How Long Have You Been a Frugalista?

If you are tuning into for our budget-friendly tips, have you always been interested in living on less?  Are you new to this penny pinching lifestyle?

I was born into a family of cheapskates. At one point in my life this was a huge drag, but the older I get, the more I appreciate my homegrown education in personal finance. It dovetails nicely with my green goals and has helped us build a secure financial foundation for our family.

Now that I’m home with the kids, our family has taken frugality to a whole new level. We embrace thrift stores, cloth diapers, garage sales, Grocery Outlet, and coupons. And more importantly, our quality of family life has drastically improved.

Are you naturally thrifty or have the circumstances of parenthood forced you to examine your budget? Do you have skinflint friends? Please consider us your fellow frugalistas!


  1. I joke that people used to call me “cheap,” and now they call me “green.” Times change, but I’m happy to see frugality making a come back, though sad that it is driven by necessity. I’d rather have people take control of their lives by THINKING in ways that are creative instead of depending on money to create.

  2. I was raised in a very frugal household and have always been a saver. I love that being frugal often also means being non-wasteful/green. Now that my husband is a student (again) and we have no regular income, we are taking frugal to new levels.

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