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Brad & J’s 3rd Annual Christmas Stimulus! ($300!)

by J. Money on Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Stimulus 2011

We’re baaaaaack! For the third time in a row, Brad Chaffee and I are delighted to bring back our favorite giveaway of the year :) The time when we, personally, get to say THANK YOU for all the support and love you’ve shown us throughout our years of blogging. From 2008 to 2011 – and soon to be 2012 – y’all have come back time and time again, and we want you to know just how thankful and honored we are. Without our readers these blogs wouldn’t exist! (Nor my career for that matter ;))

So from the bottom of our hearts – thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! We can never say it enough.

And to put our money where our thanks are (hah!), we’re once again dishing out the Benjamins for the 3rd year in a row.  Up for grabs THIS Christmas Stimulus is $300 Cold ones! :)  3 lucky winners from THIS blog will be awarded with $50 in cash (or rather Visa gift cards, Paypal, Amazon, or pretty much whatever you want that’s *not* cash, haha…), and then another 3 will win the same over at Brad’s Enemy of Debt blog. SIX WINNERS altogether – woohoo!

All you have to do to enter is answer one simple question:

What are you MOST thankful for this holiday season?

It can be family, friends, jobs, hot girlfriends, money, health, whatever’s at the top of your mind this very second.  And you don’t have to answer the “normal” answers either if you don’t want – we all know you love your mom and dad ;) Be open and honest!

And to take this giving even further this season, we’re gonna do one killer giveaway EACH DAY OF THIS WEEK here at Budgets Are Sexy :)  I’ve been storing up quite a stock pile over the weeks, and it’s time to unload them all this week… ‘Tis the season to be giving, yo!

Now go and tell us what you’re thankful for down below in the comments… (And then head to Brad’s blog to enter a SECOND time so that you have 3 MORE options to win $50!)  We’ll announce all the winners this up and coming Sunday, December 18th, and this particular giveaway is open to anyone and everyone who can accept money ;) GOOD LUCK! Get ready for another hot one tomorrow!


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1 Suzanne December 12, 2011 at 5:44 am

Cannot choose just one…my and my family’s health, my job and my savings account! Wellness, interesting work and security, that is what it’s all about. I’m thankful for my jogging buddy Benny the dog too. He never says no to a run!

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2 Beckey & Jeff December 12, 2011 at 5:57 am

We’d love to say we are thankful for our 4 month old daughter and Beckey’s mom, who has been a huge help with taking care of our daughter while we work.

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3 Gina M Maddox December 12, 2011 at 6:07 am

I am thankful for a healthy and active 19 month old boy who continues to amaze me every day! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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4 Nancy December 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

I am thankful for my mind…and for my willingness to grow….for the ability to be objective and for the choice to choose a different path. For relationships…because they are my biggest test that I am lining up my principles/values with my experience.

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5 Lindsey December 12, 2011 at 6:10 am

I’m definitely thankful that my family has been able to move back south after being away for so long and that we’re finally able to have a Christmas with them and my grandmother will be able to join us. It’s been a long time since that has happened!

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6 Annie December 12, 2011 at 6:13 am

Im thankful that I had taken the time over the years to spend a lot of quality time with my grandmother. When she unexpectedly passed away this spring, I was able to let her go because I had no regrets about not spending enough time with her and I knew that she knew how much I loved her

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7 Avery December 12, 2011 at 6:16 am

I’m thankful for just having a job, since I know not many do at this time. I’m also thankful that I am getting the opportunities I need to advance, be successful, and happy in life.

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8 MikeTheRed December 12, 2011 at 6:35 am

This year, a year filled with amazing people, opportunities and events, above all else I’m most thankful for my wife.

In June we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and it was just one of the many moments over the last 12 months that reminded me how lucky I am to have this amazing woman in my life. Not only has she stuck with me for a year+ now (almost 4 total together), but she was willing to move half-way across the country so I could take a terrific job that helped turn a seemingly random job into a full-fledged career path. She has supported me through a lot of difficult decisions, and done her best to help make the move and the transition as easy and pleasant as possible.

I couldn’t ask for a better woman.

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9 Gina December 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

I am thankful for this year:
HOT husband
COLD weather (so I can snuggle with my HOT husband)!!!!
COOL FRIENDS
WARM and loving family
SUNNY days
CLEAR understanding of all things financial from reading Budgetsaresexy everyday!

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10 Monica December 12, 2011 at 7:23 am

I’m thankful to have found a job after searching for almost a year. Our sanity and savings account are thanking me.

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11 Ryan December 12, 2011 at 7:26 am

I am so thankful for my new bride – we’ve just celebrated six months of marriage, and I am looking forward to the next 60 years or so :)

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12 Maggie Labrador December 12, 2011 at 7:30 am

I am thankful for the health and happiness of my family :)

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13 Mercedes December 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

I am thankful for my awesome job. To be able to work with such awesome people day in an day out is an amazing thing!

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14 Lily December 12, 2011 at 7:34 am

I’m thankful for my family, especially thankful for my husband and my 2 handsome little sons, 2 & 4 years old. My 2 year old, my “million dollar baby” as I call him (hello medical bills!) had a really rough year but in the end he always has a smile on his face and keeps pushing on. I’m praying 2012 brings on a much healthier year for everyone, it’s so easy to take it for granted.

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15 Barb December 12, 2011 at 7:50 am

I am most thankful for a my family for supporting me over the years. Without their love and support I would not be where I am today.

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16 Tina December 12, 2011 at 7:50 am

I am thankful for my family. They drive me crazy some days, but it wouldn’t be the same without them.

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17 Jason December 12, 2011 at 8:22 am

This year I’m very thankful for my brother-in-law. He just returned from Afghanistan over the weekend, and I couldn’t be happier!

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18 Rich Uncle El December 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

I am most thankful for being blessed with another year of life. So that I can continue to give and support my family and friends in this holiday season.

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19 Michael December 12, 2011 at 8:32 am

I’m thankful for being done with exams one I turn in a research paper tomorrow and for going home in a few days to see my family!

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20 Annalisa December 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

I am most thankful that this healthy baby boy in my tummy will be here in less than 6 weeks! I would love to buy him some crib bedding with my $50 j-money cash. Right now his crib is naked. :o

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21 Jackie December 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

I’m really thankful for my roommate! I never had one before, but she’s everything you’d want. She’s a great listener, helps out around the house, keeps me on even keel definitely has become a best friend. Without her, this year would have been really rough.

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22 Melissa December 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

I am most thankful for my kids and my husband. They can always bring a smile to my face!

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23 Erica December 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

I am most thankful for being out of credit card debt as of 12/9/11!!!!!!!!! My husband and I have been chipping away at this debt for most of 2011 and are excited for the financial goals of 2012!

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24 Maureen December 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

I am thankful for my amazing husband and wonderful kids!! They never cease to amaze and delight me, keep me motivated and challenge me :)

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25 Stasi December 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

Thankful that all the family is coming to us! NO traveling this year!!

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26 CrystalH December 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

I’m thankful for my health. I was sick around this time last year and it was a pretty serious illness.

Thanks for doing this again you guys. I was a winner last year :)

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27 graduate.living December 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

I’m thankful for a wonderful partner who supports me when grad school is driving me nuts! =)

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28 Michael December 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

My new baby girl

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29 Jan December 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

I am most thankful for my husband for keeping me sane. And I am also grateful for my health!

Thanks for the giveaway

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30 Stephanie December 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

I’m most thankful for having the time between Christmas and New Year’s off so I get to spend a full 10 days with my family who lives across the country!

A close second is being SO thankful for my job giving me a bonus that will allow me to pay off the last bit of my car loan and my credit card!! =)

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31 Den December 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

Thankful that we stayed within our Christmas budget this year, while getting some awesome gifts to give to our families!!!

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32 Drew December 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

I’m thankful for a steady job that allows me to travel and pursue my dreams.

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33 Mark December 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

I am definitely thankful for my beautiful 2 and 4 year old daughters! I can’t imagine life without them.

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34 Amy December 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

I’m most thankful for my dad. He’s done more for me than I can ever possibly thank or repay him for.

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35 LORI December 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

I am greatful for my and my family’s health and for a good job. Without those two things, nothing else would work!

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36 Carly December 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

I am most thankful for my relationship with my family and their ever present support. Without them acting as my steady rock, things would be a lot tougher to get through.

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37 Jessica December 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

I’m thankful for our Economic Stimulus plan – our 8 month old son! We’re totally in love with our new addition!

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38 Kat Skull December 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

I am thankful for having a job this year! I don’t know what I would do without the challenges.

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39 Tessa December 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

I am most thankful for my family and my wonderful boyfriend!! They all bring me so much joy every day that I wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else!

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40 spiffi December 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

This year I am most thankful to have a good job and a roof over my head!

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41 Nick December 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

This one’s easy. I’m most thankful for time. Without it, you can’t enjoy all the other things I’m greatful for like family, health and freedom of speech. :)

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42 J. Money December 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

Look at all that love!!! Keep on sharing it, my friends – it’s a beautiful day! :)

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43 Shauna December 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

A full night of sleep last night–first one in 10 months! I mean, I am thankful for my little alarm clock, Ben, too but ahhhh sleeeeeep!

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44 Tiffany December 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

I’m incredibly thankful for the fact that I will be graduating college completely debt-free!

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45 Kim December 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

I am thankful for both my 8 month old daughter who suprised us by showing up 2 months earlier than expected and that she has proven all the doctors wrong. I am also thankful that my father in-law is slowly recovering from pancreasitis, and no he does not drink the doctors are still not sure why he had the attack.

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46 Heather G. December 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

I am thankful for my family, my health and my friends, the opportunity to serve my community as a volunteer EMT and the blessing of a job to provide me with a home and food. :) Pretty good for a recent college graduate!

PS….is it selfish to say I’m thankful for twitter and facebook? :-)

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47 Aaron December 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

Thankful for living in this great nation – with freedom and opportunity!

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48 Meg December 12, 2011 at 10:34 am

My strong body that allows me to sweat every day to get stronger and work toward my training goals!

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49 Rincey December 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

I am definitely thankful for a supportive family who are constantly so encouraging. Also I’m thankful for just a warm home and roof over my head, especially as the temperatures keep dropping.

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50 Megan December 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’m really thankful that even though my husband is unemployed and we have very little money, we can still spend Christmas together and are now home with family and friends rather than 1,000 miles away like most of the year. I guess that is a little cheesy, and I would love to have some money, but family is what is important, and he’s mine. :)

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51 Jany December 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’m thankful for finally being debt free! And I’m also thankful for my future husband recently becoming debt free! We are starting our future on the right track!!

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52 Carol in Mpls December 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

I am thankful to have a strong network of friends and family who are supportive and caring while I’m in job transition. Every day isn’t easy, but they make it better for me.

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53 ib December 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

I am most thankful for family. We have had a hard time this year and our family have definitely supported us more than we could ever ask.

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54 Carson December 12, 2011 at 10:48 am

Thankful for a healthy and happy family!

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55 SKG December 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

I’m thankful for harmony in my relationships, a career that I’m passionate about, my cats, having a reason to smile everyday and helping others do the same =)

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56 Brandy December 12, 2011 at 10:57 am

I am most thankful for my two healthy happy little ones!

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57 Jessica December 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

I am most thankful for my parents raising me to be a strong, independent woman. Even after a tough breakup, I am able to move on with my head held high.

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58 bschebs December 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

I am most thankful for the new friends I have made through blogs and Twitter.

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59 Liz M. December 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

I am thankful for my new job and that I get to go and do something I love every day. I am thankful for my family, my health, and the blessings that have been given to me this past year.

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60 Sonja J December 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

I am grateful to live in the DC area with 2 world class hospitals (NIH & Johns Hopkins) in driving distance. They have helped keep DH’s cancer from spreading & I will have him with me for the holidays, which is the best blessing of all!

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61 Steve December 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

I am most thankful for my wonderful fiancee!

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62 Brian December 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

This is an easy one… I’m thankful my old lady is pregnant for the first time and I’m going to be a dad in July….

It’s also the most scared of anything I have even been too!

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63 Angie December 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

I’m thankful for my health, my family, my boyfriend, and for life. :)

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64 Maddie December 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

I have to say that I am thankful for the health of my family members. Just recently, 2 of my friends’ fathers passed away and I can’t imagine being without my Dad at Christmastime or any other time of the year.

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65 Chris December 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

I am thankful for a healthy baby that arrived last spring, my wonderfully precocious four year old and my amazing husband.

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66 Justin Pitts December 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

I am thankful for my Dad. He had two strokes earlier this year that left him paralyzed on his left side. While in a nursing home, he contracted a bedsore that became so bad that we thought he was going to die. Like, I was actually called by doctors to come soon because we thought my Dad would die within 24 hours. Suffice to say, he didn’t die, and he is still alive. But I keep thinking how if things had turned out another way, he wouldn’t be here. So yeah, I am thankful ol’ Pop is around.

Sorry for the tear-jerker but it is the honest truth.

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67 Tamara December 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

I am most thankful for my family.

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68 amy December 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

Family and friends, where would we be without them?

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69 SmartAssetTeam December 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

I am thankful to be alive and living life to the fullest!

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70 Oanh December 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

i am thankful for my family & friends this christmas season. they are always there for me with love & support.

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71 The Jenny Pincher December 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

I have so much to be thankful for this year. The year started off rough for me but I came out so much better in the end in a way I could never predict. I am thankful for my home, my family, & my career!

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72 Kelsey December 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

I am so thankful for everything in my life, especially my family and friends, but also ranging from my new desk to the step ladder in the garage. I just try to stay grateful.

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73 Angella December 12, 2011 at 11:31 am

I am most thankful for having the courage to take risks and move my family out of a very bad area! It’s been stressful financially, but absolutely worth it. We can go outside without worried about being shot, it’s nice! :)

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74 bogofdebt December 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

I am thankful that I will not be moving in the snow! I am also thankful for the family and friends that I have.

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75 Desi Guy December 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

I am thankful for the congress at least thinking about extending the payroll tax holiday for another year, without which our paychecks would be about 2% smaller next year :(

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76 Jeffrey Trull December 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

I’m thankful that I’m happy in everything that I do and also for all my wonderful friends and family.

