This Monday we’re interviewing Crystal from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, a Yakezie member who writes to remind us to leave room for the good things in life. After reading our interview, why don’t you head on over to Budgeting in the Fun Stuff to check out our favorite BFS post of the week is Okay, I Am Being Debt Judgmental.
1. What blog/website do you read most often?
Everyday Tips and Thoughts Kris and I became friends early on in our adventures in blogging, lol. She emailed me one day just to vent to a fellow blogger and it was just so refreshing to meet someone I could really talk to about that – my husband appreciated it too, hahaha.
2. What made you start writing? Particularly in personal finance?
I’ve always liked writing and meeting people. When I found out about personal finance blogs at the end of last year, I became that commenter that just couldn’t stop talking. I’ve loved the ins and outs of personal finance since I was tiny, so it just made sense to start my own blog. 🙂
3. What is your favorite post that you’ve written and why?
Letter to Myself 10 Years Down the Road” A bunch of emotion went into that. I was inspired by others and had a good time really thinking about what I’d tell me future self.
4. What is the best financial lesson your parents taught you?
How to prioritize. I remember them saying “If you spend that on this, you won’t have it to spend on whatever you’ll want later on”. It seems simple, but that is one strong lesson I think quite a few people missed out on.
5. How do you feel about frugality in today’s society?
Our society as a whole isn’t frugal. Period. I personally don’t care about frugality, specifically, but I do wish that everyone would understand that they need to save for their own futures and spend within their means. That inherently means that more people would benefit from being more careful with their money – they’d benefit from frugality.
6. Do you have a favorite cheap eat to share?
Okay, this is going to get a lot of people to stick out their tongues, but I absolutely love boxed macaroni and cheese with canned tuna. It is my comfort food and costs less than $1.50.
7. Do you have a favorite money saving tip or practice that you use?
AUTOMATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. It’s hard to spend money you’ve already automatically allocated elsewhere. It’s also way easier to manage your money when all the normal stuff is automatically taken care of, right?
8. Looking back on your financial life, if you had to do it all over again, is there any one thing you’d like to do over? Or one thing you believe was a pivotal moment?
I wrote a staff writer post about my biggest financial regret over at Sweating the Big Stuff ( Three and a half years ago my husband and I invested in a business we didn’t research well first just because we were friendly with the owners. Long story short, we were grossly misinformed and ultimately lost $12,000. That is the only huge financial regret I actually have, so I guess I’ve been lucky overall. 🙂
9. And just for fun, if you could be any superhero based on their alter ego, what would you be? (Because we all know Peter Parker and Clark Kent spent more time as themselves than walking around as superheroes.)
I’d pick Dr. Jean Grey from the X-Men before the whole Phoenix debacle. Smart, funny, and sexy as hell. I’m also a redhead, so that helps… 😉 BUT, I’d pick the Wolverine over Cyclops any day of the week.