For those of you who are long-time readers of Northern Cheapskate, you may have seen a post or two from someone named Guest Blogger Susan.
Guest Blogger Susan is a dear friend of mine from college, and I love that she takes the time out of her busy schedule to write a few things here at Northern Cheapskate. She’s a librarian by day, but also spends a good deal of time working on her family’s fruit farm. I’ve always admired her industriousness and creativity and am thrilled that she enjoys writing for us!
I asked her recently to write a short bio so you could get to know her, and she created this fun little Q&A I think you will enjoy:
If someone handed you $100 and told you had to spend it or give it back, what would you buy? Books. There is an awesome Goodwill here in town that has a gigantic selection of books. Most hardcover books are 6 bucks and when I see one I want I think “Oh, but it’s free from the library” and don’t buy it. And candy. I really like candy.
If you could pay someone to do 1 household chore what would it be? Fold the laundry. I don’t mind washing and drying but HATE folding.
Is there anything you are not frugal about buying? I love soap and other bath products. I hit the Bath and Body semi-annual sale very hard for shower gel and their August hand soap event for a year’s supply of hand soap. Even though they are on sale it’s still pricey. I figure I save enough on other stuff I should be able to have a happy bathing experience. I could pretend I buy them because they don’t make my itchy but really I just love them.
What’s in your stockpile? Pasta, ketchup (big sale), shampoo and conditioner, and cream soups. I feel jittery if I don’t have everything I need to make a casserole in the house; I’m Methodist.
What is your super power? Getting my friend Jen out of bed on a rainy Sunday morning. Very few have succeeded at that one. I would have preferred stopping time or being invisible but you have to take what you get when it comes to super powers.
What do you avoid at all costs? Paperwork, traffic and asparagus.
Why don’t you start your own blog? I couldn’t take the pressure of having to say something every day. Sometimes I just want to read what other people are thinking. Christina is nice enough to let me pipe up to the world on hers every once in awhile, and that’s enough.
Secret confessions about saving money? I have been known to go to 3 grocery stores to hit the sales in 1 shopping trip. I will also go back in to stores for items that have a limited number per person. Last Christmas I got all my butter for baking for 98 cents a pound. It took me an hour of waiting in line and walking out to the car but it was worth it! I also hand strangers coupons in stores if I am not going to buy a product and see they are. I am amazed how many try to turn me down.
What are the 3 fundamental things you know to be true? Never buy wine with a cartoon reindeer on the label. Do not sharpen the knives when you are angry. You can not charge people to eat their own food.
Be sure to check out Susan’s frugal living posts and stay tuned for more great posts from her.