Five years and counting.

th-2In 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.

$50 Amazon gift card and a $50 eBay card: These are from the FatWallet comparison shopping website, which offers cash-back in four categories on Amazon shopping and in 17 categories on eBay shopping.

$25 Amazon card: Luke Landes of Consumerism Commentary contributed this one.

Three $10 Wal-Mart cards: Curtis Arnold of CardRatings.com and BestPrepaidDebitCards.com is providing this batch.

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

Confessions of a Credit Junkie: The author, Beverly Harzog, is donating this one.

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.)

The Eventual Millionaire: Personal finance blogger J. Money, of Rockstar Finance and Budgets Are Sexy is donating a copy of Jaime Tardy’s new book.

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.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

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.

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  1. Tammy Littlejohn

    I would love to win!

  2. Happy Fifth Anniversary!

    I would love to win!

  3. Congrats on five years of Surviving and Thriving. Lots of great give-aways. Would love to win.

  4. Caught this on FB. Wow !!

  5. Happy 5th Anniversary! Wow! Time really flies, doesn’t it? 🙂 Congrats!

  6. Linda B.

    Congratulations, and here’s to many more years …

  7. What a great giveaway! Thanks for doing it! And thanks to your sponsors. But it’s only 4 years. 😉

    • Donna Freedman

      Nope: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

      • April 30th 2010 through April 29th 2011 is one year. I was looking at it as 5 full years, as that is how anniversaries are celebrated. So technically today is day one of the fifth year of the blog, But it has only been 4 full years.

      • Cathy

        Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary and your happy new life!

  8. Happiest anniversary!! I hope you are around another 50 years!!

  9. Happy Anniversary Donna!

  10. Follow on facebook! 5 Great years!!! Congratulations!

  11. I follow you on FB.

  12. email subscriber

  13. Dianne Stone

    I already get your emails, follow you daily on facebook and I don’t do tweeter. Great 5 years of reading your helpful information about Life and how to make it better. Thanks for what you do.

  14. Debbra Kelson

    I have so enjoyed reading your blog! Congratulations on your 5-year anniversary!

  15. Debbra Kelson

    I signed up for your emails. Looking forward to seeing them!

  16. Jaycie V

    Wow that’s quite the giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win such great prizes and thanks for all your insightful and interesting posts. Love the blog!

  17. Debbra Kelson

    Love following you on facebook!

  18. Jaycie V

    I also follow on Facebook.

  19. Jaycie V

    And I subscribe via e-mail!

  20. Mariann

    Happy Anniversary! I enjoy your blog very much. Enjoy also hearing about Alaska.

  21. Congratulations! Looking forward to year 10!

  22. Soulkifly

    Already subbed via fb

  23. Soulkifly

    And via email. Thanks

  24. Love your writing!

  25. I am a fan, Donna! Congratulations and thank you!

  26. Facebook too.

  27. Congratulations, Donna!

  28. I follow you via Facebook

  29. I subscribe via e-mail, as well.

  30. Teinegurl

    I’m subscribed via email

  31. Teinegurl

    I also follow u on Twitter

  32. Teinegurl

    Please enter me!

  33. Cathy

    Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary and your happy new life!

  34. Holly S

    Can’t believe I have been reading you as long as you have been writing, plus having met up w/you twice.

  35. Vesta

    Happy 5th! I subscribe via email — thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Vesta

    Happy 5th! Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Linda

    enjoy reading your blog – I subscribe via email.

  38. Susie

    Thank you for a great column. Hope I win something!

  39. Gayle Erwin

    Congrats!!! Now for five more years.

  40. Gayle Erwin

    I get your blog on my reader and always look forward to seeing it.

  41. karen

    Congratulations, Donna! I can’t believe that I have been reading that long. Love your style and wit!

  42. Congratulations! I have enjoyed following your adventures and reading your sage advice. Here’s to many more years to come!

  43. I have been subscribed for years now and always look forward to finding your new posts when they arrive in my inbox.

  44. Nancy

    Congrats on five years!! Pick me, Pick me, for at least one of the prizes.

  45. lostAnnfound

    Congratulations, Donna!!!

  46. lostAnnfound

    I follow you here via email, but originally found you at MSN

  47. Pamela

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

  48. Cynthia

    Found you at MSN Money, followed you here, been reading you the whole time, still will be even if I don’t win, lol!

  49. Brenda

    Love reading your blog. Would love to win.

