How I….Write: Jessi Fearon from The Budget Mama

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Jessi Fearon has been busy writing – not only for her popular site The Budget Mama, but she’s an author of several budget minded books. She took time out of her packed schedule to share some wonderful tips on getting it all done (and doing an amazing job)!

Check out how her family budgets or pick up her latest book, Real Life on a Budget to get inspired and more control over your money.   jessi fearon the budget mama and hubby

You’ve successfully written and published three books, no small feat! What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always loved writing. I used to write letters to every one in my family and leave them around the house for them to find. I also used to create stories in my head and make construction paper books for them. So, once I started blogging in 2012 and re-discovered my love of writing, I knew that I wanted to publish a “real” book.

What have been the most common issues you’ve seen when it comes to families and budgets?

Oh goodness. I’d have to narrow it down to two:

  1. Thinking that you have to “wait until you have more money before you can budget” mentality and
  2. Not being on the same page as your spouse when it comes to financial goals and where/how the household income should be spent every month.

Do you mind sharing your must have tools/apps that you use when writing?

Not at all! 🙂 I’m not fancy so I just use Word and Google Drive mostly. However, when I’m on the run or melting in the Georgia heat while my boys run around in the yard, I’ll “write” in the notes app on my phone and then email the rough draft to myself. It’s a great way to make sure that I capture those moments of inspiration.

What are some of your favorite personal finance sites that inspire you?

Money Saving Mom was the first frugal living website that I stumbled across about five years ago. I still love following Crystal’s family and their success with staying clear of debt all together.

I also love, Budget Blonde, and Six Figures Under for some amazing debt-free inspiration!

How has your mastermind group helped you as an author?

Accountability. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you know there are people holding you accountable to the goals that you set. Not to mention that by having a mastermind group, I have a group of guinea pigs that can help me determine if my book/idea/concept is right for the marketplace.

It’s amazing the support and feedback that my mastermind group provides me with! 🙂

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