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77 BalancedLife December 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

This year, my son was diagnosis at-risk for autism in July. We were not sure what the future would look like for our family. However, after adjusting our budgets :) and getting him all the help we could possibly obtain, he is doing amazing! We are so thankful for each and every smile and every single giggle of laughter!

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78 Yana December 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

I’m most thankful that I’m spending my life with the right person.

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79 Jessi December 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

I am thankful for so much-my health, a year of rediscovering myself, my husband and kids, family, friends, a job, and the basic necessities in life.

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80 Kelly December 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

I’m thankful for my 6 Y.O. son, and for everything that motherhood has tought me.

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81 Jennifer Helton December 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

I am thankful for two things that both happened at the end of 2011 – my year and a half long search for a new, higher paying job ended successfully and I began it in late November. Also I began a new relationship with a man who is wonderful and outstanding. Life is good!

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82 Courtney December 12, 2011 at 11:43 am

I’m thankful that I still have 5-6 months before my boyfriend deploys again! And for my sister’s winter job in Florida, which prompted our new tradition of Christmas-ing near the beach.

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83 Sassy December 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

This year I am so thankful for my kids and a job to support them on my own. I am a single mom and don’t receive any help financially from my ex. He literally hasn’t paid one penny since who knows when (YEARS). So I am so thankful that I am able to work hard to support my kids and myself on my own. Without it I don’t know what I would do. Money gets so tight at times, but at least I have a job.

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84 Helen December 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

I am so grateful to have a job to support my family with in this tough economy!

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85 Lindi December 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

I’m so grateful for my family, and the ability to be doing something i love!

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86 Corina December 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

I’m thankful for still being sane after a crazy year :-)

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87 Jessi December 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

I am thankful for a lot of things, but I think most of all this year I’m thankful for my husband and the brand new family we’re starting!

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88 Robin December 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

I am most thankful for the little girl who crawls into my bed each morning, kisses me, and says “I love you, mommy.” She is a blessing and a miracle. No amount of money could buy that.

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89 Jen December 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

I am most thankful that I am able to go home for a few days to family (and pancakes).

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90 Miriam December 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

I am thankful my husband works hard so that I can stay home with our son. Even if it means things get tight (which they frequently do).

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91 Becky December 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

This year, I’m thankful for my job, which keeps us able to pay our bills and reduce our debt.

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92 Sarah December 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

I am thankful for my family, friends, their health and mine. I’m also thankful for all the blessings I’ve received this year and in past years. Hopefully, I’ll be blessed again with $50!

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93 Mike December 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

I am most thankful for my family and job.

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94 rlk December 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

I’m thankful for many things in my life: my boyfriend, my family, my health, my job, the recent raise I received, and all the small things that make my life great :)

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95 Catherine December 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

Above and beyond my family, friends, and well being;

I am thankful that I am 700 dollars away from paying off my student loans. I have been paying half my monthly taxable income each month to pay it off as quick as possible. I set a goal of 2 years, I made it in 2.5. I can’t imagine how good it will feel to look at that account and see zero!

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96 Julia December 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

I am thankful for the chance to be back in school, and that my husband supports me through it. But can’t wait to be done in two more years!

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97 Nate R December 12, 2011 at 11:56 am

I’m thankful for my health, great friends, and the ability to help others. After a co-workers wife was just diagnosed with breast cancer, we all took a step back to realize how fortunate we are and as a group, did a holiday adopt-a-family.

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98 Heather December 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

I’m thankful that my guy and I have weathered 7 years together, including a stint over the last year between when he finished school and when he found a job. It was tough — especially for him — but we made it work without an ridiculous fights.

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99 Stephanie Jens December 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I am thankful for my two little boys….and their innocent view of the world and people around them! I wish I had more of that :)

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100 Jessica (@gardenJess) December 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I’m thankful for my health and the health of my family. :)

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101 Kathy December 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Lots of stuff…at the top would be my family and friends.

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102 Amanda B. December 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I am thankful to finally have a steady income with benefits as opposed to years in college of scraping by. It’s a good feeling to slowly be paying those debts down that accrued during college!!

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103 Amber December 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I’m thankful for family, friends, health, and all of the good things that we have like a roof over our heads.

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104 Dy December 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I’m thankful for finally having found the courage to leave my awful marriage after years of emotional abuse. I’ve been more at peace with myself, and life in general, for the last 6 months than I can ever remember.

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105 Jen December 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I’m thankful for my (mental) health, which has improved for the first time in 23 years and stayed improved. I LOVE MY DOCTOR!

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106 Kevin Vesga December 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

This holiday season I am most thankful for my parents. I sometimes take for granted that they were not uber-strict with me and I perhaps had an easier childhood than many other. Even now, I thank them for continuing to support me as I try to find a job.

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107 Laura December 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I am thankful that both my husband and I have jobs.

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108 Brent December 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I’m thankful for having kids so that i can pick out the cool toys that my parents wouldn’t buy for me and then play with them!

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109 Kim H December 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Aside from the expected stuff (health, family, etc.), I am thankful to be making progress on our debt. It’s a slow process but every month gets us just a little closer to being rid of credit cards.

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110 Joe December 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I’m thankful for a good job!

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111 Kyle December 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I’m thankful for my job and the good health of my family and friends.

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112 Sam December 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I am most thankful for the good health in my family and a wonderful home with my fiancé and dog. :)

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113 Ally December 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I am thankful for the health of my family. We have been very lucky and very blessed!

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114 Em D. December 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I’m thankful for the new man in my life and a promotion that has loosened up my budget a bit.

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115 HighOrderGuiltComplex December 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I am thankful for my family, my boyfriend, friends, having a job. I am thankful for the finicial advise blogs like this one that keep me motivated.

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116 Liz December 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I am thankful for my husband. I recently got married and after 30 years of being single, I am so thankful that I found someone who loves me for exactly who I am. I kissed a lot of frogs in my dating years, so not a day goes by that I am not thankful that my search is over.

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117 LB December 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I am thankful that my surgery went well and I am almost 100%. I am thanful for my new job and new career path. I am thankful for finding who I am and that there won’t be any family drama this year during the holidays. I am also thankful for my husband and all the things he puts up with and my cute, snuggly fuzzies. But most of all I am very thankful for completing all my 2011 goals early and so I can truly enjoy Christmas debt free :)

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118 Sharron December 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

So much for which to be thankful! At the most basic level, I am thankful for the gift of each day of life. Everything else flows from that.

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119 Foxie December 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I’m thankful for the fact that my husband will be home again this Christmas. We get lucky sometimes, even if he misses the summers…. He’s even getting time off! *gasp* The last time he actually took leave was last September.

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120 Dee Dee December 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I am thankful for my wonderful husband and two great daughters, general good health , we have a warm comfortable home and lots to eat.

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121 Nicole December 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

While I have alot to be thankful for, I am especially thankful for my unborn baby.
I love being a mom to my 5 year old son, and since the minute he was born, I knew I wanted more children.
After going thru a divorce, though, and getting older, and older, I began to worry that by the time I found someone else, i would be too old to get pregnant again.
To my delight, I found out I was pregnant just two months after my September wedding. I am so excited that my time for this miracle has not yet passed and that I was able to get pregnant so quickly, as I know many people who struggle with infertility.

