First off, we have a tardy baby. Those of you who know me well will know that tardiness is a pet peeve of mine, so I’m not thrilled that the little guy has decided to take his time. Plus this week in Australia has been one of the hottest for a while, so my wife and I have been taking small trips to my in-laws house to utilise their pool (and in the middle of writing this, to check a rouge alarm system).

Apparently Vanilla Bean has dropped, but he isn’t ready to come into the world just yet. Fortunately we have a backup plan! On the 16th of January my wife gets to have a pill (or something) which will force him to make a move. So no matter what, I’m going to be a dad within the next week!

New Logo

I don’t know if any of you noticed, but I have a new logo! I got the pig created on fiverr and the punch through effect in the background I made by following this great tutorial ( I embossed the pig a little to make him a bit more 3d than what the artist did, but overall i’m very happy with him.

Monster Piggy Bank Logo

Oink Oink!

I’m wondering if you could take the time to answer my poll about my new logo.

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Posts This Week

This week I had 2 posts this week

  1. The first was a collaborative post about Using Coupons to Save Money. I picked up a huge amount of Facebook shares on this one, I’m not sure why, but I’m glad people liked it enough to share.
  2. The second post was Sell Structured Settlement Payments – Lump Sum vs Annuity which includes a $1000 giveaway! I really had some fun learning about structured settlements as it is not something you hear a lot about in Australia.
    I also got a lot of really good feed back regarding what I wrote, so thanks to everyone who left me a comment telling me they liked my work. It really brightens up my day whenever people do that 🙂



I entered my blog into my first ever Carnival this week – the carnival of personal finance visit portland edition. I have had just a single hit from that entry thus far, so i’m not sure what all the fuss is about regarding entering your blog into these things.


Welcome to the Pool Room

Time for the Pool Room!

In case you don’t know what the pool room is, I explain it in this post.

1st Place1st place this week goes to Free Money Finance with Reasons Why You Should Not Engineer Your Own Layoff. I really enjoyed reading this, it’s a bit longer than most posts, but it really is a good read.


2nd Place2nd place this week goes to The Money Principle with Do you have debt? Time to get your numbers straight!. This post is smaller than the last one I assure you, but it is no less interesting! Maria goes through a heap of great debt tips, which anyone with debt should read.


3rd Place3rd place was a post over at Debt Roundup with Should You Consolidate Credit Card Debt?. This article explains the reasons why you should look at consolidating your credit card debt. If you have a lot of different credit card debts then you should really check this out.


4th Place

4th place (I know, it’s unusual for me to have 4 posts) goes to Mrs Frugal Rules over at Frugal Rules with her post on Working From Home – A Mom’s Perspective. It was different to hear from the lady of the house over at Frugal Rules, but she certainly knows how to write and her post made for some great reading if you are planning on working from home.


Congratulations to this weeks winners – I hope everyone enjoys the posts mentioned above as much as I did.

For next week – If you think you have a top post and you want to make sure I see it, be sure to leave a comment somewhere on my blog and include the link in the Comment Luv section. I make sure I check every blog owners page if they have left a comment on my blog, so that’s a sure fire way to ensure I see your blog post.