The VIP Club Roundup – 14th Edition


VIP Club Roundup


*Tap tap tap* Is this thing still on? Are we still here? If we are, it appears that we have avoided the apocalyptic predictions of the Mayans. Of course, the day is not over so it could all go to hell at any second. But, for now I guess we are safe. So, “Happy Not the End of the World Day!” You know that means? It is also “Happy First Day of Winter Day!” To be honest, I’m not completely sure that we lucked out on that one.


Soooo….Welcome to Club Thrifty’s VIP Club Roundup!!! Before we start, take a minute to check out our iPad3 giveaway, subscribe to our blog, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. All the cool kids are doing it!

After you’ve done that, sit back and get ready to be wowed! You know we like to bring the awesome sauce up in this joint, so prepare to have your socks rocked off!


Sandy HookAll kidding aside, we are participating in the national moment of silence today for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy which took place one week ago. Being parents of two young children, we have been both deeply saddened and disturbed by this senseless act of violence against these innocent children and the adult heroes who attempted to protect them. It is with heavy hearts that we observe this moment of silence between 9:30 and 9:35 A.M. E.S.T. Please join us as our website will go “dark” for these 5 minutes in honor of those who lost their lives. For more information, you can go to



Now, on with the show…
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The VIP Club Roundup – 12th Edition

The VIP Club RoundupWelcome back to Club Thrifty’s VIP Club Roundup! This is the place where we bring you all of the awesomeness happening elsewhere in the personal finance blogosphere. But, before we begin, here is a listing of some of our recent articles:



We have also been lucky enough to have Holly guest post at Get Rich Slowly twice (Churning Credit Cards for a Fun ProfitPreparing for the Inevitable) and at Modest Money (5 Reasons I’m Buying Less for My Kid this Christmas) this week. With that shameless plug out of the way, let’s get on with the show!!! [Read more…]

The VIP Club Roundup – 9th Edition

VIP Club Roundup


Welcome to Club Thrifty’s VIP Club Roundup! Here we do the dirty work of finding some of the best personal finance articles on the web so you don’t have to. Speaking of “best articles,” here is what we’ve been up to this week:



Now that you know about our articles, let’s find out the best search terms that people used to find us this week! [Read more…]

The VIP Club – Weekly Roundup 7th Edition


The VIP Club


Man, this week has been a busy one. Last weekend, my family came to visit us from out-of-state. Usually, my parents come alone. However, this time, my sister and her family came with as well. They have two awesome kids. So, we had 3 families and 4 kids under the age of 5 in our house for most of the weekend. Luckily, my sister’s family decided to stay in a hotel, so at least we all weren’t sleeping here. They were certainly welcome, but it probably would have been a little bit cramped.

The visit was a lot of fun, but it was also pretty exhausting. My sister and her husband left for home on Monday morning. I got up super early to bring them out to the airport. We had a great time with everybody and I was sad to see them go. However, it was really nice to have our house back to ourselves Monday night.

Of course, now that we are back on the market shopping for a house, I’ve got a lot of work to do to get our house ready to sell. Ugh. Along with doing a little painting, the next time I have a day off, I need to trim up our trees and bushes. I also need to do some trimming over at one of our rentals. Ah, the beauty of home ownership.

So…since I’m sure you don’t care one lick about my personal life, let’s get on with the post…


It is time again for the fabulous, the wonderous, the always stupendous VIP Club Weekly Roundup! In case you missed our stories this week, here they are:


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The VIP Club – Weekly Roundup 6th Edition


Welcome back to The VIP Club, our weekly roundup of all things awesome in the personal finance blogosphere.


The VIP Club


A few months ago, Holly and I got the harebrained idea and started this personal finance blog. We started it for two reasons: 1) We felt like we had something that we could add to the conversation and 2) We wanted a way to help keep ourselves accountable for our financial actions. Well, over the past few months, our blog has grown faster than we could have ever imagined thanks to all of the people who have helped us along the way. In order to say thanks to our blogging friends who have really helped us get our site off the ground, we eventually developed the VIP Club.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been thinking a lot about the VIP Club and how we felt like it needed to evolve into something a bit different. What that was, we didn’t really know. It occurred to us that we didn’t want being a financial VIP to just mean that we were building links with other bloggers. While that is certainly important on the blogging side of things, we wanted the VIP Club to line up more with the goals of this website. We wanted it to be more inclusive. How we were going to get there, we still didn’t know.

So, after a few weeks of thinking, planning, and discussing we are proud to announce the new and improved Club Thrifty VIP Club. It is open to all, readers and bloggers alike, complete with its own newly designed website badge. If you want to learn more about how to become an official member of our new VIP Club, please click on the provided links to visit our new page. Once you’ve signed up and posted the badge, please comment on the page so that we can add your website or name to the list of official VIP Club members.

Blogger friends, don’t fear. We will still be doing our VIP Club Roundups, although we are debating some changes to the day and frequency of those posts.

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The VIP Club – Weekly Roundup 5th Edition


The VIP Club


Just like your favorite TV shows, your favorite weekly roundup is back from hiatus! Welcome back to The VIP Club! We are back from vacation and into the full swing of things again. We’ve got a ton of stuff to get to this week. First, in case you missed it, here are our stories from this week:



Now that you’ve read all of our awesome posts for the week, we’d like to give a huge shout out to Get Rich Slowly for publishing Holly’s guest post “Dodging Financial Bullets: A Tribute to My Ex.” We also got another really fun mention by the official Game of Thrones Twitter Paper. How cool is that?

So, let’s get on to some good stuff. How about some fun search terms from the last couple of weeks? Away we go… [Read more…]