Mid December 2012 Blog Update Comments38 Comments

So as Christmas draws near companies are starting to host their Christmas parties. This past week I attended two.

The first was my girlfriend’s work. It was at a swanky hotel with a full gourmet buffet….mmm, my mouth is watering thinking back to it. Since she was in charge of organizing it, I was stuck helping out with the setup and handing out gift bags. The bright side of that…no drink ticket limits :) Considering they were trying to charge $10 for beer, it was a nice score.

Then on Wednesday my employer hosted their Christmas party. Since it’s a much smaller company, it was dinner and drinks at a decent restaurant. The smaller size actually made it a lot more enjoyable. Plus it helped that my girlfriend wasn’t stressed with trying to organize things. Well then there was the lack of a drink ticket system. So all in all, it was a fun night.

I do have a personal finance blogger confession to make. The day before my girlfriend’s party, I splurged on an expensive winter jacket to wear to events like that. It was that or wear my sporty winter jacket with my dressy clothes underneath, making me stick out like a sore thumb. I could’ve gone with a cheaper jacket, but this one really suited me and I figure it’s something I can use for many years to come. So hopefully it was a solid investment. At least I look good in it lol.

Also, make sure you enter the 2 big giveaway contests I’m involved in. Better yet, help me out by sharing those posts on social media or linking to them from your blogs. You know I’ll return the favor. Here they are:

Modest Money Around The Web

Thanks to the recent contests, this has been an awesome week for mentions from other blogs. Balancing that out is the fact that I didn’t get around to submitting to carnivals until Saturday. So I missed out on some extra mentions there. A big thank you to everyone who has been so generous.

Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, Christmas is in Two Weeks Edition! on Frugal Rules

The VIP Club Roundup – 12th Edition on Club Thrifty

Weekly Personal Finance Blog RoundUp – 12/7/2012 on Debt RoundUp

Friday recap, home alone and seven new friends! on Reach Financial Independence

Friday Link Love, Running Barefoot & Debt on My Alternate Life

The Round Table – December 7, 2012 on Money Smart Guides

Weekend Links – Check out the Zoo! on Vix Money

December Deals & Steals and a Blog Link Round-Up on Your Personal Finance Pro

Updates: December 2 – 8 on The Outlier Model

Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #17-Game Of Life Edition on Eyes On The Dollar

Weekly Link Love: Running Around Like a Crazy Cat Edition on Mo Money Mo Houses

Personal Finance Week in Review for December 8 – Snow Finally Arrives on One Smart Dollar

Weekly Wrap-Up, Mentions and Good Reads #23 on iHeart Budgets

Places I’ve Been: Week Ending 12/8 on Edward Antrobus

Save For Retirement or Pay Off Debt? on Debt RoundUp

Personal Finance Links – Wishy Washy Edition on Tight Fister Miser

Brrr. Some Holly Jolly Winter Giveaways on Broke-Ass Mommy

Free Shipping Day Is December 17 on Debt RoundUp

Fearless Men’s Weekly Round-Up | December 13th, 2012 on Fearless Men

Weekend Reading – Passive investing video, giveaways and great blogs on My Own Advisor

What’s Cool Around The Web on Green Panda Treehouse

Flying tots, buying toys and lying to the boss on Brighter Life

AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors December 10, 2012 on Author Marketing Experts

The Gift of Food on Unique Gifter

Festival #366 on Festival of Frugality

SavvyScot does the Yakezie Carnival | Savvy Scot on Savvy Scot

Mr.CBB’s Blog Post Picks December 7, 2012-Almost Christmas on Canadian Budget Binder

The Saturday Weekend Review #8 December on Canadian Budget Binder

Weekend Edition: Nexen & Progress Takeovers Approved on Beating The Index

Have any of you been to any Christmas parties this season? What about buying Christmas ‘presents’ for yourself, anyone else guilty of this?

