The Sunshine Blogger Award
I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Charlotte from ‘Looking After Your Pennies’. Thank you!
About The Sunshine Blogger Award
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community.
Here are the rules:
Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post
Answer the eleven questions asked by your nominator
Nominate eleven bloggers
Ask them eleven questions, different to the ones you’ve answered
List the rules
Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and blog site
Here are my answers to Charlotte's questions:
1. What Hogwarts house are you in? (Important things first!)
I haven’t taken that Pottermore test for while but last I checked I was in Ravenclaw. Apparently we prize “wit, learning and wisdom’ so I’m pretty happy with that.
2. How frugal are you?
I would say I’m frugal most of the time, with the basics. That’s mostly because I love watching my account balance increase every month. A dip on that graph puts me down. But when it comes to trips or electronics I can be a bit spendy. The two biggest purchases I can think of are my Macbook (I don’t regret it for a second) and a trip to Disney World earlier this year. And how on earth could I possibly regret that?
3. Where is your favourite place to be?
No doubts here. Being with my wonderful boyfriend and his two adorable long-haired Dachshunds.
4. What unusual item is included in your budget each month?
I can’t think of anything that unusual, unless we’re counting Lego for my Bricklink business. Although it’s technically a business expense, there’s nothing more enjoyable than opening a box with Lego inside.
5. What is the most extreme length you’ve gone to to save money?
I tend to go to extremes most of the time so here’s just one example which worked for me the other day. I realised Amazon were doing a monthly promotion with Amex membership rewards (MR) points. If you spent £25 and part-paid with Amex points, you would get £15 off your order. Naturally, I attempted to use 1 Amex point. It didn’t work because one point equated to half a penny. Thankfully, a 2 point spend (1 penny) did work.
I received £15 off my £25 order and spent 2 Amex points in the process. Most of the time I would be happy with an Amex point value of 1 penny per point. In this case, it was £7.50 per point. At the time of writing I've used the trick twice and have over 16,000 Amex points. The math speaks for itself. You can read more about this in a simple guide I published.
6. How are you trying to save the planet?
I think there’s often a misconception that environmentalism has to cost you in some way. In efficiency or money. In a lot of cases, environmentalism and frugality go hand in hand. If you wait until the dishwasher is full before you turn it on, you are being frugal and efficient with your water. If you recycle, you will cut the amount of time you spend taking the bins out. If you bring plastic bags with you on your shop, you’re consuming less and saving yourself money at the checkout.
Whilst the collective lifestyle changes of individuals is important, I think change on an industrial scale is more important overall. It’s why I support environmentally conscious businesses that offer a good product. Tesla is the best example of this. The electric car needs to be sought after as a vehicle in itself, before it's a successful green product. A wanted product can change a whole industry, a wanted green product benefits consumers and the environment.
7. If you could have one skill that you don’t currently possess, what would it be?
Whilst I can deliver a presentation, I would love to be a better public speaker. A good public speaker can tell a story, captivate an audience and change minds. Most TED talks are delivered by skilled public speakers. I’ve had my mind changed a few times through TED talks. If you can cultivate that skill, it’s a powerful one to have.
8. Snack time, would you choose sweet or savory treats?
Savoury. I used to have a really sweet tooth back in high school. I have vivid memories of eating entire packets of M&S Percy Pigs (a very British snack). I’m glad that habit changed. I now rarely eat sweets. Savoury food is the way to go.
9. What was your favourite subject at school and why?
Modern studies. I realise many readers will have no idea what I’m talking about here since it is pretty unique to the Scottish secondary education system but it is effectively government and politics. I had and still have a great deal of interest in politics. As to why, that’s a good question. Politics can be exhausting and frustrating but it’s an incredibly important subject. The mathematics and psychology of voting systems, the history of nations, the rise and fall of political figures. There’s a whole host of interesting subtopics there.
In terms of my own views, they have changed significantly over the years. And I think this has helped develop my ability to understand opposing viewpoints. If I could have a debate with my 18 year old self, we would have plenty to disagree about. But disagreement is important. Alienating those you disagree with, even in small ways (eg. social media blocking), tends to cause more problems than it solves.
10. Favourite social media channel?
Twitter. By far. No social media channel has enabled public figures to connect with their audience more, than Twitter. The only thing is, I wish they would revert to the 140 character limit. 280 characters, when used to it’s full potential, looks too much like Facebook to me. Facebook, being my least favourite social media platform. Too many adverts, too many words, too much in general. Facebook is messy. Twitter is clean.
11. If you could change one thing in your life what would it be?
I would like to be able to disconnect from the internet more. Whilst I do rely on the internet for income, I think it's healthy to disconnect from time to time. If I leave the house without my phone in my pocket, it honestly does cause anxiety and I don't like to think that it has that power over me.
I think we're becoming more aware of the downsides of a constant internet connection. And with this, I hope people do make a change. I would certainly like to.
And we’re done. Hopefully, you’ve learned a little bit more about me.
Here’s where I get to ask the interesting questions and nominate some fellow bloggers.
Which three public figures (past or present) would you invite to a dinner party and why?
What are the best and worst purchases you have ever made?
If you could only watch one film on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What financial advice would you give to your 15 year old self?
Elon Musk has invited you to Mars. Do you accept his offer?
What country would you move to, if you couldn’t live where you are now?
Would you ever disconnect from the internet for an extended period of time?
Summer or Winter?
You’re leaving your entire estate to one charity. What charity would you pick?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
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