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122 Kelli December 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Even though my health and my loved ones’ health isn’t 100% perfect I’m thankful that we are in as good of shape as we are right now. We’ve had a few issues this year, but we’re all OK and working to get as healthy as possible. I’m also incredibly thankful for my dog/baby/best friend Cooper. He is my loyal constant companion and has been a wonderful addition to our family.

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123 Dani @ Ok, Dani December 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

After being told I was unable to have children without IVF, I’m 10000% grateful for the healthy little baby growing inside me!! No medical intervention needed!!! It’s a happy miracle!!! I am eternally grateful for this gift.

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124 Meghan December 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I am so glad that I married my husband.

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125 Sonya December 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

As frustrating as this year has been financially and personally, I can find millions of things to be thankful for.

- I am forever thankful for my family, particularly my parents. I have never met two more amazing people in my life and I am grateful every day that I grew having literally the best parents on earth.
- I am thankful for my new job. I may be strapped financially still in some ways, but I am so very thankful for a job where my coworkers and superiors actually respect me, appreciate the work I do, and reward me for it. I feel valued more than I ever have at a job.
- I am thankful for my boyfriend, who despite his un-romantic outward tendencies, cares about me to no end and takes care of me, especially when I truly need it (a certain 4am weeknight call to him when I needed someone to drive me to the emergency room rings a bell in this regard!).
- I am thankful for my friends. So very glad I have found a group of people that I mesh with so well and have never-ending fun times with.
- I am thankful for my health. I feel so fortunate to be healthy and happy, particularly when others are not :( I am able to live my life to it’s fullest and am very grateful that I have a body that allows me to do so.

There are so many more things to be thankful for, but these are the big few.

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126 Doris D December 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I am thankful for our health!

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127 jay December 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I am most thankful for the health of my family (wife and kid)!

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128 Mark December 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I’m most thankful for my family and friends health & well being. As cliche as it sounds, we lost our 2 month old cousin to SIDS last month, so it really brought the family together and reminds you that you need to be thankful for what you do have.

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129 Happy Homeowner December 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I’m thankful to be happy, healthy, financially stable, and loved/supported by family & friends.

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130 KSatterwhite December 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I am thankful for healthy children and good divorce lawyers.

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131 Cordelia December 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I’m most thankful that I’ve gotten as far as I have in one short year since deciding to radically change my life. My blog, my freelancing, and my new-found joy in life as a result of it make me go all mushy and fuzzy every time I think about it. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2012!

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132 lori December 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

i am most thankful for my new job – less stress, less hours, and more pay! :)

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133 HP December 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I am thankful for great friends and family…and enough money to do fun things with them!

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134 Carrie - Careful Cents December 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I’m most thankful for: My Life! I’m so glad to be alive, to be living this wonderful life, with all the ups and downs. I am enjoying everything life has to offer.

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135 Sarah R December 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m incredibly thankful for jobs. I got a promotion and my boyfriend got a full-time job. Two VERY good things at this time of year, in this economy, and in general!

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136 Kristy OT December 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I am thankful to be living in a nice apartment with neighbors who don’t blare bad music all hours of the night.

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137 Melissa C December 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I’m thankful for so much, a steady income and a family that’s willing to put their retirement plans on hold so that my daughter doesn’t have to go to daycare.

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138 Georgie December 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I am thankful for co-workers who make the lower salary worth it, and a fiance and pets to come home to for snuggles!

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139 Yardell P December 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

After nearly 28 years of living with my mother, who was nothing but the most kindest and patient of roommates as it became in my adult years…I’m thankful for the fact that I was able to find a place of my own, in the middle of the 2009 economy’s sky falling (at all times), and that I’ve been able to maintain it to this day with my ongoing job that I still have and at least like (Systems Support Tech).

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140 Connie December 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I’m thankful for a friendship network who are helping support my fitness goals. I’m trying to get in shape, and my friends are really helping. I now have a weekly date with a group of friends to swim at the pool, rain or shine! I have a friend who goes to a yoga class with me. I even have a weekly cooking date with a friend who’s trying to learn to cook more fresh produce. Other friends are more than happy to make a date to go for a walk here and there. I’m so grateful that I have people to help get me moving and eating healthier. I now have a packed social calendar! On top of that, I’m doing things to help get me in shape, and these are mostly FREE or low cost as well! Wins all around, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

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141 Tammy December 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I am most thankful for my husband and I finally being on the same page financially. Bye debt!!

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142 Bryan at Pinch that Penny! December 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I’m definitely most thankful for my wife. She always loves me and always supports me. She’s just about perfect, and I love her so much.

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143 Jaimie December 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I am most thankful for my faith. Without that, I know that our family would not have survived this year!

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144 garryo December 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The kids … THey make the holidays fun

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145 Barb December 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I am most thankful for the internet. Living in a town of 312 and a county of 718 where gossip and small-mindness runs rampant, I have access to a much broader cross-section of the world. Thank you to all who share your knowledge, opinions, and how you spend your life.

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146 Shannon December 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I am most thankful for an incredibly supportive family and fiance this past year. They supported my emotionally and financially during a period of unemployment between jobs, and I can’t thank them enough.

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147 lindsay December 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I’m most thankful for my spouse and my dog! Pretty plain answer, but it’s true.

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148 Annette December 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Thankful for actually having the first in years of a non-stress string of terrible events. I enjoy even the smallest things so that by this holiday season I’m actually enjoying A holiday season – going out and seeing the decorations, seeing all the holiday events, and simply sharing the cheer with friends and family.

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149 Candy December 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Thankful for my health! It allows me to take care of my family and work…which allows me to make money!

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150 Edward Antrobus December 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I’m thankful I got a chance to meet J$ !

Seriously, I’m thankful for a lot this year. Having a job, my wife and her parents being on good terms again, family. If I had to pick one, I’d have to go with the job (sorry mom). Being out of work was HUGELY stressful.

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151 retirebyforty December 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I’m most thankful for having a great healthy family. Baby RB40 is such a cute little guy and made our lives much more interesting. ;)

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152 Ashley @ Money Talks December 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I’m thankful for the $50 I’m about to win! haha… No, seriously, I’m thankful for my kids and husband, of course!

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153 Amy Hall December 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I’m thankful for a husband who is loves spending time with me and our 4 children.

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154 Jessi December 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm

This year, I’m thankful that I am able to perform my job duties as a emergency medical technician (EMT) and firefighter to the best of my ability. I have lost some patients and some buildings in the process – but I’m thankful that in this world, there are people who welcome us into their homes in their deepest hours of need and trust in my abilities to save them or their property. I am thankful for my “family” and fellow sisters/brothers in the fire, police and emergency medical services for all that they do and will continue to do, no matter the weather, time of day or day of the week; 24/7.

My favorite quote is “I don’t know who you are – but I’m ready to save you at any given moment”.

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155 Lynn December 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I am thankful even with all of the extra crap going on at work (and there is a lot of it) I have a job I like and I am being well paid for what I am doing.

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156 wonko December 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I am thankful for Wild Turkey.

