If you want to save up to 10% on your next electricity bill then you will love Bargain Chick’s blog. I met with Amanda during the Problogger conference last August, and we started chatting like we knew each other forever. I love women who help others save money, I mean life is expensive so it won’t hurt to save a few dollars here and there on bills, right?
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I interviewed Amanda last week, which was a good excuse to catch up for lunch – enjoy it!
Can you give us a little background on your career to date?
My career background has consisted of around 20 years of experience in Client Relationship Management and Business Development within a range of industries from retail photo lab technician, ski equipment technician in Canada, travel manager overseas in Slovenia, working on the McDonald’s Happy Meal projects, state sales representative for an outdoor equipment company and assisting customers with their home loans. I currently am a Projects Coordinator in an IT software company where I’ve been for 6 years this year.
Amanda – Bargain Chick
What makes you aim your site at women?
Having spoken to a lot of female friends at all different stages in my life, I discovered that a few things:
1. Whilst there are those women who tend to be the main income earners for the family and manage the finances, there are many more who for whatever reason have no idea about finances and leave it up to their partners.
2. Others are in situations where they’re single Mums who don’t have the know-how around money
3. and others are young and free and tend to spend their pay within 48 hours every week and then don’t have money for bills. They buy on the spur of the moment and max out their credit cards.
I created Bargain Chick whilst on maternity leave in 2013 and tried to put a comedic spin on money and savings by educating through my own experiences. The daughter of a voucher-obsessed mother, I grew up barely purchasing anything at Recommended Retail prices which, in hindsight, I now appreciate as it’s enabled me to be able to re-purpose the saved money to get to where I am today.
I also reference articles by reputable websites and videos I come across which discuss general spending and saving trends as well as different marketing techniques that companies are using to entice us to buy. I didn’t want the blog to be a coupon, discount site. I wanted it to be more about education, and to help people discover ways they can make small changes and save money to ultimately put towards things on their bucket list perhaps.
Whilst my site is not specifically just for women, I find the readers are mainly female.
Have you met some major technology problems when you were creating your business?
The biggest issue I have is trying to access my emails when I’m on the go as I can’t seem to link up my phone and tablet with my web host, leaving me to have to log in via their website every time I want to check emails.
Would you call yourself a techno-savvy woman? and why?
Yes, I think so. I’ve been working in the IT industry for the past 6 years in various roles and have spent a lot of personal time and effort educating myself about the lingo, functionality and online opportunities for my job and for my blog.
What kind of smartphone do you have?
Samsung S4. We were enemies at first as I came across to smartphones from my trusty and much loved Blackberry with push buttons, but my Samsung and I have kissed and made up and are getting on quite well now.
Name 3 apps you use every day
Facebook, Twitter, and MindBody Connect to book my boxing classes.
What is your last tweet?
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like” – Will Smith
Thank you to the beautiful Amanda and her practical and useful blog.
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