  50. Happy five years – I love this blog!

  51. Pick me and happy anniversary!

  52. I subscribe via RSS.

  53. I follow on twitter.

  54. karla

    I enjoy your musings and those of your daughter’s “I Pick up Pennies.” congratulations for sticking around!

  55. Happy five year anniversary!

  56. I follow you on twitter-grandmasreading

  57. I follow you on facebook

  58. Karol

    Congrats on 5 years!!!!

  59. I get your emails!

  60. Kathy M

    Woohoo! Five years…Happy Happy!

  61. Kathy M

    I follow on FB.

  62. Kathy M

    And Twitter 😉

  63. Samantha

    Happy 5th! Your blog is now a kindergartner!! 🙂

  64. Pam Orita

    I follow you on fb and read your column when you were on msn money. Congrats on your 5 th anniversay.

  65. Gin Pingle

    What a great anniversary! You’ve come a long way!

  66. Melissa O

    Congratulations on 5 years! I really enjoy reading your updates on Facebook.

  67. Congrats! I hope you continue to blog for many more years.

  68. Samantha

    I follow you on Twitter.

  69. Susan

    Happy 5th Anniversary! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

  70. Samantha

    I follow you on Facebook.

  71. Tina in NJ

    Well, I guess it’s like the year 2000. The new millennium technically started in 2001, but the part was when the odometer turned over. Me, I’m not 54 until December! Anyway, those are some serious giveaways!

  72. Sandy

    Time does fly! I have been following your blog for several years now. My favorite ones have been the one about being broke and your Aunt Dot, and anytime you write about your family (esp your Mom). You have been a source of inspiration to me on many occasions. I don’t care what anniversary you are in, just keep writing. Happy 5th!

  73. j. brown

    i still miss your regular column on MSN.

  74. Samantha

    I subscribe via email.

  75. Samantha

    I subscribe via Feedburner.

  76. Kelly B

    Happy anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been that long – thanks for all the great writing!

  77. Jessica O'Donnell

    I love your blog and have read it since the beginning. Keep it up!

  78. CarolH

    Happy 5th!! Always look forward to and enjoy your posts. S & T is the blog I recommend to most frequently to my friends and colleagues.

    And I’d love to win a prize, too!!

  79. CarolH

    I follow faithfully on Facebook.

  80. Larisa

    I subscribe via email, yeah for 5 years!

  81. Larisa

    I also subscribe on Facebook. So glad you have this website because I sure do miss you on MSN Money.

  82. CarolH

    I subscribe by e-mail. Thanks for all your writing with such sensibility and humor.

  83. Sheryl Union

    Happy 5th! I started reading you on MSN and became a fan. Love your blog!

  84. Cindy

    Happy anniversary! Love your blog.

  85. Carol

    Been a follower for quite some time—–still my favorite blog! It is both informative and funny!

  86. Carol

    I subscribe via email.

  87. Been reading you since your MSN days!

  88. I follow Surviving and Thriving on facebook!

  89. I would love to win.

  90. marie

    Happy 5th anniversary.

  91. Sandy

    Would love to win. Have enjoyed your posts these 5 years.

  92. marie

    I subscribed via email.

  93. marie

    I liked on FB.

  94. Who’d a thunk this day would come? Ok….some of us did. Congrats and here’s to many more years of S&T!

  95. Marlene

    Happy 5th Anniversary.

    I would love to win.

  96. I am one of your happy email subscribers.

  97. I follow S&T on F/B AND Twitter…how’s THAT for devotion? 😉

  98. Katherine

    Happy Anniversary, I Subscribe via rss.

  99. Lisa O

    Congrats! Here is to many more successful years 🙂

  100. ImJuniperNow

    Five years and still going strong.

    Those of us who are regular followers already have our prize – I’ve got the bank account to prove it.!

    I promise to check my email everyday for my prize.

  101. Veronica

    Congrats on the anniversary! And thanks for the great giveaway.

  102. Veronica

    I subscribe via email.

  103. Veronica

    And I follow on FB too.

  104. I get your emails too.

  105. Jeannine

    Congrats and happy anniversary.

  106. Sounds like you landed in a very good place for you. Celebrate happy!

  107. Congratulations on your 5 yr. Anniversary!

  108. donna bennett

    Happy anniversary!!

