At the beginning of the month, Think Save Retire issued a challenge to go beyond the “About Page” and give more detail about ourselves and our blog. I enjoyed the challenge as well as the participation of others, so we’ve decided to jump in to the party as well. So, here are a few juicy details about the Banks Family and Northern Expenditure.
What’s in a Name?
The primary motivation behind starting the blog is that we live in Alaska which seems to run on very different rules than the rest of the United States (though arguably not Hawaii). We wanted to save money and work towards early retirement, but the fabulous advice of others didn’t always “fit” perfectly. So how would we fit all that into a title? A reference to a 90s TV show of course! If you haven’t seen Northern Exposure, it’s a great show about life in a little Alaskan town. As a disclaimer, the show is actually filmed in Washington (which is very obvious to us Alaskans when it’s dark at night in the summertime and they’re watching the Northern lights in a light jacket), but I would still recommend it. Mr. T gets credit for the clever wordplay that has become our name.
What’s the Point?
We started this blog for ourselves as well as others. We wanted to connect to all the wonderful voices in the personal finance blogging space (because we’ve secretly been geeking out over most of them for a long time). But also, we wanted to add our little voices from way up here in Alaska. We’ve got three kids, don’t make close to $100,000, and we live in a very weird, expensive place. So things are different for us. And we hope we can be a voice for people that can relate.
More about the Banks Fam:
Mr. T – He works in software by day, but spends his free time biking, taking pictures (including all the ones on this blog… even our header moose!), or creating something.
Maggie – I like chocolate. And peanut butter. Especially together. And the rain. I’m a geek for spreadsheets, research, and making elaborate plans.
Penny – She loves to read. A lot. And wants to be a scientist when she grows up… or an author/illustrator. She can’t decide.
Florin – She is our socialite. Also loves art, but mostly likes to do what others are doing because she’d rather be with people.
Lui – He loves food and mud puddles. He is mischievous but is the king of super cute faces with a tilted head when he gets caught. Cuteness is his best defense.
A Family Passion:
We love Cambodia. Mr. T lived there for two years and we’ve gone twice since we’ve been married. Before we moved to Alaska, we nearly moved to Cambodia. The kids and I have been trying to learn Cambodian for years (Mr. T already speaks it) and we hope to take all the kids there for a long period of time someday. A lot of our future (philanthropic and other post-retirement) plans involve Cambodia.
And now you know a bit more about us and our internet space. It’s been a fun few months so far. We’ve connected with so many cool people and I’m excited to see what happens with this adventure. For us, it’s all about the connections. So please connect with us!
What questions do you have that I didn’t answer?