Every Monday, I answer a few of the questions that my readers send me. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A post, just leave me a comment here or email me (thefrugalgirl [at] gmail [dot] com) and put Q&A in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you!
Before I start answering some questions, I just wanted to say that a number of you have written in to ask about what homeschooling material I use. I’ll try to get something together about that (it’s quite possible that I won’t, though, because sometimes I don’t follow through with my good intentions!), so in the meantime, you may want to read through the posts I’ve written about homeschooling before, including a post about the kindergarten materials I use.
How did The 700 Club find out about you?
Are there any interesting stories related to filming the spot that you have to share?
How did it affect your readership?
I can’t remember if I answered anything exactly like this before, so my apologies if I have! Dana Ritter, a producer for CBN, is a regular blog reader of mine, and it was her idea to film a spot about me and my blog. She emailed me to ask if I’d be interested, and after thinking about it for a bit and talking to Mr. FG, I said yes. I don’t particularly like being on camera (I especially hate watching myself!), but since I write my blog to help people save money, I was interested in the opportunity to reach more people.
Filming was really interesting…I wore one of those clip-on microphones that reality show people wear, and having a camera following us while we were shopping was a very unique experience!
As far as my readership goes, I had a really large spike at first (my server crashed a time or two that day!), and my email subscriber numbers doubled, which was awesome. My traffic has settled down since then, but it’s higher than it was before I was on TV. I’ve received lots of encouraging emails and comments from people who saw me on TV, so I’m really glad that I shoved my fear-of-being-on-TV aside!
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the TV spot (email subscribers, you’ll have to click over to the blog to see it, because for some reason, videos don’t show up in email feeds!).
It thrills me that you are so open about your faith and that you really give God all the glory in all that you do! I was interested in your testimony of how you got saved. Were you raised in a Christian family? Where do you attend church?
Well, I have a really, really boring conversion story. I was raised in a Christian home, and I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t trust and believe that Jesus died for my sins. So, I don’t have a specific date where I can say that I became a Christian, but it had to have been early on in my life.
I’m so grateful to have been raised by parents who love God, and grateful for the work that God has done in my heart (because of course simply having Christian parents doesn’t make one a Christian!). And I am grateful for the work I continue to see God doing in my life…conviction of sin, provision of grace for growing in godliness and many other mercies.
My family and I attend and serve at a Presbyterian church (PCA) near our home.
How can I do green and frugal Halowe’en treats? I love giving out candy, but it’s always struck me as being pretty expensive, not to mention all those little wrappers are awfully wasteful. I thought about giving out baked goods or repackaging bulk candy, but I know (and understand) that many parents are nervous about letting their kids eat food like that from a stranger. Is there anything I can do?
Unless you live in a small neighborhood where all the parents know you, I don’t think there’s much you can do! Most parents will not allow their children to eat treats from a stranger unless they’re individually wrapped.
We don’t celebrate Halloween ourselves, but we do give out candy to the neighborhood children. To keep this from being super expensive, I usually buy a big bag of Smarties or lollipops instead of chocolate or other more expensive Halloween candies (I’ve been known to buy some Reese’s pumpkins for Mr. FG, though!).
Readers, do you have any ideas about how to make Halloween candy more green and frugal?
Today’s 365 post: Dirty Drawer (you know you want to go see my mess!)