Thrifty and Nifty: {Guest Post} Author Interview

Today my guest is author and award-winning blogger, Beth Pensinger, who shares how taking some risks and learning to be content with what you have can create an extraordinary life filled with humor and fun.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?

Adventure of most any kind with my husband, Jerimiah.

Do you like your own handwriting?

Love my unhurried print. Hate my cursive.

What are you listening to these days?

Pandora: Film Scores Radio, JJ Heller Radio, & Adele Radio

If they made a movie about your life, who would play you? What would the movie be titled?

Claire Danes. My Awkward Life.

Who or what inspires you?

Nighttime walks around my neighborhood, mountains and rivers, my husband’s hysterical laughter, deep thoughts from the mouths of babes, epic stories, quality time with friends, antique stores, and funny people.

What is your money philosophy, and how does it affect your daily living?

I’m a bit of a saver and my husband is a bit of a spender, so we butt heads on a regular basis.

What sacrifices have you made to create the life you live now? What benefits have come from making these sacrifices?

I quit my job as a realtor close to its most successful point in order to write my book. Jerimiah and I have sacrificed many things we wanted and needed.

My nearly-completed book is the benefit. But it’s also nice to not look to my possessions to meet my internal needs.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, financial or otherwise? 

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:31-33

Any money-saving tips you’d like to share?

Unless you’re a pro at ordering from dollar menus, plan your meals, grocery shop and then eat at home.

Beth Pensinger first allied with Words in fourth grade, but her subsequent negligence caused relations between the two to become strained.  Many years later, Beth was forced to call on her old ally for assistance reporting conditions of foreclosure properties to banks.  Words grudgingly acquiesced, arming Beth with descriptive terms such as “functional obsolescence” and “depressed market conditions.” In return, Beth re-forged their partnership when she became a realtor and allowed Words to help her create scintillating write-ups for her listings.  Their alliance now stronger than ever, Beth and Words pour themselves into the work of writing and editing Beth’s first book: Let Me Fall.  In their free time, the duo blog about dirty microwaves, infertility, and Scrabble.

Beth and her husband Jerimiah will celebrate their 13th anniversary in July 2012 and are parents to a sassy canine named Daisy.  The four of them live in a house near Myrtle Beach, in which Words has a room of its own.

{You can follow Beth on Twitter and Facebook and read her awesome blog at}

Have a Thrifty and Nifty Thursday!


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