LWD INTERVIEW: TERRI CHENEY, BLUE HOUSE JOURNAL
Note: I’ve added a few personal comments. One of these days perhaps I’ll be set up to do actual audio interviews and have a genuine conversation with my interviewees. But I didn’t want to allow the lack of that setup to hold me back now.
Deanna: We received an inheritance which allowed us to buy our current home, mortgage-free. We, too, received advice from “experts” not to do that. However, we have never regretted than decision
Currently I am working on a monthly challenge called Eating on a Tight Budget. A blog reader lost her home in a fire the day before Thanksgiving and I pondered on how it would be if I lost my home. I realized that my pantry and freezer would be gone, which I’ve always considered an emergency fund. How would I manage without those? How would I rebuild? What if my husband lost his job or couldn’t work? What if our savings were wiped out? How would we manage then? I began to look at various bloggers online who claimed they fed their family for small amounts per week but to a woman each relied upon a deep pantry and deep freezers. So that led to the current series of posts I’m working upon.
In January I posed the question of a $20 a week budget for two. It was tough! In February I allowed $30 a week and it was still hard but to put together three meals a day for two on that. To flesh out the posts I actually used some of the menu plans, made some foods from scratch, and shared my experiences. I also encouraged readers to participate and share their experiences.
Deanna: Do check out this “Eating on a Tight Budget” series. It is truly inspiring!
Thank you so much, Terri, for taking the time for this interview. For LWD readers who don’t already follow Terri, she has a brand new grandson who has needed a little time in the NICU. Meanwhile, Terri has been helping with the baby’s older brother. I truly appreciate her making time to share her frugal story here in the midst of a busy time. Please join me in sending prayers and good thoughts for baby Isaac.
If you’d like to read Terri’s series, Eating on a Tight Budget, here is the link to the first post in the series:
- For years now I’ve shared my frugal skills while raising a family. Now we’re empty nesters and are looking ahead to those retirement years. These days I’m honing my old frugal skills, learning new things and doing my best to live well today while saving for tomorrow.
Note: The “Tea With Dee” newsletters I mentioned above are still available to read if you are interested. When I started this blog I changed the name of the newsletters to “Life With Dee”, thinking I would use that same format for blog newsletters. I ended up starting my current email newsletter (sign up available at the end of this and every blog post) instead but if you’d like to see where it all began, here is the link: