Welcome to “The Thrifty, Frugal Mom”
My family and me
Hi, I’m Lydia Beiler and I’m excited that you stopped by! Some of you have been faithful readers of my blog before it moved here to the Parents.com site and so you already know quite a bit about me. But for those of you that are new, let me introduce you to my family and tell you a bit about myself.
My husband Vince and I just celebrated our 5th anniversary in November and hope to enjoy at least another 45 years together. I know that many ladies say they have a wonderful husband and it can sound rather trite after a bit, but really, my husband truly is wonderful and I often find myself wondering how I got so blessed!
We are the parents of a very energetic, social 3 1/2 yr. old son Logan who makes sure we never have a dull moment. And just 3 weeks ago we were thrilled to experience the joy of new life again with the birth of our daughter Sophia Delight. In 2010 we had the difficult experience of losing our daughter Eleni only 2 hours after her birth, so having a healthy baby girl feels like an incredible gift and we are enjoying every moment of this newborn stage. (Well, maybe not the lack of sleep!) I love being a wife and a mom and one of my favorite challenges is learning how to be as efficient as possible while managing our household.
So what inspired me to start blogging about saving money? Well, we weren’t married long before I realized that just the basic grocery and household items quickly added up to figures that were way higher than what I really wanted to spend! And that was even with shopping at Aldi, a discount grocery store, using the occasional coupon and doing without some things that many people consider staples. I wasn’t sure what more to do, so I just tried to watch sales and spend as carefully as I could. Yet I felt like I was fighting a losing battle
Then around 4 years ago I stumbled across a money saving blog and was rather astounded. I didn’t know that coupons could actually get you items for FREE! Or that there were actual websites that did the work for you by matching coupons and sales. A whole new world was opened for me and I loved it! My “money loving” side was in its element and I soon was a faithful coupon and rebate user. I loved when our mailbox started filling up with free samples, high dollar coupons, free magazines and the occasional coupon for a completely FREE item. Before long I started to see a huge drop in our grocery/household expenses. (Last year I saved around $5,000 by shopping sales and using coupons and rebates.)
This developed in me a huge passion for learning more ways to save, whether it was in the area of groceries, clothing, or utilities. Once our son was born, I quit my job as a certified pharmacy technician and became a stay at home mom. It was then that I got inspired to start my own blog where I posted links to printable coupons, great online and store deals, cost effective recipes, lots of money saving tips and more. I have loved this way of helping others learn to not only save their money but to be good stewards and have fun doing so in the process.
I want to be a good steward of the things that God has entrusted to us. I want to be able to give generously. And I want to be able to help others learn to live within their means. That is what this blog is all about. I hope that I can inspire you to save and teach you some of the things I’ve learned and am learning along the way. I also look forward to learning things from you too!Add a Comment