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157 bmock December 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Of course I’m thankful for my family & friends and all that, but I’m also super thankful to have a whole week off of work at Christmas!!

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158 Casey December 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I am so thankful for finding a job two weeks before my last day at work due to layoffs, and for my husband who has been so supportive through the past two months when I was going crazy on said job search even though I think he might have wanted to scream sometimes, lol.

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159 Joshua Chiu December 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I’m thankful for a roof over my head, food on the table, warmth in the cold months, coolness in the hot humid months, technology to enhance our lives, a healthy body to be able to work and play, and a wife who loves me and reminds me of the right things to worry about and put my time and effort into. Most importantly, thankful for my homie Jesus, for His sacrifice on the cross and the way He teaches me to love, serve, and lay down my wants/needs/rights for the sake of others, for His glory! Blessed!

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160 Laura December 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I’m thankful for knowing where I’m headed next year, no matter what happens. I’m thankful for a wonderful husband who is supportive of the new vision and journey that we will embark upon as well as two beautiful angels God has blessed us with in the form of our children. I am thankful for a crappy job, to help me realize my true potential. I am thankful for a wonderful family and a loving God who showers blessings on His children through the grace and mercy of His Son.

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161 Lindsay December 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Im thankful that I’m finally making my health a priority in my life. I’m also thankful for my relationship. My boyfriend and I live on two different continents so it’s been difficult at times but we just passed our first year anniversary and we are still going strong!

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162 Leslie December 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I’m thankful for my family’s health and my new baby girl.

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163 Erin December 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I am thankful for my husband finally getting a full-time job! We’ve lived on one salary for far too long.

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164 Dan W December 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I am thankful that my wonderful girlfriend said yes when I asked her to marry me this past weekend. Not only will I get to spend the rest of my life with an amazing gal, it will force me to get my finances in shape before we combine our accounts!

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165 Kate December 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I’m most thankful for my family, my health, and my home.

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166 Matt Grace December 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I am thankful for second chances that I can show my seven year old son that proper planning and a sound budget can provide a great life. I am thankful that I am slowly climbing out of the financial hole I created when he was born. Thanks for the great website. keep up the great work.

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167 Lynda December 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

i am thankful for my good health, friends, and family.

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168 Cathy C. December 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I am thankful for my health, friends, family, pets, and the wonders of the internet and the many authors for providing such wonderful information to help others help themselves.

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169 Brian December 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

J ust wondering what I’m thankful for.
M aybe it’s being able to spend time with my loved ones.
O r maybe it’s getting presents to open on Christmas.
N o, it must be opening my eyes to see the light of another day.
E veryday is another gift to be thankful for.
Y ou never know when a sunrise will be your last, enjoy it.

R easons I’m thankful for this blog:
O ustanding information that has helped me stay sane when making my budget.
C ommon sense with a dose of reality and perspective.
K icks @$$!!!!
S o I sucked up a little bit, gotta have a little fun, right? :-)

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170 Natasha December 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I’m thankful that I FINALLY tallied all my debt balances and have started my snowball! Two bills down already! I’m also thankful that my hubby lets me manage all the finances so we can do the same thing with his debt!

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171 Mary H December 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I’m most thankful that I’m having an ordinary holiday season. We’re doing the same thing we usually do, with the same people. Nothing out of the ordinary – no major illness, financial disasters, family fueds to interfere with lots of good food and laughter, just hanging out with people we love.

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172 judyyy December 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I nearly lost my Mom 2 years ago to colon cancer but God saved her, healed her and she is still with us and she did not even have to take any treatments! She is 83 and I am so thankful for every day that I have her.

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173 Teresa December 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm

having one more year with the people I love the most

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174 Liberty December 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Perserverance, which makes me all the more thankful for my family, friends and all men and women who are out there serving our country to protect our freedoms. Persevere to get through the year.

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175 Lana Baker December 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I’m thankful to have a roof over my head. Four months ago, my plan to move fell through on moving day, and I had no idea where I was going to go. So, having a place to live, Yay!

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176 Valencia December 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I’m most grateful for growth–this year, I learned how to live without things that I thought I really needed. I moved back in with my parents, and I’m still alive to talk about it, lol. My long-term boyfriend asked for a break to “figure things out,” and I’m not a complete basketcase! I’ve cut out salon trips and have learned to embrace my naturally crazy curly hair. This year, I learned not only how to let go, but how to move forward, too. And I feel just a little bit sexier because of it. =)

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177 Chris P December 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I am most thankful for my daughter graduating from college a year early, landing a job with EY, and kicking her life into high gear and accelerating her student loan payments!! And secondly, finding all these wonderful PF blogs and kicking a substantive potion of my debt to the curb.

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178 Chris December 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I am thankful for the opportunity to wake up everyday and have another chance to set things right in my life. To continue to learn from my mistakes(of which there are many), Make amens with people I might have wronged or let slip out of my life, and to enjoy the many blessings I have. I am thankful that I am challenged everyday to become a better person and the grow into the person I dream myself to be. And most of all I am thankful That I have been given an opportunity to weather this storm known as life. Everyday is a Blessing.

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179 Kandace December 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

My beautiful family– wonderful and supportive husband/best friend, crazy 2 year old daughter who laughs all the time, and a sweet and snuggly 2 month old son who has just started to do the goofy gummy baby smiles. They are the reason I do any of the things that I do, and I never imagined my life could be this good. Blessed.

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180 Jennie December 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I am thankful for the health of my family and the fact that we are financially stable.

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181 Andrea Travillian December 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm

There is so much that I am thankful for, but if I have to pick one it is my amazing husband. He is funny, loving, hard working and best of all knows and loves me!

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182 NDchick1 December 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I am most thankful for the health insurance provided by my employer as I will be having surgery in early 2012 to cure me of a disease I have been fighting for almost 20 years.

Thanks to you guys for spreading the love and money!

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183 Jessica @ Faith Permeating Life December 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I am thankful my husband got a full-time job this year that he enjoys, that we get to spend the holidays with family, and that we’re well on our way to saving up for our big life goals.

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184 Julia December 12, 2011 at 8:40 pm

This year I am thankful for my wonderful friends. I moved about 1 1/2 years ago to start a new job and have found an amazing group of friends who are as close as family (if not closer). It has made the transition much easier. With that said, the hubby and family are pretty top rated as well.

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185 pops December 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm

To a wonderful Son who turned 18 today.

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186 Brian December 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I am most thankful for having finally paid off my line of credit!

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187 Christine December 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hmm well I guess for my wonderful boyfriend for all his support this whole year, my family for driving me crazy but still loving all the same, and being able to say that all my Holiday shopping is doneeee!

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188 Barry December 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I’m thankful for my terrific girlfriend, family, and friends!

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189 Bria Marie December 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I am thankful for my happiness. This year I really worked hard at becoming the happiest person I could. I took the loss of my full time job and made it work, because it finally forced me to leave a place that was killing me inside. Honestly, I am ten times happier now than when I was making 3-5 times as much money.

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190 Jan December 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I am thankful for my friends and family!

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191 Amanda Bee December 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I am thankful for so many things (my health, great relationships, etc.) but this year I am especially grateful for my education. I received enough funding that 5 years of graduate school should be paid for with little-to-no loans. I know that I am incredibly lucky for having received this financial gift, so that I can pursue my career goals without going into massive debt.

