There was a time when Jamie and were just young kids of 25. When we decided that we wanted to avoid paying full price, but we never wanted to sacrifice on the things that we wanted, the splurges, the high quality kids clothes that happen to be brand name, the high quality stuff for ourselves, expensive hobbies (hello golf trip + summer drinking… wait is summer drinking a hobby?), the tech, the trips to homesense for pretty things, the $30 mascara, the more expensive organic, refined sugar free food I choose to feed our family, the meals out because I don’t want to cook at that particular moment, the experiences we want to give the kids. You know, the stuff.
That was a time time when it was easy to use coupons, and so I started to share the ways that you can save on the things that you’re buying with coupons. It was a time when we had an infant, I had hours to spend searching for the coupons, collecting the coupons and the time when we bought a lot of different products than we buy now.
Now? Stacking coupons is very hard, diapers are nearly impossible to get for free, and coupons for the real food, the things that we’re buying frequently are few and far between. We have changed, and so FrugalEdmontonMama has changed.
You guys. I adore the community that has been created here. There are so many things that I love about edmonton, about being a parent, about dealing with the daily. There are so many things that I find that are fantastic, so many places that I want to share, and so many things that I’ve learned on my mom-ing journey that just need to be shouted from the roof tops. I love connecting you with something that you have tried and love, giving you something new to try and getting an email about how much you loved something that I shared.
Like the fact that you need to find your village and that I cried at sea otter swimming lessons or the bottles we purchased when Olivia was an infant, that still look new, 5+ years later and are perfectly ready to use for the time when we have a third child (that’s frugal!), or fantastic things to do this winter, like go to a lantern parade in the mountains.
Even mean tweets make me smile because when I screenshot them and send them to Jamie, he’s full of witty remarks. This guy? He’s my most loyal reader.
Five years ago. Today. They’re the same – I’m still searching for the best deal when it comes to the things that I buy. I’ve already bought the kids outerwear for next year for 65% off of the regular price. I just saved $125 on rain boots for the spring for Me, that are going to replace the last pair I’ve had for three years (they were on sale for $42!). I just got 60% off of the retail price of six t-shirts I bought for Violet. I didn’t pay more than 50% of the regular price for at least 75% of the gifts that I bought for the kids for Christmas. I used Stylecash this weekend to get $100 off of $200 shopping for clothes for an upcoming trip that I’m going on, and got a couple of dresses for only $6/each. When Jamie wanted to get cable back, I only agreed when a promotion for $20/month came about and made him promise that we would get rid of it again in the Spring (because cable is only a winter time expenditure). I compare the costs of everything before I shop, and we use a lot of online, free shipping offers to reduce the time we’re spending in-stores.
You’ll still find some of that, but now, over the past year +? You’re going to find more of our story. More real tips, everyday tips and simple ways to save on quality purchases that I recommend for families.
That’s frugal. That’s not wanting to sacrifice quality, or experiences, for the lowest price. Cheap is more of a negative term, not wanting to spend money. I’m more than willing to spend the money on something that we want to buy, or need, but I’m going to find the best price doing it.
Frugal is choosing to try a shampoo bar because it’s five bucks and giving it the full 30 day recommended go (experience coming soon) and yearning for your good shampoo, going back to it when the shampoo bar makes your hair feel like it’s hay the bunny chews on, and chalking it up to experience – not sticking with the shampoo bar because it’s $2.50/month compared to $25/month.