The Friday Gathering

Here’s some links to articles I enjoyed from other PF bloggers I read:

Bob over at talked about budgeting with an envelope system. This is something we are going to start doing with our grocery and eating out budget categories to help manage them better.

Golbguru at Money, Matter, and More Musings talks about life after chunking out a ton of cash for a car and also provides more tips on buying a used car, something I am a huge proponent of.

DR over at the The Dough Roller has a great post for you younger folks. He lists 10 Things He Knows at 40 He wished He Knew at 20

Ask The Readers – What 3 Things Will Make GLBL a Better Blog For You?

Ask the Readers

Each morning I have to check my Google Statistics. How many page hits did I get yesterday? How many new RSS subscribers? How many unsubscribed to my RSS feed? I’ve tried not to worry about it. I try to keep myself from checking, but I just can’t help it. It’s exciting to see the page counts and number of subscribers grow. I really get a lot of satisfaction out of providing value to you the reader. That’s why I’m here and why I started this blog to begin with.

7 Stupid Financial Mistakes I've Made

BMW M3 Convertible


Romans 8:28 – “…And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God”.

No, I didn’t make the mistake of buying a BMW M3. Some day maybe, but when I do it won’t be a mistake. Here’s 7 financial mistakes that I’ve made that hopefully others will benefit from and not make the same mistakes. Read on and you’ll see how the BMW plays in, but nothing like a shiny red car to get your attention huh?

1. Living On More Than I Made

Make Payments on Your Debt Whenever You Can

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits published a guest post over on Get Rich Slowly since J.D. is on vacation. Leo’s post is about eliminating debt using large bursts instead of paying off debt gradually. Now of course the best way is to do both. Leo’s article has some great ideas and is something everyone working on getting out of debt (or trying to save) should read.

One thing that I have started doing is making payments on my debt whenever I can. NCN over at the No Credit Needed blog got me started on this concept. He also recently posted about the topic as well.

How to Get My Wife or Husband to Follow a Budget


While Gather Little By Little is a new blog, I have been surprised by the success and support it has received from the blogging community and from you the readers. I have recently noticed that I am getting more and more hits from Google as my content is starting to be indexed. At this point, the number one search that results in people finding my humble little site is “How to get my wife to follow a budget”. Given there seems to be a significant interest in this topic, I decided to address it directly; however, I will address both husbands or wives, not just wives.

How To Get Your Finances Under Control – Step 5 Establish an Emergency Fund

Emergency Fund

Proverbs 27:12 – A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

This is part of the series How to Get Your Finances Under Control

Now that we have a budget in place, we need to start an emergency fund. Following a budget and having an emergency fund in place are the two most critical steps in getting your finances under control.

The Best Investment We Ever Made


Our daughter Emilee. Adopted from Guatemala in October 2006

Total investment to get her home: $30,000

Return on investment: Priceless

Had to share this beautiful picture the glblgal took today. Just a reminder that the most important investments in life have nothing to do with money.

Money Saving Monday Tip #3 – 7 Tips to Help Keep Your House Cool


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Here in North Carolina, it’s hot. This time of the year I am looking for any and everything I can do to help keep the house cool and keep my power bill down. Our house is 2200 square feet, and our bill last month was $150.00. Not bad really considered how much the A/C unit runs.

Here are a few suggestions for keeping your house cool:

How to Save Money at Auctions

Country Auction

We did something interesting and different yesterday, we attended an Estate auction. This was my first auction, and it was both a wonderful experience and a great deal of fun!

First I was really surprised that there weren’t more people. Just guessing here, but at most there were probably about 40 people and lots of empty chairs.

There was an assortment of items like I had never seen, including very old and valuable antiques, jewlery, furniture, toys, clothes, books, and tons of other items. There was even a pastor’s robe and choir gowns!

John Chow is giving away a copy of the 4-Hour Workweek

4-Hour Workweek Contest

The 4-Hour Workweek is one of the many books on my wish list over at From the interviews I have read and listened to, the author, Timothy Ferriss has some pretty radical perspectives on how to get the most out of your time and on how to focus on what really makes you money and is meaningful to you.

I plan to read it soon, and will put up a book review on it. However, if you can’t or don’t want to wait, John Chow has a contest running where you can win an autographed copy of the 4-Hour Workweek.

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