Hi, I'm Marianne and I'm glad you're here!

I started the first version of The New Frugal Mom in March of 2008. I had great initial success {thanks to all my fine readers!}, but I quickly became overwhelmed by the workload of maintaining a growing blog without a plan to guide me.

I put The New Frugal Mom on hold in June of 2008 hoping I might come back to it and pick up where I'd left off.

As it so often does, life happened. I didn't foresee a time where I would be able to manage a second blog and so I first took the blog private, then, deleted it.

I know, I know - what was I thinking?!

I restarted The New Frugal Mom in January 2009 now because I want a place where I can collect and share ideas that I've implemented in my life to save money. I'd also like to explore new ideas and methods and know all of you fine readers have a lot of expertise to offer. Please do!

So, who am I, anyways?

Well, I'm Marianne, mom to three cute kids, wife to one great guy, and a fan of Jesus, dogs, books, writing, and life in general. Oh, and I like running and chocolate, luckily for me in equal proportions.

I fell into blogging in the fall of 2007, starting a personal blog I still author, Writer-Mommy. I've come to believe that blogging and social media has forever changed the way we gather information and connect to others. And I like being a part of what I think is the best darn thing to happen to the wild, wild, Web:

A voice for everyone.

When it comes to money matters, I'm blessed to have been brought up by parents who instilled in me a strong work ethic and taught me about money management.

That doesn't mean I have all the answers; I don't, and I would never presume to pretend I do. Nor would I presume to tell you just what to do with your money; consider this blog a toolkit. Use what works for you and leave the rest, m'kay?

I firmly believe that living more frugally and becoming a smarter money manager is a journey that we all travel at our own pace. Some of us are at the beginning, some of us are a bit further down the road. It's good to remember that the only person against whom you should compete is yourself.

As for me and my hubs...we're getting there. Slowly but surely, we're paying off our debts and creating a financial foundation for our family's future.

Thanks for joining me for a bit on my frugal journey. I'd love to hear what you've learned on yours; please comment or email me anytime.

Interested in more of my story?  You can click here to read The Beginning of The New Frugal Mom.

Fast Facts

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I am not a financial expert, just a mom who's stretching her family budget to do more while spending less.

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Weekly Post Schedule 2011
(To be revised January 2012)

Weekly Deals Roundup

  :: Menu Plan Monday (1st Monday)
  :: Copycat Review (2nd Monday)
  :: LOMO (3rd Monday)
  :: Pantry Challenge* (4th Monday)

Let's Go Krogering!

How to U
  :: DIY project for the month (wk 1)
  :: Update 1 (wk 2)
  :: Update 2 (wk 3)
  :: Finished product & review (wk 4)

:: Sunday Coupon Preview

:: Hot Printables

Freebie Roundup

Coffee & Clicks