Random Questions with Budget on a Stick

MSF Preamble

I’m really excited to bring you a new installment of the Random Questions Series. Today’s post is brought to you from the land of 10,000 Lakes and from what I hear 10,000 food items on a stick.

Proving that food isn’ the only great thing to come on a stick, Mr. BoaS started his site, Budget on a Stick to share his unique financial (and life) insights.

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you may recognize Budget on a Stick from the most recent New Kids on the Blog post. If you can’t be bothered to click on the link, here’s what I said about him in that post:

If you spend a minute or two exploring Budget on a Stick, the theme quickly becomes apparent. But it may take you a little longer to realize just how impressive his commitment to that theme is. (If you didn’t figure it out from the site name, I’ll let you poke around his site to figure out the theme.)

Budget on a Stick has a knack for providing great financial advice with a personal twist. He’ll warn you to steer clear of financial advisors who aren’t looking out for your best interest, but also show you just how easy it is to fall into their trap.

His writing style reminds me of one of my favorite personal finance books: The Wealthy Barber. Budget on a Stick is a natural storyteller and he finds a way to infuse financial wisdom and life lessons throughout each story.

Plus in true financial blogger fashion, Budget on a Stick tracks and posts his Networth for all to see. Head on over to his site, if for no other reason, you should check out what Budget on a Stick calls his wife and son.

That’s more than enough from me, let’s get to the questions already.

  1. Who are you?

    I am Budget on a Stick aka Mr. BoaS. I am a father of two boys and husband to an awesome wife. With my little free time, I love playing video games (old and new).

  2. What are you passionate about?

    Besides personal finance, I love my job as a software developer. I like to tell people I am paid to write gibberish all day! It is so cool to be working on complex issues all day and seeing them come to life on the computer screen. I know I won’t be able to do this forever which is part of the reason I am on the FI path.

  3. What song do you want to be played at your funeral?

    This one goes out to a local band called Paradise Fears. They have a great song about preserving called “Battle Scars.” Maybe it will pump people up and remind them not to dwell on the sadness (am I assuming people will be sad at my funeral?) Hopefully they won’t play “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” instead.

  4. Who’s your favorite comedian?

    I love Louis C.K. He is a great storyteller but his style isn’t for everyone. He has a way of being able to bring up any subject and telling it in a way that doesn’t anger people like some other comedians. My wife doesn’t care for his language nor some of his content. I try to keep my site clean but if you get to know me you’ll find I’ll swear like a sailor.

  5. What’s are you insecure about?

    I’m always worried I’m doing something wrong with my finances. Was that fund the right call? Should I be in a different allocation? It is really hard because I’ve been burned in the past and don’t want to make the same mistakes.

  6. Tell us something the readers of your blog or listeners of your podcast don’t know about you?

    I’m a storyteller and from Minnesota. Most of the time I have to include some story about my life when I am writing. I have 16 posts in progress right now and none of them will get done until I can make them interesting by sharing a piece of me with my readers.

  7. What are you afraid of?

    Leaving my family with nothing. This was especially a heavy weight in my head before we had life insurance but there are times it still pops in. I want to make sure my family would be ok if I bite it.

  8. What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?

    Spending time with my new baby boy! My employer has a partially paid paternity leave. I am excited to be able to take this time. It was really hard going back to work after my first was born. I felt sick that I wasn’t able to spend more time with him. I hope to be able to make that up while I am on the leave by picking him up early from daycare and spending time with him too.

  9. Why did you start a blog/podcast?

    I was an early member of the Rockstar Finance Forum. Some of the bloggers planned on meeting up in the Twin Cities and was an open invite to anyone in the area on the forum. I went and had a blast. Met with PoF, Gwen (Fiery Millennials), Apathy Ends, The Grounded Engineer, Wealth Well Done, and a lot more! They were all so interesting and had a unique story to tell. I had been on the fence for a long time but that night I went home and started brainstorming ideas for the blog.

