This week for our Gettin' Nosy interview, I'm chatting with Hollie from Fueled by LOLZ!
BTW-- want to catch up on old posts in this series?
- Jamie from The Jar Half Full
- Addison from Chocolate & Chaturangas
- Karen from The Mile Report
- Melissa from Mel's Miles
- Courtney from Redefining Athlete
- Cheri from Overactive Blogger
- Chelsea from the New Wifestyle
So back story to my obsession with Hollie: I've been reading lifestyle/personal/running/etc blogs for probably 4 or 5 years. I remember stumbling across Hollie's blog, Fueled by LOLZ, many times and reading her posts. She was kinda a blog celebrity in my mind. So fast forward a few years when I have a blog of my own and Hollie left a comment on one of my posts-- I FELT SO COOL! Since then my obsession with Hollie has grown and I've loved getting closer to her and reading along with her life.
A few things to note: she's an amazing runner (she just ran the Phoenix Marathon SUPER fast), she's getting married next month but is probably the most laid-back bride in the history of the world, and her posts are always entertaining. If you haven't experienced the magic of reading Fueled by LOLZ... you should do that asap. And be sure to follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as well for 24/7 entertainment :)
1. I LOVE learning tips & tricks that can help me to save more money. What is the best financial tip you’ve ever heard?
Considering Ashley helped me begin tracking my finances, I think all of my tips are indirectly hers. The best tip I’ve heard is decide what makes you happy. For me, I enjoy hanging out with friends, drinking coffee and going to races. That money is worth splurging on!
2. What is your proudest financial moment?
The proudest financial moment was when I rebuilt my savings account. I made a decision to leave my full time job a few years ago to move in with long term boyfriend (now engaged and getting married next month).
He took care of me but I also used the majority of my savings account while job searching. Moving in with him was the BEST decision I made for myself but it caused me to rely on savings for a while. My proudest financial moment was resaving that money in less than a year as well as enjoying life along the way.
3. Prioritizing your spending so that you spend money on things that truly make you happy is something that I think is SO important. What are some things that make you ridiculously happy and you feel zero guilt spending money on?
If you know follow my blog you know I enjoy running, coffee and diners. All three of those hobbies are expensive. I enjoy going out to eat more than the average person. I’ll meet people for brunch or dinner to catch up with friends. I save money each month to enjoy each of those hobbies.
4. On the flip side, what things do you try NOT to spend money on?
I try to save money on expensive running gear as well as housing items and food. We always coupon as well as look for good deals on food. Food is necessary but a lot of food is overpriced and unnecessary. I would rather buy healthy food in a “normal” grocery store versus Whole Foods.
5. I’m big on setting financial goals. I think it’s hard to progress in our financial life if we aren’t really sure what we’re working towards. What are your current financial goals?
My fiancé and I are working towards saving for our honeymoon (next month!). We are going on a cruise that leaves from Florida. After that we plan to start saving for life include adding to our emergency fund and I want a newer car.
Thank you so much, Hollie, for the interview! :) I think I need to channel your coupon/looking for deals on groceries skills! Which leads me to my question for today...
Do you coupon/look for deals on groceries?
We do most of our shopping at Wegmans and buy their 'generic' brand products, which don't usually have coupons. I'm sure there are coupons for brand name items that would end up being cheaper than the Wegs brand... but I am usually too lazy to look for coupons. Oops.