February 9th 2013 Blog Update Comments24 Comments

It’s been exciting past week or so. Last week my blog celebrated its 1 year anniversary…ok the celebrations were pretty tame, but I did put up a post recapping some of the stats so far.

Then earlier this week I was involved in 2 separate giveaways, one for $100 with a Valentine’s Day theme and a $999.99 cash giveaway. If you haven’t entered yet, what are you waiting for?? Free cash money!

Then towards the end of the week Sean from OneSmartDollar.com hosted a poll to determine the top personal finance blogs of 2012. I was lucky enough to be nominated. So I’d appreciate if you could head on over there and vote for me. Considering who’s nominated I know I have zero chance of winning, but I’d like to finish in the top half, especially since he might’ve copied the poll idea from me ;)

Ironically my 2013 edition of the top Canadian finance blogs poll was scheduled to go live yesterday, one day after Sean’s poll went live. Show some love for your favorite Canadian bloggers and put in a vote. Or if you’re not sure of who to vote for, I hear that Modest Money guy is pretty likable….hint hint.

On the personal side of things my girlfriend and I have been browsing condo listings and might be looking to buy soon. We might even be going to check out some places in person tomorrow. I’ve only ever done that for rentals. So it’ll be interesting to see how much more critical I am when it’s going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’m pretty excited about it. It’s been far too many years of money being wasted on rent.

Modest Money Around The Web

Thank you to everyone who linked to Modest Money this week:

The DQYDJ Weekender, 2/2/2013 on Don’t Quit Your Day Job

6 Months of Blogging! on Eyes On The Dollar

Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #24-Oh No, You Didn’t on Eyes On The Dollar

My Goals For February – What Are Yours? on Life And My Finances

We All Need A Little Recognition! on Money Bulldog

Conquer The Insignificants! on Money Bulldog

The Round Table – February 1, 2013 on Money Smart Guides

The Round Table – February 8, 2013 on Money Smart Guides

Friday recap, two wheels and a swim! on Reach Financial Independence

Friday recap, five chicks and a lighter site! on Reach Financial Independence

Guest Post: What Do You Want to Accomplish With Your Life? on We Only Do This Once

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 2/1/2013 on Debt RoundUp

Weekend Business and Blog Roundup – Feb 8th on Freedom Thirty Five

Frugal Friday: Blog Posts That Ruled This Week, How Can it Be February Edition? on Frugal Rules

Frugal Friday: Blog Posts That Ruled This Week, I am Tired Edition on Frugal Rules

Shout Out Saturday #3 on Frugal Rules

Awesome Posts and $999.99 Giveaway on iHeart Budgets

10 Super Tips to Save Money Now on Street Smart Finance

For those of you who have bought a home before, got any tips? Anything you regret from your first home purchase?

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24 thoughts on “February 9th 2013 Blog Update

  1. Pauline

    My first purchase was a rental property in a bad neighborhood. I went early in the morning to visit (it was a realtor trick) and it looked fine but should have come back at night. I’d recommend you do check the neighborhood at different times of day for noise, shops, distance to conveniences, etc. and check the accounts of the HOA

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    1. Jeremy

      Good advice about checking out the place at different times of day. One place we drove by a couple weeks back seemed fine during the day but the building beside it looked a bit sketchy. So I’m thinking it wouldn’t be too good at night.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Michelle. In all honesty there isn’t a lot in the price range we want in the area we’re looking. So we might have to be patient, but we’ll probably go check out some places soon anyway.

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  2. jolie

    Our first purchase is the one we are still in….16 years later. We bought it on the fly way back when DH made almost nothing and I hadn’t found a teaching job yet. It’s teeny tiny and we could barely afford the mortgage payment. Now prices have skyrocketed and we’re kind stuck here. 850 square feet is way too small for four.

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    1. Jeremy

      It’s great that you’ve been able to stay at the same place for so long, but yeah it does sound pretty small for 4. My 1 bedroom apartment is almost that big. At least you haven’t been stuck renting that whole time.

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  3. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Have fun looking at condos Jeremy! It is a bit different when you’re looking at spending huge amounts of money vs. renting. ;) I am not expecting to come anywhere near winning the poll either. I think Mr. CBB is going to take it, he’s got quite the loyal fan base. :)

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    1. Jeremy

      No problem Adam. I’m not too concerned about having no chance of winning. There are some really good blogs on that list, many of which have been around for a while now.

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  4. Canadian Budget Binder

    Good Luck finding a place mate. I’m actually looking forward to your posts on the process. I’m betting we’ll get an earful from ya lol.. I know I can dish it out after what we saw when we were looking. It’s fun though. Cheers

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    1. Jeremy

      For sure, it’ll be an interesting experience to write about. So I’ll be sure to write about what we learn. Hopefully we don’t make any major mistakes.

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  5. Wise Dollar

    Good luck Condo hunting! It’s better to be on the buying side than on the selling side, at least that’s the way it’s been for me in the past. Jose

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    1. Jeremy

      Yeah I think it would be. It would be a bit of a hassle having to keep your place always presentable for random strangers to come poking around. Then there would be all the lowball offers to deal with. It’s a lot more exciting trying to find somewhere to spend the foreseeable future.

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  6. Alex

    Good luck condo shopping! We’re just looking around and getting a feel for the market on our end of things. I hope you find a place you’re happy with!

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    1. Jeremy

      That’s the stage we’re at too…just casual browsing. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot available with our criteria. So we’ll probably have to wait for spring for more places to go on the market. Good luck with your search Alex.

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