Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thrifty Thoughts...here we come!

Alright ladies!
(and I guess the few gentlemen who read the blog :) )

It's time to get the Thrifty Thoughts ball rollin'!

Let me first say that I am in no way an expert.
Far from it.

I am simply a stay-at-home mom of three littles living on one income.
We have always lived on one income.
I have had odd jobs on the side to supplement...
but we solely depend on my husband's
teaching/coaching job.

There have been alot of trial and errors.
We're still figuring out what works best for our family.
That's the thing.
What may work for my family may not be the best for yours.
So with that in mind here's where I'm going with all of this....

My prayer is that we might build a sort of community.
A community where we can encourage one another to be wise with our finances.
A community where we can encourage each other to save money rather than spend it!
A community where we can share ideas on how to stretch our dollars!
A community where saving money and living frugally can be fun and creative!
A community where you can feel comfortable talking about ways you've saved
 instead of having to try to keep up with the Jones'.

I would love if you would join me on the Thrifty Thoughts journey!
What are some topics you might like addressed?
What are areas you wish to save money in?

I'm still penciling everything out.
But I know that next week I am going to be addressing grocery shopping.
I for one am not a couponer.
I prefer to buy generic brand and to save in other ways such as meal planning.
So I'm going to show you how I go about it.

Going back to creating a community...

I would love for us to be able to chat back and forth with each other in the comments section.
If you have an idea or a thought about any of this please leave a comment! 
And read the above comments as well...
the more we can encourage each other in these areas the better :)

Hope your day was great!


  1. SOO excited for this!!! Blogger now has a reply to comments feature!!! Follow this link for instructions: http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/2012/01/threaded-comment-replies-blogger-blogs.html?m=1

  2. I love the title and everything about being thrifty! I can't wait to hear your tips and tricks!

  3. I'm really excited to follow along with this! My idea was groceries. I'm like you--no coupons, just a generic brand, meal planner. So I will be all ears next week! :)

  4. love this idea!! i would like to see some posts on how to dress cute on a budget! i am definitely not the best at this, and end up spending way too much on clothes for me and clothes for my daughter...

    also, i always have a meal plan when i grocery shop, but maybe we could talk about ways to use the same ingredients for 2 different meals, or utilizing leftovers better :)

  5. i love this!!! i would love to see a post on cheaper accessories and makeup!! i can't wait for this series!!

  6. Danielle- I will definitely do a post on dressing cute on a budget!!!
    Steph- And yes!!! I have a few great tips on where to get cheap accessories and makeup!!!

  7. I can't wait! Really looking forward to this series!

  8. YAY! Excited for this series!! How about things to do as a family for fun on a budget? XOXO@

  9. Yeah, can't wait! I meal plan too and mostly buy generics but I coupon a little bit too and it really does help... sometimes you can get the namebrands cheaper than the generics with coupons. :) I really like the idea of fun family outings that are free or cheap.

  10. I'm looking forward to it! Thanks for doing it!

  11. So great and the thrifty thoughts button is so darn cute!!!

  12. I'm excited for this series! Making some of my own cleaning products and laundry detergent has been a money saver.

  13. Looking forward to sharing ideas.

    We are currently feeding our family of 8 (including 2 adults and 3 teens) on less than $600/month. Yes. We. Are. And ... I do NOT use coupons or shop at Costco.

    Also ... started making our own laundry soap about 2 years ago and have saved TONS of $$$. It is crazy-cheap to make.

    Look forward to chatting with your bloggy friends about this.

    Keep up the good work. You know that we raised our 12 kids on a teacher/coach salary. I know you can do it, too.

    mama of 12
    (ages 10, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 23, 23, 25, 26, 27)

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  15. Oh my! I'm a little late to the party- recently found this blog... but this is definitely something our family has needed. We've always lived on one income so that I could stay home with our children & I'm sooo excited to find new ways to save! Thank you :).