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!

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  1. by Kylene

    On January 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I have always wanted to be a coupon mom, but how do you start? I have two kids and try to watch what I purchase and catch the sales, but it doesn’t always work.

  2. by Lydia Beiler

    On January 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Kylene, welcome! Couponing can look rather overwhelming can’t it? And I’m finding with two little ones it’s a bit harder. Still, it can be done and once you learn the ins and outs it’s quite easy.

    I’d recommend starting out slow, possibly focusing on one store. Once you get the hang of shopping at that store and doing deals there add another store or two as you feel comfortable. CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens are all good ones to start with and you can find coupon matchups at ForTheMommas.com. I don’t know what grocery stores you have in your area but they are also easy to start with- maybe easier than drugstores actually. Google the store name and coupon matchups and you should be able to find a blog that covers that store. Does that help?

    Remember ANYTHING you save is great even if it is just a dollar here and there. And feel free to ask more questions as you have them. I’ll be glad to try to help.

  3. by susan woerner

    On January 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Hi Lydia, I was so thrilled to see your contribution to Parents Magazine. I too am a Lancaster County resident and it was so nice to see Lancaster mentioned in your blog. I am trying to become more aware of how money is spent and doing away with unnecessary spending. You have a sweet looking family and I hope to follow your blog now that I found it. Keep up the good work of sharing tips with others, how nice of you to care.

  4. by Lydia Beiler

    On January 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Welcome neighbor! :) And thanks for your kind words! I hope that The Thrifty Frugal Mom will help you in your effort to spend less. And if you have any questions as you follow along, please don’t hesitate to ask!

  5. by harmony

    On January 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I’m hoping to follow you along to see where I can improve my frugality. I already cupon, do without, & shop sales, but with 4 kids (ages 14, 5,4, & 2 1/2) it is tough! I am a SAHM & hope to be able to stay in that position until my youngest is in school, so I am ALWAYS looking for ways to reduce our budget :) Looking forward to finding out what works for you!

  6. by Lydia Beiler

    On January 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Welcome Harmony! It sounds like you are already doing a great job of saving! And doing it while being a busy mom too. :) Hope you can be inspired as you continue to read The Thrifty Frugal Mom and I look forward to your input too!