Suburban Dollar – Interview with Kyle

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I want to highlight some blogs that I really enjoy reading and keep up with regularly on my blogroll. I’ve started a Sunday Blogger series to interview some of my favorite personal finance sites. This week I want to introduce you to Suburban Dollarsuburban dollar interview

Suburban Dollar Interview

Kyle, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Lets see, I am 6′ tall, athletic, with deep blue eyes… oh wait this isn’t that kind of site is it. I am your typical suburbanite. I am married with two and half kids (the dog is the 1/2) I own a home and both my spouse and I work more than full time jobs for a living. I think one of the things that sets me apart is the utter lack of finance, economics, and accounting background. I am a computer guy, I have a bachelors degree in Network Security and Forensics and while I am a CISA, I am not a CPA or CFP. I try to bring the topics down to my level, someone who before they read/wrote that post may not have had any idea about the topic. I have a huge willingness to learn which has helped me tremendously

What motivated you to begin blogging about personal finance?

My initial motivation was money. I know I will be hanged for the statement. I had been an avid follower of many of the big name PF blogs and the one thing I centered on was increasing the cash flow into my home. I tried things like Cash Crate and online surveys but there is no passion in that. You can’t wake up and and say I can’t wait to take a 40 minute survey for $2.

I saw a post from Jim over at Bargaineering about starting a blog and I thought I would give it a go. Personal finance has become a passion of mine so why not write about it and try to bring a little cash on the side. The cash isn’t exactly falling of the trees, yet, but I am having a blast.

What are your favorite personal finance books?

There are so many they start to meld together in my brain. I really liked “The Wealthy Barber” by David Chilton it was simple. No ratio’s or complex theories. I also liked “Smart Couples Finish Rich” by David Bach it had some good bits on working together as couple. I could always say Dave Ramsey but then people would just think I had a thing for people named Dave.

What are some of your favorite posts on the site and why?

I enjoyed “Football Week” which was more of a series of posts than a single post. It was fun to relate personal finance to something people are more aquainted with.

My most popular post “Pay Your Mortgage Off Early” because it was the highest ranked post I ever had in Google at #2 for a little while.
It is hard to say which ones were my favorite, I have written 281 posts now if you include the deals I list on my site, I am sure there are far better ones I can’t think of right now.

I’d also like to point out that Suburban Dollar also writes Wealthy Bloggers which tracks different personal finance bloggers’ net worth. Yours truly is on there and is determine to move up in that list :)

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year with Suburban Dollar?

My biggest goal is just to be able to find the time to continue to do it. There are times when you struggle to get this in along with a 40+ hour work week, infant, toddler, and wife. I would like to start to see a monthly profit that actually means something fiscally. I was called unresponsive the other day and while I think the person was just upset with me over their own situation it made me realize I hadn’t taken a big enough stake in growing this community.

My immediate goal is to rectify that situation and become more engaged with my readers as well as with other bloggers in the community.

Welcome to My Financial Reviews!

Welcome to My Financial Reviews

I think appropriate that the first post on My Financial Reviews be about this site’s objectives, history, and goals.

My Financial Reviews MissionWelcome to My Financial Reviews

My mission is to help MFR readers gain control of their finances by reviewing various financial resources that fit their particular needs. I do this by reviewing books, financial services, products, and companies.

The idea for this blog started over at my other site at Couple Money. Over there I write about how couples can build their finances together by living on one income and achieving their dreams with the second.

One aspect I enjoy about blogging is helping others discover personal finance books and services that could help them, but if I accepted every review off Couple Money would lose its focus. To maintain the same continuity as Couple Money I transferred over older review posts and included their original dates.

I decided to go and start My Financial Reviews as a way to make it easier for readers to find information they can use. It also allows me to write reviews to help others build their net worth while maintaining Couple Money’s own objectives.

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As you can probably guess, I’m not a financial guru and I make no claims to be. I’m constantly learning about personal finances and this blog is just a collection of the tips and life lessons we pick up. Couple Money is not intended to be a source for professional advice.

If you’re looking for professional help with your finances and you live in the United States, try using The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) to find a fee based financial planner.  They should be able to work with you and your individual financial situation.