Monday, September 25, 2006

Interview with Simplicity in Kansas

Simplicity in Kansas writes about the choices he makes in spending and saving. His observations are logical and refreshing. And he tells some great anecdotes. Just listen to the one about a pet dog and a new house!

Simplicity in Kansas is at

Links to sites mentioned in the interview:
Frugal Duchess:
Everyday Simplicity:
Ben Stein:

Monday, September 18, 2006

Interview with Judith Levine, author of Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping (Free Press)


This interview is my first with an author who I think will be of interest to many of my listeners. Judith Levine is the author of Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, a new book from Free Press.

Judith writes about the same core issue that many personal finance and simplicity bloggers write about - what we spend our money on and why - and also the flip side, what it's like to not buy the things that our consumerist culture often makes us feel that we can't live without. In her book she gives the topic a thorough examination through a project of avoiding all non-essential purchases for an entire year.

Judith's writing is immensely engaging, and the book is full of colourful characters, dramatic events, and profound insights. I particularly appreciate her insight that in a world of incredible choice of things to buy, we've found ourselves impoverished in imagination of what we could have. I hope this interview gives you a small taste of a book well worth reading.

And a quick thank you to Seattle Simplicity, the blogger who recommended this book to me and to the listeners of this podcast.

Monday, September 11, 2006

JD from Get Rich Slowly on Money Blogger Podcast #35

JD espouses a basic personal finance mantra - spend less than you earn - but he delivers a fascinating historical perspective on the challenge as well as lots of personal spirit in articulating his view. He also offers some insightful commentary on the evolution of blogging. And listen for his observations on effective (and ineffective) early personal financial lessons!

Get Rich Slowly is at

Links to sites mentioned in the interview:

American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Maria Francis Child:
Walter Updegrave
JLP at All Things Financial
Flexo at Consumerism Commentary:
Ramit at I Will Teach You To Be Rich:
NCN at No Credit Needed:
Penny at Money & Values

Monday, September 04, 2006

Financial Freedumb interviewed on Money Blogger Podcast #34

Financial Freedumb started blogging early this year and gets inspired by watching his net worth grow. His dog, Brownie, who features prominently on his blog, has taught him to value responsibility, financial and otherwise.

Financial Freedumb's blog is at:

Links to sites mentioned in the interview:
L.A. Money Guy:
Single Ma: