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.


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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