It’s hard to believe but I wasn’t always this cheap (ahem, frugal).  I used to frivolously spend money on things that I didn’t need and/or couldn’t really afford.  I had just given birth to our first child when my husband and I decided to really buckle down and start being adults about money.  That’s when we also decided that I would quit my full time job of five years and become a stay at home mom.  We knew we would have to kiss our old lifestyle goodbye in order to pay off debt, buy a house and start a savings plan.  We knew HOW to do it, we just had to take the first step on this new journey.

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Sometimes I find myself busier during the winter than the summer!  Then other times, it feels like I’m going to kill somebody if I don’t find something to do outside of the house.  As you know, I also pride myself on finding free or reasonably priced events.  I am here to tell you that there are still a ton of fun, free (or low cost) events in your area, even in the winter.  Trust me.  We live in a beach town so if I can find stuff, you can too.  Some of the places that we find things to do include:

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Do you love to test out new products and give people your opinions?  I know I do.  I also love getting free stuff!  Who doesn’t?!?!  If you read my blog, you will notice that I’ve worked with Influenster quite a bit, both in the past and present.  #Influenster is an awesome company that sends out complimentary voxboxes to people in exchange for their opinions.  The voxboxes include all sorts of goodies and they are a blast to review!

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My family’s food budget is extremely low.  Most people wonder how I manage to make dinner every night with such a small amount.  Well, I’m going to let you in on some of my secrets.  This is the first in a series of posts on how to save money on your food bill.   I have been posting each time Harris Teeter has super double coupons.  This is a crucial element to my success.  If you are lucky enough to have a grocery store that runs super double coupons (doubled up to $2)  then you really need to plan to take advantage of this.

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