  109. I follow you on Facebook

  110. Donna– Happy 5th Anniversary! Been following you for years. Still miss the Smart Money forum on MSN money.

  111. Happy Anniversary! What a great way to kick off your fifth year.

  112. I am also a subscriber.

  113. I also follow you via email.

  114. Becky Buckland

    Congratulations on your fifth anniversary! Thanks for the opportunity to win something in your contest.

  115. Angie

    What a great celebration! Would be great to win 🙂

  116. P Diane Buie

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the chances to win FREE stuff! 🙂

  117. Wendy

    I subscribe via e-mail. I would love to win! Love your writing!

  118. Wendy

    I also follow you on Facebook. Love your posts!

  119. Caron

    Happy 5th! I subscribe via email. 🙂

  120. Kathy

    I would love to win!

  121. Rachel

    Would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway.

  122. Rachel

    I’ve liked you on facebook.

  123. Rachel

    I follow the blog on feedly.

  124. I want to win the amazon GC!!

  125. Codee

    Congratulations! So happy for you and all the wonderful ways your life has changed over these years!

  126. Congrats! Great giveaway!

  127. Linda Saracoff

    Congratulations on 5 years! I wish you many more. What a wonderful accomplishment. Thanks to your sponsors on the giveaways!

  128. txgazelle

    I’m thankful for your blog. It’s always full of practical financial information! Keep it up. I need it! 🙂

  129. Congratulations! I love reading your blog and look forward to it every day. Thank you for all of your fun and helpful advice!

  130. AnnieB

    Congratulations and thank you for the great writing Donna!

  131. Chris B.

    Congratulations!!! Thanks for such a generous give away!

  132. Christine

    Happy Anniversary—-and many more!!!

  133. Happy Anniversary!

  134. Rebecca

    Happy Anniversary!! How great is life when it works out they way you hope or wish or dream or plan. Love reading your blog heres to many more years to come!!

  135. Sherry


  136. Enter me and help me teach my brand new grandson how to be money-wise!!! Happy 5th!!!

  137. Carol

    I follow you on FaceBook. Thank you for providing the opportunity to win these prizes. Best wishes for the next 5 years!

  138. Joan V.

    Happy Anniversary! I know I started following you when you were writing for MSN and I am glad that I did. I look forward to many more years of frugal and funny posts.

  139. Joan V.

    I also follow you on FB.

  140. Marci GK

    Happy Fifth Anniversary!

  141. Marci GK

    I follow on Facebook!

  142. Marci GK

    I subscribe by email also!

  143. Terrie

    I remember how sad I was when you wrote that you would no longer be writing for MSN. When I found out about your blog, the first thing I did was subscribe – the second was like it on Facebook. But has it really been 5 years? Time goes by so fast. Congrats on your anniversary.

  144. Kathy Jungwirth

    Would be fun to be a winner!

  145. Teresa

    Would love to read the blogging book by Crystal Stemberger!

  146. Joanna

    I’d love to win any and all of these prizes.

  147. Congratulations on five years!

  148. What a great giveaway, thanks for doing it. Congrats on your progress & success!

  149. Congratulations! I’d love to win! I’m at that mid-life point too-and love living in Seattle!

  150. Following you on FB

  151. ana gomez

    I’d love to win!

  152. ana gomez

    I subscribed to email.

  153. Shirlee

    What a lovely way to celebrate!

  154. Woo Hoo, I’m here for the party!!!

  155. I follow on Facebook!

  156. I subscribe via email!!!!
    I really hope that I win, this would help fund my Christmas!

  157. Shirlee

    Happy Anniversary

  158. petra

    Five years is a milestone! Congratulations!

  159. petra

    I subscribe via feedburner/rss

  160. petra

    I follow your tweets (moeyshay)

  161. Christine

    Congratulations on 5 years! I follow you on Twitter.

  162. Christine

    Yours is the first blog I read each day. I follow you by email, too.

  163. Patty

    Congrats and thank you for all you share!

  164. Robin

    This is great 🙂

  165. Glenna

    Congrats Donna on 5 great years!!

  166. Robin

    Liked you on fb

  167. Robin

    Subscribed 🙂

  168. Mary P

    Congratulations on 5 good years!

  169. Mary P

    I subscribe to your email newsletter

  170. Mary P

    I also follow you on Facebook

  171. Glenda Bossow

    Happy anniversary and please keep writing!!

  172. Barbara J

    Happy 5th Anniversary! Here is too many more! Thanks for sharing your hard earned wisdom with all of us!

