Hi!! My name is Alice and I am a wife to an awesome husband, mom to an adorable toddler, office worker, freelance writer, dog mom to two lovable scamps, friend, sister, daughter, and blogger living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I’m originally from Washington, DC (yes, people are actually from there!) but since this is a blog you can’t tell that I don’t have a southern accent.
Yes, yes, my husband and I are the typical young married couple who are trying to live on our own, finish school, grow our careers, pay off debt, and save to one day buy a house (Update: We did!). My husband lost his job back in 2010 right before our wedding and we decided that it was an opportunity rather than a setback (see..it’s all about perspective!) so he decided it was time to finish his degree in sports medicine. At the same time, I started graduate school and continued to work full time. Phew! Two years after we got hitched he got into his dream school in Louisiana (Geaux LSU Tigers!) and we resettled in Baton Rouge.
So we launched into our married life of being broke, staying broke, living broke, paying off debts, studying hard, working hard, and being happy and content with what we’ve got. To help make ends meet I started couponing, mystery shopping, reading frugal blogs. And you know what? I love it!
I decided to start this blog in 2011 to chronicle my savings and earning adventures, share the frugal living tips I have learned, give my honest opinions and reviews of survey and mystery shopping companies that I use, post about some great deals, and give a shout out to the blogs that I follow. I realize that there are so many companies out there and tons of scams, and I kept surfing around looking for someone to give me their honest opinion and experience. So, I am only one person but here’s my two cents. 🙂
Our daughter was born in 2016 and I am loving this new motherhood adventure. Kids can be expensive but we are making it work on our tight budget. Daycare is crazy expensive and is our biggest baby expense but it is worth every penny. We work to save money in all other places that we can including used clothes, simple toys, and couponing for diapers.
I would love to hear from you!! If you have questions, comments, praise, disdain, post ideas, or want more information on anything I blog about, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with me. I hope that this blog will help you to get a little more money in your pocket and learn to save more so you can get more out of life.
And if you are in the Baton Rouge area and want to learn how to coupon, talk about our budgets, or just chat about personal finance, please drop me a line! We all need some support and good teachers for learning to live within our means.