I love Biggs & Featherbelle. As they describe themselves:
Biggs & Featherbelle is a health conscious company that promotes the healing elements of Mother Nature by creating body care products free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and additives. Quality ingredients and research are infused in every handmade Biggs & Featherbelle product.
I first discovered this company at a local craft fair, and the two women who run it are incredibly friendly and their products are awesome. I’m always buying their gift sets to use as gifts. I’m lucky that they’re local, so they show up at a lot of events in the D.C. area.
On Monday, I realized I was short a few gifts for a gift exchange at work. Unfortunately, this week, I’m only working through today. I decided rather than go buy something stupid, I wanted to buy nice Biggs & Featherbelle gifts and if they were late, that was okay. I ordered on Monday, delighted to see that they were offering free shipping. They got the package in the mail that day and because they’re so close, it arrived on Tuesday! The gifts arrived in time to be given.
I couldn’t be happier and the recipients are in love.
I love being able to support small businesses. There are a lot of great indie crafters out there, and when I find one I love, I give them all the support I can.
Megan is a 30-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.