  10. What post/episode are you most proud of and why?

    I am most proud of “My Money Map” since it got me my first feature on Rockstar Finance. I had been holding onto that one for a long time before publishing because I didn’t think it was worth it…

  11. How is blogging/podcasting different from what you expected?

    I didn’t think I would meet as many people as I have. I knew it was a welcoming community but didn’t think I would meet so many cool people. I also didn’t think I would have even made it to this point. I started May 2nd and had 6 posts written. I was scared I wouldn’t think of anything else to write about. Now I feel a lot better.

  12. What unique skill do you have?

    As a software developer, you have to be good at figuring out errors/bugs. No matter where I work I always tend to be the go-to person to find and fix bizarre issues in the code. Probably not the stupid human trick you were hoping for.

  13. What is your favorite book that doesn’t relate to the topic you write about or discuss on your podcast?

    Fiction? I absolutely love Ready Player One! I’m not an 80’s junky like some of my friends but all of the sci-fi and video game stuff is where that story pulls me in. I actually borrowed it from the library but ultimately bought it.

  14. Dog person or cat person?

    I love dogs! My wife is a cat person and somehow convinced me to get one even though I am allergic.

  15. What celebrity have you been told you look like?

    I’ve never been told I look like a celebrity but I’ve heard non-stop ”you look like a friend of mine.” I even was at a Kohl’s and the cashier asked what I was doing back so soon. Apparently, I looked exactly like a guy she was helping the night before… creepy.

  16. What famous person have you met?

    I have met the band Breaking Benjamin… ok, I’m sure you haven’t heard of them but they were a popular rock band when I was in high school. 😟

  17. Let’s stretch those writing muscles. Write a Haiku summarizing your blog/podcast? (Remember a Haiku is a 3-line poem. First line- 5 syllables; second line-7 syllables; third line-5 syllables.)

Family at the fair

Money stories on a Stick

Cherry on a spoon

  1. What random question would you add to this list and what’s your answer? (If I like the question, I might add it to this list.)

    1. What is the next thing you plan to do to help get closer to FI or ER?

      1. We are getting our bonuses at work and plan to use it to max out my wife’s Roth IRA.

  2. Name three days that changed your life, for better or worse? (Courtesy of Mr. 1500)

    1. Meeting my wife for our blind date to a galla.

    2. The day my first son was born.

    3. The video game party that made me want to become a programmer.

MSF Wrap Up

I can’t thank Mr. BoaS enough for taking the time to take on the Random Questions Challenge. Be sure to check out the links below to learn more about Budget on a Stick:

Website: budgetonastick.com
Twitter: @BudgetOnaStick
Pinterest: Budget on a Stick

If you are a blogger and are interested in taking on the Random Questions Challenge yourself, you can learn more about it here


  1. I am amazed. A fellow developer and a thememate 🙂 Coincidentally just checked your Money Map post before I opened this. It is always good to get know more about fellow bloggers. I can totally relate to the “story pulls me” type video game thing. Unfortunately since my daughters born I cannot find time to play. Also I share the same fears. Thanks for sharing.

    1. We would love to have you in the money map chain :D. Finding time to play video games with young ones is tough, even worse when you have a blog but having a Nintendo Switch has helped.

  2. I really enjoy this interview series! I’m glad you took the leap, BoaS, and joined the blogger/pf community. Your content is great – keep it up!

    1. Thanks Lily, I’ve been really impressed with everyone’s haiku’s so far! Shouldn’t be surprising, since we’ve got some very creative writers in the PF blogging community. 🙂

  3. That Minneapolis meetup was a good time. I was hoping to get another one together this fall, but it didn’t quite happen. Glad you decided to join us by starting a blog of your own shortly after we connected.

    Enjoy those boys and best of luck on your continued FIRE walk.


  4. Thanks for this MSF!! Nice to hear more about PF bloggers and their background. I like Louis CK, remember watching him from his first HBO sitcom ‘Lucky Louie’, Thought it should have gone beyond one season, it was an underrated show. Haven’t watched a lot of his FX series but hear some good things about it.

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