Hello, I’m Tiffany and my story about getting serious about money starts like this…

Car catches fire. Tax bill arrives. New baby. It’s time to start being thrifty. Seriously thrifty. I’m talking about thrifty as a daily lifestyle, not just a once-a-year insurance rate comparison or occasionally skipping that afternoon latte. Thrifty is not tedious like clipping coupons and actually remembering to use them. And it’s definitely not – horror of all horrors – being cheap. Being thrifty is smart; being cheap is a modern day version of Scrooge – unpleasant and miserable. Thrifty is being able to tell the difference between the two and using your thrifty savvy to make your money go the farthest possible by making good decisions. The end result is a bigger bank account, living debt-free and, maybe just maybe, being free of all those nagging money worries because you know how to spend your money wisely, or not spend it at all.

You know how you absolutely beam with pride when you tell your girlfriends for how little you got your to-die-for new shoes they all envy? Or when your buddy helps you re-do the whole garage, including the wiring, to turn it into the chillest hangout on the block? That unbeatable feeling that something that awesome could not possibly cost that little in today’s world is what being thrifty is all about. Thrifty means free, second-hand, do-it-yourself and never paying full price for anything again.

I’ll share ideas that I love to help you get started on a new financial future and a happier existence – because everyone knows money doesn’t buy you happiness. Now I’m not saying there aren’t some really terrible thrifty ideas. Like when my mom tried to pretend that putting a rubber band around the mesh plastic bags oranges come in to make a homemade dish scrub was a good idea. It wasn’t, and it was awful as a dish scrub. I’ve eliminated any really bad ideas that I’ve found don’t work well. My suggestions are meant to be easy, fun and effective. It’s to get you started in your new, thrifty life by changing the way you think about and spend money.

Babies don’t have to be expensive.

I was raised in a large family, and my mom had to feed and clothe us all on my dad’s educator salary. Meaning, she was the mistress of everything thrifty. But we never went without and learned the value of every penny and the things money can’t buy – like a good laugh, family and friends. Even though, I didn’t appreciate it at the time, she was a role model…and one I never thought I’d follow. That is until I started paying my own bills. Wow, I still don’t know how she did it, but I’m here to share with you what you can do. Remember being thrifty is enterprising, not stingy. It means more money for the big things in life like staying out of debt, vacations, retirement or simply enjoying a hard earned spa day.

I’ve lived in the city, suburbs and country and in various states and countries. I’d like to think these ideas hold true no matter where you live, although some are easier than others depending on your locale. I have no affiliation with the sites or products I mention. I’ve found them during my own search to save money and am passing them onto you. My ideas are provided as a jumping off point for your own research if you’re interested. I’ve included all levels of thrifty – from someone who has no idea how he or she can start but knows he or she should save more money…to the experienced thriftmaster. My ultimate goal would be to out-thrift my mom – which is probably not possible when you read some of the suggestions she’s inspired.

Have fun and don’t forget to send me your favorite thrifty tip so that I can learn from you – and throw it up there to share with others.

All photos are my own unless otherwise noted. Background image by flickr: 401(K) 2012.

2 Responses to “About”

  1. lifeoutofthebox November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I like #1000 even though it isn’t always easy.

    • 1000thriftythings November 7, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      It would be fun in a tropical place – mangoes, papayas, avocados come to mind, if I’m not totally off base there. Probably a lot of crazy other things that locals know about.

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