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192 Carmesha S. December 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I am most thankful for my family, friends, and my job.

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193 Molly December 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I’m most thankful that my sister is coming to town. I haven’t seen her all year!

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194 Kim December 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I’m so thankful for consistent employment for both myself and DH.

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195 iwantmyhdbflat December 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I’m thankful that I finally got my senses together in the beginning of the year, and started to pay off my debts religiously. For the past two years, I have accummulated $20,000 worth of debt, and I chose to ignore them because I didn’t want to face the consequences of my bad decisions.
Early this year, I decided to wake up from my folly and I started attacking the debts one by one. Instead of 4 debt accounts, I’m now down to 2. Instead of having $20,000 in debt, I’m down to $6,000. And I am certain that I can clear off my debts before I celebrate my 30th birthday next June.
Moreover, I have also relooked at my insurance plans. They serve as a protection in case any disasters incapacitate me, and they also serve as a savings avenue. I’m paying $1,000 a month, and I will potentially get a payout of $750K – $1M by the time i hit 65. On top of it, I am saving money aside every month for a downpayment for an apartment in Singapore too.
That’s not all! I’ve never thought about side-hustling, but I must say, the recent post on “Phone Sex Operator” got me thinking deeper :))) I’ve always enjoyed writing since young, and last week I secured my own column in a jewellery magazine that is circulated througout Asia Pacific. SUCCESS!!! It doesn’t earn me much – only $160 every month – but hey, it’s still something.
2011 has been a great year for me, and I’m thankful for how much I’ve grown. I know 2012 would be boombastic too – that is, if the predicted Armageddon doesn’t hit us!!!!

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196 Jennifer Clausing December 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I am thankful for my wonderful husband and 2 active boys. They all bring joy and happiness to every day!

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197 Kimberly December 12, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I know everyone has said this, and maybe it is cliche`, but truly if my home burned down, I lost my job and the cars went kaput I would still be thankful that I have my husband and four kids and that everyone is healthy and happy. We can get through anything as long as we have one another.

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198 T. Thema Martin December 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I am most thankful that I am able to still be an entrepreneur after leaving corporate America 8 years.

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199 Amanda December 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I am grateful for my wonderful husband AND the internet!

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200 Angie December 12, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I am most thankful for the birth of my Savior who loved me enough to die for me. And after Him, I am most thankful for my amazing husband and children.

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201 Yesenia December 12, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I am most thankful
- for the family I have including grandparents, uncles & aunts, cousins, mom & dad, little brother, mom in law & dad in law, grandma in law (yia yia), aunt-in law and uncle in law.
- for being married to a wonderful man! Who by the way increased my family (the in laws), and the birthdays to keep track.
- for having great health. I am only 21, but almost fifteen years ago my doctors told me I would not live past my teens if I didn’t take care of myself. My kidneys just keep on giving!
- for almost finishing my Master’s. MAY 18th (Graduation Date) here I come!!!
- for God

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202 Serena December 13, 2011 at 12:22 am

I’m thankful for my husband and three sons :)…… and that all is right in my world :)

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203 John December 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

Most thankful for my family. They are all I need!!

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204 gigi December 13, 2011 at 4:49 am

I am eternally grateful that my precious grandson has finally realized that he has a problem with addiction. As of today, he is 31 days drug free and in extensive treatment. I don’t need anything else for Christmas, he is my gift.

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205 Cristy December 13, 2011 at 6:00 am

I am thankful for perspective. Being able to see things how they really are instead of from only my narrow viewpoint has been eye-opening.

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206 Carrie December 13, 2011 at 6:59 am

I am thankful for my husband, my children, the two beastie cats, and all my supportive and loving family.

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207 Chung December 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

I’m so thankful for my husband and my newborn child (she just turns 1). It has been an amazing year with my baby. My husband is so supportive thru out.

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208 Brian R December 13, 2011 at 7:54 am

That i am healthy and have a job

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209 Lindsay Y. December 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

I am definitely thankful for my family and our health and good fortune this year.

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210 Catherine December 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

I am most thankful for my wonderful husband who is the greatest partner in life a girl could ask for!

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211 Kams December 13, 2011 at 9:34 am

Definitely most thankful for my 2 healthy girls – each one had a health scare this year, and everything turned out great, :)

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212 Corie December 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

I am thankful for the many things I’ve learned this year that have allowed my husband and I to get nearly out of debt and buy our first home. I am thankful for the friends and family that I have, espeically my husband, who will be able to celebrate the holidays with us in our new house! I’m also thankful for the many beverages that will be consumed over the holidays with friends and family around ; )

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213 Shannon Kenealy December 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

I am grateful for my job and the first Christmas with my husband that we did NOT go into debt for a single present! Thanks for the advise Brad!

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214 Liz S December 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

I can’t pick just one. I’m thankful for my husband and family, and I’m thankful that I found a job that is challenging, fulfilling, and pays the bills.

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215 Eric December 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

Most thankful for the health of my family and having a secure job that lets me provide for them during these tough economic times.

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216 Tiffany In Houston December 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

I am thankful that my MIL, who had a stroke in October, was able to walk into our home and eat with us for Thanksgiving and is recovering and getting stronger every day in rehab!

I thank God for my husband, family and friends as well.

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217 Trish December 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I am most thankful for a quiet holiday season this year. Last year, we got engaged, our truck was totaled and I lost my husky, my best friend in the world, Jaden, right before Christmas. This year things are calm and quiet, and I’m LOVING it!

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218 Amanda Rusmisell December 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I am thankful that my wonderful husband and I are working together to get out of debt.

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219 Wldflr December 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I am thankful that even after being out of work for more than 2 years from my old full time job, Hubby and I have managed to keep afloat financially starting our own landscaping business and also doing part time graphic design and freelance work. Being our own bosses is nice…work hard and play hard!

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220 butterandjelly213 December 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

as said by others, it’s hard to choose just one thing…I suppose I’d have to say I’m most thankful for my faith, which keeps me going no matter what else is happening

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221 Melissa December 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I’m most thankful for patience and the ability to put things in perspective.

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222 amy December 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I am most thankful for all my family. They are wonderful and I love them all.

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223 Shannon December 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Living in a new city – where I can run by national monuments as often as I want.

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224 Devin December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I am very thankful for my family.

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225 Jenni December 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I am very thankful for a great job. If you have to spend 50 hours a week somewhere, you better be having fun!

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226 Brendon December 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends. Even though I live at least one state away from most of them, we have all made it a point to stay in close contact.

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227 Sarah December 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I am most thankful for my new husband! (One month, one day, and counting. So far so good).

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228 Lori December 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I am thankful that my husband got a new job!

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229 Erin December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Thankful for my family and friends.

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230 kristin December 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I am thankful for family friends and that my parents are alive and well. merry christmas

kristin

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231 Amber December 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I’m thankful for choices: I made the choice to do the hard thing this year and start living life, rather than sitting and letting happiness pass me by.

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232 Matt, Tao of Unfear December 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Definitely my friends, with whom I’m trying to cultivate deeper relationships. I didn’t spend nearly enough time on my relationships while I was working the office job, so this is a nice change of pace.

