My Fave Finance Blog Posts + Reader Survey Giveaway Winner

September 4, 2015


I’m really honored and excited that this blog is a Plutus Award finalist for the Best Personal Finance Blog for Women.  If you’d love some other awesome blogs to check out- give Finance Girl, Smart Money Chicks, Girls Just Wanna Have Funds and Financially Wise Women, the fellow finalists are all amazing!

If anything, being even considered makes me so motivated.  I’ve been figuring out where to go personally and professionally for some time, and the plan for the blog has been equally scattered.  Initially, I began blogging to talk about living on an extreme $800 a month budget while in graduate school, and then, to blog about paying off my student loans.  Later, I was saving up $20,000 in a year for a debt free wedding, and it usually meant I worked around the clock and cut any sort of frill from my life.  After I called off the wedding and later I got laid off, I felt like I didn’t have a goal- I was just sort of getting by. I just wanted to get out and travel while I sorted my life out, and now that I have a bit, I need to find balance.  Personally, I need to find a new goal, and I think that goal will help me find new content to write about.

Additionally, the reader survey was really enlightening.  I’ve come back to the blog with new ideas and an attitude of service, and I am humbled by your praises, your critiques and all of your honest feedback, thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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The winner of the beauty goodie bag from the reader survey was Samantha A.!  (She’s been contacted via email)


For Friday, I thought I’d round up some of my favorite personal finance posts from the last few years- hopefully they’re helpful!  We cover a lot of topics on this blog, but these are some of my favey faves.  If you have any topics I should cover, I’d love to hear your ideas!


Saving Money:

How To Do A Fiscal Fast

The Mason Jar Money Method

How Much Of Your Paycheck Should You Save?

How To Cut Your Grocery Spending

Easy Ways To Have More & Spend Less

Can You Really Save Money At Costco If You Don’t Have Kids?


Frugal Hacks

How To Live Stress-Free On A Budget

When Frugality Is Stupid:  Is It Costing You More To Be Frugal?

Frugal Date Ideas For Any Season

How To Build A Wardrobe On A Budget

The Best Apps To Help You Save Money



How Do You Budget For Things That Come Up?

How To Budget Using A Cash System

5 Ways To Curb Overspending

How To Tell If Your Spending Is Out Of Control


Dealing With Debt:

Is Fear Keeping You From Living?

Personal Habits That Helped Me Get Out Of Debt

Thing I Learned About Student Loan Debt While In College

Are You Sabotaging Your Financial Success?  7 Key Indicators


Money Motivation:

5 Ways To Earn More Money

How To Afford Your Dreams & Fund Your Passions

What You Need To Know About Your 401k

Money Mistakes To Avoid In 2015

How Much Of Your Paycheck Should You Save?



12 comments so far.

12 responses to “My Fave Finance Blog Posts + Reader Survey Giveaway Winner”

  1. Love this roundup. I definitely have some afternoon reading to do! Have a great weekend.

  2. Congrats on being a Plutus Award finalist! And thanks for the list – I’m bookmarking so I can come back when I have more time and really click through a bunch of them 🙂

  3. Congratulations again Shannyn! You rock. Thanks for including me. I’m honored to be a finalist as well – it’s going to be great at FinCon!! Have a great weekend!

  4. I think everyone loses direction in their life (and their blog if they have one) from time to time, but when you find a purpose again it’ll be so great! 🙂 Have a good weekend and congrats on the Plutus Nomination. 🙂

    • Shannyn says:

      Thanks! Yes, it’s definitely a challenge, especially when life changes so much and you’ve been blogging for several years. I think I know where I’m headed now. 🙂

  5. Melissa says:

    Congrats on the nomination, Shannyn! Crossing my fingers for you – I know you’re going to rock FinCon! 🙂

  6. Woohoo! Congrats to the winner!

    Her Heartland Soul


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