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Best PF Articles from this Past Week (and Website Growth Reports)

Do you realize how many personal finance articles are written each week? There have to be thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands. It seems like every person that is paying down debt today (which is pretty much everyone) has their own blog and is journaling about their experience. Needless to say, this puts a lot of opinions on the web, but a very small percentage of those opinions are accurate and exhibit quality (and entertaining) writing.

Best PF Articles from Last Week

Each week, I weed through all of the bad stuff and come up with 4-5 articles that I absolutely loved and that I think can help you out in your journey to wealth. Check out the articles from last week!

5 Secret Habits of Self-Made Millionaires – by – I absolutely loved this article and was happy to note that my actions should be getting me to millionaire status! The biggest two of the five (in my opinion) are (1) creating multiple streams of income and (2) avoiding time wasters like TV.

7.1 Steps to Create Multiple Streams of Income – by Entrepreneur – Multiple streams of income are important. Broke people often only have one, and when that dries up, they’re in some serious trouble. The rich often have three or more sources of income and depend on a very small percentage of what that income generates. If one dries up, they just build another one with the earnings that are still coming in. Learn how to effectively build multiple income streams with this solid article from a master entrepreneur.

7 Gifts For New College Grads to Make Them Smarter About Money – by Next Avenue – I worry about college grads a lot. Their debt is higher than it’s ever been (the student debt load is up to $33,000 now), the competition for a new job is stiff, and many of them know absolutely nothing about personal finance! This list is spot on. I might even plan to start giving these gifts at graduation parties from here on out.

This Is The Best Time to Quit Paying for TV, and It’s Only Going to Get Better – by Yahoo! Finance – Paying $100 a month for cable is on its way out (thank goodness). There are so many other options that are becoming available, and at a cheaper price. Personally, I’m good with my antenna and Netflix, which totals $8 a month in subscription costs.

What’s My Frugality Salary? – by Frugal Fringe – It might take you a bit to catch onto the calculation, but after a few minutes it will make total sense. Basically, how much money can you save within a small amount of time? The more you can save in the shorter amount of time, the more you essentially “earn” per hour. It’s a great way to measure if your actions are really making a difference in your personal finances.

Goals Update – Week #23

Oh boy, here comes the mid-way point. After just a few more weeks, I’ll be staring at the end of June, and based on these numbers, I’ll likely have to kick it in gear to hit each one of these goals. Let’s see where I stand today.

My goals are to, by the end of the year:

Visitor Numbers

While I knew the spike in numbers wouldn’t hold (since it was from a single article that went wild for a few days), it still is a little depressing to see my numbers take such a hit. In the last 30 days, 12,492 people have visited my site. Ouch. This should really be the absolute low though. I expect the numbers to move up from here. If I keep writing the quality articles that I’ve been putting on display each week, then I think I’ll be alright.

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Subscriber Numbers

My subscriber numbers aren’t amazing, but they’re pretty good. As of yesterday, I had 1,217 subscribers. It’s a far cry from my 2,000 subscriber goal, but it’s still progress from the beginning of the year!

20150607 - subscriber numbers

Facebook Friends

I have continued to post personal finance quotes and inspirational messages on my Facebook page, and my friends continue to go up! As of right now, I have 645 Facebook friends. Pretty solid.

20150607 - Facebook friends

Twitter Followers

I admit that I took my foot off the pedal a little bit when it comes to Twitter followers, but I am still making progress. I currently have 2,212 Twitter fans and climbing. Watch out number 3,000. I’m coming!

20150607 - Twitter followers

Summary of Goal Progress

So yeah…I’m losing a little steam with these goals. I haven’t taken my foot off the pedal when it comes to quality content, but I can’t say that I’m pushing each one of these categories like I was when the year started. I have plenty of ideas that will get this site going, but I don’t necessarily have the time! I’ll find it though. Don’t worry. Stay tuned for my future success!

Goal Updates


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. Hey Derek, its true many people journal there experience towards paying of there debt, i like your qualitative selection towards best pf articles. Don’t lose your stem with your goals.

    • It seems like every day there’s a new finance site out there. I like the ones that have a crazy drive to pay off their debt, and strongly dislike the sites that are clearly just in it for the money (which is harder and harder to earn by the way).

  2. Hi Derek!

    Thanks so much for mentioning “What’s My Frugality Salary?” in your weekly roundup—and congratulations on your site’s growing audience!

    • You’re welcome. It was a great post! Thanks for paying a visit to mine as well. 🙂

  3. Cutting our cable years ago was the best decision we ever made. I can’t believe not too long ago I used think it was crazy that some people didn’t watch TV and now I am one of those people.

    Love the opening quote in the Entrepreneur article by Robert G. Allen: “Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.”

    • Yeah, I still feel weird when I tell people I really don’t watch TV at all (and of course don’t pay for cable), but I don’t miss it and can’t see myself every going back.

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