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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #28


Ahhh, life is finally getting back to normal (whatever normal is anyway…). My wife and I are back from vacation and I now have the time to post according to my regular schedule: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

I have missed the last 2 weeks of this update, and I appologize for that, but sometimes fun has to come before work! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully you understand.

Life Update

Before I get started with my Goals Update, I thought I would first let you in on my life lately. Vacation has really been fun, but it’s been tough to keep up with life! From June 30-July 17, my wife and I were home for only 2 days!

Now that we’re back at home and getting into our regular routine again, things feel more relaxed and manageable. However, we close on our new house next week! It’s a foreclosed home and is in good shape structurally, but there is a lot of carpet to tear out, floors to refinish, wallpaper to tear off, and walls to paint! It going to take some time and might take up the majority of our August spare time.

So, life at this very moment seems fine, but it might get quite a lot more hectic in the future!

Goals Update

I had 3 goals for June and I failed 2 of them, so I decided toย goย after them again in July.

1) Raise My Subscriber Numbers to 200: I am soooo close! Right now, I have 197 subscribers and only need 3 more to break into the 200s. I fully suspect that I’ll hit this goal in the next few days.

2) Complete the First Draft of my new eBook: I actually got quite a bit of work done on this while I was on vacation, but there still is a ton to go! I am sorry to say it, but I think I’m going to miss my goal of July 31st to get the book complete…

Since I have been keeping you in suspence for so long, I have decided to at least tell you what the book will be about! Here’s my title, “A Debt-Free Degree“. This book is all about how you can get a solid education without falling deep into debt. I am providing solutions for people of all ages and all walks of life as well as resources that will save them big money! This book will be useful for parents, children, college-aged students, and even college-bound adults!

This book is becoming very exciting and I can’t wait to finish it! Hopefully you’re excited too! ๐Ÿ™‚

3) Continually Post 3-4 articles every week: I’m happy to say that I’m still doing this, even while I was on vacation! I can tell you’re all enjoying the articles and are excited when a new one is posted. Thanks for all the comments!

Weekly Round-Up

In the past week, I have had 3 staff posts go live on other sites. If you’re interested in them, I listed them below. Have a read:

I Won a Prize! That’s Good, Right? – by me at Passive Family Income

Ignore the Joneses and Live Well – by me at Bucksome Boomer

Are You Investing or Gambling? – by me at Prairie Eco Thrifter

I read a few other posts this week that I thought you might enjoy as well! Take a look and feel free to visit their sites and leave comments! We all love that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Save For Retirement –ย Seriously – by Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

One of Life’s Greatest Lessons – by World of Finance

Budgeting in a New Life – by KNS Financial

What College Major Will Make You Rich? – by Buy Like Buffett

Sustainability Tip #203 – Stairs vs. Elevatorย – by Sustainable Personal Finance

Are You Investing Wisely In Yourself? – by Invest it Wisely

Gift Cards: Hurry Up and Use Them! – by Squirrelers

Book Review – The Simple Dollar – by the Amateur Financier

Put Your Name on It – by KrantCents

How I Got a Free $200 – by Money Talks

Why Isn’t My House Selling and How to Finally Get Your House Sold – by Free From Broke

Are You Having Fun Yet? – by Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance

Should You Ever Go Past Your Debt Limit? – by My Jouney to Millions

Texas Man Gets $330k Home for $16 – by Yes, I Am Cheap

Live On One Paycheck – by Retire By 40

My Student Loan Consolidation and How It Compares to Other Debt Consolidation – by Frugal Confessions



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Thank you for including my post! Good luck on your new home–projects are exciting (though I must admit we tend to lose the umph in the middle of them:)).

    • Any time Amanda! I am looking forward to the home projects, but as you said, I will most likely lose some steam in the middle… I’ll have to report back.

  2. Good luck with completing your eBook! Thanks for including my post. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for the good wishes! I am very excited about the eBook and am very encouraged by the response so far!

      • I can’t wait to see the eBook! By the way, I’ve seen you on SPI commenting, are you going to enter the eBook into Pat’s competition?

        Keep up the great work!

        • Hi Eric. I’m so glad to see such excitement about my new eBook! Since I have already written an eBook and offer it for free on my site, I have decided to sell this one for a small fee (still undecided on this). Since I’m going to charge for it, I can’t enter it in Pat’s competition. I wish I could though!

          By the way, you’ll want to visit again when I post my July earnings. I’m having a great month! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Great job on your goals! I’m looking forward to your new project, and have really enjoyed your recent work.

    • Thanks Pat. I have really been focusing on my articles lately. I want to make sure my posts teach my readers something, and also help them think beyond the article as well. Sounds like I’m doing an OK job. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Thanks for the mention. Looking forward to the ebook.. and hearing all about your new house. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’ll make sure to keep you up to date on what’s going on with the house! I’m sure there will be plenty to talk about. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The book title sounds great! I’m very excited for it to be released. Glad you guys are back and getting back to normal! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m glad so many people are excited about the eBook! It’s making me excited about it too! I’ll most definitely be working on it today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thanks for the mention! Good luck with the e-book

    • Almost…..there…..!! Haha, I’ll get there, especially when I finish my eBook. Sounds like it’s going to be a big hit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. It sounds like you will be busy getting the house in order. We just got back from vacation so now I have a week’s worth of mail to go through this morning and get everything back into order.

    • Ha, there’s always a ton of work after vacation isn’t there? Once you get through your pile of mail, hopefully things will get back to normal for you.

      Yes, we’ll be very busy with our new house, but hopefully adrenaline will kick in heavily and I can keep working on my eBook! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Just noticed the mention, thanks!

    Seems like you’re doing a great job with your goals.

    • No problem Squirrelers! You’ve got some great stuff that I love to mention!

    • No problem!

  9. great set of goals! shows how amazing you are! keep it up!

    • Thanks!

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