  173. Lucia

    Congrats! How great for you! Isn’t it interesting how things happen?

  174. Meghan

    Grand gesture indeed! I would really, really love to win.

  175. Meghan

    I follow on Facebook.

  176. Heather

    Thanks for the chance to win & congrats to you!

  177. Heather

    I’m a subscriber!

  178. Sylvia

    I really enjoy your columns – Happy Anniversary

  179. Julie R


  180. Jennifer B

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  181. Jennifer B

    I also subscribe via Feedburner :). here’s to many more years of great writing!

  182. Mary H

    Happy 5th! Wowza! What a nice big grab bag of a give-away!

  183. Mary H

    I subscribe via email.

  184. Mary H

    I follow on twitter.

  185. Jenny

    Congratulations to you!

  186. Brent Berge

    Pick me!

  187. Paula Borman

    Time flies when you are improving your life! I’d love these prizes as I’m a bit behind on gift giving..

  188. Beverley

    Happy Anniversary. I have immensely enjoyed reading your articles, postings, etc. Thank you for them and for the opportunity to win one of your giveaways.

  189. Beverley

    I love getting your emails!

  190. Beverley

    And I follow you on FaceBook!

  191. nice prizes!

  192. Kim Ach

    Would love to win! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

  193. jennifer hansraj

    congratulations on the anniversary. Also congratulations on your life. I’ve been reading your blog for years. Thank you for your blog and thank you for the opportunity to win.

  194. Chelle

    Congrats on the anniversary!

  195. I’m a frequent reader.

  196. Congratulations on the fifth anniversary of your first post ;-).

  197. Susan

    Would find any of these books very motivating! Congratulations on 5 years!

  198. Susan

    Congrats on 5 years of writing!

  199. Samantha

    Congrats on five years!

  200. Samantha


  201. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary!

  202. Wow, five years? Awesome!

  203. Amber

    Happy 5th anniversary, Donna. Here’s to another 5, I hope. Keep the great advice coming.

  204. BJMarley

    Happy Anniversary! I’d love to win.

  205. Linda G

    Happy anniversary! Here’s to another great five – or more! – years

  206. Linda G

    I follow by email!

  207. Congratulations, Donna, and many, many more years of frugality!

  208. Lilypad

    I subscribe by email and love your posts, keep ’em coming.

  209. Lilypad

    I also follow you on Facebook. Thanks!!

  210. Robin

    Very cool giveaway!!!

  211. Kathryn

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

  212. Kathryn

    I subscribe via email.

  213. Gina H.

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the giveaway!

  214. Gina H.

    follow Surviving and Thriving on Twitter.

  215. Congratulations Donna! What a neat giveaway!

  216. Marie

    Happy Anniversary!!

  217. Ann Wood

    Congratulations!! I love your ideas! I follow on Facebook.

  218. Ann Wood

    I also subscribe by e-mail. Hope I win!! BTW, congratulations on your anniversary.

  219. Deborah ross

    Can’t wait for the next five!

  220. Deborah ross

    Can’t wait for the next five! Happy 5th.

  221. Deborah ross

    Looking forward to 5 more.

  222. Cathy Mayfield

    Congratulations. Have admired you since you started and always enjoy your observations. Hope that you continue in your chosen profession. I often refer my children to your site for financial info. Thanks again and Happy Anniversary.

  223. Karen

    I’d love to win!

  224. Karen

    I started following on Facebook.

  225. Karen

    I follow on Twitter.

  226. Karen

    I’ve subscribed via Feedburner.

  227. ro in sd

    Congratulations! I follow you on Facebook

  228. Erin Ellis

    Congrats! I have always enjoyed reading your articles. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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  229. Erin Ellis

    I subscribe to your email list.
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  230. Erin Ellis

    I like you on Facebook (Erin Ellis)
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  231. Happy 5th Anniversary!! Hope you’re around for many more!! 🙂

  232. mrs. short

    Happy anniversary!! I should read through some of your old posts!!! (Thanks for the contest – I subscribe via email!)

  233. Mirabella

    Happy Anniversary to you and your blog! But my math says it’s only your fourth anniversay if you started on April 30, 2010. Oh well, who’s counting?

  234. mrs. short

    I also follow on Twitter!

  235. Catseye

    Congrats on the big 5th, Donna!

  236. mrs. short

    And I’m a fan on Facebook.

