It’s nearly time to close the books on another year of saving, spending, and money mumbling. Over the past 12 months I’ve squawked some serious (and silly) financial stuff, shared several sensible money saving ideas, and done my bestest to post things you’d (hopefully) like to read.
After four years of blogging about money, Squawkfox.com has grown to over 31,000 readers and is now one of the bigger personal finance blogs on the internet. This is kinda scary, but mostly cool. Scary ’cause it’s just me over here writing, and cool ’cause so many people care about frugal living. Kudos.
To celebrate both the New Year and Squawkfox’s four-year blog anniversary (or blogiversary), I’ve rounded up the top posts you liked best. Based on comments, traffic, and emails received, here are your Top 10 Squawks from 2011!
1. The cost of collecting
Who knew that discombobulated Barbie doll heads, rustic farm barns, and a big old stack of denim could wreak so much havoc on my inbox. Some of you spewed coffee onto your keyboards (sorry), while others chuckled over my eating crow. Go on, jump into the comments and share — What do you collect? The responses are hilarious. The cost of collecting is easily your favorite post of 2011.
2. Make a Starbucks Frappuccino for $0.32
My server squawked from the traffic load after posting this frugal food hack. With a million pageviews in 2011, this viral post shares the secret ingredient in a Starbucks Frappuccino. Big major thanks to Lifehacker, The Consumerist, and Pinterest for sending my $0.32 copy-cat frapp recipe to front pages around the world. I’m still buzzing from the caffeine hit.
3. How to get married for $239.00
You either loved or loathed my wedding story. Regardless of your stance, getting hitched for A LOT less hit a deep emotional nerve, got you talkin’ across social media, and even became one of the most read stories on The Globe and Mail‘s website. I should have made Carl wear the white dress.
4. Price Check Experiment: Is Costco really worth it?
I went undercover and did a price check experiment at Costco to see if shopping at a wholesale club is worth it, even after paying membership fees and enduring long lineups with reams of toilet paper. The comments say it all — you really loved this post.
5. Breaking up with a cable company is hard to do
Deciding to quit cable was easy. Getting the cable company to sever my service was hard. A must read if you’re trying to break up with any service provider. They want your money and will do anything to keep you as a client.
6. Should couples keep joint or separate accounts?
I don’t merge my money with my spouse, but it’s OK if you do. I went through the positives and negatives of different banking setups for couples, and pi$$ed off a few June Cleaver fans too. However you feel about The Beaver, it’s always a good idea to talk about money with your mate.
7. 5 Investing fees that devour your savings
Do yourself a serious solid in 2012 by adding up all your investing fees. You could save tens of thousands of dollars by getting in the know and making less costly investing decisions. I shared a personal investing story and surprised many of you with newly found savings.
8. 1 Organic Chicken, 22 Healthy Meals, $49 Bucks
I stretched a single organic chicken into 22 healthy meals for just $49 bucks, and you loved it. This 8-part series took forever to write, and it shows. Brimming with several chicken recipes and boasting endless clucky ideas, it just goes to show ya how much money can be saved with a simple plan, a few frugal ingredients, and a slow cooker or a crock pot. This post has so many media mentions I’ve lost count.
9. Pack a carry-on suitcase for a 10 day trip
I did a magic trick by packing ten days of travel clothing into a single carry-on suitcase, and this post got forwarded to probably everyone who owns luggage. With airlines charging big fees for checked and extra baggage, it pays to travel light. What’s in your suitcase?
10. Make healthier Lunchables for 32% less
I sliced turkey, counted crackers, weighed cheese, and added up the total cost for a less expensive lunch box friendly snack. With front page mentions on Lifehacker and mommy blogs around the world, I can’t complete this list without a frugal snack attack. Crunch into some healthy savings, kiddies!
BONUS: The Wealthy Barber Returns
It’s not every day a humble blog gets a big mention in a financial guru’s book. I’m still a little shocked (and slightly horrified) whenever a new reader lands on my site by way of David Chilton’s new book, The Wealthy Barber Returns. I don’t recommend books often, but add this hilarious gem to your (virtual) bookshelf in 2012 and you could increase your bottom line while laughing out loud.
There you have it! The top ten Squawkfox posts from 2011. Happy New Year, you guys.
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