Monday, December 22, 2008

Radio Interview on the Michael Smerconish Program

(If you came to read Planet Perspectives because of the recent Washington Post article, you might want to go check out these highlighted blog posts of interest.)

I wish I knew what to write. With a big head cold, Christmas preparations, and getting used to the idea of having shared embarrassing facts about our finances with the world, I feel unprepared to write a blog post today. I remind myself that we all have different goals for our families - not just financially, but in all sorts of areas. Of course, money does seem to impact practically everything we want to do, either directly or indirectly. But it certainly doesn't have to be the focus.

Oh, here's a piece of news. While I was in the shower this morning (Mon) at 7:30am, we got a call. From The Michael Smerconish Program on 1210 AM WPHT in Philadelphia. They want us to do an interview tomorrow (Tuesday Dec 23) at 7:00am so we agreed - should last about 10 minutes. Apparently he discussed the story quite a bit on the air today, and wants to hear what we have to say. Should be interesting. Let me know if you happen to hear it. Hopefully he's not out to roast us.

And on a frugal note... I wrapped my brother's Christmas present in newspaper today - but not any newspaper. I saved the sports section from last week when the Bengals (his favorite team) beat the Redskins. My dad also got a present in the same section since I had more leftover. A present for my husband arrived today, and it's sort of big, so I wrapped it in the brown paperbag-type lining from the inside of a roll of gold paper. Not so pretty yet, but I'll have the kids decorate it with some festive drawings and it should look great!

If I have any free time tomorrow (cough, cough) I might start to try calling the catalogs and get off their mailing lists. I think I could make a goal to call at least 5, although I have to check to see if I didn't already put them all out in last week's recycling.


Katy, Planet Perspectives said...

My husband came across a very interesting blog, which discussed our article in the Post a bit. You might want to check it out. This woman in Boston is blogging about increasing her net worth

LobotoME said...

hi katy - found your blog via the washington post article via kirtsy (i think)...anyhoo, we did a no spend month in july last year (we allowed spending for groceries and gas) but couldn't go over $500 TOTAL for was HARD.

btw, you can un-register from catalogs at - i've found its easier than calling.

happy holidays! - jenny

Katie said...

Hey Katy, great blog. Found you via Washington Post. We got almost all of our catalogs canceled through And for every catalog you specifically request to be canceled they plant a tree through an organization they've partnered with. Good luck and good job! We did a similar thing and called it our "Don't Need List".

Katy, Planet Perspectives said...

I tried out Catalog Choice a month or so ago. I think I'll try the GreenDimes site today. I like the idea of reducing my carbon footprint by getting fewer catalogs, AND by having someone plant a tree for it! I'll let you know how it goes.