When my husband and I got engaged in 1987, we began a 12-month savings plan, so we would have enough money for a down payment on our first home. It meant a year of frugal living on $67 a week…eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the park everyday for lunch and rarely going out to dinner. We did it! Over the years our salaries rose, and we slowly lost our frugal living ways. Then, nearly 15 years ago, I left my job to stay home with our 3 children, and our household income was cut in half! Of course, I didn’t want to change our lifestyle and more free time meant more time to shop, but how would shopping be any fun without money? I quickly discovered that the stay at home mom job description included more than just play dates…I was now the CEO of the family and also the maid, the cook, the coupon queen and yes, the bargain shopper. So, my life on a budget began, and I created this website to share money saving tips with other stay at home moms. I’m not a financial planner or an accountant, but I’m a money saving expert because I’m a mom that knows how to live the good life on a budget. My tips have been featured in Consumer Reports, All You Magazine, Good Housekeeping, KHOU-TV and more! Recently, The Budget Diet was selected as one of the Top 10 Money Saving Blogs of 2013!
The Budget Diet is a diet for your wallet, not your waistline! You’ll discover a collection of Shape-Up Tips to help you slim down your daily spending and live life on a budget. Yes, The Budget Diet is like a diet to lose weight, and the results will be worth the effort. Whether you need to cut back a lot or just a little, you’re sure to find plenty of Shape Up Tips that your family can live with. If you’re on a frugal living quest, my Top 10 Frugal Living Articles are a great place to start, and don’t forget to subscribe to my free Shape Up Tip of the day . My goal is to help your family save at least $400 a month, so let’s get this Budget Diet started!
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