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 14 Dec 2012
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38 thoughts on “Mid December 2012 Blog Update

  1. Joe Cassandra

    Thanks for the mention Jeremy! My wife and I splurged on a new laptop bc I spilled milk on mine, and hers was from the time of Jesus’ birth, we love it!

    No parties yet, in-laws soon….

    1. Jeremy

      Sounds like a pretty practical present for yourself, especially to help run your blog properly. Next time be careful with the milk though. My laptop is getting up there in age, but I just can’t bring myself to replace it. Maybe I should be a little less careful :)

    1. Jeremy

      lol I guess you’re not a fan of the Christmas parties. Some of them are pretty fun, but it depends on the crowd. The work ones can be a bit awkward as you try to stay on your best behavior. Congrats on the upcoming baby.

  2. Jacko

    Office holiday parties are like a celebration of awkward.

    Everyone is trying to be nice to people who they normally can’t stand to be around.

    People start to rotate into their clicks and talk about each other with low voices that you can actually hear because of the liquid courage.

    Awesome Christmas cheer.

    I always look at it like this.

    There is so much more to loose than gain.

    One stupid comment could cost you your job while there is nothing you can do or say that will get you a promotion.

    I actually think employees should be paid to attend company functions. Why are we giving them free time?

    1. Jeremy

      haha that’s a rather cynical view of the situation. I can’t say my employer’s Christmas party was like that. They’re pretty laid back, even more so with some alcohol in the system. So it ended up being more of a bonding experience. I even made some plans to hang out with one of my bosses outside of the office in January.

  3. John S @ Frugal Rules

    No Christmas parties for us this year as we’re on our own now. That’s ok though, I was pretty embarrassed for more than a few people that took FULL advantage of the free open bar at the party my former employer had last year.

    I may be having to be making a confession as well with the iPad giveaway. My wife has been wanting one for a while and it did not help that we found out this week that it can be tax deductible for our business. I am trying to stand strong, but fear I may be on the losing end of this. :)

    1. Jeremy

      I think that’s pretty common when people get access to an open bar. I know one of my coworkers fell asleep during dinner lol.

      For sure, an ipad could be a tax deduction. That would make it a lot more tempting gift. I wonder if the IRS would be a little more strict with something like that since it would be more likely to be used for more than just business use.

  4. Christopher @ This that and the MBA

    No parties this year for me…thank god…but my wife being italian it is a big tradition to do the 7 fish the day before christmas…also i splurged on a laptop for christmas/blogging but it is now a business expense and christmas gift for myself…and my wife said i could get it early…woo hooo…only because she wanted the north face jacket i got her early…bribery…lovely thing!!

    enjoy your weekend.

    1. Jeremy

      I’ve never heard of the 7 fish tradition. To me fish and Christmas don’t seem to go together at all. Hopefully you two still have something to celebrate the after giving your gifts to each other so early. I’m sure she appreciated having her jacket early though.

    1. Jeremy

      It really depends on what your company is like. I found my girlfriend’s party to be a lot more awkward, but that was probably because I didn’t know anyone there and her bosses are a bit more proper.

  5. Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    I don’t ever by myself Christmas gifts, but I did buy the iPhone early and said I’d pay myself back with Christmas cash I receive from family.

    We had my company’s Christmas party last night and it was nice. Just a small restaurant (there are only 4 employees that work for us) and a nice Christmas bonus. :)

    We have my wife’s party tomorrow and it sounds like it’ll be similar to the one your gf’s employer had.

    1. Jeremy

      A Christmas bonus always makes the holiday season better. I kinda think I haven’t been at my job long enough for that, but I can still hope lol. Have fun at your wife’s party tomorrow Jason.

    1. Jeremy

      I was a little tired of always being the odd guy out walking around downtown near my office. It seems like everyone down here has a nice jacket. Even just going out to dinner somewhere nice, you need something like that. I shouldn’t always look like I’m about to go skiing.

