The Potato Sack #8 : Blog Link Roundup And Happy Holidays

We hope you have a great holiday season

The potato sack blog linksWe have gone through a little article posting slowdown since the start of the holiday season, but we promise to be back mashing potatoes at the beginning of the new year. We have had an interesting (and at times frustrating) start as a personal finance blog this year and we hope to be able to break through some traffic barriers in 2014.  We thank everyone who has visited us so far and hope you will be back to see us again next year.

Blog link round-up

Money Principle has some good tips on how to stop wasting and start maximising your wealth.

Monica on Money has been hitting the hardware stores and has some good advice on which flooring gives you the best bang for the buck.

Suburban Finance wonders if purchasing a kitchen gadget that only does one task is worth the cost.

Little House in the Valley reminds us that it is probably not a good idea to go into debt to give gifts this holiday season.

Money Beagle  gives some points on how you can take some of the risk out of trading.

Krant Cents advises us that quitting your job after coming into a big financial  windfall such as winning the lottery, might not be the best course of action.

Financial Ramblings mulls over what the future amount of the minimum wage could be.

Personal Finance Utopia ponders the question for parents. Is gaming bad for your children?

Tie The Money Knot goes over the best practices for writing Christmas letters to family and friends.

Girl Meets Debt lists some of her personal finance goals for 2014 and also some that aren’t related to personal finance.

My Family Finance gives us some advice on how you might be able to afford that dream car in 2014.

Beating broke has some good ideas on how to keep your kids busy while on a budget during the Christmas break.

Budgets are Sexy tells us about some quirky (but fun) family Christmas traditions.

Debt Roundup has four key reasons why you should incorporate your business right now.

Man vs Debt lets us in on his personal finance ups and downs for 2013.

Retire by 40 fills us in on how his session with Personal Capital went.

I Love Budgets has some tips on how to be a great frugal friend.

PT Money has 15 budget minded financial Christmas gifts for children.

Frugal Rules wonders if he should get a Kansas State University Wildcats logo permanently tattooed on his body.


Zimmy’s goals for 2014

- Lose at least a couple of pounds per month in 2014

-  Get a better handle on our monthly food budget

- Have M&P average over 1000 hits a day by the end of the year

- Take better care of my yard (I sometimes let the ole grass grow)

- Talk to my neighbors more often

- Donate more money and/or physical goods to charity than I did in 2013

- Work less and play more

- Getting a promotion at work

- Get to know my kids better in 2014 than I did in 2013

- Enjoy the company of my wife even more than I do now

The Meat of the potatoes

Not much left to say. We hope everyone has a great end to 2013 and hope that 2014 is even bigger and brighter. There is always promise looking to the new year as finally being “the big one” (although sometimes it doesn’t materialize because life just continues to happen). But, right now it is still 2013 and we can still think the sky's the limit for 2014.
Merry Christmas and be safe. :)

About Zimmy

Hello, my name is Zimmy (I am the one on the left) and I will be one of the resident bloggers on, I would like to introduce myself. I am a married father of two and live in a modest house in the great state of Texas. We have a great need in our household to manage our income wisely because only one of us can work full time due to both of our kids having special needs. Over the years I have been called “cheap” and a little “frugal” by my wife and I have to say I resemble those remarks.


  1. Zimmy, thanks for including The Money Principle in your round up (and glad you liked the article). As to your goals, may I make two suggestion?

    One, would you have me as a weight loss/ health gain buddy (and how do you feel about getting a group of virtual friends together);
    Two, this seems too many; then again you know yourself best and it may be just right for you).
    Have a great Christmas break and a wonderful New Year.
    maria@moneyprinciple recently posted...Three ways to minimise your waste and maximise your wealthMy Profile

    • Sounds good! I really don't think that I am going to far with my goals. I didn't really have many last year so I am trying to make up for lost time. :)

  2. Thanks for inclusion and hosting, I really appreciate it.
    krantcents recently posted...Why It May Be best to Keep Working after Winning a LotteryMy Profile

  3. Thanks for the mention!
    Little House recently posted...The Season of GivingMy Profile

  4. The feeling of being thankful is mutual. You have provided great reads too from which we picked up great ideas and information. Thank you too for including Frugal Rules in the list. Have a Merry Christmas!
    Jen @ Frugal Rules recently posted...Bah Humbug! A Christmas RantMy Profile

  5. Thank you for the link, Zimmy! I appreciate it :) I hope you had a wonderful holiday.
    SuburbanFinance recently posted...The Kitchen Gadget CatastropheMy Profile

  6. I'm excited about the new year. A new year is nothing but untapped, potential so it is very exciting.

    Good luck with 1000 hits, that is an awesome goal!
    Michael | The Student Loan Sherpa recently posted...In Depth: cuStudent Loan Consolidation Review (Credit Union Student Loans)My Profile

  7. Thanks for including my article too, I appreciate the support !

    Your goals are so thoughtful! My favorite is the "get to know my kids better in 2014 than in 2013" and I'm sure your kids will appreciate that :) Best of luck with your goals!
    MonicaOnMoney recently posted...How I Saved $6718 On Home RenovationsMy Profile

  8. Thanks for including MonicaOnMoney! I really appreciate the support :)
    MonicaOnMoney recently posted...How I Saved $6718 On Home RenovationsMy Profile

  9. Great goals for the new year. This is such a great time of year, for me anyway, due to the excitement of such goals. Though it's freezing here where I am.....below zero this morning :)


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