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Frugal vs Cheap

December 7th, 2007 at 01:34 pm

When I first decided to become a SAHM back in 2004, one of the first things I did was buy a few books on living on one income. One of my favorites, is Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy. Her book had the most practical and doable ideas that I could follow. The other books were either to generalized or too extreme (i.e. advocating dumpster diving, etc.) for me. I also loved the way that she made me realize that I'm lowering my expenses by being frugal and not cheap and desperate. I'm remember feeling desperate for a while in the beginning. I really didn't think that we could be a one-income family. Not being able to buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, was a little hard in the beginning.

Now that I'm trying to control my spending, I need to remember that I'm being frugal. By not spending, I'm able to continue my goal of being a SAHM until the baby is in the 1st grade.

Again, thanks for all the comments and ideas.

2 Responses to “Frugal vs Cheap”

  1. Amber Says:

    Yes, it is hard at first but once you get started it is a great feeling. You're able to stay home with your kids that is enough

  2. boomeyers Says:

    We have all the same credit cards! Lucky you, your balances are way lower than mine!! Smile Is your Citi payment huge? I can't believe mine!
    Good luck in your endeavor. I have been home for 15 blessed years with only some part time jobs to take my time away from my family. However I feel like I will have to go back full time soon because this economy is swallowing us up faster than I can keep up!!

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