Six Questions About Money: An Interview with Army Wife Lisa Sharp

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Lisa Sharp SolutionsWelcome to Six Questions! It is a new feature where we’ll ask different people from various walks of life the same six questions. I expect that each person will bring something unique to a standard set of questions. Today’s guest is Lisa Sharp, a Pocketeer. I’ll let her introduce herself momentarily.

As you read through this Six Questions interview and all the previous interviews, I hope your thinking is sparked. That as you hear new and different perspectives you will be prodded to think about your own relationship to money. The views of our guest do not necessarily reflect the views of Pocket Your Dollars.com or its staff, but are a springboard for thought and respectful discussion.

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Now to Lisa…

Introduce yourself in 75 words or less

I’m Lisa Sharp, I work as a personal financial counselor for Military Families in Minnesota as well as a bit of a life coach of sorts through my blog (which has been neglected lately, but…). I’m married to fantastic guy who, I like to say has another wife, serves in the United States Army. We’re based at Fort McCoy WI and Cottage Grove MN (for my job) and between us we have seven children ages 28-10.

What money issue are you dealing with in your life right now

We’re looking at my husband’s military retirement in the next five years or so; hoping he doesn’t have to work full-time after that point (he’ll be in his mid-50′s) and hoping we’re prepared when the big day comes.

One thing you learned about money while growing up that has stuck with you into adulthood

My mom is extremely frugal!  I’ve learned from her both the value of hard work and the value of a dollar.  Even with five kids, she worked at least full time and was expert at stretching a dollar to at least $1.50.  Today she can probably stretch it to $5 if she puts her mind to it.

One thing you didn’t learn at home about money, but wish you had

Balance.  I remember being taught by example that stretching a dollar was important and that working hard was important.  Money felt like a driving force in my life – mostly the lack of it.  Now I know that you can live life on your terms by building a healthy relationship with your money, being frugal and still finding ways to have fun while planning for the future.

Name your favorite money tool, resource or book?

I use the Money Habitudes cards quite a bit in my counseling practice. (Carrie here: I found the Money Habitudes cards for adults and teens on Amazon)

What’s one piece of money advice you wish every American would follow?

Spend less than you make.  A second is that fun doesn’t have to be expensive.  Find ways to enjoy life and live according to your values that don’t jeopardize your financial future.

If you’d like to connect with Lisa you can find her online at LisaSharp.com, Lisa Sharp Solutions on Facebook and @lisamsharp on Twitter.

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It’s Carrie again wondering how you can relate to Lisa and her six answers to our six questions.

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