Debs from Debt Debs had a great idea for those of us too
poor frugal to attend FinCon this year. We’re having our own blog party! The Frugal FinCon Fiesta!
For the next 3 days I’ll answer questions you post on the blog. Ask me anything (except my secret identity) and I promise to answer. Please post your questions in the comments and I’ll update the post with my answers. If you are not a blogger, stop in and say hello. This blog party isn’t just for the
geeks personal finance bloggers.
Thanks everyone who has stopped by and asked me question!
Brian @DebtDiscipline asked: Do you ever think you make the trip to a FinCon?
I would love to make the trip to FinCon one day. It sounds like there is so much to learn. I’m hoping the next one will be close to home. I travel 25% of the time for work, so it’s hard to add another trip away from the family.
Tonya @ BudgetandtheBeach asked: What are your biggest pet peeves?
Ooohh, that’s a hard one. I think being late is my biggest pet peeve. I get really stressed out about being late and it irritates me when other people are late.
Brandy @Busted Budget asked: What was your FIRST job and what was your WORST job?
My first job was at Burger King when I was in high school. It was fun, but it made me realize how important school was. I couldn’t understand how the people with kids survived on the wages.
My worst job was at Revenue Canada. Everyone thinks I’m nuts when I say that because it was a union job, but I HATED every minute of it. I worked in the mail room processing incoming tax returns. We had to process a certain number of returns per hour and could only take a bathroom break during set times. If you finished what you were doing before leaving for break, you got yelled at by a supervisor.
Kirsten @ Indebtedmom.com asked: What are your three biggest accomplishments in life?
Number one would have to be my babies! Or would that be number one and two? They like to remind me they aren’t babies any more, but they still are to me
Number two is travelling by myself in a country I didn’t speak the language. I spent a month in South Korea and traveled everywhere by train. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever had.
Number three is finishing grad school with a newborn and full-time job.
Brooke @ PFTwins asked: How did you get into student loan debt and what’s your approach to tackling it? How is your business plan/goals coming along? My husband wants to start his own business and is finding it so hard to get started / get momentum at the very beginning.
All of my student loan debt is from grad school. In retrospect we should have tightened the budget and tried to get through without loans, but we were living the dream and didn’t want to make sacrifices :-) At first I was making my minimum payments and pretending the loans didn’t exist. I did write about my pay off strategy in this post. I’ve increased my extra payment to $750 per month since then.
My business is stuck. Like I need to call the tow truck to drag me out of the mud stuck. I have a lot of great ideans, but I don’t have enough time to get everything done and tasks are taking longer than they should. I think I need to hire someone to help me with the website, but it’s hard to justify spending too much when you are starting up. Is that how your husband feels?
Jean @ Nearly Retired asked: What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
The best book I read this year was The Divorce Party by Laura Dave. It was a book I randomly picked up at the library and finished it the same day.
May @Messy Money asked: what has been the biggest surprise about blogging for you?
That people are actually reading my blog! After that shock wore off, I was surprised by how supportive other bloggers are and that they are always willing to offer advice. It’s really a great community.
Kara @The Daily Wisk asked: In a world where all cars cost the exact same amount – which is your dream car?
Hmm…that’s a hard one. I’m not really a car person. I guess something convertible, but I don’t know what make.
Femme Frugality asked: Okay, so this is totally random, but I heard this story on the news about how NASA is contracting 2 companies for space shuttles, potentially for civilian travel into space. Would you go? And why or why not?
No! I don’t want to be the test subject. Maybe after they’ve done it for a few years and everyone survived and didn’t get eaten by aliens
Kip asked: You mention in your about page about being a financial professor, knowing what you know now, is there anything you think you should have done differently in your finances upto this point?
Yes, I do work in the financial field. There are so many things I would do differently. I could write a book about all the mistakes I made. I think the two biggest changes I would make would be avoid student loans and start investing younger.
Thank you everyone who stopped by my blog during the fiesta! It’s been great getting to know you all better.
Here are some more details on the Frugal FinCon Fiesta: