Here’s a great idea for Thanksgiving that won’t cost you a penny but will be worth more than you can imagine. StoryCorps has designated this Friday as the First Annual National Day of Listening. On November 28, take one hour to talk with someone important to you, be it an older relative or a friend or neighbor or anyone important in your life. Preserve the interview by recording it in some fashion and make it a tradition in your life to record these types of stories.
The site provides a guide on how best to conduct the interview, and contains tips for correctly setting up your recording equipment (test it first!) to how to keep the interviewee talking. There’s also a really great question generator to help you figure out what you want to ask.
Even if you can’t participate on Friday, I think this is a great idea and something that everyone should try at some point during the holidays. I don’t know about you, but during the holidays, I end up running into people who I don’t see at all during the rest of the year, and this would be a fun way to get to know my friends and family even better. But if you do participate, let StoryCorps know!
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.