25 thoughts on “Financially Audacious Series: Maggie at Northern Expenditure

  1. Important question: do moose ever eat homework? And if so, how can I get one? 😉 Love seeing two of my favorite bloggers in one place! I feel like I know you, Maggie, but love filling out the picture. How old are your kids, and what are they saving for? Your descriptions of Alaska are always so inspiring! Can’t wait to have the time to explore up there.

    (And hi Alyssa!) 🙂

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      1. My kiddos are 5,7 and almost two. We had a crazy morning in a snowstorm to get the 5 year old to the doc for an ear infection. (Hence the delay in comments. Sorry!) Moose… just last night I went to my church for an event and we had to wait inside for about twenty minutes after it ended because three big moose were hanging out by our cars! And we all love “Moose muffin” (as we call it) as well! My girls are saving for cameras… the oldest one wants a waterproof one! And yes, we do love it up here. It’s crazy and magical and wonderful!

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  2. I love your approach to teaching your kids about money, Maggie! I’m sure that will serve them well for many years. (Also, as a side note, I bet your readers would love to hear more interviews with your daughter if she’s interested!)

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      1. A frequent interview series would be awesome. I love the idea. I’ll probably have to solicit questions from the readers as I don’t know what to ask her! 🙂 But I’m sure she’d love to do it. My 5 year old would probably want to get involved as well… but her answers may be a little less on topic… 🙂

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  3. I love that mindset about how you can do anything you want! I think most people think to themselves all the things they can’t do, rather than focus on things they can achieve. Simply being intentional with your money is a huge key to that! I’ve been recently laid off and have yet to feel anxious about my situation because my wife and I were such great savers. Now I can actually take a whole week off next week for Thanksgiving without worry! Now, I might not feel that same elation if I’m still unemployed by March 😉

    Such an inspirational story! I too don’t want my daughter to get money simply by being alive :).

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    1. Vic – such great points! Mindset is key, and when you take yourself out of the scarcity mindset and focus on growth instead, the potential is a wonderful thing. You are an inspiration to us all for taking one of life’s curveballs & making the most of it!

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    2. Thanks, Vic! Your attitude is inspirational as well. We have very fond memories of our 10 months of unemployment, though there is definitely stress of applying for jobs in there as well. We never want to feel that stress again! Spending time with our family is what this life is all about for us. And any way to maximize that time together is worth it.

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      1. I highly recommend everyone come visit. But there’s also this interesting thing about Alaska where it’s the only state a large amount of tourists come without ever having to acknowledge people live here. They hop off a plane, get on a bus, and are charted to a cruise ship. That’s an excellent way to see Alaska, but it sort of depresses me. Penny used to say there were three kinds of buses in Alaska: school, city, and the kind that take old people to the mountains. 🙂

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  4. Yay! I love Maggie’s blog (and yours Alyssa!). So great to see two of my favorite blogs collide 🙂 Favorite part of the interview: “The key is knowing what you want. It’s visualizing it in detail and realizing you can get there.” Love it!

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    1. Oh good! If there’s one message I want people to hear it’s to have a clear vision of your future self! I’ll engrave it on my gravestone… wait… that might defeat the purpose (then people will just picture their future selves dead!). Oh well. Glad you got the most important message. 🙂

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  5. I wonder if people would stop seeing investing as so scary if they focused instead on the money they were losing by not investing rather than on the possibility for losing money when they do. For example, the Vanguard Total Market Fund: https://personal.vanguard.com/us/funds/snapshot?FundId=0085&FundIntExt=INT has returned 12.5% annualized over the last three years. If you had $10,000 and were not invested in that fund, leaving that money in cash instead, you would have lost about $4000 in gains. Now that’s scary!

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    1. I really like this approach! That perspective is definitely way more scary to me as well. It’s almost in some scenarios that not investing will make you lose more than if you did invest. Not to mention inflation and how that decreases your savings when you do not invest. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Ha ha ha. “Financially aspirational” – remember? I’ll get to awesome someday. Just plugging along, doing my thing. Stay along for the ride to see my amazing transformation to awesome. 🙂 “I’m a beautiful butterfly!” (“Bug’s Life” anyone?)

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