  237. conee corning banks

    love your blog

  238. conee corning banks

    follow you on facebook

  239. Rusty

    Happy 5th Anniversary Donna!

  240. Rusty

    I receive your emails.

  241. Rusty

    I get your rss feed.

  242. Rusty

    I am totally a facebook fan.

  243. Aunt Jenny

    Congrats Donna! Happy Anniversary!

  244. Aunt Jenny

    I am also an email subscriber – happy anniversary, I enjoy your writing 🙂

  245. Linda R

    Happy 5th Anniversary. Read you on MSN Money, but glad I discovered your blog.

  246. Linda R

    Subscribe by email

  247. Jackie

    Congrats! I’ve always identified with you having gone to college midlife after a hurtful divorce. Going to school full time, raising an ADHD son alone, working part time and being in a different country from most of my family was a challenge. My motto was Do it scared.

  248. Linda R

    Follow you on Twitter

  249. Linda R

    Like you on Facebook and just all around!

  250. Shellylynn


  251. Mel J.

    Would love to win. Happy Anniversary!

  252. Mel J.

    I subscribe via email.

  253. Mel J.

    I follow you on Facebook.

  254. Yay hooray for 5 years! I love, love, LOVE your blog, and subscribe by email.

  255. Linda G

    It’s been 5 interesting years of reading!

  256. Happy anniversary. Enjoy your blog.

    • Beth Petz

      I love celebrations. Congrats on your accomplishment!

  257. I subscribe via email.

  258. Betsy

    Great blog! All the best to you!

  259. Melissa F

    How awesome Donna! Happy fifth anniversary! I am looking forward to the next 5 years, even 25 years! Keep up the great work and know your work is appreciated! Take care!

  260. Wow, can’t believe 5 years went by so fast! Congrats on all the positive changes. I subscribe through email so I don’t miss any posts.:)

  261. Kriss

    Congratulations on 5 yrs! I want to win something!!!

  262. I have been reading since post #1-congratulations!

  263. I subscribe via RSS feed.

  264. I am a Facebook follower.

  265. I also follow you on Twitter.

  266. Melissa

    Used to read your column in my hometown paper. Enjoy your blog and common sense advice. Keep up the good work.

  267. Barbara Calder

    Congrats on the 5 years.

  268. Barbara Calder

    I am a facebook follower.

  269. Barbara Calder

    I receive you through email.Thanks.

  270. Wow, what a cool giveaway!

  271. I subscribe via Feedburner!

  272. I follow on Facebook!

  273. Holly Love Marihugh

    Congratulations on five years

  274. Diana

    Congrats! Looking forward to the next five years!!!

  275. Diana

    also follow via email….

  276. Nadine Frandsen

    Congratulations to you on 5 years !! Would love to win something 🙂

  277. Happy 5th anniversary! MAN…Has it been that long?…Time flies!!! Would love to win any of the great prizes. The funny thing is DD2 has had a poster in her dorm room at college since she began that reads “Keep Calm and Carry On”. I believe this was a “carryover” from the posters distributed during WWII in England. She claims this poster has provided reassurance during troubled times. Thanks for a great 5 years!

  278. e-mail subscriber who looks forward to your articles

  279. chapeau

    Congratulations Donna! I used to love reading you back on MSN, and I can’t believe it’s been 5 years.

  280. Happy Anniversary Donna! Here’s to 5 more years of “thriving”.

  281. enjoythejourney

    So glad I “found” you on MSN and its boards. (Miss those still, even though I read Pro Boards sometimes). Wishing you a happy and rewarding next half-decade.

  282. Yankeegal

    Happy 5th anniversary! Love your articles!

  283. Happy 5th Anniversary! I’ve been reading this blog for quite some time now…I hope to still be reading it in another 5 years! I’d love me some of that giveaway, btw….

  284. lynda

    Happy 5th enjoy your site I’d love to win something

  285. Congratulations on your 5th blog anniversary!

  286. Sonja J

    Congrats on 5 years!

  287. Sonja J

    Also Facebook follower 🙂

  288. Megan J

    I would love to win!!!

  289. Megan J

    I follow on facebook!

  290. Jessie

    I’d love to win (and hope you’ll stick around, love to read your stuff!)

  291. Debra Beeuwsaert

    I would love to win any of the prizes. If I received a gift card one, I’d use it to purchase something that is needed (i.e., Walmart would be food). I ended up with a high vet bill as my dog had pancreatitis, so am being extremely frugal currently.

  292. Leilani

    Congratulations on 5 years!

  293. Leilani

    I also subscribe by email.

  294. Becky H.

    Happy Anniversary Donna!

  295. I am new to your blog and have thought of reading from the beginning. I have a lot of years to catch up. Many congratulations to you on this milestone. I do hope you will continue to write many more years. My daughter is 18 and is reading your instalments to become money savvy. Thank you for helping two generations. All your prizes are wonderful and if I am picked I would be more than delighted. We live in Australia and would be happy to pay for postage if it is a book.
    All the best for the future.

  296. Pedro

    Thank you for sharing your 5 year celebration with your readers. I enjoy reading your posts. ¡Feliz aniversario!

  297. Pedro

    I subscribe via email.

  298. Here’s to the next 5 years, I enjoy your stories and tips very much.

  299. Tracey

    Happy Anniversary!

  300. Laure

    Congratulations! And, I’d love to win.

  301. Laure

    I subscribe via email.

  302. Laure

    I follow you on Twitter.

  303. Happy Anniversary! I’ve been enjoying your take on finances since the MSN money days. Time flies!

  304. Lynda

    congrats on the 5th birthday!!

  305. Lynda

    i follow on twitter @oshkoshbgosh321

  306. Christy

    Congrats on five years!

  307. rosarugosa

    Happy Anniversary Donna! I always enjoy your articles!

  308. Maureen

    I just found your blog, but I’m loving it!

  309. Catherine

    Congratulations. I’ve loved your down to earth articles.

  310. Diane C

    Happy Fifth. Moreover, I’m so happy you’re happy in life five years on.

  311. Happy Fifth!!! That is good. Very, very good.

    If you pick me randomly, give the gift to charity. {luv}

  312. Linda

    Happy anniversary and count me in!!

  313. Another facebook fan here!

  314. …and a quick ‘comment’ entry…

  315. And for my final feat, did you know I read about this from my feed reader? hooray!

    Congrats on keeping up the great work!

  316. Jeanette Christopher

    Love the books you are giving away. Thank you

  317. Lynda

    i follow/like you on twitter

  318. Congratulations! And thank you for the chance to win.

  319. sheila

    I would luv a chance to win ANY of the gift cards.

  320. Happy Anniversary, that’s fantastic, and I’ve loved every word! I’ve been getting your emails since 2010, so it’s my 4th anniversary! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to win such great prizes!!

  321. Jeanne


  322. Laura Patterson

    Congratulations and I’m happy to be able to be able to read your blogs.

  323. Randi Jones

    Thanks for your very informative website! The prizes are great too.

  324. Sandy

    Just subscribed to your email!

  325. Joanna

    I follow you on Facebook.

  326. I really enjoy your posts. Thanks for the giveaway and happy anniversary.

  327. Rachael

    Happy 5th Anniversary! I have been reading you for years, since MSN Money. I love this site in particular and really enjoy your writing style.

  328. Rachael

    I also follow on FB!

  329. Sandra Gonzales

    You’ve helped me deal with my finances and I hope for many more years of your blog. Thanks!

  330. Sandra Gonzales

    I get your emails.

  331. Sandra Gonzales

    I get your tweets.

  332. Sandra Gonzales

    I follow you on FB.

  333. Allie

    Pssst… I’d love to win but even if not, keep writing! It’s been a pleasure to read your blog!

  334. stacy

    Congratulations on the anniversary!

  335. Susan

    Hi Donna,

    I’m sure I have read every single post you have made to this website and most of your posts to other websites. Keep up the good writing and happy anniversary!

  336. Susan

    I subscribe via e-mail so I don’t miss a thing!

  337. Susan

    I love your sense of humor!


  338. Susan

    I enjoyed your references to Seattle when you lived here. I am from Seattle and know all the landmarks you referred to in your posts. It was fun reading about the neighborhood!

  339. Susan

    Your advice is incredibly helpful and reading your posts reminds/supports me in staying on track. I appreciate the energy and effort you put into your writing.

  340. Susan

    This one is the winning comment – I feel lucky!

  341. Sarah

    Congratulations. I love reading your column, and I would love to win a prize!

  342. Joanna

    I subscribe via email.

  343. Donna B.

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! Looking forward to many more posts!

  344. Juliet

    Happy Anniversary!

