Six Questions About Money: An Interview with Rob Barrett from Cooking For Dads

Rob BarrettWelcome 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 Rob Barrett. I’ll let Rob introduce himself 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 Rob…

Introduce yourself in 75 words or less

I’m primarily a dad, actually I’m primarily a husband, scratch that, I’m primarily a God Follower, then a husband, then a dad, then anything else. The anything else has taken the form of a TV cook, a composer for TV, a worship pastor, a University teacher, a volleyball coach, a copper sculptor, an ice maker, and this week a radio host.  (PocketYourDollars here: I know Rob from both being guests on Twin Cities Live. He introduced himself as the husband of a Pocketeer. He is a man of many hats and many talents.)  

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

We are dealing with college costs and trying to find ways of not being penalized for being responsible and saving. So much of our governmental and social programs are set up to reward irresponsibility. It’s really a drag for those of us who have modest means, yet scrimped and saved to see programs that take money from us and give it to people that haven’t saved.

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

Saving is not in the big things but in the little ones. You don’t save money by haggling over a car but by watching the small daily expenses. My mom was and is a wise woman.

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

How to be a smarter investor. My parents were great at saving but didn’t really teach us much about investing. I’ve had to learn that the hard way.

Name your favorite money tool, resource or book?

My top 3 (apart from Carrie) are Dave Ramsey, Dave Ramsey and Dave Ramsey. (PocketYourDollars here: You can check out all of Dave Ramsey’s resource on Amazon.)

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

Don’t go into debt, pay off your credit cards and vote better.

If you’d like to connect with Rob and his wide array of interests, follow Cooking for Dads  on You Tube, Copper by Rob on Facebook, Ice Globes on Facebook or Twitter.

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It’s PocketYourDollars again wondering how you can relate to these six answers to our six questions.