About Me

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Updated 3-5-2013

Why I created this blog:
I grew up with a super thrifty mother, so thriftiness has always been in my blood. I avoided going into debt during my poor newly married student years and even had fun being thrifty. After having children, I became a SAHM (stay at home mom) since it was more economical for our situation at the time. Being a SAHM is a pretty thankless job and I found myself feeling depressed after about 10 years of nothing but diapers, cleaning, cooking, and other mundane tasks. I created my blog as a way to document my hard work somewhere that would last longer than a few hours. I took pictures of my clean faucet after using my vinegar trick to get rid of the hard water. I took pictures of my thrifty projects and documented them as a way of feeling some sort of accomplishment. It has been great to get comments, feedback and connect with others.

Now that I am no longer super poor, I still enjoy being thrifty. The difference is that instead of finding cheap ways to decorate my apartment or starter-home, I am decorating my dream home. I still don't have thousands of dollars to throw at a kitchen remodel, so my thrifty decorating skills come in handy.

Other Stuff I Like:
In addition to my thrifty skills and hobbies, I enjoy playing the flute, making home movies, reading, traveling, and browsing Pinterest. I do not enjoy scrap-booking or making crafts and prefer digital creations like home movies and digital photo books. I got a job in high-school (back in the 90s) and saved up all of my money to buy my first computer (an Apple). I was thrilled when the internet became affordable and have embraced the digital world. I earned a degree in Computer Image Specialization and love technology. I don't like clutter and love organization. The perfect day for me would be a day spent organizing something or reading (can you tell I'm an introvert).

Books and TV Shows/Movies:
I LOVE The Big Bang Theory, Zombie shows/movies, Buffy, Once Upon a Time, Merlin, Star Trek and other Sci-Fi shows like Firefly & Battlestar Galactica. I also love all of Jane Austin's novels with Pride & Prejudice being my favorite. As an introvert, I relate to Mr. Darcy and love how complicated and true to life Jane Austin's characters are. I love Anne of Green Gables as well as other classics. I love almost any fantasy series involving magic: Harry Potter, Leven Thumps, and Magyk to name a few. I also love reading whatever is popular at the time like The Hunger Games.

So that's me in a nutshell! Thanks for visiting my blog.
Jen
thethriftyhome(at)gmail(dot)com

12 comments :

  1. So nice to meet you! I love the new blog and I'm excited to see your entries. I would love to share a before and after picture of my garage, but unfortunately we are still stuck in the "before" stage. Yours looks awesome and I love how you were able to do it without spending any money! Nice job! Very inspirational. I'll have to grab your button!

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  2. Thanks for letting me know about your blog! This is right down my ally! I love being thrifty (to a fault). I'll be a follower for sure, and if I can get my life in order a little bit now that we have #3 here, I might have some pictures of my own to send your way.

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  4. Hi Jen, I am you plus 40 years! You will be in a very good spot when you have gone through your life as I have. Like you, I love design, style and nice things but have always managed to be smart and create what I wanted. People always compliment me on my home and clothing and I now am proud to say that I found it in an "alternative" shopping arena! Now that I have grown children and retired. I can actually enjoy "hunting" for things once in a while. Having a good eye for quality is essential...that you need to either need to be born with or cultivate. Congratulations on a great lifestyle and blog!

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  5. Oh...what a sweet home you have here....Happy 4th

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  6. Hi Jen, nice blog, lots of great ideas!
    (And the sunflowers are beautiful!!!)

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  7. I am so glad that I have discovered your blog today! One of my favorite hobbies is couponing and all my friends thought I was such a dork - that is until they saw my pantry and receipts! Love the FREE stuff!!

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  8. Well hello there, fellow Utahn (nevermind that I'm from the other side of the divide- Salt Lake). I'm digging your thrifty blog- and your haircut!

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  9. Hi Jen,

    I am a frugal mom and love bargains! I am your new follower.Stop by my blog for some tea:

    http://toddlertalesbymommy.blogspot.com/

    Will be around

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  10. I just love the way you are...and i find a lot common between me and you..:) you can also stop by at my blog...www.atthedesignerz.com

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