All about… Savvy In Somerset
Fiona was spurred on to try extreme money saving by the goal of buying her first home. After meeting that goal, she’s now aspiring to be mortgage free, and she’s equipped with lots of tips and tricks to make it happen. She shares her money-saving insights on her blog, Savvy In Somerset.
Tell us about your blog.
My blog, Savvy In Somerset, covers many aspects of personal finance, in particular saving money on everyday purchases, especially food and groceries. You really can save on pretty much everything!
Why do you write about money?
I write about money because I want show people that they can save money and get themselves in a better place financially, no matter what their income or current financial situation. Small changes can make a huge difference.
How did you start blogging?
Starting a blog was something I had wanted to try for a long a time but just hadn’t had the confidence to do. I love writing and finally decided to take the plunge when I took Emma Drew’s money making course. It was lovely to have the support and encouragement of her group when starting out.
What’s your most popular post and why?
My most popular post is how I spend just £50 a month on groceries. I spent the whole of last year doing this and really changed my perspective on how I shop. A lot of people don’t seem to believe it’s possible to spend so little, but you can if you put your mind to it.
What’s your favourite post you’ve written, and why?
Writing about how we saved £50k to buy our house was really enjoyable. It was such a big achievement and one which I am really proud of. It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice but was completely worth it to be where we are financially now.
What’s your number one money tip?
It pays to think long term. We live in an ‘everything now’ culture. It can be hard to set long term financial goals but it is so worth it when you finally achieve them.
What’s your top blogging tip?
Don’t give up! I still consider myself to be quite a new blogger and sometimes in the early days it can be tough figuring everything out. It does get easier though!
Why are you part of UK Money Bloggers?
It’s lovely to be part of a group of so many like-minded individuals. Everyone is so willing to give their time and advice and I know where to ask if I have any problems.
Who are your three favourite UK Money Bloggers?
Emma Drew: her blog is one of the few I go back to time and time again to reread her posts. Without Emma’s money-making group, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to set up my own blog.
Kelly Eroglu: When I found ReducedGrub on Twitter it felt as though I had found a kindred spirit, someone who loves buying reduced food as much I do. She has also been so lovely whenever I have spoken to her.
Annelies Paris: The Frugal Teen is probably one of the youngest UK money bloggers but I love that she is trying to help other people her age with their finances!