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PFBlogger Spotlight: GE Miller of 20 Something Finance

20 Something Finances LogoGE Miller writes 20 Something Finance, a personal finance blog that is geared towards the twenty-something crowd, and Microfrugality, a new site on lowering your expenses and living the frugal lifestyle. As a twenty-something myself, I stumbled onto 20 Something Finance a few months ago and have been quietly lurking in the background as posts were delivered to my RSS reader. His recent pair of posts about getting rid of material clutter remind me of my recent purge of financial clutter.

So a few weeks ago, I reached out to GE to see if he’d be interested in participating in my PFBlogger Spotlight series and he agreed. It’s not every day you meet someone who enjoys the occasional game of cornhole (I learned about it in Pittsburgh, which isn’t too far from Michigan). I hope you enjoy the interview and if you have a moment, check out his site.

Q. Hi GE, could you tell us a little about yourself?
A. Sure. I’m in my late twenties and have been married for four years. I currently reside in Michigan and work at a tech company. I enjoy hiking, cycling, tennis, disc golf, backpacking, and an occasional game of cornhole (look it up). I’m a huge Michigan State football and basketball fan (and alum) and have football season tickets.

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PFBlogger Spotlight: Jason of Frugal Dad

I’ve decided to bring back an oldie but goodie, the personal finance blogger spotlight interview series. Long time readers of Bargaineering will recognize the PFBlogger Spotlight series as I’ve interviewed quite a few bloggers in the last few years. Today I have the joy of introducing you to Jason of Frugal Dad, a site “created for the average family to find financial resources with a [financially] conservative slant.”

I’m a fan of Jason’s blog because, despite its name, it is about more than frugality. Frugality is merely a tool towards overcoming debt and life’s other financial challenges. I hope, after this interview, you’ll gain a little more insight into what he’s about and why that makes his site so good.

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PFBlogger Spotlight: Paid Twice

I’m not sure when it was that I first met Paid Twice, blogger behind I’ve Paid For This Twice Already…, but I’m really glad I did. I’ve Paid For This Twice Already is her personal finance blog and it follows her life experiences with money. The “paid twice” refers to how with debt, you buy something once and then pay for it over and over and over again in interest. I wanted to find out a little more about her (did you know she has a Ph.D. in Genetics?) so I thought I’d put her under the bright PFBlogger Spotlight!

jim: Hi Paid Twice, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Paid Twice: Sure! I am a 34 year old woman who loves to endlessly analyze and dither about this and that. I’m a mom to a preschooler and a toddler, I’m married, a taekwondo instructor, a chemistry tutor, and I’m in a lot less debt than I was a year ago.


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PFBlogger Spotlight: Pinyo of Moolanomy

This edition of PFBlogger Spotlight takes a look at one of the most enterprising personal finance bloggers out there, Pinyo of Moolanomy. In addition to running a popular personal finance blog, Pinyo works hard at putting together a social media site focused on personal finance, PFBuzz, as well as a bustling forum, carnival, network, and other blogs! I have no idea where he finds the time but he does and does it well.

I had a chance, earlier this year, to interview Pinyo and for the series.

jim: Hi Pinyo, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Pinyo: First, thank you for the opportunity for this interview. I am a 34 years old Asian American. I have been in the U.S. since I was 11 years old — so I have seen and lived in two completely different cultures. As far as family goes, I have been married for about 3 years now and my wife just gave birth this past December to an awesome little baby boy.

I lived in New York City ever since I moved to the U.S. and I own a small house in Jackson Heights. Currently, I work full-time for a big corporation (which shall remain nameless) as an IT project team manager in Brooklyn, NY.


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PFBlogger Spotlight: Trent of The Simple Dollar

If you’ve been reading personal finance blogs for any stretch of time, chances are you’ve read Trent Hamm’s work over at The Simple Dollar. Trent bills his site out as “financial talk for the rest of us,” meaning it’s personal finance advice from a regular Joe to the rest of us regular Joes. While much of his personality comes through in his writing, there’s nothing like direct questions and direct answers to really help you understand where someone is coming from.

jim: Hi Trent, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Trent: Well, my name is Trent Hamm. I live in rural Iowa with my wife and two young children, aged two and one. We live on the outskirts of a fairly small town. Up until March, I worked for a research organization doing computer programming that supported a large collection of data. Since then, I’ve been writing full time, mostly about personal finance.
jim: What motivated you to begin blogging and how long have you been doing it?
Trent: I’ve been a high-volume writer since I was in seventh grade. I’ve kept a journal each day of my life since I was twelve years old with each entry being at least a thousand words, with only a few days missing. It’s really something to read through those old entries now.