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233 diane December 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I am very Thankful for my family and the baby that is coming in three weeks :) I am 39 years old and was trying for a long time.

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234 Sarah December 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I’m thankful for my family and fiance, as well as my friends and my job! Happy holidays!

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235 T December 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I’m thankful for the contract I have had this year… and hope the funding shows up so it continues next year…

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236 Financial Samurai December 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I’m most thankful for the ability to have the mental capacity to work and live in America!

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237 Ginger December 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I am most thankful for my husband!

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238 Megan December 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I am most thankful for my job and financial independence.

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239 connie ortiz December 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I AM THANKFUL FOR MY KIDS THEY ARE MY LIFE I HAVE ALWAYS GIVEN UP EVERYTHING FOR THEM

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240 Deb K. December 14, 2011 at 12:15 am

I’m most thankful to have such supportive people around me to help me through the challenging times and to celebrate good times with. I even enjoy opportunities to serve them as needed and/or able because it helps me get out of the “me me me” mindframe.

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241 PrettyChana December 14, 2011 at 1:14 am

I am thankful for all the little things that make me smile, like getting a package in the mail,listening to kids play and laugh or putting on my slippers etc.

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242 amanda December 14, 2011 at 1:46 am

I am thankful that I will actually be home for these holidays :)

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243 Jamie December 14, 2011 at 1:54 am

I am thankful that J. Money is hosting this contest!

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244 Stefanie December 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

I am thankful for my wonderful husband!

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245 Alexa December 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

I am truely thankful for my husband and dog! They both know how to brighten my day!

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246 John December 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

I’m thankful for my family!!

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247 Julie December 14, 2011 at 9:17 am

I am thankful for so much! More especially, I am thankful for my husband and children. I am also thankful for my parents. I am thankful for a roof over my head, and an income. Thanks for the giveaway!

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248 kasey December 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

aww yay, it’s back!! you guys rock. i’m thankful for my parents and that I can spend quality time with them, and I’;m thankful for my dog and my job

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249 Ky G December 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

I’m thankful for my health (I’m pregnant and have high blood pressure but so far throughout my pregnancy my blood pressure has been normal) and the health of my husband and unborn son.

I’m also thankful for the ability for the ability for my husband and I to provide for our family.

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250 Mami2jcn December 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

I’m most thankful for my husband and kids. I know that’s a boring answer but, seriously, my childhood was crappy and my adult life has been so joyful with them in my life.

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251 Beth December 14, 2011 at 11:42 am

I am most thankful that my doctoral dissertation has been submitted and accepted! I am all done, except for receiving the final paperwork and diploma!

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252 Rachel December 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

I’m thankful for my new job (2 months & counting) – I have so much less job related stress now. It’s amazing!

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253 Jen @ Master the Art of Saving December 14, 2011 at 11:49 am

If I had to pick one thing, I guess I’m thankful that my husband has been able to keep his job. :-)

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254 Mari December 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I’m thankful for my foster son, who we are in the process of adopting. He is fullfiling our dream to have a child to round out our family.

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255 Maria D December 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’m thankful for my wonderful family!

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256 Rusty December 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m thankful for friends, family, job, and health.

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257 Mike Vocasek December 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I’m thankful that I have such good people in my life and that wedding planning is almost over!

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258 Leslie December 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I am most thankful that I have my health and my husband.

Also that when people ask me what I want for Christmas, I really have to struggle to think of anything because I have everything I need.

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259 Kim December 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I’m thankful for my family and boyfriend, my newly adopted guinea pig, and to have a job in this economy!

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260 Shilpa December 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I am thankful for my husband who is very supportive of anything I do.

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261 Matt December 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Very thankful for my wonderful wife and 4 amazing little children!

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262 Sandy December 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I am thankful for my wonderful supportive husband!

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263 Celina December 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Thankful for my sanity.

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264 Joseph Gopez December 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I am most thankful for my family to keep their support up!

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265 Basil Siddiqui December 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I’m most thankful to be back home in California with my family and loved ones… the great weather is a plus after enduring the start of my first winter in Cambridge

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266 Jessica December 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm

My wonderful family, my sisters who are the best friends I could ask for, my loving boyfriend, and the opportunity to get to study medicine and hopefully help people someday!

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267 nikki h December 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

i’m thankful for my husband! we just got married in march and moved for our ‘honeymoon’ to an entirely new state to try out a new adventure. i am having the time of my life. even when we struggle, it always feels good to know my best friend is there every step of the way!

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268 Jenny December 15, 2011 at 6:44 am

I am most thankful for my family – and doubly triply amazingly thankful for our daughters and grandbaby.

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269 Crystal C December 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

I am most thankful for my family. No matter what goes on in life – good or bad – I can always count on them to be there.

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270 Alexson December 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much in 2011 – from how to DIY an entire basement reno to how to plan better for the future. I’m also thankful that I got to see firsthand how strong and kickass my family is when the going gets tough.

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271 Kelly December 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I just had a small health scare and luckily we caught it early and everything will be ok – but goodness, it certainly make you aware of how precious your health is and to be so thankful for it when you have it! Plus, my boyfriend and my family have been so incredibly supportive, I would be remiss to leave them out.

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272 amy December 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I’m grateful that due to careful saving and budgeting I was able to leave a job to care for my father in his home for several months before he died. Those days with him are priceless.

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273 Newlyweds on a Budget December 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I’m thankful that ew were able to survive four months on one income while my husband was in the firefighter academy.

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274 Deb December 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I am thankful for sometime off work with friends and family

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275 Gee December 16, 2011 at 3:02 am

I am most thankful for my family and their health.

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276 One Frugal Girl December 16, 2011 at 5:42 am

This is an easy one… I’m most thankful for my beautiful son who was born in October. He has completely changed my definition of love.

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277 Abella December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

I am so thankful for my great kids, my happy yellow house and my new business venture, which successfully pays the bills for everything else while letting me work in jeans and do the work I love.

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278 Kay Lynn December 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

I am most thankful that my family is healthy and doing okay in the economic downturn.

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279 D December 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

Happy, successful kids!

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280 Gretchen December 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

my husband and my health!

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281 CrystalGB December 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

I am thankful for my loving husband and family, for my good health, and that my husband and I have jobs.

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282 Hedy @ Penny for my Thoughts December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

What are you MOST thankful for this holiday season? Having a job I love.

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283 Tina F. December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

This year, I am grateful that my entire family will be here for the holiday season. We’ve had a tumultuous couple of years, and now that the dust has settled, everyone will be home! My daughter finally completed her PhD in Seattle (all the way across the country), and is teaching at a college only 2 hours (by car) from me! I’m also fortunate enough to have both my parents (they are 86 and 87 years old) in my life.

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284 Deanna G. December 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

I’m most thankful for my mom. :)

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285 Vanessa December 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

I am most thankful that my family is happy and healthy. And that I get to spend Christmas day with all of them!

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286 Slacker December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

My new daughter Molly!

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287 Amy December 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

We may not realize it, but this is one of the most competitive times to live in history…therefore I’m thankful for the inspiring people I have met throughout my life that have contributed in some way to my current survival. Thanks!

