My name is Shannon, and I'm the single mom of two amazing young adult women, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I raised my daughters as a single parent, and it certainly was not always easy. I did pretty well. We didn't have much, but we had the love of family and friends.
I've been considering some things recently, about being a successful single mom and what it means. And that is what I'm sharing here. My best advice for being a successful single mom in a world that seems to want to bri...
Building your success is not easy, especially when you have little money to start. Living a fabulously frugal lifestyle, at least in the beginning, helps you along the way.
The Fabulous Frugal Life blog will help by showing how to live frugally while still enjoying a rich life. Live well while building your success.
My aim with the blog is to help as many people as possible live more frugally, whether they have to or choose to.Saving pennies wherever possible, incorporating sales and coupons,...
We really have no idea what the universe has in store for us as far as health goes, but we can give ourselves a healthier push by living a healthy lifestyle.
It’s been said that successful people are healthy people, and I can understand why. People with adequate nutrition tend to have more energy and think more clearly, helping them to achieve and surpass their goals.
Eating healthy foods can be expensive though. The Frugal Recipes: Spending Less to Eat Healthy blog will help you along the pa...
I am! When the kids were growing up, we used to play Mad Libs to help reinforce their grammar lessons. I homeschooled the girls, and tried to find fun ways to teach things when I could. My nephews used to do them with us, and whoever was there for daycare. The stories were usually quite funny when complete.
Photograph taken at Fort Knox, either by Katie or by Sheila.
Also when the kids were young, my sister and I used to do Mad Libs over the phone after we put them all down for the night. It ...
If you’re anything like me, you spent some memorable moments with your loved ones over the past couple of months. I gave my grandson a gift card to The Briar Patch, and bookstore in downtown Bangor, for Christmas, becuase he shares my love for books. He can go pick out his own. I’m hoping his sister grows to love books just as much.
Photo taken at the University Inn, Orono, Maine. December 2018.
It probably comes as no surprise to many of you that I love books. I love to read. A question I wa...
Can you be healthy and frugal at the some time? You can, if you do it right.
How? By making smart decisions. You need to decide where you want to put your money. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to afford all the cool gadgets and super foods that are advertised, so you’ll have to make good choices.
There’s no reason to feel deprived, though. You’ll be doing great things for yourself in fun ways.
Don’t bother with the gym or a personal trainer. There are other ways to...
Are you looking for ways to spend less? Who isn’t, right? I’m doing this constantly. I wanted to share with you a few ways to spend less so can add these moves to what you are currently doing.
Compare prices on items you need
Know the routes you usually take when running errands or going back and forth to work, and figure out which business on those routes has the best deal on what you are looking for. I don’t buy a lot of things regularly, but I know which place has the best deal for each it...
Welcome to the new site! 2019 is going to be full of positive strives, living frugally, and working our way to our financial goals.
At least that's my plan. What's yours? I'm gussing it's pretty close to my own.
Joining me from the old site, Frugal is Fabulous!? If so, I'm so happy you followed me here. If you're new, then welcome! We are happy to have you with us. It's going to be an amazing year! Email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll be moving much of the content from Frugal is Fa...
When my girls were growing up, we did not have much money. This meant that I had to find ways to cut corners everywhere, from utilities to food to clothing. I did this happily enough, knowing my daughters were learning useful skills and how to earn what they wanted.
It was not always easy. Often we didn’t have extras, and sometimes not even the necessities. I often went without things I needed to make sure they had what they needed. I was fine with this. Raising them was the most important jo...
Any one who was over on the Frugal is Fabulous blog with me knows that, for now, I am renting a room in a house. Because I rent a room, I have only a small amount of space. Every time I bring new things in, old things have to go. I’m not saying I match one-for-one, but I do spend time every few months going through things to keep things tidy.
What do I do with everything I decide to let go of? I have neighbors. Three other rooms and two apartments are regularly rented out at the house. All of...
With the need to spend so much money on rent/mortgage and the bills, it’s necessary to save money in other areas of life. Living frugally is becoming a necessity for more and more people each year, and these tips will help you along the way:
Look for other modes of transportation to get you back and forth to work, as well as to other places.
Learning how to reuse common household items will set you along the path of saving even more money.
Stop using cheap plastic food containers. Consider bu...
In order to live on less, it’s necessary to make some tough choices. You have to be aware of what is truly important in life, and what is not. The difference between wants vs. needs.
For instance, having a cell phone so you can keep in touch with people no matter where you are is a desire. A want. Not a need. On the other hand, having a cell phone because you have a child with a serious medical condition might be classified as a need. People should be able to contact you at any time if there ...
Walls may be decorated in a variety of ways, from painting to displaying artwork. Anything is acceptable, so decorate to your tastes and don’t worry about impressing others. After all, you’re the one who has to look at the walls on a daily basis.
If you’re a photographer, or if you know one, you’ll be able to get an assortment of nature photographs to choose from for this project. You can include animals in the photos, or even old buildings. Whatever you feel will make good artw...
How does a family with little (or even no!) money give to others?
Actually, there are a great many ways to accomplish this.
Allow me to give you some ideas :-D:
Volunteer to run errands for a disabled neighbor.
Ask elderly neighbors if they would like to join you as you run your own errands.
Make a up plate with leftovers for a neighbor who has been ill.
Make an extra casserole or two for someone who has just given birth.
Call the local battered women’s shelter to see if you can donate i...
I don’t need family size packages of food now that it’s just me at home. An already refrigerated quart of almond or coconut milk would be perfect. A package with just four slices of cheese. One-quarter pound of pre-packaged ground beef. Just enough for one or two meals for one would be perfect, without the jacked up prices because you’re buying less.
There is a little of this going on, but at a cost greater than with the bigger packages. You can get three string cheese for $1.00, bu...