In which I electioneer for the 2013 Plutus Awards.Posted by Donna Freedman on Aug 18, 2013 | 24 comments
Not for myself! I did ask for Plutus Awards votes back in 2011, when I was nominated for “Best Blog Contributor or Freelance Writer” and “Best Written Blog.” (Thanks to all who voted, because I did win the first one.)
It’s pretty easy to do: All you have to is click on this link and her site’s URL will automatically be filled in under “Best Kept Secret.” Enter your own information (name, e-mail and whether or not you’re a PF blogger), then just scroll a bit further down and hit “nominate” – and you’re done.
Do I sound impossibly stage mom-ish? Well, she’s too modest to nominate herself so I felt compelled to do it for her. Here’s why.
Her blog is a best-kept secret because she writes about money management, frugal hacks and (quite honestly) about her frugal fails. She’s been doing so for five years now despite health, work and family issues that might have caused other writers to lie down and scream.
Which, I guess, she does – through her site. Some of her posts are what she calls “rants,” whether that’s regarding the health care system, insurance snafus or retail runarounds. However, even the rantiest of rants has something to teach – how to work through bureaucratic thickets, say, or how to write a complaint letter that gets results.
Some of her posts are strict how-tos: earning money through cash-back shopping, stacking coupons and rebates, prioritizing debt repayment.
What makes I Pick Up Pennies unique, however, is that it’s one of the few blogs aimed consistently at readers who aren’t members of the middle class.
Fewer financial options
“If you’re unemployed, underemployed, chronically ill or a member of the working poor, you have fewer financial options,” she says. “Yet you still have the same obligations as everyone else: food, shelter, clothing, medical care, family, retirement.”
Not everyone in those situations has the time/energy/facility in which to take on a second job or pinch every last penny. While countless blogs preach the gospel of perfect frugality, few address the day-to-day challenges faced by the audience noted above.
“My blog is about coping with the reality of our less-than-perfect lives. We have a near-infinite number of things we should do (or want to do), but an all-too-finite amount of time and energy,” Abby says.
“Every day we make mistakes or take shortcuts due to overcommitment, stress, health issues, or simple exhaustion. That’s not a flaw or personal failing. It’s normal. It’s human.”
Meet us in St. Louis?
To make a short story long – a trick that came in really handy in college – that’s why I think she deserves your vote. Your friends’ votes, too – feel free to pass the link along.
Again: Just click on this link, then scroll down and and her site’s URL will automatically be filled in under “Best Kept Secret.” Then hit “nominate,” and you’re done.
Voting ends Sept. 30. Thanks for any support you can offer.
The Plutus Awards will be announced at the Financial Blogger Conference, which takes place Oct. 17-20 in St. Louis. I’ll be speaking again (on writing, of course) and so will a boatload of very interesting folks. If you’ve always wanted to meet people like Liz Weston, Jean Chatzky, J.D. Roth or Flexo, meet them in St. Louis by signing up for the conference.
And if you do attend, please come up and introduce yourself.