Cait Flanders from the popular personal finance blog Blonde on a Budget and I talk about her recent debt pay-off, her shopping ban and her new simplistic lifestyle.
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I really looked forward to having Cait Flanders from Blonde on a Budget on my podcast. I think she was actually one of the first guests I approached to be on the show and she said yes right away (thanks Cait!). Not only is Cait one of my all-time favourite personal finance bloggers, we’ve also become really great friends over the past few years. She is seriously just as genuine in-person as she is on her blog, which is why I think we get along so well. I’m a give it to me (and give it to you) straight kinda gal and Cait is definitely one of the most honest people and bloggers I know. Not many people could write about getting themselves out of debt and embarking on a shopping ban like she does.
A bit of background on how this episode came together, I actually recorded it on site in Vancouver. I went to Vancouver in March to visit my family and while I was there I had a bit of free time. So, I asked Cait to come over and we recorded this episode together. I was pretty nervous because this was the first time I’d ever used all of my podcast equipment by myself (I previously relied on my audio engineering husband), but luckily I didn’t mess anything up and it went pretty smoothly.
Besides Cait being a friend and a favourite blogger of mine, the big reason I wanted her to share her story on my podcast was because it is so relatable. She racked up a bunch of credit card debt, had to move back in with her parents, then started blogging about her situation as motivation to get out of the hole she dug herself. And she did it, and continues to live a more financially responsible lifestyle which includes a shopping ban and living like a minimalist.
We mentioned a few resources on the show, so I wanted to include them below. And if you’re just getting into personal finance and budgeting yourself, I highly recommend checking out Cait’s new Mindful Budgeting Program below. It’s a super handy tool to help you start budgeting with your best foot forward!
Mentioned on the show
Helpful budgeting tools
I interview my husband about life as a solopreneur in the music industry, revealing the hard truth about life as a freelancer.
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I am so excited about this second podcast episode! Not only is it on a topic that I think many of you are interested in and can relate to (freelancing, solopreneurship, being self-employed, whatever you want to call it), but it gave me a chance to finally prove that my husband (or HB as I’ve previously called him on the blog) is real! I didn’t make him up! He’s an real human being and he was nice enough to be my first podcast guest.
On my blog, I’ve mentioned over the years that I’ve always worked a 9 to 5 job, whereas Josh (my totally real husband) has been self-employed since the day I met him 8 years ago. We obviously have very different perspectives on freelancing and working “for the man,” but I think it wasn’t until we cracked open a few beers and hit the record button that we got into a deep conversation about what we really think about it all. That’s what’s so cool about recording these conversations. Without them, I’d have no idea about most of this stuff!
For instance, at the end of the episode when Josh tells me about when he was younger and was deathly afraid of public speaking — he’d never told me that before! Sure, I knew he hated doing that kind of stuff when he was younger, but he’d never told me that story before. We’ve been together for 8 years and I had no idea! Isn’t that crazy? I guess no matter how long you’ve known someone, there will always be something to uncover later in life.
Since Josh did mention a few go-to resources in the show, I wanted to make sure I included his favourites in these show notes. Just a fyi, Josh is seriously obsessed with Gary Vaynerchuk (in a good way of course). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home from work to see him glued to his laptop watching one of Gary’s motivational YouTube videos about entrepreneurship and digital marketing. He’s not really my thing (way too high energy), but I can appreciate the fact that he sounds exactly like Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Helpful Blogs for Solopreneurs
Josh’s New Obsession
For the first episode of the Mo' Money Podcast, I delve into my upbringing and later years to explain why I got into the personal finance blogging and podcasting world.
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If you’re a longtime blog reader of mine, you may have always wondered what I sound like. Sure, you can guess by my writing style and tone, but honestly sometimes I feel like I make way more sense talking than writing. And that is a big part of the reason I wanted to launch a personal finance podcast of my very own. I love writing on this blog, but I think to take my personal brand to the next level, I needed to do something new and different.
So, with the help of my audio engineer husband (who I interview for episode 2 of my podcast, check it out!), I went out and bought a few microphones, made some cover art for iTunes and started emailing anyone I knew who had a really cool personal finance story. Since I plan on having a new episode for you every Wednesday, finding new guests is going to be a big job for me. So if you know anyone who has a really interesting money story (or that person is you), please email me!
For my first episode of the Mo’ Money Podcast, I’ll be giving you a very personal glimpse into how I grew up and how that influenced my relationship with money over the years. For all of future podcast episodes, I’ll also be writing show notes like this one for each episode to include any extra info, links to any websites or past blog posts I mention in the show and some extra goodies too.
Show notes: jessicamoorhouse.com/1