Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Alex Guglielmo, Homemaking & Savings Blogger

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Alex Guglielmo is the founder of the homemaking/savings blog the Good Steward Club.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm a modern-day housewife who loves saving money and experimenting with ways to make our home run more efficiently.  When I'm not writing or homemaking, I'm reading the Bible and periodicals and books or traveling with my awesome husband.  

Describe your blog, Good Steward Club.

Good Steward Club is a hub particularly for women taking care of their homes and families.  The blog provides lots of money-saving tips, such as how we cut our grocery bill by 40% and some easy ways to cut costs that most people have never heard of.  I write about marriage/relationships and all things home, as well.  

How did you decide upon the name Good Steward Club?
The Bible introduced me to the principle of stewardship, which is managing something that isn’t your own.  Since God owns everything, we’re just borrowing His money and His time, and I need to treat them with extra care in a way that is honoring to Him.  As I'm striving to be a good steward, I want to teach others along the way.
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Homemaking blogger Alex Guglielmo

What inspired you to start a blog on homemaking, budgeting, and relationships, among other topics?

I had given couponing tutorials to a number of people from church, and I thought I could reach more people with the topic of saving money through a blog.  And I'm learning so much through day to day home management and marriage, so I figured my lessons learned might be helpful to others, as well.  If my openness helps people avoid a mistake, then my errors were not made in vain.

Have you always been interested in blogging and writing, or is this an interest that developed recently?
Writing has been one of my favorite activities for as long as I can remember, but I always had the romantic idea of contributing to print journalism (you know, the thing where you turn the page to read more...).  It took a while, but I've come to accept that people read and consume information in a different way now. And having a blog has been more of a blessing than I could have thought because I've discovered online communities and built friendships in a way that I couldn't have by publishing a newspaper article, so I'm really grateful to be a blogger now.

You’ve written on a number of topics, from saving money to marriage to the gospel. How do you decide which topic to write about?

Is it unprofessional to say I just write what I want when I wake up in the morning?  I've been able to keep a balance between my topics without thinking about it too much.  Some days, I’m really inspired to talk about marriage.  And other days, when I've discovered a new way to save money or I've gotten a great deal and my passion for saving money is invigorated, I just have to share with my readers.  The flexibility to write about what I want is a great part of blogging.  

You wrote an excellent article about a secret use of peanut butter. Do you have any other handy ways to use peanut butter?
Why, thank you!  I hope you'll use that trick.  I don't have any more tips for the non-edible use of peanut butter, but I recommend everyone buy a bag of Hershey's Kisses and follow the peanut butter blossom recipe on the bag.  That is one of the tastiest uses of peanut butter.

What is your vision of Good Steward Club five years from now?
With the fast-paced changes being made to technology and communication, I'm not even sure if blogs will be around in five year.   Will people still read, or will information be sent directly to our brains?  I don’t know…

A lot of blogs have guest blog posts. Is that something you could see yourself doing with Good Steward Club?
Kelly from Kelly Cox at Home is preparing a post as we speak.  I found her blog through a link-up and discovered that we are like-minded in our pursuit of saving money, caring for our homes and living within our means (no debt for these families!).  I hope to feature other bloggers in the future, as well.

How do you hope reading your blog will impact readers?
I hope readers will come away with the knowledge that they can take care of their families on one income with no debt if they are willing work at it.  There are some easy ways to save money, but there may also be a call to sacrifice (which, if you sacrifice long enough, just feels like normal life).  Since we live off of my husband's income in the 4th most expensive city in the country (according to Kiplinger), I hope to be a beacon for women who want to come home to take care of their kids or just take care of their husbands and homes.  If you really want to, chances are, you can make it happen if you get creative.

I also pray that people will come for the practical advice and stick around for the "why."  The reason I put so much effort into our home and finances is because I know it is honoring to God.  I pray everyone who comes across my blog will read the Gospel page, because it completely explains why I am who I am today.  And if readers stick around long enough, I’ll likely let them in on a few secrets of who I was before I became a Christian. 

Is there anything you’d like to add?
I’m building up a community on Good Steward Club, so if you leave a comment, you’ll hear back from me.  I really appreciate my readers, and I want them to know it.  I’m also open to feedback.  If there’s anything you’d like me to talk about, let me know!  I want to provide relevant, useful information for those striving to be good stewards. 

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