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about me

First and foremost, I am a mom to two beautiful girls and a wife to my wonderful husband of 5 years. My primary passion is my daughters & husband, and creating a wonderful home for my family.  I also love to cook, bake, entertain, and spend time with friends.

I am not a cheapskate.  On the contrary, I love to shop.  My husband might tell you that I live to shop.  My love of Nordstrom and addiction to Amazon.com were at one time legendary among my circle of friends, and my UPS guy once told me I was his best customer.  I tend to be overly generous and see every holiday, birthday, and event as an excuse to go overboard.   If I had millions of dollars, I'd probably be one of those people on the news that no one feels sorry for--the ones who somehow manage to blow all their money and then some on ridiculous extravagances, only to end up filing for bankruptcy.   Frugality is not in my nature.

I started using coupons because I like nice things but we don't have millions of dollars, and because I was tired of fighting with my husband about money.  I was lucky enough to marry a guy who has a clue about finances, and I have no doubt that without him I'd be penniless.  We worked out a system that worked for both of us--separate accounts--and I quickly realized that the less I spent of things I need, the more I'd have left for the things I want.  But a funny thing happened along the way:  I realized that I actually like saving money.  To me it truly is an adventure, the adventure of finding style and luxury on a budget.

My family:


"trouble" (age 1)

"princess" (age 4)

After 3 cross-country moves and more addresses than we can count, we have finally settled down in Punta Gorda, Florida.
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