I apologise for not writing any posts for the past week or so, but I have been mega busy in my job have been slightly distracted by the European Championships! How good are England doing by the way?
. Here’s another in the series of personal finance blogger interviews. This week, I spoke to Penny from PennywisePenny – who gave us some great answers below.
What got you started as a financial blogger?
A chat over a glass of wine with my friend Carrie, when we realised that we both have a ton of money saving tips and ideas gathered over the years. We are not financial gurus or economics graduates, we are just two ordinary women who have had to scrimp at various life stages and we felt we had good tips and stories to share.
How long have you been blogging for?
A year maybe
Is it a part time hobby or a full time job?
Part time definitely. We each do a blog a week, we could do more as we do have a lot to say but we both have full time jobs and family and friends.
What is the best thing that’s happened to you as a result of your blog?
Hopefully the best is yet to come! We like it when we get comments from readers saying thank you or sharing their own tips and stories.
Have you followed your own advice?
Absolutely, and that’s why the blogging comes relatively easy, it’s what we do on a day to day basis, we live by our own rules.
What has been your most popular blog post, and why do you think it was so popular?
We tend to get an even level of readership for each blog. I think that’s because we have built up a following of regular readers. Anything with practical or creative money saving ideas always goes down well though!
How long did it take for you to start noticing – a. regular readers, b. a following.?
About six months in. You don’t get regular readers without putting the time and effort into your blog first. How does the saying go, ‘build it and they will come’!
What would be your biggest piece of advice to anybody who wants to save money?
Save your pennies, live a more natural, eco life, oh and subscribe to our blog!
What is the most valuable freebie you’ve ever received?
Hmm, valuable in monetary terms? Well, we do like it when magazines have make-up or bags in those pockets on the front, or free beauty samples in department stores. BUT, and inline with our ethos, it is probably good advice that counts most in monetary terms. A freebie might be a good one off item, but long term it is good tips and advice that have the most impact on your purse or wallet.
How often do you use voucher and discount sites?
There are certain voucher sites that we like, and before we make a purchase at a chain store or online, we always Google for a money-off voucher. But we’re not so keen on discount sites, the ones that heavily discount products and experiences. That’s because as a customer you often get a bad deal (such as the table next to the toilets in the restaurant) and as a business, it doesn’t do anything to increase loyalty to your business, the offers are just taken up by people looking for a super-cheap deal.
Which ones do you frequent the most?
Voucher Codes, Money Saving Expert, and we pick up all the free supermarket magazines for the vouchers inside them.
Finally, what is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt since becoming a personal finance Blogger?
That your personal finances extends beyond checking your bank balance and switching credit cards/loans for the best deals. You can also keep your finances in check by living sensibly such as, clever cooking, looking after your house, clothes and car, finding cheap activities and days out, and living a greener more resourceful lifestyle.
Thank you very much for that Penny! We wish you all the best with your great blog – keep up the good work!