I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley from Wide Open Wallet. Ashley is a 31 year old stay at home mom to two children. Her take on being frugal and saving money is always uplifting and very entertaining. I recently had a chance to interview her about her personal finance story among other things. Please subscribe to her feed today so you don’t miss out! I’m sure you’ll love her blog.
What made you want to start your blog?
Two things. One, I’ve always had a strong interest in personal finance so I thought I would have plenty to say. Two, I was writing a “mom blog” for my friends and family and a lot of times I wanted to talk about our finances but didn’t feel comfortable since everyone I know reads it. So I thought it would be fun to start a new blog just about money. It’s really morphed into way more than I ever thought it would be.
What first got you interested in personal finance?
I’ve always thought in terms of money and had an interest in personal finance type stuff. I didn’t know it was a “thing” until I was about 19 or so. I was hanging out at a friend’s house and her dad had a personal finance book lying on the coffee table. I picked it up and practically read the whole thing right then and there. Then I went to the library and read every book they had on personal finance over the next few months. I’ve pretty much never stopped reading on the subject.
Growing up, did your parents lead a frugal life? How have their money decisions affected yours?
I would say my parents were frugal growing up. It was out of necessity rather than desire though. My mom was in school full time until I was about 10. And then the recession of the 90’s hit a few years after she started working and both her and my stepfather were laid off. My mom used the time off to start her own practice so even then it took several years to really get a good income coming in. She has money now, but I was grown by the time all her hard work paid off.
I would say my parents decisions had an affect on me. I certainly didn’t grow up with fancy things and I had to deal with the fact that sometimes there just wasn’t money for stuff. I am perfectly fine now with not having the best of the best, and waiting until we can afford something. I don’t think I need it right now. Also, I never saw them use a credit card. I didn’t grow up thinking that credit card debt was part of normal life.
I also never felt poor growing up. I think that has had affect on me. We lived in a very blue collar city. Basically everyone either worked in a factory or at the hospital. So even though we didn’t have fancy things… neither did anyone else. So I never felt like I was lacking. That attitude has carried over into my adult life.
What is your biggest money regret?
UG. First off, not starting to save for retirement with my very first job. Secondly, trying to save a relationship with money. Never a good idea. I spent more money than I care to mention here. 🙂
What is your biggest money accomplishment?
Hmm… tough one. I would say it’s being a stay at home mom. We never thought in a million years I would be able to stay home, but sticking to our budget and living frugally have made it possible.
Isn’t that funny that it’s not how much I saved, or some fancy thing I’ve bought, but something that good money management has allowed me to do.
What are your favorite posts?
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