Valdosta Daily Times


December 30, 2012

Brittany's Budget Diary: The world didn’t end so I’m going to keep on rocking!

VALDOSTA — Well my dear budgeteers, the world hasn't ended and we are just mere days away from welcoming in 2013.

I would like to take this moment to congratulate myself. It's been a rough and tumble year, but thanks to me, you are all a little richer. Yes, I have insulted many, helped few (about 150 and counting according to Facebook) and used this column to boost my narcissism (because after all, there is no greater budgeteer than myself), but it was all for a good cause.

Sure, I didn't rise to fame, defeat Suze Orman and become Robin to my Batman (a.k.a. Clark Howard), but I did write some pretty hilarious and also helpful articles that for the most part occupied my sweet and twisted mind while I slaved away in my cubicle writing about dolphins with amputated fins and tractor parades. I know, it's a wonder that I haven't been drafted by the New York Times.

I may have no prospects of fame and may or may not still be considering Ramen Noodles as a hardy meal, but I'm going to go ahead and toot my own horn as I conduct the budgeteer roundup. So, for your reading pleasure, here are some follow ups, the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good

• In March, I wrote about Technology that wastes money. I still have a home phone and satellite television (until Gossip Girl ends, I am outraged at this development) but I have managed to still not have satellite radio. Instead, I am obsessed with Pandora which is completely free.

• In March, I wrote about budget vacations and I told you how to do Disney World on a budget. Me and my husband successfully did this vacation on a budget by just visiting the Magic Kingdom and not staying the night. It was a long day, but we had a blast!

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