This Leap Day I got together with several other bloggers for a Leap around the Blogosphere, an idea initiated by Jessica Cohen at Found the Marbles. This year we’re answering questions about ourselves so that you can get to know us better, and of course as a financial blogger I had to put my own spin on it. If you want to play along, add your answers in the comments below or create a post with your answers and add it to the linky below.
1. My childhood nickname was “Spendthrift”. This perhaps is a testament to how tight my family is with their money, and why I tend to know more than the average person concerning how to save money. What’s really funny about this is that to me is that I still have that nickname despite the fact that I am a person who saves a minimum of 40% of her income, never buys anything unless it is at least 40% on sale, writes a Best Time to Buy column for The Centsible Life because that’s how I shop, and to this day organizes her grocery shopping around food sales. But compared to the rest of those frugalistas in my family I am the spendthrift…mostly because I have an affinity for going to the movies in the theater just so that I can get movie popcorn.
I go to the early show on weekdays because it’s the cheapest. And I have a refillable movie popcorn bucket and drink cup that costs me $6 to refill for both. Overall I spend $11 a trip, and therefore I am the spendthrift. But I’m not bitter.
2. If you want to spoil me rotten, buy me something normally crazy extravagant and expensive that you’ve gotten for less than anyone else. Nothing turns me on more than an elite frugal shopper who really knows how to use the powers of good bargain shopping.
3. The television character I most identify with is Oprah. OK. She’s not a character, but she is the originator of the great give aways that are so popular in the blogosphere. She gives away cars; I give away advice about how to save money so that eventually you can pay cash for your car. It’s almost exactly the same thing.
4. If I had a whole day to go shopping and money to spend, I would go to Ross Dress for Less and Marshalls. In my home town there’s a shopping center in which they are right next door to each other. I almost cried with joy when I saw it.
5. The most wild and crazy thing I have ever done (that I can admit to publicly) is paying full price for a dress when I was 21 because I was worried about coming off looking like a cheapskate in front of a boy I liked. Also, I didn’t want to bother him by making him go on a bargain hunt with me. Of course I married that boy, and now, 20 years later, he has no choice but to bargain hunt with me.
6. The one thing on my bucket list that I am most eager to do is to take my kids on international trips. As a child who lived overseas and understands the huge value in having international life experiences while you’re young, this saving goal has been on my list for as long as I’ve had children. I even have their passport forms already filled out and ready to turn in the minute we decide we have enough cash to do so.
7. My family will always be loyal to my family budget. I mean really, have they any other choice?
8. If I could spend a day with a celebrity I would choose Suze Orman. First I would give her a totally hard time for mocking financial bloggers everywhere. Then I would ask her some very pointed questions about her debit card, her former life in debt and how she got there (because that sometimes is more important than how you got out of debt), and how she thinks she became so freaking awesome to me despite the fact that she mocks financial bloggers.
9. In my opinion, the best invention in the history of the world is the take an additional 50% off coupon. Do I need to explain why again?
10. When life hands me lemons, I make not much of anything because I hate to cook. But I’m more than happy to sample your lemon bars. In fact I’m an excellent taste tester for any of you food bloggers popping over for Leap Blog Day needing taste testers. No really. Call me.
Kelly Kinkaid enjoys writing about such topics as stretching a dollar, personal finance, diet and fitness, and living a life well lived. She spends all of her spare time in her many roles including but not limited to soccer, basketball, swimmer, band, and piano mom, runner and wife. You may contact her via e-mail kellyology(at)gmail(dot)com.