Because of this desire and ability to write so much, blogging made sense. I’ve attempted blogging in the past, most notably with a parenting blog in 2005, but none of them really clicked. My parenting blog was doing quite well, actually, but I was uncomfortable with some of the direct personal attacks made towards my son, so I decided to stop that blog.


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PFBlogger Spotlight: Lazy Man and Money

I’ve been reading Lazy Man and Money for quite some time now and prior to my wedding and honeymoon, I asked Lazy Man for an interview. For those of you keeping score at home, I was married in February, it’s August September now, so I’m a little behind in publishing this. :)

That, however, is not an indication of what I think of Lazy Man’s blog (or his health blog, Lazy Man and Health). I had the pleasure of meeting Lazy Man at an event out in San Francisco and now you guys get to learn more about him.

jim: Hi Lazy Man, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Lazy Man: I’m a software engineer who is currently taking a hiatus from a typical 9-5 job (and income, ouch).


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PFBlogger Spotlight: Green Panda Treehouse

Green Panda TreehouseWhat color is US currency? It’s green. What’s one of the most content creatures on the planet? Well, one of them is a panda. And what happens when a bunch of kids get into a treehouse? Well they play fort, have a good time, and otherwise bond and become better friends. If any of that seems like a stretch, it shouldn’t be, because that’s the namesake and origins behind Green Panda Treehouse. I had the opportunity to interview the Green Panda herself for my PFBlogger Spotlight series.

jim: Hi Green Panda, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Green Panda: I’ve pretty much have been working since I was 14. As the oldest kid in my family I helped my mom balance the budget with one income. I’ve had paychecks were half (or more) went to help with the bills and I blew the other half. I wasn’t saving any of it.
I got a credit card in college and like many of my friends, I charged on it like crazy. At the same time I was financing college on my own through apply for grants and financial aid. I was smart with money on some things, but an idiot on others.
Slowly I became more responsible with my money and eventually it lead me to start blogging on personal finance.


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PFBlogger Spotlight: Blunt Money

This latest PFBlogger Spotlight is a few month in the marking and I unfortunately lost it in my drafts folder for quite some time. However, it’s been unearthed and it’s a email chat I had with Blunt Money. Blunt Money describes herself as “a re-married mother of one who lives in the southwestern U.S. I’ve had over $15,000 in credit card debt. I’ve been divorced, employed, unemployed, self-employed, underemployed, etc. I’m currently working on saving & learning about investing, building my very small businesses. My husband and I are working on paying off our mortgage (which is our only debt).”

jim: Hi Blunt Money, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Blunt Money: Sure, I’m a re-married mother of one who lives in the southwestern United States.
jim: What motivated you to begin blogging and how long have you been doing it?
BM: I got interested in simple living, read Your Money or Your Life, and realized that I paid very little attention to my finances. Once I discovered the pfblogging world, I decided to combine two of my goals (writing something every day, no matter how little, and focusing more on my finances) by starting a personal finance blog of my own. I’ve been writing Blunt Money since August of 2006.
jim: How did you come up with the name of your blog?
BM: I’m usually a very blunt person, and I like money.
jim: Fair enough, what do you think makes your perspective unique?
BM: I tend to write more from the emotional side of things. I think emotions and money are very tied together. Also my blog tends to be all over the place, which is very indicative of my personality. You might read about lasagna one day, and tax liens the next.
jim: What are your favorite personal finance books?
BM: I love Your Money or Your Life. I also liked Green With Envy and Hooked, although those aren’t personal finance books in the sense of talking about saving money or investing.
jim: Which of your posts do you think all your readers should read?
BM: I’m not big on “shoulds”, but some posts that have been well-received are:

jim: Speaking of common mistakes, what financial “mistake” that you’ve done has bothered you the most?
BM: Oh, I have a lot to choose from! If I had to pick just one, I’d say trying to make someone happy using money. You can’t make people happy period, let alone with money.
jim: How about your best decision?
BM: Probably to actually FOCUS on my finances each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
jim: What do you do every day now to help focus on your finances?
BM: Well, writing the blog gets me thinking about money every day. And then I go through my spending plan nearly every day to see where I’m at and where I want to be. I also review my money (and other) goals regularly, and do at least one related activity for them each day.
jim: What is your favorite personal finance blog and why?
BM: For once I actually DO have a favorite: The 20 Year Challenge. I love Tread’s blog because she’s got a great combination going: idealism, determination, struggle, success, honesty, and creativity. And, I’ve been where she is, both years ago and pretty recently: living on a shoestring.
jim: What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?
BM: Money-wise? A whole heck of a lot. Saving up more money for both long- and short-term goals, learning about investing, helping my son learn more about money, etc.
jim: And, lastly, if your blog ended today, how would you like people to remember it?
BM: I’d just be happy that they remembered it period. But I’d like for them to have taken something positive from it.

Check her out over at bluntmoney.com!


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