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Big Things Come in Small Packages – Guest Post from my Mother-in-Law

The following is a guest post from my mother-in-law, Mrs. Veranda, who just started blogging in January.  Yep, I brought her to the dark side.  I am one of the lucky people who actually loves their in-laws, so no MIL jokes.  😉  I was first introduced to Mr. BFS’s family a couple of months after we started dating in 2001 and they officially became my in-laws in mid-2005, so we’ve known each other pretty well for more than 10 years.  For this post, she asked what she should write about and I said you all enjoyed personal stories.  I plan to get more posts out of her in the future as well.  Please check out Out on the Veranda when you have the chance!

I know you’ve heard that saying – big things come in small packages – well it’s true for my daughter-n-law, Crystal.  When my son introduced her to us, I think she was about 21, but she looked 15.  (I was 18, lol, and yes, I’ve always looked pretty young…)  When your only child introduces you to his future bride, you are naturally skeptical.  After all, he’s your pride and joy and no one is good enough.  Or so I thought.  Crystal has more than proven to us that she is a perfect match for our son.  (Awwwww!)

Here’s why…

Crystal and Money

My husband and I have always said that my parents were tight with their money.  Yet, not long ago, my father made the comment that Crystal and Mr BFS were so tight that they squeaked.  I don’t think of them as tight, just very frugal with their money.  The girl knows how to budget. 

I wish we had known Crystal when we were first married and she could have given us pointers on creating and using a budget.  Fortunately we had 401K’s and retirement accounts with our employers.  (I still bore them with budget talk, lol.  Never too late.  😉 )

Blogging for a Living

When Crystal first told us she was going to quit her day job and blog full time, we were concerned.  First of all, we weren’t sure how blogging worked or how you could make money at it.  And then there was the issue of job security.  Well, as you all know, job security is a thing of the past.  We were skeptical, but Crystal has shown us that she knows what she’s doing. 

Once we sat down and talked to her and our son, we found out that she had investigated this every way there was to look at it.  They both have college degrees, so there is always that to fall back on.  But, to tell you the truth, I don’t think that will be necessary.  At the rate they’re going, they’ll retire before we do and find something else to make money at.  Crystal knows how to make money!

My Hopes for the Future

I hope that Crystal continues to prosper at the blogging business she created and will be able to cut back her hours to allow her to have some time for herself.  I think that girl blogs 24/7!   Of course, I would not mind a grandchild or two along the way as long as that is what they want…

Crystal’s Comments:  LOL…grandkids?  Let’s take one huge leap of faith at a time, shall we?  😉  Anyway, there you go folks…you have been demanding more posts from my family for about 2 years now.  Now you have this one and the one from my mom about getting an antenna for your tv.  Pretty soon, I’ll even get Mr. BFS to step up.  🙂



FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 a year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you).  I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too!  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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20 thoughts on “Big Things Come in Small Packages – Guest Post from my Mother-in-Law

  1. Fun post!

    LOL. I love the plug for a grandchild! 🙂 So hilarious.

    I’m 27 and I continually get that from my mother and grandparents.

    I just tell them they’re more than welcome to have a child again if they want a little one around badly enough…

  2. What’s with the parents always pushing for grandkids?!?! We got it from both sides too, we waited 2 years after getting married before having our 1st. Hmmm, I’ll have to get Mrs PFM to write a guest post.

  3. That’s awesome that you got your mother in law to guest post. Too many couples don’t get alone very well with their inlaws which is a shame. I’m sure you’ll do fine with your blogging business too.

  4. So nice to see a DIL and MIL getting along so well, it make me feel less weird about really enjoying my MIL. I’ve heard some horror stories.

  5. Ok guys, cut me some slack here! We have not been pushing for grandkids…I just mentioned it as hopes for the future. 😉 But I do have friends that have really hounded their kids for grandchildren. If and when they make that decision, we’ll be happy for them either way.

  6. Heh heh. I also loved the plug for grand kids. Fortunately, my wife and I just passed the age where grand kids are not a biological possibility, so our folks have stopped raising the issue. I also think it’s great that Crystal has turned something she loves into her living. I also recall the times when she seemed to be blogging 24/7, and now I see more balance in her life with friends, activities, and blogging. All in all, I think it’s great. And as for being “so tight she squeaks?” I wouldn’t go that far, but I once saw Abraham Lincoln’s portrait on a penny breath a sigh of relief when she finally quit pinching him so tight!

    Just kidding!

  7. Ms. BFS is a smart cookie. 🙂
    Her hubbie is a lucky guy (too).
    They both enjoy the benefits of hard work, discipline and desire to have better.

    I remember Crystal saying something about her parents being a big influence on her and finances. Sometimes the little things end up being BIG things. Dare to succeed and enjoy doing it.

    It’s not work if you love what you do! 😉

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