Subscriber Swap Saturday: Living Almost Large

by Kevin on February 21, 2009

This is the twelvth edition of Subscriber Swap Saturday.

I highly encourage all of my readers to subscribe to Living Almost Large for one week and see if you like what you find! Read more about Subscriber Swap Saturday at the link above. You can also read her questions for me.

LivingAlmostLarge is a personal finance blog started by a 20-something Dual Income No Kids female personal finance blogger LAL.  She writes about her experiences with personal finance including mistakes and goals.  Whether admitting her true spending nature, or attempts at frugality, LAL approaches PF with humor.  You can subscribe by RSS or Email (available on her blog).

Question (No Debt Plan): Your blog’s name is Living Almost Large. Does this represent a desire to live large, or are you happy with your current situation? In short, what does the name mean?

Answer (Living Almost Large): It means I have a desire to live large one day. I think I live well now but certainly not large.  There are many things which I think I would like to do or have. I would love to travel and not worry.  Or buy all organic food and not worry about prices.  Or turn up the heat to my house to 68 at all times instead of 62.  So right now I am living almost large because I have some luxuries now. I have cable, cell phones, fresh food, etc.

Q: What’s with the tennis shoe on your blog theme?

A: I guess it’s the idea that I’m taking steps towards living large.  And the shoe is my shoe I wear now.

Q: What made you decide to start blogging about finances? Any particular blogs that were inspiration?

A: I wrote a few weeks ago that I decided to stop our spending.  We weren’t in debt, we had savings, but we were blowing through $800 month eating out, $800/month groceries, etc.  We just spent like drunken sailors because we could.  And with my DH’s MBA tuition bills coming up we had to stop.

Q: You and your husbands are DINKs (dual income no kids, for the uninformed). How long do you plan to keep things this way and what financial issues are you tackling differently because of not having kids right now?

A: I have no idea.  When we have kids it will happen.  That was a goal this year to have a child I have no idea if it will happen.  And because we don’t have kids, I am pushing my DH to start a business like he desires because we can take the risk.

Q: Has your part of the country been impacted with the housing bubble?

A: Yes and No.  The city area has been hit, but not drastically.  Specifically our neighborhood has not dropped in price.  Mostly because of the location, proximity to the city, school district, and safety. It is one of the safest cities in the US, and has been ranked as such.  So the housing hasn’t gone up but it hasn’t gone down either.

Q: What will you do with the money you save from cutting back on your groceries and eating out?

A: I used the money we saved from eating out and groceries for my DH’s tuition costs.  I still spend $300/month on eating out and $300/month on groceries.

Q: What is your #1 financial goal this year?

A: #1 financial goal is to stash cash to start a business.  Tomorrow I announce that my DH is a finalist in a business competition.  One of 4 chosen. Thus I believe his business has a great chance of succeeding.

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Thanks for the interview, Living Almost Large!

Want to be interviewed for Subscriber Swap Saturday? I’ve got a bunch of openings. Just drop a comment or e-mail my way.


frugalCPA February 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I like this. Subscriber Swap Saturday is a great idea, and it has helped me find two, interesting new blogs thus far. Keep it up!

Kevin February 21, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Thanks! Hopefully others are enjoying it too 🙂

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