Happy Saturday! We are still dealing with the aftermath of our house flooding, so this will be a quick post
If you haven’t been following the excitement on Twitter, Wednesday night, B and I came home to our garage, laundry room, rec room, and dining room flooded due to a burst pipe in the laundry room. It partially flooded our living room too. Not only did it destroy our carpet in the rec room, but it killed our new washing machine (remember that saga?), couches, and baseboards.
So we have been living in half of our house while the other half dries with high powered fans, sent in by a company our insurance company is (hopefully) paying for. Our insurance company is dragging their feet at sending anyone over to actually look at the damage, which is incredibly annoying, as I’d like to move forward and get everything replaced, but I guess that is your typical insurance company!
Good news though! I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award, and I’m participating in the Frugal FinCon Fiesta! Without further ado, Frugal FinCon Fiesta y mas!
Versatile Blogger Award
I’d like to pair the Versatile Blogger Award with Debt Debs Frugal FinCon Fiesta though and, since it ends today, I’m going to go ahead and post a few little-known facts about me, then open up the questions to you all! As we go, I’ll tag new people for Versatile Blogger Awards – so far everyone who I would nominate now has been nominated! You all are too fabulous 🙂
Frugal FinCon Fiesta
- Join the FRUGAL FinCon Fiesta which will run Sep 18 – 20 to coincide with FINCON and allow people time to visit other blogs.
- It’s a blog hop party and the purpose is to entertain questions from your readers.
- This can be a great way to spawn future blog posts, if the answer is quite complex.
- You can post some teaser questions and answers about random facts about yourself.
- Non-blogger readers are encouraged to say ‘hi‘. (Oh please show us some love! <3)
- Let’s do some banter in the comments as well, not the usual commenter comments and blogger responds. Let’s mix it up and comment to other’s comments for some $hits and giggles.
- It will be super hot if you put a fiesta like picture in the header of your post.
- We reserve the right to take down any spammy links or otherwise party-poopers who are not participating in the party with the spirit in which it was intended.
- TWEET #FrugalFinConFiesta and HAVE FUN!
So fun, little known-facts about me!
- I LOVE road trips – I grew up taking road trips with my family, and even after all that, I still prefer them over any type of travel. I’ve road tripped around the US, Ireland, and southern Spain.
- I’m an only child – and I don’t think it’s negatively impacted my life a whole lot 🙂 Although there are some parts of having siblings that I would like, like at the holidays. 3 people at a holiday table can be boring!
- I love animals – when I die, I am leaving all my money to animal charities. And maybe a little bit of money to my favorite ‘nieces’ and ‘nephews’ (my cousins’ kids), if they’re cool 🙂 When I was growing up, we fostered animals – puppies, kittens, animals who had been abused and needed a place to recover, mom-animals nursing their babies. We ended up adopting some of the worst-cases ourselves, particularly the abused or older animals.
- Children don’t like me – I don’t know why, but I sucked as a babysitter. Friends used to help me babysit because the kids hated me so much. I just think I don’t know how to talk to kids. I get along with ‘kids’ that are 16 years and up, and even that is pushing it. Actually, babies like me, but that might be because they can’t talk yet and tell me what they really think of me.
- I’m on the fence about kids – They’re expensive, and they hate me. I feel ambivalent about them, too, so those are all probably great reasons not to have them.
- All that said, I am a great gift giver – Kids (and adults) love me around the holidays. I have an uncanny gift of picking out humorous, useful, or just plain neat gifts. Brush my shoulders off!
- I randomly drop rap lyrics in normal conversation – I consider that a gift too. I generally drop rap lyrics in normal conversation at home and with family, but sometimes I let it drop at work too and wait to see who catches on. No one ever does… except for that one young person in IT. He gets it.
Frugal FinCon Fiesta Q-and-A:
- From Femme Frugality: Who is your insurance company?
- State Farm! So this is letting you know, State Farm is on notice – send out a darn claims person, already! It’s been 4 days already!
- From Messy Money: What has been the biggest surprise for you where blogging is concerned?
- I guess the biggest surprise has been how much it has changed since I last blogged! I had a very small food blog in 2011 for about a year, and there was a community, but it wasn’t that close knit (at least to me). Since starting Sunburnt Saver, the PF community has been amazing. I wasn’t expecting it at all! Also, it’s a lot more fun this time around than last time. I think I like personal finance a lot more than food blogging 🙂
- From Debt Debs: What are the best and worst examples of PF behavior you’ve seen in friends/family/coworkers?
- Great question!! It’s so nuanced: some people I know make bad personal finance choices or have bad PF habits, but at the same time have other great PF habits. I think one of the worst examples I’ve seen among lots of different people (friends/family/coworkers) is not budgeting for things. I have one friend in particular who knows, somewhat, how much he brings in, but then when he buys things, instead of checking his account and making sure he has money, he just buys what he wants and crosses his fingers he has money. What?? Crossing your fingers is not a good PF behavior! On the other hand, that same friend is also very frugal and purposely lives in a not-so-great part of town because it’s cheaper, and his expenses are lower (smaller place, saves in electricity costs). From my friends and coworkers, I learn a lot of what not to do, but I also learn really awesome tips on how to save money, so it’s a win-win learning situation for me! 🙂 And I’m not perfect, so I’m sure they learn from me too 🙂
- From Two Kids and a Budget: When you become debt free, how will you celebrate? And what have you learned most about the blogging process since starting your blog?
- Two awesome questions, and thought-provoking! I have a long term plan for paying off my debt (all student), and I should have it paid of by the time I’m 35. After paying it off, I plan on saving all that money I put towards debt, and put it all towards retiring early. I really hope I can go to blogging and freelancing full-time, and not having the student debt-monkey hanging over me would give me that push to save and quit my job to jump into freelancing full time. That’s my ultimate goal 🙂 And the blogging process… ugh, what haven’t I learned? Hindsight is 20/20 though, but if I had to do it over again, I would have learned how to set up a blog/theme properly in WordPress. I had a fabulous designer create my blog, Jenn from Munchkinland Designs, and she is the best, but I wish I had learned some coding first so I could go into my blog and make changes without being afraid I’m going to collapse the whole thing. I’ve learned a lot about plugins and backing up, though, and I think those are useful skills! 🙂