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Goals Update and Weekly Round-Up #30


This website is becoming more and more fun as the weeks go by. I absolutely love providing articles to my loyal readers, and the interaction on each post is a riot! Thank you very much for reading and participating in this site. I thoroughly enjoy it!

This Past Week

I had a great time totaling up my July earnings this week in preparation of my July Earnings Report. It was really a record-breaking month for me financially. It’s a good thing too, because my wife and I just closed on our very first home purchase!

It’s a foreclosure, so there is quite a bit or work to do: wallpaper to tear off, floors to refinish, walls to paint, and bathrooms to gut and redo. We’ve got our hands full and will have a busy month, but we’re having a good time with it so far! πŸ™‚

Goals Update

I have accomplished many of my old goals, so I figure it’s time for some new ones! Here’s what I’m going to try to accomplish by the end of August.

1) Finish my eBook – this book is really becoming a complete guide to gradating without any debt. I have named this book, “The Debt-Free Degree” and I’m hoping for a bestseller, seriously. I’m devoting as much time to this book as I possibly can, because I’d love to get this book in people’s hands sooner rather than later.

2) Continue to Write 4 Quality Posts Per Week – I have done this consistently since I first started this site, but I want to make sure it continues, so I always make it a monthly goal. Since I will be working on my eBook quite a lot this month, I do plan on mixing in some guest posts. But, you can be assured that these are high-quality posts from a like-minded writer.

That’s it! Mainly, I need to eat, sleep, and dream eBook. Please hold me accountable, because I know that you’d love to read it too! I would appreciate the nagging.

Weekly Round-Up

I have written a couple of articles last week that were published. Have a look at them!

Are Your Hobbies Holding You Back Financially? – by me at Bucksome Boomer

How to Start Your Own Blog – by me at Passive Family Income

I’m pretty proud of those articles above, but there were plenty of other quality posts around the web that I noticed this past week. Here’s a few of them!

How Much Money Do The Top Income Earners Make? – by Financial Samurai

How to Save Money On Back To School Shopping – by Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

PetSmart vs. Petco – Which is More Affordable? – by My Personal Finance Journey

The Treasury Department’s New Regulation to Protect Social Security Benefits – by Faithful With a Few

The Dow Dropped 512 Points Yesterday So What? – by Buy Like Buffett

8 Ways to Get Debt Help – by Sustainable Personal Finance

Are You Spending Your Time Wisely? – by Invest it Wisely

Debt Ceiling Deal: What Does It Mean to Me? – by Wealth Informatics

Playing the Retirement Catch-Up Game in Your Forties – by Free From Broke

6 Ways to Eat At Home and Beat the Summer Heat – by Bucksome Boomer

July 2011 Cash Flow – by Retire by 40

3 Reasons Not to Use Automatic Bill Pay – by World of Finance

It’s Not What You Earn, It’s What You Keep – by Frugal Confessions

What is a DRO? – by Money is the Root

Some Big Support Levels That You Should Watch Out For – by Cashflow Mantra

What Are Your Actions Teaching Your Kids About Money? – by Mom’s Plan

A Programmable Thermostat is a Must – by Jon the Saver

What You Should Know About Retirement – Even If You Never Plan to Retire – by Money Crush

Work Travel and Exercise – by Sustainable Life Blog

The Change-Up: Who Said Men Can’t Change? – by Buck Inspire

Lean In – by Krantcents

How to Use MorningStar – by Financial Success for Young Adults



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. Thanks for including Are You Spending Your Time Wisely in your roundup – my guest post on Invest It Wisely!

    • I enjoyed it, and it fit well with my guest post over at Bucksome Boomer! For those that enjoyed boating, I was pretty tough on them, but I think it just needed to be said! πŸ˜‰

  2. So how’s the ebook coming? And the nagging begins. I will start every comment with that question until it’s released! lol Just kidding, but I will ask it every now and then. Thanks for including my tutorial on Morningstar! I have another one coming this week about using the portfolio function on there.

    • Lol! You really should keep asking! I need it! I actually worked on it last night and it’s coming along. I’m going to take great pride in it once it’s done. πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for the mention. Looking forward to the ebook πŸ™‚

    • Thanks WOF! I always try to mention the great articles. Keep up the great writing and you’ll keep getting links! πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for the inclusion. Fixing up a house and writing a book, either one of those is a huge project! Good luck.

    • I know! I’m really going to have to bust my butt if I’m going to get both things done by the end of this month… I think my goals are a little crazy.

  5. Thanks for the mention Derek!

    • No problem! You have plenty of great articles that I can mention. Love your posts!

  6. Thanks for including me and good luck with your eBook!

    • Thanks Buck. I think I’m a little crazy for renovating a house and expecting to get an eBook done, but we’ll see what happens! πŸ™‚

  7. it’s nice to have goals.. i mean we should practice setting goals so as to keep us productive all the time. i love your post. i hope to read more of your articles!

    • You’re right Shammy! Goal setting does really help productivity! Good luck incorporating it in your life! πŸ™‚

  8. I’m fascinated by your “e-book” concept. Do you have a post describing why, how, etc. you decided to launch this endeavour? Great site too!

    • I really don’t, but I should! I think you may just see this post coming soon. Thanks for the tip. πŸ˜‰

  9. Hey Derek,

    You’ve been really generous in linking out to me, so I’ll have to throw in a few extra mentions for you as well. Thanks again. πŸ˜‰

    • Awesome! Thanks so much! Keep up the great work at your site!

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