice – $2 – We never substitute food when it costs extra, but some strange Chinese takeout force sucked us in.

Days Until Our Freaking Baby is Due

7 days (!!!!)

Fave Posts

Here’s some stuff that made us smarter this week:

  • Does chivalry still exist? Punch Debt in the Face discusses who should pay for dinner on a date.
  • Before you etch your financial resolutions for 2013 in Sharpie, head over to Money Magazine to see 12 ways you’re wasting money.
  • See if you agree with Holly at Club Thrifty on where she draws the line with saving money and opportunity costs.
  • Hoping to start a business in 2013? Sara Blakely, owner of Spanx and, oh, a billionaire, gives her top 5 startup tips.
  • Over at the MintLife blog, a new mom looks back on products she bought before her baby was born, and what she’s learned 12 months later.

Have a freaking awesome New Year.

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  • Reply Budget and the Beach December 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    OK I’ll keep my fingers crossed she will hold off till the new year! See you in 2013…I’m just kidding I’ll probably be back Monday or so. 🙂

    • Reply Joanna December 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Ha! If you do a post on Monday, you can totally expect a “See you in 2013!” comment from me now! 😉

  • Reply Holly@ClubThrifty December 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for mentioning us! Hey, that baby will be here sooooooooooooon. Do you have a name picked out yet? Are people’s stupid questions starting to make you crazy? Here are some of my favorites:

    “Hey, haven’t you had that baby yet?”
    “Hey, aren’t you like 20 months pregnant by now?”
    “I hope your delivery isn’t miserable like mine was.”

    • Reply Joanna December 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Haha, that third comment is the one that really gets to me. Until this baby is out, I refuse to listen to anyone with negative comments!

      And we’ve narrowed it to 4 names, miraculously (we’ve disagreed a lot in this department). I think we’ll have to meet her before we know which is THE ONE 🙂

      • Reply Holly@ClubThrifty December 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        It isn’t that bad and it is soooooooo worth it. If it was that bad, women wouldn’t do it over and over and over, right? It will be over before you know it and you will be holding your new baby in your arms without a care in the world.

  • Reply femmefrugality December 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Lo Mein is so worth the $2. Gotta splurge sometimes. :p Happy New Year!

    • Reply Joanna December 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      I definitely used the pregnancy card on the lo mein splurge! Gotta take advantage of it while I still can 🙂

  • Reply Joanna December 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I’m really looking forward to becoming acquainted with her products… if this darn baby would just come out already!

  • Reply Carrie Smith December 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    OOOH, I love that song by the Lumineers. It’s on my playlist as well! Great pick Johnny!

    • Reply Johnny December 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Air five for good taste in music! Now I’ve just got to find a chance to see them live.

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