Subscriber Swap Saturday: Chief Family Officer

by Kevin on March 28, 2009

This is the seventeenth edition of Subscriber Swap Saturday.

For the uninitiated, every Saturday I do an interview with another blogger. That blogger also interviews me and posts that interview on their website.We then tell our readers — hey, I think this guy is interesting, you should subscribe to his blog for a week.

This week I’m interviewing Chief Family Officer. I highly encourage all of my readers to subscribe to her blog and see if you like what you find! Read more about Subscriber Swap Saturday at the link above. Her questions for me are up at her blog as well.

At Chief Family Officer, Cathy writes daily about family finances, parenting and cooking. She’s a huge fan of The
Drugstore Game
and just wrote about plan to become completely debt-free (including paying off the mortgage!). Subscribe to Chief Family Officer’s RSS or email feed.

Question (No Debt Plan): You’re an attorney, correct? Has your legal background been a benefit to you as you manage family money? (Or do you just win all of the arguments!)

Answer (Chief Family Officer): Yes, I’m an attorney, but I don’t think my legal training has made that much of a difference to our finances or the way I manage things.

And it doesn’t help me get my way at home either, since I’m married to a fellow lawyer.

Q: You started blogging way back in 2005 while on maternity leave. Obviously you’re not on maternity leave, you’re working full time and have two growing kids. How have you handled the your increasing popularity (and thus blogging commitments) while also managing to stay committed to your family?

A: Time management is always an ongoing issue for me. I’m blessed in that my husband is very supportive. He doesn’t mind if I blog for an hour instead of cleaning the house! And I’ve just come to accept that I can’t do it all – there will always be something left on my to do list and that’s okay, life still goes on.

Q: Why do you like to cook so much?

A: I love to cook because I love to eat good food! Other than that, it’s kind of hard to explain – sort of like trying to explain why you like the color green. It’s something I’ve always done and something I’ve gotten better at through the years. One thing about me, though, I couldn’t follow a recipe to the letter if you paid me. I’m always improvising something.

Q: What’s your favorite recipe? (And if different, what’s your favorite frugal recipe?)

A: I don’t really have one favorite recipe, frugal or otherwise. But I highly recommend the Ground Beef Hash recipe that I posted earlier this week – it was great!

Q: It looks like you are still using Blogger. I’m always curious to ask bloggers why they use the blogging system they currently use. Ever thought of switching to WordPress or stuck in your ways?

A: I stick with Blogger mostly for the ease of use and price (free!). Also, the prospect of moving four years worth of archives is downright terrifying.

Q: If you had to stop blogging today what would you want your blog to be “remembered” for?

A:  I’d want CFO to be remembered for its honesty and usefulness. I love sharing information and always hope that my readers are able to
apply it to their own lives in some way.

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Thanks for the interview, CFO! I ask about Blogger vs. WordPress because I worry about someone else being in control of my blog data/archives. If Google decided to shut her blog down it might be really difficult to retrieve the posts. Sure with WordPress my webhost has the data, but I can back it up (when I remember) and archive it.

Bloggers — interested in being featured? Check out the schedule. I’ve got openings coming up in May.

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