Hi everybody! I’m trying to figure out what Fridays will entail from here on out, but for today, I’m answering newsletter questions that I haven’t been able to get to yet. 🙂 Feel free to subscribe in the right sidebar to be able to enter the exclusive monthly giveaways ($25 + Free Ebook). My newsletter is also where I share my monthly income updates now…yep, I am pro-bribery. 😀
Jeb asked “What is your favorite budget category?”
Honestly, that is so hard. I actually have a budget spot for vacation savings (which is definitely my favorite), but for actual expenses, it would be food. I really love food. If I didn’t, sticking to our food budget and losing weight would be way easier. I’m just not ready to change yet. 🙂
Michelle asked “What is your favorite movie?”
That changes based on my mood. Right now, “The Avengers” and “RED” are pretty high up there thank to fun action. In the horror arena, the “Paranormal Activity” series has been my favorite but “Mama” was actually really great too. Comedy/romance would be “The Princess Bride”. And for sappy dramas, I really enjoyed “The Blind Side”. 🙂
Marie asked “I would also like to see more pics of the new house. Now that you’ve settled in, is there anything you would design differently?”
So far, no huge design changes needed, yay! In fact, I know this sounds silly, but the only thing we want changed SO BADLY is the dishwasher. We hate our new dishwasher. Our last dishwasher was perfect – held lots even though it was a standard size and cleaned great. This one reminds me of crappy apartment dishwashers. Yuck. We’ll buy a new one in a few years…it’s just not a huge priority yet.
Laura S asked “I am curious how many hours a week you work on BITFS itself?”
About 10-13 hours a week seems to be the norm. It takes about 7-9 hours for the 4-5 posts and 3-4 hours for maintenance, email answering, guest post writing (that’s the big one), and commenting. If anyone is feeling sorry for me right now (HAHA), please feel free to email me a guest post anytime. 😉
Cheryl asked “How and where do you find subjects to blog about, or do you just blog about anything that comes to mind?”
This should prove that I pretty much blog about whatever comes to mind. I know I should find more current topics to write about, but it’s just too hard to write about something forced. So unless a current news topic is really on my mind, it will probably not end up here. But who knows…that Carnival Cruise disaster vacation thing looks like interesting material…
Oh, here’s a question for all of you!
I didn’t know the answer and figured I would just let you all answer in the comments (yep, forced participation, hehehe):
Mel asked “Are there any private, tax friendly savings options specifically for healthcare that are not use-it-or-lose-it type accounts? My employer only offers an FSA, but I LOVED the HSA I had with my high-deductible health plan at my old job. Just wondering if there is an account or savings strategy that would be helpful.”
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!