Welcome to Sunburnt Saver! I’m your host, Melissa, and I live in the great state of Arizona. Phoenix, Arizona to be exact, which is why I’m the sunburnt saver. No matter who you are, if you’re a native of Phoenix, you’ve probably been sunburnt at least once in your life. In Phoenix, getting sunburnt is like a rite of passage. Don’t worry, since being a kid, I’ve learned my lesson and do my best to avoid the sun or cover up if I’ll be outside. You also learn how to handle your sun tolerance quickly when you live in Phoenix!
Sunburns aside, I’m really passionate about saving and budgeting. However, I didn’t start off knowing how to save. I lived my late teens and early twenties going out with friends, shopping, partying, and traveling. While it was fun, I didn’t stop to slow down and evaluate my situation. Similar to getting a sunburn, I was more impatient to have fun and not worry about the consequences “later.” When I was younger, that translated into blistering sunburns that I would cry about for days until they calmed down. When I was older, I had learned my lesson about sunburns, but I hadn’t about saving. I would look at my bank statement and (practically) cry about how little I had in my account.
Eventually, with the help of my boyfriend, B, I connected the dots and realized if I ever wanted to stop stressing over my pathetic bank statement, I would have to make a budget and stick to it. Just like everything else I had prioritized in my life (getting into good schools, getting a good job, relationships with friends and family), I had to prioritize my spending.
You may be in the same boat as me, or you may be ahead or behind me in your journey. Either way, I hope you learn something and share your experiences with me on this blog. Just make sure you’re wearing a wide-brimmed hat to avoid that sun!
Life Outside Sunburnt Saver
To give you a little background on my life outside of the blog, I actually work in the finance section of my organization, so I work with budgets and finances all day long. This has helped my Excel skills tremendously (not that they were bad before, but actually working with Excel spreadsheets for 8 hours a day makes you improve really fast), and it has made me a better budgeter and saver. When the most important question of your workday is “Is there money for it and, if not, can you get money for it?”, you start asking yourself that question at home too. Yes, it sometimes drives my family crazy. 🙂
I won’t be posting a whole lot of personal pictures on this blog, since I’d like to remain anonymous because of my job. People in my organization, I don’t think, have really understood or appreciated the ‘blogosphere’, so best to ease them into it slowly. I assure you, though, I’m a real person and all of these experiences are real. I’m not a robo-writer!
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