Friday, May 29, 2009

June 2009's Adventure - A Sling and Swaddle Journey

I'm starting a tweeting adventure this month with 30 other new Mums courtesy of the Sling and Swaddle Journey. After an application process, I was chosen as one of 30 Mums to tweet about life with a little one. Sponsored by Hotslings and Miracle Blanket, I'll get some sweet schwag to tweet about, and some even sweeter schwag if I win. Check out my profile on their website, and please help me win by clicking on the link to follow me on Twitter.

Why the name Bunny Munny?

Bunny Munny is about my financial journey. I chose the word bunny because the bunny has always been my totem animal. A totem animal is an animal that a person identifies most strongly with and which has qualities with which the person identifies. For me, I admire the rabbit’s sense of bravery and strength despite adversity – rabbits have many predators and few natural defenses, so they need to rely on their senses and their bravery to dash across fields and to their warrens. This resonates strongly with me and my sense of adventure and my admiration of bravery.

In choosing a second word, I was looking for something financial to signify that this is a personal finance blog. While munny is a cute spelling that goes well with bunny, I've started differentiating between money and munny. As many economists will effectively argue, cash is just a medium for exchange. However, from personal experience, some cash transactions feel to me like a simple exchange, while others are charged with excitement and fun. When the simple cash transaction also gives me a dose of fun, I use the word munny. Throughout the blog, I will focus on spending and saving that is infused with a sense of fun, and will use the word munny to signify the thrill that is received along with the product, service, or savings.

And voila – here we have Bunny Munny.

Bunny Munny Manifesto (or, what's this blog all about?)

My main objective for this blog is to share my suggestions and ideas on saving and spending in a way that maximizes fun and minimizes spending. Often, thriftiness is associated with denial; the presumption being that one must make do with less in order to be thrifty. It is my belief that one does not necessarily need to deny oneself in order to practice good spending and savings habits; but a bit more time may be required in order to minimize spending.

For me, finding bargains is fun. I love getting a good deal, and the knowledge that I got a great deal adds to my enjoyment of my purchase for the life of the item. There is definitely a thrill of the hunt for bargains.

However, the sole focus of this blog is not only hunting, but also gathering (or saving). I’m a very aggressive saver, and will also share my thoughts and strategies for saving.

Finally, I’m constantly learning from others, so I will also include links to Financial Advice / Makeover articles along with my own commentary on them.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Welcome to Bunny Munny!

Welcome to Bunny Munny – a personal finance blog focusing on maximizing fun and minimizing spending. The goal of this blog is to share some of my thoughts on spending, saving, and thrift, while also following my own financial journey. Please feel free to comment, question, and add your own thoughts and ideas!