Every Thursday I will be bringing you another instalment of my guest series, Money Talks. I’ll be featuring bloggers from all walks of life giving their answers to money related questions. Hopefully you will find a new blog to read and learn more about other people online. Money Talks will be live every Thursday and I’ve got some absolutely fantastic bloggers taking part! Hope you enjoy it. If you’re a blogger and want to take part then get in touch. This weeks instalment features Vie Choufleur. You can check out the Vie Choufleur website here.
When did you start blogging?
To be honest, I’ve been “blogging” since 2004 when I started a livejournal account. God, I loved livejournal. I built up so many friends through that community who I still talk to a lot today. For anyone not in the know, it was basically an online journal type of system, but it formed the purpose of a blogging platform too. I loved writing there, and after stopping doing so in 2012 I decided to start my first actual proper self-hosted blog in 2014. It was under the name Kitchen Choufleur and focused on food rather than anything else, and I soon re-branded and moved out of any particular niche.
What inspired your blog name?
I can’t actually remember why, but ever since my husband and I first got together he jokily called me his “petit choufleur” – his little cauliflower. Eyeroll. Anyway, the name Choufleur stuck, and when I began the above-mentioned Kitchen Choufleur blog, it seemed the perfect name. My kitchen, my nickname. When I wanted to move out of a niche and write about anything and everything, it seemed sensible to stick with the Choufleur and the French, and so I became Vie Chofleur – Cauliflower Life. It’s a good job I like cauliflower, right?
What is your attitude to money – are you a spender or a saver?
Sadly I’ve always been a spender. Even since being a child, I’ve wanted to spend my money rather than save it. I don’t think I’ve ever successfully saved a large amount of money. I’m aware this is a character flaw. BUT LOOK AT ALL MY PRETTY THINGS.
What is the best bargain you have ever purchased?
My old job had one of those reward schemes whereby if you bought certain things through their online platform you could earn points that would then eventually translate into cash. When our Sky contract was up, I signed us up to Virgin TV through that platform as there was an incentive of earning £100 worth of those points. We actually ended up going back to Sky and cancelling the Virgin as Sky gave us a better deal, but those points stayed in my account. And I FORGOT about them! Can you believe that? Totally forgot. Until it came to Christmas shopping and I logged onto that site and suddenly realised I could buy ALL the Christmas gifts I needed with those points at the same time as earning MORE. That was a happy day. Thanks, Virgin.
What is the biggest splurge you have ever made?
Does a house count as a splurge? Probably not. OK, biggest splurge was my iMac. I’ve had laptops since 2006 and moved onto a MacBook Air in 2014. But I’ve always, always wanted to go back to having a desktop-type computer. When we sold our old house and gained a bit of a surplus last year I splurged on the iMac. And I’ve not regretted it once. NOT ONCE.
If you had £100,000 right now what would you do with it?
I’d probably stick about £90,000 of it on our mortgage, and use the remaining £10,000 for a really nice holiday and to buy a few big things that we need around the house.
If you could go back 10 years & give yourself one piece of money related advice what would it be?
LEARN TO SAVE WOMAN, FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
Also: you are an extremely privileged person. Try buying less stuff and donating more to those in need.
What was the last item you purchased?
A car seat for my son in my husband’s car. This one, actually. It’s great. We’ve got one already and all our relatives have one too.
What is your favourite ever blog post?
I was unsure if this should be a post of mine or of someone else’s, so here: have both. This is my favourite of mine: On Medication. I wrote it back before I was more SEO-savvy so at some point it will likely get a face-lift, but the bare bones are vital: it’s fine to have to take medication for your mental health, and it’s fine to come off that medication. I had such a positive response to that post, and it will probably always be my favourite as it marks the moment I started being more open online.
In terms of someone else’s, it’s too hard to pick ONE blog post, but I bet if I ever did it would be something from Make A Long Story Short. I remain ever in awe of Rachel’s writing. I adore every single thing she posts. Her blog is literally my favourite place on the internet to head to and lose myself in writing.
What is your biggest money regret?
Never saving. Not that it was possible for a good many, many years (rent and living costs and bills and then childcare mean Not Much Left etc), but yes, it’s a theme with me: Not Having The Ability To Save. Maybe I need a life coach?
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