Neobudget Giveaway


Just a real quick post to make you aware that NeoBudget is having a promotional giveaway. Five random winners will receive a 1-year subscription for free. To enter all you have to do is sign up for the free trial. Yep, it’s that simple.

What is NeoBudget? NeoBudget is an online budget system that uses the envelope method to help you track your spending habits and stick to a budget.

Make sure you head over sign-up for the 7-day free trial and automatically be entered into the giveaway. You can read all the details on the giveaway page.

12 Days of Christmas – Personal Finance Style Wrap-up


Thirteen days ago, the M-Network began our second year of doing the 12 Days of Christmas – Personal finance style. The final article was posting yesterday. The series this year was awesome and I personally feel it was even better than last years effort.

If you missed it, here’s a re-cap:

Hey! My debt snowball melted

Our debt snowball melted. I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but I do know why. I guess it started melting around the the time we began looking for a new home and placing ours on the market. Our finances are in a bit of chaos right. A controlled chaos mind you, but chaos none the less.

What melted our debt snowball

A number of things have very quickly melted our debt snowball:

  • Our old home not selling. This caused us to take on not only two mortgage payments, but dual expenses as well.   Including 2 power bills and dual property taxes. Property taxes on our old home are due this month.

4 ways to be better prepared for Christmas next year

This article is part of an M-Network group writing project, the 12 Days of Christmas – Personal Finance Style. Last year we started this little tradition and hope to continue it for many years to come.

4 ways to be better prepared for Christmas next year

I know, I know…Christmas 2008 isn’t even here yet and I’m already talking about next Christmas. For many, Christmas is a very expensive holiday and should be treated from a financial perspective just like a large purchase. Doing so means we need to plan and save for it. While planning for next Christmas might seem a little early, it’s not really. Allow me to share 4 ways that you can be better prepared for Christmas next year. I promise you’ll be far less stressed:

The 12 Days of Christmas – Personal Finance Style 2008

Last year the M-Network started something that we decided to make our own holiday tradition: The Twelve Days of Christmas – Personal Finance Style. Following the theme of the original song, we each wrote about different aspects of personal finance one for each of the 12 days.

This is the formal kick off for The 12 Days of Christmas – Personal Finance style 2008. As each of the M-Network members posts their articles, I’ll add the links here.

We sincerely hope you enjoy this ongoing tradition of ours. If you missed last year’s, you can read day 1 over at Being Frugal.

Thankful for you

I’m at my in-laws house spending time with family and getting ready to overeat and feel miserable the rest of the day. But wanted to take a moment to to let you know how thankful I am for you, the readers of Gather Little by Little.

Every morning when I do a quick check of Gather Little by Little to make sure the site is up and spend time reading any new comments, I am always in awe that more than 2200 people subscribe and read Gather Little by Little on a a daily basis. I never dreamed of 100 people reading this blog let alone 2200!!

Taking the day off

I’ve decided to take the day off to spend some time with my family and work on our house a bit. Please pause to remember our Veterans and those serving in our military.

Talk to you tomorrow!

Photo by: Matito

Followup on shaving equipment

The following is a guest article from Elizabeth who blogs about how and where she spends her money, but includes thoughts on why she spends her money the way she does. if you enjoy what you read below, please head over and subscribe to her blog either via RSS feed or email.

In April of this year, I made a pretty hefty (and somewhat risky) investment in shaving equipment for The Son. A few days later, I dropped another chunk of change on shaving products. Then, about a week later, I followed up with a rather thorough post explaining my reasoning and research behind the purchases.

When to replace items on your car

Four Pillars from Quest for Four Pillars caught me online the other day and asked me: How do you know when to change your tires? He knew I had a huge interest in cars and some knowledge about them. I of course replied and told him about tread wear indicators. We both thought that an article describing how to know when to replace the various items on your car might be of interest.

Back up Part II – Goodbye Dreamhost

No more than a few hours after Gather Little by Little came up it went down again. Dreamhost resolved the initial application server problem, but then a problem occurred with the database server that caused the site to be down all day yesterday. After waiting most of the day for a reply I finally just gave up on them and moved Gather Little by Little to another server. They did finally reply stating that the problem was that I had an old version of software. What’s interesting about this is that it was software I pay them to maintain that was out of date.

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