Friday recap, home alone and seven new friends!

Hi there! I hope you are doing great on this fine Friday!

Another week has passed under the sun, and the works are still going strong. This week we went to town for the biggest construction materials purchase so far. Ouch, almost $1500, to buy concrete and iron to build the new room. Everything always seems like a lot of money in the local currency, but really, we should be able to build a 600 sqft surface with bedroom, bathroom, closet and a roof terrace for under $10K, all included. Now it looks cheap. I should think in dollars more often.


Stay tuned on Monday for a full update!


BF is going to the capital city next week to see his family before Christmas and I am staying ALONE. Boy do I miss being alone. He is a sweetheart, a very hyperactive one. Can’t stay in place even on Sunday, he is always fixing stuff and running around so I feel bad and help. Or hide. And feel even worse. Now, my hammock and I can have a daily meeting for a few hours. The construction workers will still hustle and bustle but the evenings will be mine.




I plan on working on my blog design and also start a website for the land that we will develop next year.


Fun fact, my Alexa Rank in Guatemala is 558 as of today. No, I didn’t forget a zero, or three. I will certainly use this to write a big rant about my internet provider and hope they listen! How internet works here is you pay, you don’t get the service you pay for, then they ignore you until you need internet again and pay for a service you know you’ll never get. Rinse, repeat. Tigo, you suck.


On the blogging front things have been really good, with a steady increase in visits, people seem to be staying longer and checking more pages. Make yourselves at home!



As you probably know from the badge on the sidebar, I have joined the Yakezie challenge, and have been teamed up with 7 other bloggers in a Winter team. The goal of the team is to support its members by participating in each other’s blogs, commenting, sharing… I am looking forward to getting closer to the people behind those great blogs


Work Save Live

Master the Art of Saving

The Money Principle

Edward Antrobus

Broke-Ass Mommy

The First Million is the hardest

Digital Personal Finance






I published five posts this week


How to save money on groceries and a $100 giveaway

My favorite Christmas Memory – You can check more memories on Tackling our Debt’s mini carnival

Little house in Guatemala, week 5

Life is not like the movies, a cool guest post from Tonya at Budget and the Beach

How to negotiate your bills and your debt




Thank you to everyone who mentioned Reach Financial Independence this week, you rock!!



Here is some great weekend reading for you to enjoy!


What I have learned since graduation– NZ Muse

Overcoming Murphy’s law, our journey out of debt – Work Save Live

Slash years off your mortgage –   Frugal Rules

How much would you pay for a bottle of wine? – The Money Principle

Do your purchases reflect your values? –  Eyes on the Dollar.


Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to enter the $100 giveaway!



A 30 something French girl embarking on a journey towards Financial Independence. I blog about money, travel, simple and deliberate living, freedom and choices. You can find me on Twitter, Google+, or Reach Financial Independence's Facebook Page

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  1. Thanks for the mention! Best of luck working on the blog design. I need to do that myself :( There has just been too much going on, I have barely had time to catch my breath. I also am excited to see the page for the land you will develop! I would like to make an additional website (or two…I have a couple of ideas) in 2013, not counting the redesign…hmmmm….I feel a “2013 goals” post coming!
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  2. Big thanks for the multiple mentions! I hope you have a great weekend! I’ll be home alone as well but likely working around the house or on the site. :)
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  3. Thanks for the mention Pauline! Looking forward to the site design you’ll be doing. I need to do that some myself, but there’s only so many things you can do in one day. Have a great weekend and enjoy some time with your hammock.
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  4. Thank you for including me Pauline. I would like to write a few posts in that hammock because it looks relaxing. Good luck with all the blog related stuff and with the construction.
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  5. Good luck with the site design. I hope it goes well. Hope you have a great weekend too.
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  6. About 3 months into starting my PF blog, Alexa provided me with a fun tidbit that I was ranked 745 in Barbados. I barely even know where Barbados is!

    One blog you might enjoy is The Walden Effect ( They live in western Virginia but they are largely self-sufficient and what they have to buy they can easily afford with the income made from selling automatic chicken waterers.

    They also have a similar dynamic as you and your boyfriend, except that Anna is the one that has trouble not working on projects while her husband Mark is the one who realizes the value of down-time.
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    • Wow Barbados? Are you still ranking high over there? Maybe one of your fans on holidays stalked you the whole time!
      Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll check them out! Especially if they have a post about how to tell him nicely that I want to REST!

  7. Veronica @ Pelican on Money says:

    That hammock looks so relaxing, omg! Wow… you are going to have a fine time at those “meetings” :) I can’t believe you’re almost below 100k alexa, good job!

    Thanks for mention, and as always – have a wonderful weekend!
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  8. Enjoy your alone time! I’m sure it will be heavenly.
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  9. Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy says:

    Thank you for the generous showering of link love! Your boy sounds like my boy, waaayyy too hyperactive, a constant do’er, the only way I can tempt him to sit still and shut up is to wiggle a cold beer under his nose! Enjoy your ‘me’ time, it certainly is well-deserved. Have a lovely and tranquil weekend in your hammock, Pauline.
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  10. Good job on your low Alexa there! That’s awesome.
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  11. Thanks for the mentions! I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store with the site design. I’m also a bit jealous of that hammock…
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  12. Thanks for the mention Pauline. Enjoy your alone time 😉
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  13. Thanks so much for the lovely shoutout! I admit I quite enjoy my alone time, but not in small doses – I find it hard to get to sleep when T isn’t home. Enjoy.
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  14. Wow, maybe you can break the top 20 in Guatemala by next year. That would be really exciting. Thanks for the mention.
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  15. 558 in Guatemala is quite an achievement! You’re probably considered a semi-major news outlet.
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  16. Thank you for the mention! It’s always interesting to see such statistical outliers such as your Guatemala ranking example. I think many of us personal finance bloggers really enjoy stats quite a bit :)
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  17. That hammock is like a postcard. That should be on your brochure for sure!
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  18. Wow my site is slow…I just received the pingback…Thank you for sharing my post!!!!

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