Who Am I?

Hey there!

First of all, thanks for making your way here, whether you did it on purpose or wound up here by accident. I will try not to drone one about myself for too long, but I do think you should know a little about me to understand this blog.

I have developed a passion for cooking and I also am a lover of restaurant dining experiences.  However, both hobbies can get, as hobbies often do, expensive.

I am recently married, living four states away from family (other than my new husband of course), and I am a graduate student at UNL. Money isn't exactly falling from the rooftops for me at this point in my life, but the way I see it I have two choices: (1) I can cry, complain, and wallow in self-pity. or (2) I can make the best of what I DO have and dream about the day when I have the money to afford better/more.  The choice seemed like a no-brainer to me...I'm obviously a (2) kind of person.

I began looking to save money in the conventional ways....cutting out costly extras like going out to eat or drink often, going to see movies (which have gotten ridiculously expensive), and regularly shopping for things I don't need (new clothes, shoes, cooking gadgets, books, etc.). But money was still tight, and I was miserable to boot.  Then I discovered what you have probably just discovered yourself...the wonderful world of the internet.

I got into sites like Pintrest in order to learn how to make things myself rather than buying them.  I got into reading blogs about saving money or cooking good food cheaply. I started researching things to do that weren't expensive, in fact, I found LOTS of things to do that didn't cost anything at all!

Money is still tight, as always, but I have managed to learn a few things about how to stretch each of my dollars.  After all of the taking I have done from the internet in the past few years, I felt it was time to start giving back.  So here it is, my contribution to the virtual world.  This blog is a tale about my experiences with saving money while still living the good life. A good friend of mine once told me while going through financial trouble that "Even though we are broke, I've never been happier.". In my current state of financial crisis, I have to agree...being without excess money challenges you to MAKE yourself happy rather than relying on things that you think can buy that for you.  So you see, even though this is a blog about saving money, it's also a blog about finding the little things that make life pleasant.

I hope that you will find this blog both helpful and fun to read. I'll leave you with some lyrics from one of my favorite songs:

We sit on front porches and swing life away
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor, I'll slave 'til the end
I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand
-Rise Against

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