Yep! That was me on BNN’s Headline!


If you were playing hooky last Friday you may have seen my debut as a talking head on Business News Network‘s program Headline. I was asked on the show to speak about my experience with thrift and to share a few frugality tips with viewers. View the clip!


Being a guest on Headline with host Howard Green was a whole lot of scary mixed with a little bit of fun. I’ve never been interviewed on television before so the whole experience proved to be a huge learning experience. I am thankful for the amazing team at CHBC Kelowna for showing me how to use the ear piece and for plugging me into the mic. Both Rob and Shane were fun to chat with and calmed my nerves before I squawked my stuff on live television. I especially needed the friendly banter since I was scared out of my mind. ๐Ÿ˜€


What was it like?
To be honest, there’s nothing magical about television behind the scenes. Since I was interviewed remotely I felt pretty disconnected during the interview. I basically sat alone in the studio with the cameraman and listened to my questions through a Star Trek gadget stuck in my ear.

It’s a weird experience to sit behind a news desk, try to communicate with a few people talking in your ear, and then answer back into a dark camera all while trying to look like you’re part of the conversation. I didn’t expect it to feel so strange, but it did.

The $6.94 Shirt
That’s right, I wore a $6.94 blue shirt for the interview. How’s that for fitting the frugal theme? I would have preferred to wear something already in my closet, but because I’ve been living on a farm for the last few years my old “office attire” is now very out of date and no longer fits. Knowing that I needed just a simple blue shirt, I went on over to Superstore and grabbed an inexpensive cotton blouse on sale. I also wore a simple pair of jeans to keep comfy.


I think the hardest part with “getting dressed” for the interview was doing my hair and makeup and not looking too much like a tool. Most stations in Canada don’t offer hair and makeup people to hosts or guests, so I was on my own. I really have no clue how to put on makeup in day-to-day life, let alone for television. But I tried my best to cover my mug and style my hair in a way to not scare off Headline viewers.

Final Thoughts?
It’s taken me almost a week to post this clip for you guys. I thought by now I would have mustered the courage to view the interview, but I must admit I’m just too uncomfortable watching myself on television. I actually didn’t know what the hosts or other guests looked like until after Carl grabbed me some screen shots for this post. Thank you Carl!


Those who have seen the clip tell me I did well and sounded very much like myself (yay!) but I’ve let a few UMMMs creep back into my language (boo). If you’re an UMMMer like me, then joining an organization like Toastmasters is a fabulous, friendly, and frugal way to work on your public speaking skills. I’ve written previously on my challenges with public speaking in Toastmasters is Torture! So why do it?. I think it’s time to head back and de-UMMMify myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

In all I learned A LOT from my brief encounter with television. I don’t know how I got up the courage to do it, but I did. A huge thank you to Carl for supporting me in the studio. I think the poor guy was more nervous than I was. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  1. MoneyEnergy September 16, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Congrats again! Just think how prepared you will be for your next appearance… it makes me think, too. I’d probably have a little list of things I could bring up to talk about if I felt my mind go blank.

  2. Preet September 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Great interview! I didn’t get to watch it live, but saw it later that day and you were awesome. Just awesome!

  3. Canadian Capitalist September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am

    It’s hard doing live interviews, so I thought you did great! Congrats!

  4. Gean Oliveira September 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I was interviewed once, long time ago but it was not a live one. I could imagine how you felt, but you did great. Congratulations!

  5. Brian Lang September 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Congratulations fellow British Columbian! Didn’t realize you were Canadian before this.

  6. Cher Pea September 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Congrats Kerry, you looked awesome!

  7. Khai September 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Did you notice the subheading they applied a few minutes into the interview?



  8. Four Pillars September 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    You rock!

  9. Lance September 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Very, very awesome! You did a marvelous job! I enjoyed it very much. And…I can completely relate to the idea of watching or hearing myself – so hard to do.

  10. Beth September 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Kerry K. Taylor: the sexy new face of tightwads.

  11. mbhunter September 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Fantastic job Kerry! Always very interesting to hear bloggers’ voices for the first time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. YVR K in MEL September 17, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I so loved hearing your CANADIAN voice. I sure miss you guys!! I love that even though I’m over 13,000 km away I can still read articles about you and watch you via the internet. It’s tres tres cool.

  13. Javier Muรฑoz September 17, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Grats! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. September 17, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Congratulations Kerry. What a great experience!! You presented yourself very well. Great first of many more appearances!!

  15. Mr. Cheap September 17, 2009 at 5:55 am

    Very cool. You did a good job!

  16. Catgurl September 17, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Great Job Kerry! Congrats! You are now so famous!

    Don’t worry about the Umming… it takes experience and skill to get over that. I teach and present to groups of 20 all the time. However, put me on a podium in front of groups larger than 50 and I become a deer in headlights at times!


  17. Catgurl September 17, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Great Job Kerry! Congrats! You are now so famous!

    Donโ€™t worry about the Ummingโ€ฆ it takes experience and skill to get over that. I teach and present to groups of 20 all the time. However, put me on a podium in front of groups larger than 50 and I become a deer in headlights at times!


  18. Mike September 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Great job. I really enjoyed the interview. Great to hear good ideas coming from Kelowna. I really enjoy your blog.

  19. Dava Stewart September 18, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I love that you haven’t watched it yourself. That would be the only way I would ever be able to do such a thing–if I never had to look at it. You looked really good, too, nice work on the hair and makeup.

  20. Diane September 19, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I must tell you how much I am enjoying your book and to know they there are likeminded people out there like me. It surprised how many of the tips in your book I mentally ticked off of things that I have adopted in my life.

    I recently went back to college, lived in a basement apartment, rode public transit and worked three part time jobs to come out of it student debt free. Two years after graduating I managed to buy a home with a $55,000 downpayment. It is possible and it really isn’t a sacrifice to live within your means. You are an inspiration and I know if we lived in similar cities we would be great pals.

    Keep up the good work!


  21. Aman@BullsBattleBears September 22, 2009 at 5:58 am

    Wow! Every time I come to catch up on your blog, its another successful milestone for you! Congratulations on the interview, it was excellent!

  22. Riscario Insider (@riscario) October 3, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Very well done, Kerry. The “and ums” were not distracting. If anything, they make you “real” — not someone who’s glibly parroting the same words in their nth TV interview. That said, it is better to eliminate those fillers ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The behind-the-scenes details are fascinating.

  23. Erin D June 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Love it! I feel truly inspired by your book. My husband acquired some hefty debt before we met and we have been muddling through in between becoming pregnant, getting married (which cost us $250! Who needs a reception?) and now taking care of our 2yr old son. I feel less in despair and overwhelmed and more confident and knowledgeable about the best and fastest way to free us of this burden.

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