Kiplinger and Lifehacker Japan, Say What?

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It’s been a week since I’ve been back from vacation and I’m almost down to my pre-vacation weight. Who knew that eating pizza, nachos, and French fries for a week could pack on 6 pounds?!?! Oh, and the thousands of calories of Banana Mamas and Mojitos that I drank probably didn’t help. Regardless, I’m almost back to my regular self and I’m excited that the month of August is finally here. After all, I LOVE fall and I simply cannot wait to take my kids to the pumpkin patch, rake leaves, and all that crap. It’s gonna be awesome!

Media Mentions

Anyway, I had some pretty cool media mentions this week. First of all, Kiplinger magazine interviewed me for a story about Roth IRAS. Why? Because I have one, I guess. And not only did they interview me for the story, but they also sent a photographer out to my house to take a picture of my family (see picture above). I’m mentioned in one sentence (ONE AWESOME SENTENCE) in the article and they even dropped a link to the good ol’ blog. Pretty nifty, I think. If you are dying to have a copy (I know you are!), the September issue we’re in comes out on August 20th.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, one of my articles got picked up by Lifehacker (you can read the article here). If you want to witness people telling me how much I suck, now is your chance. As usual, all of my haters assembled in the comments section to discuss how they could’ve done it better. SURPRISE!!!

Lifehacker Japan

Shortly after that, I started getting a ton of hits on my blog from another strange site.  After being really confused for a while, I realized that my article was shared on Lifehacker Japan and Lifehacker Australia.  Pretty cool!  However, wanna see something really cool? Please….please…..PLEASE…if you don’t do anything else today, please read the English translation of my Lifehacker Japan article through google translator.  (You can read it here, just make sure you’re reading it using google chrome and google translator) Trust me, you will thank me.

21 Days to Healthier FinancesIn addition to that, the same article was shared on MSN Japan which was pretty cool as well. I was also mentioned by Graduating from Debt as one of the top 29 best personal finance blogs for recent college grads.  I was also included in a new  ebook called “21 Days to Healthier Finances!”  (You can get free access to it just by clicking on the book!).   So, I have obviously had a great first week back from vacay.  Make sure to check back on Monday where I am sharing my complete monthly budget breakdown for the first time.  And if you’re like Done by Forty, you might even dim the lights, pull the blinds down a little, and enjoy it like Budget PornBow Chicka Wowow.

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week:

Your Daily Finance wrote about curbing impulse buying habits.

Frugal Rules wrote about how he would never pay his employees with prepaid debit cards.  Why?  Because it’s a dick move.  That’s why.

Bite the Bullet Investing wrote about leverage.  Kill or be killed!

Planting our Pennies wrote about starting a career in sales.  Greg just started his sales career on Monday so this article really hit home!

Diversified Finances wrote about the disadvantages of working from home.  Wait….are there any?

Edward Antrobus wrote about how you might be wasting money on organic food

Budget Blonde wrote about the cost of medical school.  Yikes!

Young Adult Money wrote about how young professionals can take charge of their career.

Also, please check out the Stacking Benjamins podcast for tips on how to slash your budget.

What are your plans this weekend?



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  1. User 1312 litterally wrote an entire article to respond to your Lifehacker article… which is, i am pretty sure, the saddest thing ever. Also, really really funny.

    1. I know, I know. Apparently, I was never poor enough to talk about being poor.

      People don’t seem to realize that the only story I can tell is the true one. I can’t write about living under a bridge and eating out of the trash because that didn’t happen to me, you know? I can only write about my personal experiences…some people can relate to them and some people can’t.

  2. Hmmmm I say the more haters you gain the more successful you are getting. Haters are all around and even though they aren’t doing a thing they always got something to say. Thats one awesome sentence and a link back is always good. Congrats and thanks for the mention! Have a great weekend!

  3. You’ll have to link to the Kiplinger article when it comes out – I’m sure your sentence will be great =) As for the credit forums book, I was really pleased with how well it turned out!

    Thanks for mentioning Mr PoP’s post, and hope you have a great weekend.

    1. I definitely will. It’s not online yet because the paper magazine doesn’t come out until August 20th.

  4. That’s pretty awesome about the media mentions! Thanks for the mention as well! I am going on a date with my wife tonight, going to a bach party Sat. night, and going to the Twins game on Sunday. Definitely should be a fun weekend!

    1. You better behave yourself at that bachelor party!!!!! =)

  5. Congratulations, Holly! I loved the translation to the Japanese article. You are one smooth talker!

    1. Yep, I keep living that “hand to mouth” life!

      1. That translation was awesome.

        1. Did you like that?!?!?!? I had to read it about ten times…and Greg read it to me in a Japanese accent.

  6. Congrats on the Kiplinger paper post, that’s huge! I wrote a few paper articles and always liked that it was so tangible.

    1. I didn’t write the article….they just interviewed me for it!

  7. Wow that is awesome about all of the media mentions! Congrats!

    And thanks for the mention 🙂

  8. Vacations really are weight killers. I’ve gained 10 pounds before on a week long cruise. Congrats on the media mentions. Cool stuff!

    1. Yep, totally. I always gain a few pounds when I’m out of my routine.

  9. That is awesome! Especially the Kiplinger magazine, so exciting! If you’ve got haters you’re doing pretty good Holly! Congrats to you!

  10. Congrats on the recent media attention Holly! And for being almost back down to pre-vacation weight 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Boy, those are some comments! Congrats on all the mentions, that’s awesome! Thanks much for the mention Holly, have a great weekend.

  12. Congrats Holly, For getting published in Japan and Australia. Awesome ! By the way do look for carnival at my blog for your mention too…. Not as big as lifehacker 🙂

    1. Hey, thanks for the mention. I really do appreciate it!

  13. Congrats Holly on all the mentions! Photo is awesome. You’re hitting it big time, girl. Keep a thick skin and forget about all the haters…they just wish they were as financially savvy as you!!!

    1. Nah, it doesn’t bother me at all. I actually like the comments, good and bad. At least people are talking about it, you know?

  14. Tara @ Streets Ahead Living says:

    Ugh, commenters on any of the Gawker media sites can be the WORST. It’s like these people have nothing better to do than to anonymously belittle people! I can’t even read Jezebel anymore as I just get turned off by the comments.

    Super CONGRATS to getting such great press! Haters gonna hate, so just keep on keeping on because you’re obviously doing something right if you’re getting good press! 🙂

    1. It’s fine with me. If Homemaker Nancy in Milwakuee needs her moment of glory in the comments section of Lifehacker, so be it. Ha!

  15. The world does not have a shortage of haters, this much is true.

    Congrats on all the mentions, keep it up!

  16. I have a free subscription of Kiplinger for the year…can’t wait to see the article. Congrats on all the media attention!

  17. Congrats on all the media mentions – that is so awesome! Sorry to hear about the haters but success will do that unfortunately. I hear you about vacations – so much fun but not always the kindest to the waistline. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  18. Those are some awesome mentions Holly. I’m sure those are driving some great traffic. Keep of the great work, you definitely deserve it.

  19. Congratulations on all the media exposure, and thanks for the link! I laughed at the bow chica wowwow text!

    My technical inabilities are preventing me from seeing the translated article but Mrs. Done by Forty will be home later tonight, and I’ll ask her to figure it out. I’m looking forward to mistranslated goodness!

  20. Haters are jealous people who would rather think up snide remarks than do something to change why they are so unhappy. You are movin’ on up for sure. George Jefferson would be proud.

  21. Nick @ says:

    Nice job guys!

  22. Wow such an awesome post. Where to even begin?? So CONGRATS on all the awesome mentions!!! That is a beautiful picture of your family. Seriously, can yall be any cuter? Also congrats on getting picked up by lifehacker! Why people are so harsh in the comments over there? Rude and rude! Hope yall have an amazing weekend. And thanks for the link! xoxo

  23. Congrats on all the press, so awesome! Glad those haters are driving up traffic. I enjoyed your story, in any case. To think you were worried about the picture in Kiplinger – for what?! It came out beautifully 🙂

  24. Wow, congrats on your awesome mentions! You must be so excited! That’s a pretty big deal. I didn’t even know Japan had a Lifehacker.. but I guess I’m not surprised.

  25. Wow, way to go! That translation was hilarious…”but together in the rice do.”

  26. Wow! You’ve had an amazing week, good for you! I’m still at the stage where I’m excited about a pingback that doesn’t from another article on my blog! Nicely sone, buddy.

  27. Wow! That’s an awesome week to come back to. Congrats on all the media attention, definitely well deserved!

  28. Those are some great media mentions. I saw the article on Lifehacker and knew it was going to draw some criticisms. The more haters you get, the better off you are. Nice work Holly!

  29. Congrats on all the media mention (though boo to all the judgmental comment trolls). Hope you have an amazing August!

  30. You know I think you suck without me having to mention it in the comment section of a blog. That’s what true friends are for.

    Thanks for mentioning the podcast! It sounds like you’ve had your hands full. Love the pics! Who’s the hot guy in the Kiplinger article who’s standing in for Greg?

  31. Wow, Greg is hot! Also, nice work on the media mentions, that’s friggin awesome. haters = success. You have arrived 🙂

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