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288 Cathie December 16, 2011 at 10:21 am

I am thankful for my wonderful 9 year old son, Gabe, who is the best surprise I ever got!

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289 Amelia December 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

I’m thankful to be able to spend this Christmas with my family :)

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290 Cindy December 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

I am most thankful for my precious family. I don’t deserve ‘em, but here they are anyway! It’s a good life.

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291 Victoria December 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

I am thankful for my family, in particular my parents, who have been extremely supportive the past year helping me find a house to move into so I can keep my dog. I’m also very thankful for my boyfriend and all the love and support he gives me every day.

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292 Dustin December 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

I have to go with my wife (as usual). She started staying home with our kids this year, and it’s been awesome. I don’t know how she does it but I’m sure glad that she does!

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293 Justin Hollender December 16, 2011 at 10:41 am

Having a job still in this rocky economy. I love the company I work for, and I’m glad that I’m valuable to them.

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294 Tyler T. December 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

I am MOST thankful for the opportunity to provide for my family in such a way that my wife no longer needs to work outside of the home and she can properly raise our newborn son!

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295 Jen December 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

I am most thankful for my friends and family. It’s that simple. <3

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296 Charlie Z December 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

Have to go with family here — they help me keep it together when everything else is falling apart! (But hey, life is good – don’t get me wrong!)

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297 Linda J December 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

I am thankful for my job and a new love in my life.

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298 Jeremy December 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

I’m thankful for the Personal Finance Blog community. Thanks for doing what you do.

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299 jimmy December 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

i am thankful for my family and the new person in my life!

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300 Fern December 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I’m thankful for our health, for my son FINALLY finding a job, and that we did NOT have to move this year!

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301 Suzie December 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I’m thankful for my health. Last year was rough….64 days in the hospital. All is good so far this year!

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302 Jessica December 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I’m thankful that even though it’s been a rough year financially and personally, my husband came home safe from Afghanistan when many of his friends did not. That is a blessing, and I am grateful.

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303 BRB December 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I’m most thankful for my husband, cats and family!

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304 Drake December 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Family and being a new dad!

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305 Michelle December 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I’m most thankful for my family, friends and a good job.

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306 Elizabeth Wilkins December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I am thankful for my family and my job my job may not be the best and I may not like it (I really don’t) but I am thankful for the job I have.

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307 Cathee December 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I am thankful for finally figuring out that I am allergic to wheat. I feel so much better this year than last year. :)

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308 Troy December 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I am thankful for my health and the health of my family and friends first and foremost. Then I am thankful that my family and friends all have food, shelter, love and happiness.

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309 Barbara Marlow December 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I am thankful for my boyfriend and being so supportive of me always, the fact that I have transportation and a roof over my head. Thankful for my job even though I seriously hate it at times. Thankful that I have my health. Thankful that I am able to pay my bills on time (most of the time). Thankful that I can connect with so many and so much thru the internet.

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310 andi December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I am most thankful for my best friend. My life has been an absolute roller coaster for the last year and she is the one person has who has been along side me for the entire ride. Even though she relocated half way across the U.S. she is the one person I can always count on to be there, to pick me up, set me straight or just give me a swift kick when I need it.

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311 Nicole C. December 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I am thankful for having my job. Although I may be overqualified for it ( it requires an associate degree, but I have a bachelor degree), at least I am working in the field related to my major in college. Also, I am thankful for my family. My cousin was in the hospital during the Thanksgiving weekend. I feel the power of family unity. We are always looking after each other member.

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312 Audrey H. December 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I’m most thankful for my family. Been a tough year and I’m so glad to have their love and support.

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313 bobbi December 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I am most thankful for my family.

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314 Betty December 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Good health! There was a time I took it for granted, then the bottom fell out. Pleased to say, I’m once again healthy, as is my family. Happy holidays, and good health to you!

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315 Kimberly December 16, 2011 at 7:01 pm

My family (mom + dad)

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316 Hugo De La Rosa December 16, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I’m thankful for another year of life with my wife, son, extended family, friends, coworkers, students, digital friends, and everyone else who’s a part of my life :)

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317 Donna December 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I am very, very thankful for my new doctor. He has truly given me hope for improved health. For the first time in a long time I am looking forward to a healthier new year.

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318 Pearl December 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I am thankful for my family and the new learning opportunities at my job.

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319 Cynthia December 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I’m thankful to be employed and to have my health and my family’s health.

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320 PJ Koenig December 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I am thankful for having the family that I have – wow, that sounds even sappier than it did in my head, but it does not change the facts.

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321 jenna tomaszewski December 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I am most thankful that me and my husband just graduated from college and even in a bad economy no one can take away our education.

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322 Dana G December 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

my family and my health!

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323 Kimberly December 17, 2011 at 1:10 am

Well.. this has been the roughest year yet and I’m pretty thankful it’s almost over, lol but I’m truly thankful that everyone I love is cruising on through the rest of this year with me and we’ll all be happy and healthy when 2012 hits.. That’s how it works right? The new year starts, you have a new planner and everything in the world becomes perfect. I’m pretty sure I read that somewhere. :)

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324 Diane December 17, 2011 at 1:30 am

I am very thankful for my two daughters and three wonderful grandkids. xxoo

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325 Laura December 17, 2011 at 8:44 am

This year I’m Thankful that despite the many disasters that could have happened given some of my riskier decisions financially and career related – everything seems to have worked out well so I’m thankful for luck and timing!

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326 Kyra December 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

I’m thankful for being content.

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327 Leann Lindeman December 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

I am thankful for the laptop my husband gave me for birthday/Christmas!!!! All the better to enter giveaways with.. :)

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328 Romeo December 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

Im thankful for the chance of winning $50.

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329 Deanna December 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I’m MOST thankful for the Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System I’m getting for Xmas this holiday season. I have been trying to win one for YEARS and thanks to my parents, I do not have to try anymore. :)

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330 Amy December 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I am most thankful to be healthy and working again after an 8 month illness!

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331 Jess Green December 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I’m most thankful for my husband and our families who have been so supportive through all of the changes we’ve had this year!

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332 Jessica, The Debt Princess December 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I am thankful for the income I have been earning in the past couple of months. It hasn’t been easy for me the past year so finally having something coming in is really nice.

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333 Michael December 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I’m thankful for my vacation during Christmas week – it’s the first time I’ve been able to have time off for the holidays since I was in college.

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334 Laura December 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I am thankful to be engaged to my high school sweetheart after 25 years apart.

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335 lisa December 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I am most thankful for my family. everyone is healthy and happy :-)

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336 J. Money December 18, 2011 at 12:02 am

***GIVEAWAY NOW OVER***

Thanks for participating everyone, we’ll be announcing the winners shortly! :)

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337 Bernardo Estevez December 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

I am most thankful for my family.

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338 Jennifer December 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

My awesome family! I have an incredible support system, my kids rock and are the light of my world!

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339 Donna B. December 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I’m most thankful for my 115# weight loss this year :) Hoping to lost an additional 70# next year.

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340 Cyndi M December 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I am thankful that I paid for Christmas with cold hard cash!!! No credit card bills will come in the mail in 2012 from this Christmas like in past years!!!!! That is one of the things I am thankful for!!!!!

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