Hi! I’m Aaron.


Welcome to When Life Gives You Lemons, Add Vodka. I’ll tell you about myself in a minute, but let’s first talk about how this website is useful for you.

There is a TON of financial advice out there, and personal finance blogs are a dime a dozen. Many of them are great – if you want to learn how to save money by cutting back on stuff that you don’t want to cut back on.

I enjoy saving money as much as the next person, but I’d rather make more money and live with less stuff so I don’t have to work as much. Those ideas may sound like opposing ideas, but I think they can co-exist. By knowing what we really want, we can limit our possessions and better spend our time working for much more than the next hot “thing.”

I am a journalist by training, and like to dig into issues and find out why things work the way they do. I’ve been covering personal finance for a number of websites, and I’m looking forward to helping people increase their financial literacy on Add-Vodka.

Some people want a quick fix and something that they can read and move past. If that is you, then you probably don’t want to spend much time on my blog. Don’t worry, I won’t be offended.

But for those of you who actually want to make small changes for a big impact in the long term, I think you’ll like what you find here.

A little bit about my story, should you be so interested:

I bought Add Vodka in January 2015 from Sarah, who started it in August 2010. I’ve written for personal finance websites since 2008, and since then I’ve wanted to start a personal finance blog. When I learned that Sarah was moving on to another venture, I saw taking over Add Vodka as a chance to run a personal finance blog with an audience that I could hopefully grow with stories I’d like to tell.

To do that, I’m hiring an editor, Kayla, who will help run Add Vodka. Both of us will be writing for the site, and my ultimate goal is to bring on other writers to add their voices to the mix. Sarah’s posts will live on here, too, giving us a great stepping stone to more personal finance topics.

What do I hope to add to Add Vodka? Much more than the basic savings stories you can find elsewhere.

My interests include:

  • Travel.
  •  Spending money on experiences instead of things.
  • Personal finance and making the most of your money.
  • Living with less stuff, ie minimalism.
  • Saving for the big things in life, from college to retirement, while budgeting for fun.

Here’s some info on Kayla, the editor of Add-Vodka:

bust 2Hi! My name is Kayla and I am a mid-20s single girl living in the midwest, USA. I graduated from an in-state university with a little over $8,000 in student debt. The rest of my debt came from my compulsive shopping habit and the purchase of my first home in my rural hometown.

I work full-time as an ag credit analyst, part-time at a retail store, I own a direct-selling home business, and I am now doing some side hustlin’ on the internet too! In addition, I am currently blogging my way out of debt and clutter via my own blog, Shoeaholicnomore.


From all of us here at Add-Vodka, thanks for stopping by and reading. If you have any comments, suggestions, questions, or just want to chat, you can find Aaron:

On Twitter (@AddVodkadotcom)
Via Email (aaron@add-vodka.com)
On Facebook 







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  • Columbus
    May 18, 2011

    Greetings I discovered your webpage by mistake when i searched AOL for this subject, I need to express your site is totally valuable I also like the theme, it is beautiful!

  • wmwo
    August 15, 2011

    Hey Daisy, where do we go to get the password for your protected posts?

  • Shannyn @FrugalBeautiful.com
    January 15, 2012

    So glad to meet you and see that you’re paying down your debt- GO YOU! Keep up the good work and I hope this blog will help you get there! :)

  • Lorillia | Your Money Mentor
    February 24, 2012

    Hi Daisy, Stopping by to say hello. I’m another Yakezie fellow blogger. By the way I love your blog title. :mrgreen:

  • MaryAnne@ParentingandMoney
    March 9, 2012

    Love the blog title! I’ll be sending a few 20-something’s to your site who could use a lesson or two from you :-).

    • Daisy
      March 9, 2012

      Thank you! I would appreciate that :)

  • laurie best
    April 4, 2012

    You should meet my daughter, the newly-minted PhD. Her solution to the debt problem was to return to my empty nest. She finally left at age 36! In the interim, we actually discovered it was fun living together as adults and began writing a blog about our experience. Our book is currently being hawked by our agent at the London Book Fair and we have high hopes for it. You’d probably enjoy our take on the struggling student and more-than-struggling mom! Keep writing–I really enjoyed your blog. And anyone who loves chocolate is a friend of mine!

  • Josh @ Live Well Simply
    April 9, 2012

    Daisy, I was going through my comments and marked you as spam. Then I thought, hey I’ll just check to see if this person is legit. I’ve since approved your comments :) Thanks for commenting, my fellow Canadian!

  • SavvyFinancialLatina
    April 25, 2012

    Hi Daisy, I’m glad to be following you! I’m glad to find somebody else who is young and trying to figure it out.

  • Financial Samurai
    July 14, 2012

    Very admirable of you to work several jobs while going to school! You are going to be SO PUMPED when you graduate, and without much debt if any to boot!

    Can’t wait!

  • Modest Money
    July 21, 2012

    Congrats on finishing up your final school project Daisy! It was fun meeting you and some of the other Vancouver bloggers earlier this month. We’ll definitely have to do that again sometime soon.

    By the way, it really is impressive how much you manage to juggle at once. I don’t know how you do it.

  • Financial Penguin
    August 31, 2012

    Hey Daisy, have you graduated yet? I was just reading up there that you we’re supposed to finish college in August, 2012?? If you have, congrats!! If not, don’t worry, college is awesome, savor your time there!

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