Personal finance writer MP Dunleavey and I are looking for a family who’d like to save money. Specifically, we’re looking for a family who’d like to meet with us on Oct. 16 and be the subject of one of her upcoming columns for Woman’s Day magazine.
Why Oct. 16? Because she and I will both be in St. Louis at the same time, thanks to the Financial Blogger Conference. We have that sole day free and would love to find a family in that region to visit and immortalize in print.
Yep, you’d have to have your names used and a photo taken. But this gives you some time to get that haircut and tidy your kids’ rooms.
Here’s how it would work: I’ll walk through your home in search of ways you could save money through realistic (and simple!) frugal hacks. Dunleavey – whom you may remember from her work at MSN Money, Daily Worth and Money magazine – will take a lot of notes and then write it up.
What kind of family are we seeking? This kind:
- Ideally, you’ll be in your 30s or 40s with a couple of kids (divorced/single-parent families are welcome).
- You live within a 30-minute drive of St. Louis.
- You’re willing to have your names used. (This is a deal-breaker.)
If this is you, please e-mail me at SurvivingAndThriving (at) live (dot) com. In a few sentences, describe your situation (digging out of debt? want to stay home with a child? just generally hammered by inflation?) and why you think a Woman’s Day reader would click with your family.
If that’s not you but you know someone who might be interested? Please forward this article to that person.
Please: No already-frugal families! We’re looking for regular (read: busy) people who’d like to save a few bucks in easy-to-accomplish ways. I promise I won’t force you to make your own laundry soap or use both sides of the toilet paper.
Incidentally, I’m wondering if anyone has the time and inclination for a coffee/breakfast meet-up on either Oct. 21 or 22. I’ll be staying near the St. Louis Bread Company on 315 Chestnut Street, and would be willing to do this reasonably early so people on their way to work would have an excuse to have a SLBC pastry.
(One woman e-mailed me a few weeks back to ask about a coffee date, and I seem to have deleted that note. Really sorry for my carelessness, dear reader — hope you’ll resend the note.)
Interested? E-mail me at the above address with the times/days that work best, and we’ll see if we can set something up.