  6. Edward Antrobus

    I just wrote about my wife’s company party the other day. I always have a tough time around this time of year not buying myself stuff. The rest of the year, I could usually care less, but in December while I’m shopping for presents for others, I always have to stop myself from putting that travel mug or car charger in the basket for myself.

    1. Jeremy

      I bet lots of people have that problem, especially if they are the type to normally avoid the malls. I think I heard a stat about 95% of Black Friday shoppers just buying things for themselves. Be sure the stuff you buy isn’t anything you might’ve hinted for anyone else to buy for you.

    1. Jeremy

      Wow that’s a big company. That would make for one super expensive party. lol about the jacket photo. Maybe I could make that happen since I don’t really include photos of myself in posts, just on the about page.

    1. Jeremy

      For once I don’t need to do any rushing this time of year. There’s one small thing to take care of and then I’m all ready. Enjoy the holidays Mr CBB.

  7. KIm@Eyesonthedollar

    I have a party tonight and am hosting one tomorrow. I was scheduled to go on a business trip to Washington DC a few years ago, and like you, I only had my down sporty coat, so I bought a dressy one. Then the trip got cancelled. I’ll have that coat forever though.

    1. Jeremy

      Yeah a big down coat probably isn’t too suitable matched with a nice dress. It is one of those necessary purchases if you’re going anywhere nice in cold weather. Take care of it and it will last forever. If it wasn’t for that, I doubt I’d spend as much as I did.

  8. HSpencer

    Seriously enjoying all your wonderful information on the website!

    My favourite post is the one about your Mustang. I see you have great taste in autos. New car buys are a bummer, but here is what I did on my last car:

    Bought 2003 Tahoe in 2005 with 20,000 miles on it. Original buyer wanted a truck instead. I had cash to buy it. I now (14 Dec 12) have only 94,000 miles on it. I have been “anal” on maintenance with it. I change oil each 3K miles. I do every recommended book maintenance. I have had NO troubles. Two sets tires after the OE ones, and one battery. That’s it. I tell you this Tahoe looks brand new, drives and rides brand new. I get great comments all the time. Some people ask me if it IS new? I took it in for a brake job. Nope, don’t need it. Tried to get a new muffler. Told to come back when it needed one. Music to my ears. The only problem is the KBB value of this car. $7,550. I looked at buying another new car just to do it. I like mine better. I don’t think at age 68 I will wear it out. A car is how you take care of it. Not book prices, etc.

    1. Jeremy

      Thanks for the kind words. You’re completely right that a vehicle can be worth so much more than the book value if you take good care of it. I’ve taken good care of my car and haven’t put on many miles. So I likely wouldn’t be worth selling it for the price I’d get. Instead I’ll probably hold onto it until it’s no longer practical. For example, trying to fit a baby seat in the backseat probably wouldn’t work out too well.

    1. Jeremy

      Booze on someone else’s tab is a beautiful thing. If only there wasn’t the pressure of not making an ass of yourself in front of your boss and coworkers. Then you could really enjoy that perk.

  9. K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks!

    Both my husband and I are self-employed but we’ve been invited to attend Christmas parties for a company that I contract for (I used to be an employee there) and a couple on his side as well which was very nice of them! We’ll be attending one of them next Saturday. That’ll be fun as it’s being held in a really swanky place in midtown Manhattan!

    1. Jeremy

      That is nice of them to still invite you two to those parties despite not being full time in-house employees for those companies. The swanky place in Manhattan sounds pretty sweet. Have fun KK.

  10. My Own Advisor

    Your readership is rocking…well done.

    Sounds like you had a great week, a couple of parties and a kick ass winter coat. That’s a great week. Make it a great weekend, especially is the Mayan calendar is right :)

    Thanks for the mention!

    1. Jeremy

      lol good point. It might be the last weekend before a “major shift”. Time to party it up. It was a pretty good week and I’ll have to make the most of next week. Thanks for the reminder Mark.


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