Live Q&A #2 Recap: How do you talk to your spouse about finances? How do you stay dedicated? How do you budget for vacations? And more!

Thanks for everyone who tuned in to my 2nd ever Live Q&A session! (Check out my first one HERE.)

For those of you who were doing much better things than listening to me rambling for 60 minutes, have no fear, you get a second chance!
Aren't you thrilled?

No, but really, I really tried to cover as many of your questions as possible this time around. The beauty of powering my Q&A's through YouTube is that you can go back and watch the video at your own convenience.

Click HERE to watch the video online, or click below to watch right here:

For those of you who, like me, might be a little A.D.D and not want to listen to every word, feel free to skip around to hear the questions you WANT to hear!:

2:11 –  Have you noticed that produce is better or worse at different Walmarts? – Ginger
Posts to help: How I grocery shop

3:35 – Bubba seems to have his bikes as a bit of a hobby, do you have any hobbies? (Dont count your blog!) – Kelly-Lee
Posts to help: Random facts about me
5:13 – I'm working on Christmas and would love ideas on how the grandparents do Christmas. Being off season, I'm looking for sales and such. Any ideas? -Chris
10:15 –  Do you shop for tall shirts? Sometimes I have trouble finding thing that fit a long torso. More importantly, do you have the same price guidelines for mens clothing? – Randi
13:53 – How do you price match on the great value brand items? – Paige
Posts to help: How I grocery shop
15:27 How do you budget for vacations? How do you plan how much money to take with you and what to spend it on? We wanted to eat out but spent way too much money on food. There's lots of places in UT we don't have in ID, so how do you keep a budget while wanting to relax and have fun? – Kandice
Posts to help: Travel-related posts
20:02 Where do you see your blog progressing in the future? -Kelly-Lee
22:30 So, I was wondering how you know what a ‘good' price is for an item (the price that you want to stock up at)?? -Gina
24:45Do you have any recommendations for credit cards? Maybe one with cash back, flight rewards, etc? What should I be looking for when applying for a credit card? -Nikki
Posts to help: 7 Bank Accounts
27:59What is your advice when you and your spouse do not see eye-to-eye when it comes to saving versus spending? -K. Anderson
Posts to help: 7 Bank Accounts
34:57 Do you have problems with freezer burn when you freeze in those containers? -Brandi
37:41 – How did you choose your “other” amount of $200 for your budget? And what does your husband have for his? -Melissa
41:45How do you stay dedicated to the envelope system when you're tired, family is in town, or unexpected circumstances? -Meredith
45:42 – I was wondering how you prepare your family for emergencies. do you have go-bags? food storage? -Molly Bell
Posts to help: Thrifty Food Storage
49:55 – How do you recommend to do back to school shopping for kiddos as far as school clothes and school supplies without having to spend a lot of money. – Christina
53:46I am curious about how you keep track of any online purchases and your budget. – Meredith
Posts to help: Envelope budget method
54:47 – What kind of books do you read? – Erin
56:29 If TLC offered you a hosting role would you consider it?
Posts to help: TLC is at my house!
57:00 My husband and I are starting to talk about having kids but I am scared spit-less for the financial side of that! Any tips/suggestions on how to start saving and how to get the most bang for your buck… (can you use that term when you're talking about delivering a human being? – Danielle

Keep the questions coming. Until next time my lovely readers!


  1. AvatarJess says

    Love your Q & A videos.. And your whole site for that matter! I'm working on getting my fiancé on board with our budget and you've really helped! Thanks 🙂

  2. AvatarChelsea says

    This was great. You are seriously so fun to watch. My question for you is…Have you always been so comfortable in front of the camera? Or is it something you have worked on over the years?

  3. Avatarhussam1 says

    Love your Q & A videos.. And your whole site for that matter! I'm working on getting my fiancé on board with our budget and you've really helped! Thanks 🙂

  4. AvatarMeredith says

    Love your second Q&A and that you were able to answer my question! Love how you put it comparing to losing weight. That extra $20 that we spent is a lot like losing 5 lbs. It will not make us homeless or not be able to pay a bill, BUT it is stopping us from putting more towards paying off debt. Thanks again!
    My recent post Idea-less Tuesday

  5. AvatarKailie says

    I'm so glad I was able to watch this since I missed the live feed. Thanks! There were a lot of helpful ideas that I can try out. Especially the traveling budget ideas. We are heading off next week for Disneyland and it would be too easy to blow so much money there. I am still hoping for a segment on how you decorate your home! I love how you posted about yard sales and I hope you will be able to go more in depth about saving money on your decor and such. Thanks again!

  6. AvatarSamie says

    My favorite quote ever "I'm really good at making kids, I have them a lot" haha. I must say I love you, love your blog too! The live Q & A is a great idea, it makes you feel more "real" instead of just a person posting on a blog, it's great to see your personality come through. Thanks so much for all the great info, I always look forward to it. 🙂

  7. AvatarNicole says

    Thank you for taking the time to do the Q&A! Love them and your blog! Best bit for me is being up to watch the Q&A clip when I could as I'm in Australia so catching you live is a little tricky for me.
    On a side note, I too had babies and basically gave up reading! I look forward to reading again one day…
    Take care and Thanks to you (and Lindsay)!

  8. Avataramanda says

    LOVED the Q&A!! Hope you can keep 'em coming! Your blog posts are always helpful and fun, but you are so down to earth and FUNNY (in a good way!) to listen to live. I have been reading you blog for about a year and we have used so many of your tips! We are finally in a pretty stable day to day place and working hard on student loan debt. My husband thanks me out of the blue probably about once a week for helping manage our finances so well, and I have you to thank for a lot of it!!!

  9. AvatarAmy says

    Loved the Q&A! and love watching others with ADD makes us all feel normal 🙂 Keep them all coming! Blogs are hard to keep up and you do it so well! I was wondering what that website was that you were talking about that will tell you when things go on sale…you referenced something about putting it in you Amazon cart then will be alerted when goes on sale? You know what I am talking about?

  10. Avatarfuncheaporfree says

    I love you Australian readers from Down Under! Makes me so happy! Thanks for reading/watching. Big xoxo's

  11. Avatarfuncheaporfree says

    Yes! I know what you're talking about…I just can't remember what it's called! Let me do some digging for you, ask around, and I'll let you know. Maybe I'll do a post about it so you're sure not to miss it. Thanks!

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