  345. How the time does fly when you’re having fun! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

  346. Kelly McMillen

    I have very much enjoyed your posts over the years…thank you for sharing your life with us. Sometimes your words are exactly what I need to hear! Happy anniversary!

  347. Cathy in NJ

    Congratulations on five years! May God grant you many years.

  348. Happy 5th! I have been reading your work for years and am glad to have found your blog after your departure from MSN. Your work rings true on many levels. Best wishes for your future.

  349. Alison

    5 years and going strong!

  350. Alison

    I follow you on FB.

  351. Alison

    I also follow you on Twitter.

  352. Alison

    I also subscribe by email. 🙂

  353. Christina T

    I would love to win!

  354. Christina T

    I just signed up to follow you on twitter!

  355. Christina T

    And I signed up to follow you Facebook – Ive always meant but I now Ive done it!

  356. Christina T

    Ive followed you since the beginning and Ive signed up to follow you on FeedBurner!

  357. Anj Garcia

    Happy 5th Anniversary! and thanks for this awesome giveaway. 🙂

  358. Anj Garcia

    I followed you on twitter @aanjgarcia

  359. Anj Garcia

    I subscribed via email anjanettegarcia26 AT yahoo DOT com

  360. Please enter me in the contest!

  361. Molly

    Happy Anniversary!!! Thanks for 5 great years and many more to come!

  362. Molly

    Thanks for the great stories I get from emails.

  363. Molly

    Thanks for the great stories I get from facebook.

  364. Molly

    And thanks for the great stories I get from twitter. 🙂

  365. The 4-yr/5-yr debate made me laugh. I enjoy your writing so much! Here’s to another 50 years of writing success….

  366. pamela

    love your blog!

  367. Laura

    Congratulations! Look forward to reading the next five years 🙂

  368. Stephen G.

    Congratulations, and thank you for running this contest.

  369. CandiO

    Congratulations on 5 years!

  370. Diane

    I receive emails!

  371. Diane

    I follow on Facebook!

  372. Diane

    I follow on Twitter!

  373. Diane

    and for good measure here’s a comment directly to the website.
    Congrats on your 5th Anniversary (that’s right your 5th! It’s your blog – you get to decide how long you’ve been at it- anyway whoever feels compelled to challenge that -most certainly has crapped all over the karma that will select the winner,,,,,heehee).

  374. Martha

    I’d love a chance to win, thanks!

  375. Rachel

    Wow, great prizes! I would love to win one.

  376. Rachel

    I subscribe through RSS.

  377. Aimee

    Happy 5 Years and Congrats!

  378. Happy 5 years Donna!

  379. Bobbe Simpson

    I enjoy your blog. I subscribe via email.

  380. Jenny

    Congratulations! And thanks for the super giveaway!

  381. In_the_808

    Congratulations on your 5-year mark. Hope you have many more years. I enjoy reading this blog and your old column.

  382. Tara Maag

    I’d love to win

  383. Tara Maag

    email subscriber

  384. Tara Maag

    facebook fan

  385. Christine P

    Happy Anniversary! ! Many more years of success!

  386. Christine P

    Email subscriber!

  387. Christine P

    Facebook fan! Also Reeses Peanut Butter Egg fan and fellow South Jersey girl!! 🙂

  388. Somehow I missed this earlier in the week. Gift cards are ALWAYS nice to win . : )

  389. Nancy

    I follow on facebook, and email, and whatever other random areas I find you.

  390. Susan

    Congratulations on five years of great posts!

  391. Susan

    I can’t believe I hadn’t already liked your page on FB. Done!

  392. Susan

    Already following on Twitter. Here’s to another five years!

  393. Sharon

    Happy 5TH!! I follow via e-mail.

  394. Congratulations

  395. Subscribe via RSS

  396. Sounds Great!

  397. MARTHA

    AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!! Here’s Thanks to You…

  398. MARTHA

    I follow by e-mail..TY

  399. MARTHA

    I follow on FB !!! TY

  400. Tracy Stone

    Seriously, five years? Time flies!
    And I got a kick out of how many comments you have on this one…

  401. Tracy Stone


  402. Tracy Stone

    twitter and facebook! (I would have thought that spell check would accept facebook as correct by now – those red lines are dumbing us down)

  403. Kim Kelley

    Congratulations! Isn’t it amazing the roads life takes you on when you’re not watching? 😉

  404. Congrats on your 5th!

  405. Cindy

    I can’t believe it’s five years. Congratulations!


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