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.


  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!

  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!

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

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

  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!!

  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!

  9. Hi Jen,

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


    Will be around

  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