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February 8, 2012

So, I’m just going to come out and say it.

I’m not a “mom blogger”. I tried really hard to fit that mold, but it’s not my gig.

I am, however, a mom who is going to attempt to blog about personal finance with the perspective that only a single parent can bring to the table.

A few things this site won’t do for you:

  • Teach you how to use coupons – I don’t use them. I’ve tried a few times and it doesn’t really do a whole lot for my grocery bill total. We’ll talk more about this…
  • Give you expert banking/investing advice – well, any investing advice really. Many of us are still learning and mastering the basics. Once we get those, we can move on to the investing.
  • Make you feel inadequate – That’s right. This isn’t a platform for me to brag about my net worth, my job, my possessions, my latest travel adventure, etc.  I occasionally read some personal finance blogs that, while a great example that you can change your situation, really aren’t relevant for the person who is just diving in.

Ok, so now what it will do (hopefully):

  • Make you think – about what you want out of life and how to get there.
  • Give you some comic relief – or at the very least that feeling of “wow, I’m so glad I didn’t do that“.
  • Teach me something new – every reader can offer something of themselves (and I hope all of you will in the comments!)…just because you think your viewpoint may not be an amazing observation doesn’t mean that it won’t help someone out there.

I have a vision of what I would love this site to be, and I do hope that any of you reading will jump in and help me start a dialogue for/with the other single parents out there.

Somedays, it’s just a tough place to be. But we’ll get through it!

And now, since I didn’t sleep hardly at all last night I will take my leave and go make up for it tonight.

Have a fabulous night, and I’ll catch you on the flip side.





3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve L permalink
    February 10, 2012 12:28 pm

    Also, something interesting that I’ve been up to: A friend of mine has a friend that needs dialysis around 3x /week for 1-2 hours at a time. They don’t have any insurance and dialysis isn’t the cheapest thing in the world to get. They found a center that will give 1 minute of free dialysis for every plastic bottle/container cap they get, so I’ve started a collection at work. Over the course of the last month, I’ve managed to get over 5000+ bottle caps! (Ok, I didn’t actually count them individually. But, given the volume, it’s GOT to be more than 5000)

    Not only have I/we been able to give them all the minutes/hours hours of dialysis for free (my all-time favorite 4-letter F-word!), but they’ve been giving the excess to some of the kids over at Children’s Hospital so they can go to the dialysis center and get it for free too!

    It warms my heart to know that people are being helped by the simple act of NOT throwing away a little bottle cap. 🙂

    (I thought/hoped that story might apply here since so many are getting to save lots of money in a creative way)

  2. Steve L permalink
    February 10, 2012 11:38 am

    I think the perspective that you’re offering is one that’s much needed. I don’t talk about my money stuffs to anyone in my family or friend circles. Reflecting on that, I think that it’s a bad habit of mine. Perhaps if I were more open with that kind of information then I could get some really good advice from someone that’s been through whatever it is that I’m going through at the time. Conversely, perhaps that’ll help someone else open up and I can share my own learnings (translation: horror stories!).

    I also like it that you have a mission statement here. That way, those that ARE looking to feel inadequate know that they’re in the wrong place. I’ve had a lot of successes in life, but I think I’ve had WAY more failures. Sometimes it’s just nice to know that I’m not the only one that messes up. It’s comforting.

    • February 10, 2012 1:04 pm

      Opening up about your money to people can be a really tough thing, and sometimes definitely isn’t appropriate. I do believe that single parents might have a harder time with it. There are certain family members/friends that I have no problem confiding in and there are others that will never know the intracacies of my financial workings (unless they read it here, I suppose).

      I know that my difficulty with opening up to someone in regard to finances stems from the fact that appearances are a big thing for me. Right or wrong, it’s hard for me to admit in any situation that I can’t do/afford something. “Keeping up with the Jones’s” is a very powerful psychological phenomenon. (Hopefully, I can change that for myself and in doing so, help others with it as well.)

      And don’t worry…I mess up a lot so you’re bound to be very comforted here!

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