Why did you start this blog?
I love to write, but I wasn't writing as much as I would've liked. I just never made time for it. I thought starting a blog would be a good way to get back into writing regularly (and hold me accountable for writing regularly, since it's on the Internet for anyone to see). Also, I enjoy reading blogs, so I thought I'd like writing one, too. And I wanted a way to communicate with other bloggers.
I'd been thinking about starting a blog for a while, but kept putting it off, thinking I didn't have enough time. However, when I was laid off from my job due to downsizing/reorganizing in January 2012, I had nothing but time, and I knew that that excuse wouldn't work anymore. I started the blog one week after the layoff.
What do you write about?
All kinds of things. I talk about myself and my family. I enjoy telling stories, so I write about things that happen to me or people I know. I like to tell stories from when my brother and I were growing up. I like talking about my interests and hobbies. My husband and I are working on saving money and paying off debt (we'd love to eventually be completely debt-free), so I write about how to save money and how to get good deals on purchases. Lately, I've been talking a lot more about home improvement and home decorating. With a condo (where we live) and a house (which we rent out), there's plenty of that happening! I enjoy reading blogs that deal with these topics and get all kinds of new ideas from them, so when I try something new, I like to write about it, too.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy reading, traveling, working out, doing home-improvement projects around our condo and the house we rent out, finding new ways to save money/find good deals on things we buy (which doesn't sound like much fun, but I like the challenge), watching sports (especially college basketball and football), and spending time with family and friends.
Let's talk about the pictures on your blog. Do you take those yourself?
I do. They aren't very good, are they?
Not really. (No offense.) What sort of camera do you use?
(None taken.) The pictures in earlier entries were all taken on my phone (which is definitely much more "phone" than "camera"). After a couple of months, I made a (minimal) upgrade when I found my point-and-shoot camera in the back of the closet in the guest bedroom. (Can you tell I'm not much of a photographer?) It's a Nikon CoolPix. It's not much, but it gets the job done (when it works, which is about 50% of the time that I try to use it). Eventually, I'd like to upgrade
Do you like comments?
Absolutely! What blogger doesn't? I love when readers leave comments.
Do you like followers?
See above answer.
You write a lot about things you're doing around the house. Tell me more about it.
It's a 1,500-square-foot condo. I bought it in early 2010. It was a short sale, so I got it for a pretty good price (see, you can get good deals on big-ticket items, too!), and fortunately, it was move-in ready. It has two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and an open floor plan, and it's in a great neighborhood.
We also own a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom bungalow about 15 minutes away. It's my husband's house that he bought several years ago. We rent it out now and will most likely move back there sometime in the next few years. It was built in the 1950s, so there's plenty of work we could do there, too (by "work," I mean fixing it up and remodeling--fortunately, it's in good shape), but we'll hold off on that until we're living there.
And what's with the writing about money? Are you a financial advisor or something?
Nope, not at all. My husband and I are working to save money to build up our emergency fund, save for retirement and other future expenses, and eventually pay off all debt. (Yep, we'd like to eventually be mortgage-free.) We are big fans of Dave Ramsey, and we like reading what the other pros have to say as well. We find a lot of information from different people and then use parts of each to make a plan that works for us. Saving money can be tough, but it's definitely rewarding.
So you don't spend much money then, do you? Do you buy much stuff?
Yes and no. We go without some things we'd like to have (like a flat-screen, high-def TV) because we simply don't need it. The TV we have now is nice and works perfectly. But that isn't to say that we don't ever buy things. I think it's more accurate to say that we generally don't buy things new or at full price.
I love shopping at consignment stores and Goodwill, looking on craigslist, and going to yard sales. If I do buy something new, it's generally coming from the clearance section or is on sale, or I'm using a coupon or two. I'm certainly not against buying things (new or used), but I like the challenge of finding a deal when I make a purchase, and I've learned a few ways to do that.
Even if I had a million dollars, I'd shop this way, not because I'm cheap, but because I truly enjoy finding a deal. However, it's a talent/hobby that certainly does come in handy when you're trying to save money! Anything we save from a purchase goes into, well, savings.
What other blogs do you like to read?
Click on the "Blogs I Like" tab. I update it frequently, so make sure to check back. And if you know of a blog that you think I should add to this list, let me know!