I had a chance to interview Annelies Paris aka The Frugal Teen, a young lady obsessed with saving money, over to Annelies:
1. You’re a successful blogger, how do you do it and what do you blog about?
Engagement is probably the key to being a successful blogger believe it or not! You can do this through so many ways: twitter chats, simply establishing a network or even guest posts. My blog is all about money-saving but recently I have put more of an emphasis on lifestyle posts too. A few weeks ago we and a fellow blogger also started catering to different audiences by creating a “Frugal Game” series where we will be writing gaming reviews and posting deals too, so that’s definitely something to look out for!
2. Why have you created your blog?
I started my blog upon the suggestion of my boyfriend and because my best friend was fed up of hearing all my money saving tips, so I thought by writing a blog I would annoy her less and help more people at the same time.
3. With so many money saving blogger out there how do you keep your blog different?
It might sound like a cliche, but just being me really. I already think my blog is fairly unique simply because it’s from a teenagers perspective, initially for teenagers and written by a teenager. I also like to offer tips in unique ways e.g. I wrote a post about saving money but explaining the logics of it psychologically.>> >http://thefrugalteen.wixsite.com/thefrugalteen/single-post/2017/01/14/The-best-psychological-tip-for-saving-money
4. Top tips for saving money/ saving students money?
Cashback is the best way to start I would say (check out TopCashback), and making the most of available freebies as well! Budgeting and couponing is the next step but I am well aware that not all students have the time to be searching and printing off coupons or planning a budget for groceries etc..
5. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy blogging and reading other blogs. If not, I would have to say spending time with my boyfriend or watching You Tube/Netflix just to relax a little bit after a long day.
6. How do you save money?
I’m quite lucky because I don’t pay taxes yet and all my bills are included in my rent, so I save money by not spending really. I realise a lot of people aren’t in the position to do this but many teenagers my age spend lots of money on little accessories or makeup and clothes. I guess I save money by making the most of the things I have, not spending (even in sales) and just being wary of what I purchase in supermarkets.
7. What was your biggest financial mistake you made?
I’m not sure, nothing comes immediately to mind really.
8. What saving (or investment) mistakes do you think most people make?
Not researching their banks properly and just going by what family or friends know. The best thing you can do is research banks thoroughly to look for the best interest rates and if changing banks, make the most of any incentives they might offer.
9. What’s the most extravagant thing you’ve ever bought?
Probably a camera (that I will be using to make future You Tube videos), however I bought that using Amazon vouchers, so I don’t know if that counts as buying?
10. What’s the one piece of financial advice you would give your younger-self?
Look for freebies earlier! I never buy makeup or perfume and survive only on things I get as presents e.g. for birthdays etc. or freebies!
11. One bad financial habit you’d like to kick?
My sugar craving. I don’t drink alcohol nor smoke, I don’t even drink caffeine or energy drinks (not a regular teenager/student you could say) but instead I have a major craving for sugary, snacky foods. I often spend a lot of money on that simply because I need it for energy.
12. What’s in your wallet?
Loyalty cards I can’t use abroad now (so a bit pointless), some English change, some Euro notes and a few old receipts which I have to ask myself why they’re still there. Oh, and a now empty gift card.
13. What does your ideal lifestyle does look like?
Very minimalistic but full of memories. Ideally I would like to live simply, not spoil my children, but instead spend savings on holidays and things that we will all remember forever. I find those memories are a lot more precious than simply an Xbox or a Nintendo etc.
14. What is your most popular post to date?
I would say my interviews are always popular as people recognise and appreciate the help from many of the people I interview, but in fact, know very little about them so they like reading my posts just to feel they can relate to them a little more. Plus, I enjoy writing them and meeting new people so it’s a bonus for me too!