I’ve been splashed across the media and it feels weird. I’m just not the type of person the media seek out for serious commentary on money matters and market movements. Since I don’t own a suit, have an MBA, or yell about the price of gold on television, I tend to remain a stealth blogger who gets her kicks by writing about bank fees and budgets.
But sometimes balancing a budget and avoiding bank fees is interesting. Go figure. So over the last while I’ve been doing my best to explain my frugal ways to the kind media people who have noticed my bloggy blog.
I’d like to take this opportunity to share these stories, introduce you to some amazing writers, and welcome the new readers who have found me through the media.
Canadian Living Magazine
The December issue of Canadian Living ran a little (ok, big) feature called Have Yourself a Merry (Budget-Friendly) Christmas, by Jill Buchner.
Canadian Living | Have Yourself a Merry (Budget-Friendly) Christmas | By Jill Buchner
This article features money coach Nancy Zimmerman and me. We each share our thoughts on how to make the holidays fun and affordable. This was a fun interview, and journalist Jill Buchner is amazing.
Does your banker deserve a Coach bag for selling you a chequing account? In the November issue of More Magazine, financial journalist Dan Bortolotti writes about the lucrative business of credit card and bank fees, and shares seven ways to lower them.
More | Freeze your fees | By Dan Bortolotti
This article covers two things I love most: cutting costs and Ellen Roseman. For those who don’t live in Canada, Ellen Roseman is the Toronto Star’s personal finance and consumer issues columnist — she has a blog too. Over the years Roseman has helped many of my friends and family members resolve a myriad of consumer-related grievances, for free.
I am beyond thrilled to be mentioned in More magazine with Ellen Roseman, and I’m giving Dan Bortolotti a huge virtual hug for interviewing me. Oh, and if you’re looking for ways to lower your investing fees, check out Dan’s blog Canadian Couch Potato for his tips on index investing.
The Toronto Star
Since I grew up in Toronto there are a few Ontario things sacred to me. The smell of hot pavement after a violent summer thunderstorm, the Blue Jays’ back-to-back World Series wins in 1992 and 1993, and cracking open my dad’s copy of the Toronto Star before he could get to it. Snicker.
Toronto Star | Broke? Stop whining! | By Paul Brent
Well, if you cracked open the business section of the Toronto Star on October 13, 2010, chances are you saw ‘Farmer Kerry’ playing with Pivo the dog and driving a blue Smart Car in a full colour two-page spread. (Canadian spelling of ‘colour’ for obvious reasons, people).
The article pulls points from my popular post, The real reason you’re broke and shares my snarky thoughts with Toronto readers.
Journalist Paul Brent had no idea the story would run so big, so when it hit the shelves, I was a little shocked to see my inbox filled with various Hellos, Greetings, and friends sending kudos. This article is available online, so surf on over and check it out.
A huge thank you to Mike Holman, Money Smarts Blog; and Dan Bortolotti, Canadian Couch Potato, for sending me a copy of the story. As hard as I tried, the Toronto Star just doesn’t deliver in rural British Columbia. Smile.