Hey everyone. Big announcement!
As you know, 20somethingfinance is no longer a “youngin”. The blog has been around for almost 5.5 years now.
And over that time, I’ve mostly stuck to a 2-3 posts per week format – focusing on things that are top of mind for me or relevant to all of us.
For the most part, that format has worked pretty well and I’ve found a bit of a comfort zone. But I’m going to reset things and spice it up this summer in a way that I believe will be beneficial for new and long-time readers.
In my 5 and-a-half years of being a personal finance blogger, I’ve learned many tricks, tips, and techniques to lower my cost of living. So much so, that our annual expenses for two adults, 1 dog, and 2 cats are right around $15,000. I’ve got a lot to share, and all of you wonderful readers do as well.
Here’s what it’s going to look like:
- 8 main topic categories of savings, each with a two-week focus, June through September
- Each topic area with 6-10 posts that are top of mind for most people (3-5 posts per week)
- All geared to saving you money, in a personally accountable way (more on that in a bit)
I’ve already got 60+ post ideas mapped out. It’s going to be a busy summer…
The posts will have an open format. That is, the goal is to have a conversation, not me giving a be-all, end-all solution for everyone. I’ll get the conversation started, highlight my opinions and internal/external resources, and take polls when appropriate – but from there, I’m going to rely heavily on you to fill in the blanks. I want each post to be a living, breathing resource that people can refer back to after everyone has put in their two-cents.
Why focus on saving? Personal finance really boils down to two themes: income and saving (spending less). Income and our ability to earn more varies dramatically and is highly dependent on others. However, saving money is quite universal and we can all take personal action to save more.
With the collective brain trust of all of the readers here, I’m confident that everyone from personal finance beginners up to the most experienced budget slashing ninjas will benefit.
In a way, it’s going to be back to the basics for new and old readers of this site – with one common goal: SAVING YOU MONEY. And when all is said and done, I want you to keep track of how much you’ve saved. It’ll be a fitness plan, of sorts, and everyone here will be your personal trainer.
I’m going to be working hard, and I want you to chip in too. So here’s how we’re going to do it, together:
- I’ve created a progress sheet for you to make a copy of, record the post you want to take action on, the action you plan to take, and once taken, how much money you saved. This will allow you to track your progress throughout.
- Since this is going to be back to the basics/refresher, invite anyone who you think will benefit to join you. I’m serious – invite anyone and everyone to follow/join and even share your spreadsheet with each other so you can hold each other accountable. Easiest way is to send them this post, and then they can start following through email, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, where I will post all new Summer of Saving articles (and refer back to this post).
- I’ll publish the posts and you add your money saving tips in the comments.
- We all save some serious money and report our savings at the end.
I think this will be hugely beneficial for everyone, but I definitely need the help of all of you along the way in order for us all to get the most from it.
I don’t think anyone has done anything like this, so it should be fun.
Week 1: Grocery/Cooking Savings Week.
Summer of Saving Discussion:
- Are you on board for Summer of Saving?
- What topic categories or specific posts do you hope get covered? Share your ideas in the comments.
- Who are you inviting to join you in the Summer of Saving?