frugal gal

Resident cheapskate

Introducing My Miserly Frugal Self

Otherwise known as Kara! I have so many interests, my head regularly spins.  I have a curious mind that needs to stay busy and that’s just fine with me.  I love traveling, budgeting, cooking, gardening, hiking and finding ways to make a dollar go further.  All of those things fit nicely together, in fact, all of those things make frugal living possible. Things I love could all be boiled down into a two-word description: simple and frugal!

A Brief History

I was raised by country folk in southwestern Ohio.  I grew up with critters and a garden, but in a suburban way.  There were no llamas, goats or chickens in my childhood, though I wished there were!  Mine was a pretty ordinary upbringing.  My parents kept a big garden and my pets included decidedly plain animals such as cats, bunnies and birds.

Me and my main squeeze

Me and my main squeeze

The obsessions began when I had my own family. I married my high school sweetheart twenty years ago (yes, that’s 2-0) and have four children (yes, 4!).  Where I’m from, you start early…There’s not much else to do!  My husband and I have skipped across the country with four crazy kids in tow.  During our travels, we have had gardens, cats, dogs, chickens, bunnies, goats and many other little critters.  By necessity, we’ve found ourselves in a more urban setting in Colorado these days.  This meant downsizing to a two-story condo with no farmyard animals or a big garden plot.  This admittedly makes me a little sad, but that’s life, eh?  I do what I can with what I have and its these little things that make me happy.

Honorable Mention

Since the whole point of this page is to introduce myself, I want to do it with full disclosure.  A major reason that I am so crazy  interesting (besides having  kids) is that, at the ripe old age of 39,  I’m also a full-time college student.  Through the years, it had always bothered me that I hadn’t finished college.   Finishing my degree was an accomplishment that I wanted to see through.  So, ten years ago, I decided to start chipping away at it and boy, has it been slow work!  During that time, our family has moved states 4 times, and each time, I transferred credits.  Needless to say, there are much more time efficient ways to go about it.  Now, in the last stretch, I have 3 semesters left and I can smell freedom!  This is honestly the hardest thing I’ve ever done – even considering marriage and children. Sure, the way I’ve done it is backwards by normal standards, but that’s fine with me.

Why Blog?

For me, this blog is a way to center my too busy life on projects that I want to see finished.  It’s a way for me to focus on the very bright life I have and appreciate it. It’s a way for me to look back on what I’ve done and enjoy it all over again.  It’s an attempt to connect with like-minded people who enjoy similar interests.  The fact that we can connect with people far and wide through the internet is pretty special.  I like the idea that I can put ideas out there that I have learned through the years with the hope that they will likewise benefit someone else.

My Promise to You

I promise that this blog, a live version of what I’m learning, will be nerdy. Newsflash – I’m a serious nerd!  It will also be a clumsy and awkward road as I learn how to do it! I actually have seriously deficient technical skills.  It will also be real.  I’m not worried about appearing as if I have it all figured out – can anyone honestly say that?  So, if that suits your fancy, stick around!