In 2010 I was living in Seattle but traveling a lot. Having recently obtained a college degree in midlife and quit an apartment management job, I was happy finally to be able to go places: Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, London, Phoenix, Anchorage.
Although I made my living writing for MSN Money, I wanted another place to sound off. On April 30, 2010, I started this website as my playground for words.
I couldn’t have imagined the changes that would take place in five years’ time. But really, how many people can accurately predict their futures?
Now I’m no longer living in Seattle, working for MSN Money or traveling very much. Still got the degree and the website, though — and a wonderful relationship.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of my first post, I’m having a really big Friday giveaway.
Not that it’s just me – a whole lot of people have contributed prizes for this fifth anniversary. (Thanks, guys!) Up for grabs are:
$100 Amazon gift card: This one’s sponsored by RetailMeNot, the Internet’s largest online coupon website.
$25 Amazon card: Luke Landes of Consumerism Commentary contributed this one.
Books, books, books
Lots of reading material is also being given away:
“The 10 Commandments of Money” plus “Deal With Your Debt”: Personal finance author Liz Weston will personalize these to you – or anyone – if you like. (Hint: They’d both make excellent gifts for someone graduating from college.)
“How I Make Money Blogging”: Crystal Stemberger is donating a copy of her e-book, which tells you everything you need to start a site of your own. She’s also donating a copy of her new book, “Managing Your Monthly Nut,” which focuses on improving your financial health
Four from Mary Hunt: The author of more than two dozen books and the Debt Proof Living website is contributing copies of her “7 Money Rules for Life” and “Cheaper, Better, Faster,” a two-hour DVD of “Debt-Proof Living LIVE!” and the CD of “7 Money Rules For Life.” (Okay, so those last two aren’t books. Sue me.)
And three from me: “Frugal Isn’t Cheap,” in which Claire Levison explains the difference between smart use of money and parsimony that wrecks lives; Megan McArdle’s “The Up Side of Down,” because it’s liberating to know that “failure” isn’t necessarily the end; and “Think and Grow Rich,” a reissue of the 1937 self-help book by Napoleon Hill.
That’s a lot to give away all at once, but a fifth anniversary seemed to call for a grand gesture. Thanks for riding along – now let’s see where the next five years take us.
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The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, May 13. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, May 14, I’ll pull new names.
Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, book winners who live outside the United States will be given a choice of gift cards.