Roundup for the Week of 09.12.10 – Free Sample Edition

by Khaleef Crumbley on September 20, 2010

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It’s time for another roundup of great articles from the previous week! But first I would like to share with you the inspiration of this week’s roundup.

Free Samples!

We usually receive about 3 or 4 free samples each week, however this week was above average. Plus we received some great items as well!

So my wonderful wife suggested that I let everyone know how I find out about these freebies. Here’s what we received this week:

Free Samples

So we received various samples of Olay OXY, V8 Fusion, All-Bran, Kotex, and Emergen-C. We also received a free “All-Bran” sleep mask, a Pedometer from Nature’s Bounty, and great coupons from most of these brands!

Here are a few sites that post free sample alerts:

Common Sense With Money

Faithful Provisions

Koupon Karen

Money Saving Mom

Mojo Savings

Wal-Mart (You’ll have to check the site for new offers)

If you have any other resources, please let me know in the comments!

Alexa Ranking:

Also, as a part of the Yakezie/Alexa challenge, my initial goal was to get under 200,000. I started out on 7.20.10 with an Alexa ranking of 1,704,000 and as of today (9.20.10) it is 118,992! Now my new goal is to get under 100,000.

This is basically a measure of short-term (3 months) popularity for websites. In order for your visits to KNS Financial to count, you must install the Alexa toolbar on your browsers. Here is what I suggested in the original announcement:

  1. Install the Alexa toolbar to your browsers, on every computer that you use to visit this site
  2. Visit this site often – you may even want to make it your homepage!

That’s it! Just do those two things and you’ll be able to help my Alexa ranking. Also when you visit these great articles that I link to, it will help them out as well!

Don’t forget to visit the official website of the Yakezie Personal Finance network that I’m a part of, which now has over 20 “member posts” up.

Now on to some of my favorite articles from the past week or so. Hope you enjoy!

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So, here are a few posts from the Yakezie network:

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Neal @ Wealth Pilgrim writes about the best 401k for small business owners.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff asks the question, “Do You Buy These Generics?“. Head over and leave a comment about whether or not you buy the generics listed.

Crystal has also started another blog – Crystal Clear Thoughts – be sure to stop by there as well.

Darwin’s Money has a post explaining why price gouging is good. Very interesting idea that makes sense in many cases!

Forest @ Frugal Zeitgeist wonders if saving is bad for the economy. There are some interesting thoughts in the comments as well.

Forest also examines the practice of loaning money to relatives.

Wojo @ Fiscal Fizzle discusses the ideal number of credit cards. What’s your ideal number? Go over and leave a comment!

Kris @ Everyday Tips and Thoughts thinks about how his GPS has affected his driving.

Sam @ Financial Samurai discusses the ideal income for maximum happiness. This has to be one of my favorite articles – and the picture is great!

Paul @ Provident Planning tells us why the 2.5 or 3 times your income rule for mortgages is stupid! Paul makes some very good points about this rule and others like it.

Paul also discusses some of the benefits of developing contentment in our lives.

Joe @ Personal Finance by the Book shows us how those “easy payments” can wreck our finances! A must-read for anyone who is considering buying on credit!

Jason @ Redeeming Riches gives us 6 shocking frugal lessons from the world’s richest people.

Other great articles:

Kevin @ Out of Your Rut shows us how to lower new car prices by refusing useless options. Kevin has written a lot about purchasing cars lately, be sure to visit his site before visiting the dealership.

Steadfast Finances shows us why home prices have a long way to fall to meet the historical trendline. A good post that may make you think twice before buying all the “right time to buy” hype!

KNS Financial on the web:

Articles from our “Faithful With A Few” blog were featured on the various websites over the last week:

Revenge of Mr Dumpling – Christian Carnival CCXLV

Redeeming Riches – Christian Finance Carnival 2

Complex Search – Carnival of Money Stories # 71

The Millionaire Nurse – Yakezie Carnival

My Wealth Builder – Wealth Builder Carnival # 6

Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance

Free From Broke

Provident Planning

Invest It Wisely

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

Personal Finance by the Book

Everyday Thoughts and Tips

Redeeming Riches

If I missed anyone who linked to this site, please let me know (for some reason I don’t always get the pingbacks).

Thanks to everyone who linked back to one of my articles, as well as everyone who left comments and helped to extend the discussion on this site!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Crystal @ BFS

Thanks for including me and mentioning one of my new blogs!


2 Khaleef Crumbley

No problem, Crystal! Congratulations on all of your success.


3 Crystal @ BFS

Thanks so much for including me and mentioning my new post!


4 Khaleef Crumbley

@ Jason, @ Joe, @ Paul – no problem at all. You guys all write great articles!

@ Kevin (Invest it Wisely), @ Kris – thanks! I hope I can keep it up.

@ Kevin (Invest it Wisely) – it was weird, your first comment went though fine, but the second was in my pending folder. Not sure how Akismet decided you were spam 2 seconds after approving your first comment.

@Kevin (Out of Your Rut), no problem. I think your roundup was the first one that I ever read.


5 Everyday Tips

Congratulations on your speedy Alexa improvement! You are doing a great job.

Thanks for including my link!


6 Kevin@OutOfYourRut

Thanks for mentioning my post Khaleef. The pressure’s on for me to do another round up post!


7 Paul Williams

Thanks for including my article, Khaleef!


8 Invest It Wisely

P.S. I just saw your conditional captcha! I don’t see my comment here, so did it end up in your pending folder? Thanks for installing that! :)


9 Invest It Wisely

Congrats on the amazing alexa progress, Khaleef! You’re crushing it :)


10 Joe Plemon

Thanks for the mention. Always appreciated!


11 Jason @ Redeeming Riches

Thanks for the links and mention!


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